Art, Art History, Architecture

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About the Art, Art History, and Architecture collections

Art collections across Stanford Libraries support research and practice in art history, art, architecture, design, and related interdisciplinary fields, with over 150,000 volumes on-site at Ute & Bill Bowes Art & Architecture Library and many thousands more off-site and online. Art-related special collections materials are housed at both Bowes and Green Libraries. Our collections include books, journals, and reference resources both in print and online. The Locked Stacks collection at Bowes Library includes rare and unique materials from artists’ books to ephemera to facsimiles of medieval manuscripts. The Visual Resources Center provides the Stanford community with access to more than 250,000 digital images for teaching and research via the ImageBase. Art subject specialists are here to help you find what you are looking for.

Bowes Art & Architecture Library

McMurtry Building, second floor, 355 Roth Way, Stanford CA, 94305

Featured collections

  • Carolee Schneemann Papers

    The papers of Carolee Schneemann chronicle in detail her work as an artist, filmmaker, writer, art historian, feminist, and teacher. The collection includes correspondence, ephemera, photographs, project and research files, diaries, and notebooks.

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  • Ruth Asawa Papers

    The papers of Japanese American artist and educator Ruth Asawa document her art as well as her involvement in arts education, civic art, and arts administration. The collection contains correspondence, notes, portfolios, publicity, articles and publications, design sketches, photographs, and audiovisual media.

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  • Martin Wong Catalogue Raisonné

    The Martin Wong Catalogue Raisonné is a free digital resource aimed at both researchers and the general public. The project provides access to a range of archival resources, including unpublished interviews, exhibition documentation, and hundreds of new high-resolution, zoomable images of works. Other highlights of the digital format include an ability to sort by thematic topics, series, or location; grouping by date or exhibition; and links to archival images.

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