ANN Jun 26, 2003

new online database American Art (Smithsonian)

Christine Hennessey

New online database:
the Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
Smithsonian American Art Museum

What is the best source for answers about American art?

For thirty years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has helped the
curious public and scholars find information about American paintings
and sculptures by developing research resources on more than 500,000
artworks. Now, many of these resources are available online to
millions of researchers worldwide.

The newest online resource, which debuted June 1 at, is the Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue
Index. By compiling and digitizing nearly 137,000 records from more
than 1,000 of America's earliest auctions, and exhibitions in the
United States and Canada, the Museum puts a wealth of never-before-
accessible early history about American art at the user's fingertips.

Users can search the database by artist, title, subject, media, type
of object, provenance (owner at time of exhibition), catalogue titles
or exhibition venue. Keyword or alphabetical browse searching is

For further information about any of the Smithsonian American Art
Museum's comprehensive art research databases, contact us at:

Art Information Resources
Smithsonian American Art Museum
VB 3100, MRC 970
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Telephone: (202) 275-1932
Reference hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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