American Memory Project
memory.loc.gov: Search by collection or the entire group of 7 million digitized records.
Getty Research Institute
www.getty.edu/research/library: The institute developed The Art and Architecture Thesaurus and The Union List of Artists’ Names. You can search its databases through an online catalog.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
www.loc.gov/rr/print: About half of the division’s holdings are accessible through its online catalog.
Making of America
moa.umdl.umich.edu: Search online digitized books and journals from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.
National Portrait Gallery
www.npg.si.edu: Search by subject of the painting and then look for biographical data. You can specify the artistic medium you’re looking for—painting, engraving, caricature and others.
www.otherdays.com: Use this site’s online library of digitized photographs from the Lawrence Collection (1870 to 1910) or its prints and drawings galleries to find scenes of Ireland.
Organizations and Archives
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609
www.americanantiquarian.org: The society has strong collections of 18th- and 19th-century engravings, which you can search online. Researchers must apply to use the collections.
The New York Public Library
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
www.nypl.org/research/chss/spe/art/print/print.html: Learn about the history of printing and search the library’s collection.
Allen County Public Library
900 Webster St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46801
www.acpl.lib.in.us: Like most large research libraries, Allen County Public Library has a special department devoted to art research.
American Printing History Association
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
www.printinghistory.org:The American Printing History Association promotes the study of the history of printing.