Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
The two largest general art encyclopedieas are:
Dictionary of art. 1996. 34 volumes. (Grove)
Reference collection 703 T948d
Parts of this are available online via the research library at Artnet:
16,000 artists biographies, 130 articles on materials and techniques,
1000 articles on styles and movements.
Encyclopedia of world art. 15 volumes. 1958.
Reference collection 703 E56
Specific titles for decorative and applied art are:
The arts and crafts companion, Pamela Todd, 2004
Thames and Hudson dictionary of design since 1900, G. Julier,
Reference collection745.03 J945t
Skira dictionary of modern decorative arts 1851-1942,
Valerio Terraroli , 2001
Reference collection 745.03 T323s
Materials and techniques in the decorative arts : an
illustrated dictionary, ed. Lucy Trench, 2000
on order for
Cambridge companion to modernism, ed. M. Levenson. 1998
700.4112 L657c main collection
Antiquespeak : a guide to the styles, techniques, and
materials of the decorative arts, from the Renaissance
to art deco, Kathryn B. Hiesinger, 1997.
on order for Reference collection
Contemporary designers, 1984, 1990, 1997
Reference collection 745.44922 C761
Encyclopedia of interior design, ed Joanna Banham, 1997
Reference collection 747 B216e
The elements of style : an [sic] practical encyclopedia of interior architectural details, from 1485 to the present, Stephen Calloway, 1996
721 C163e Main collection
The design encyclopedia, Mel Byars, 1994
Reference collection 745.203 B993d
Oxford companion to the decorative arts, ed.
Reference collection 745.03 O98 1985, also in main collection
Phaidon guide to silver, M. Holland, 1978
Reference collection 739.23 H736p
Encyclopedia of Victoriana , ed. Harriet
Reference collection 745.1 E56
Collector's encyclopedia : Victoriana to art deco,
with an introduction by Roy Strong, 1974
Reference collection 745 C697
House and Garden dictionary of design and decoration, ed. Robert Harling, 1973
Reference collection 745.03 H842
Dictionary of world pottery and porcelain, Louise Ade Boger, 1971
Reference collection 738.03 B674d
Connoisseur's complete period guides to the houses,
decoration, furnishing and chattels of the classic
periods; ed. Ralph Edwards, 1968
Reference collection 709.42 E26 also in main collection
Dictionary of the decorative arts, John Fleming and Hugh
Reference collection 745.03 F597d
Encyclopedia of decorative arts, 1890-1940, ed.
Reference collection 745.09 E56
Dictionary of marks metalwork, furniture, ceramics,
ed. Margaret Macdonald-Taylor, 1978
Reference collection 739.0278 M135d
Artfile - a source book of contemporary Australian artists, 1992
Reference collection 709.94 L817a
Australian furniture - a pirctorial history and dictionary 1788-1938, K. Fahy, 1998
Reference collection 749.2994 F18a
Heritage: the national women's art book - 500 works by 500 Australian women artitis from colonial times to 1955, Joan Kerr, 1995 ....see especailly chapter 1 "Exhibitions and competitions".
The Oxford companion to Aboriginal art and culture, ed. S.Kleinert, 2000
Reference collection 305.899915 K64o Main Collection 305.899915 K64o
Finding journal articles and other references
Indexes and databases
Art index. 1929/32-1998
Reference collection 705 A778
Art Abstracts 1984-
Australian public affairs - full text: APA-FT.
Expanded academic ASAP 1980-
Includes full text for some journals 1995-, notably Art and Australia.
Mura, the on-line catalogue at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, which indexes books, journal articles and other types of materials. No full text - you need to search for the source book or journal title in the catalogue
Indexes over 1500 English-language journals in the humanities, social sciences and science, with full text provided for more than half the titles, including some art journals.
Academic Search Elite
Full text for more than 1,850 scholarly journals, covering every area of academic study, Academic Search Elite offers full text information dating as far back as 1985.
JSTOR is a full text collection of journal from their first issue until 3-5 years ago. Includes several major art journals.
Project Muse gives access to University Press and other scholarly electronic
journals in the social sciences, humanities etc from the mid 1990's onwards.
Periodicals index online
Periodicals Index Online is the new name for Periodicals Contents Index
- a database of millions of article citations published in the arts,
humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years.
This is a useful source for finding contemporary articles about art in the 19th and 20th centuries. Online full text is available for some titles via Periodicals archive online. If not, many of the older print journals are held either in the BSL or State Library - check catalogues
Arts & humanities citation index 1992-1998
Web of science 1995-
Includes the Arts & humanities citation index.
Can search by keywords or citation. Artists are cited.
Factiva is an index to recent Australian and international newspapers, magazines etc and includes full text for many titles. Great for current information and reviews.
The BSL hold a large number of newspapers older on microfilm.
They are in the catalogue and also listed in
Newspapers in the Barr Smith Library: a finding list
Material culture : a research guide,Kenneth L. Ames, 1985
Main collection 973.072 A513m
Art, design, furniture and decoration, compiled by T.
M. Russell, 1982
v. 1. Aesthetics
v. 2. Design, decoration and industrial art
v. 3. Furniture and industrial design
v. 4. International and industrial exhibition
s v. 5. Museums, art galleries and collections
720.16 R967ar ......being moved to reference collection
Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848-1933, Mary Vance (Vance bibliographies)
Reference collection 720.5 V222 1399
Migrants and the arts : an annotated bibliography. 1996
Reference collection 709.94016 A938Bm
Applied and decoarative arts: a abibliographic guide,
D.L. Ehrsmann, 1977
Reference collection 745.016 E33a - later ed on order
Bauhaus art and architecture, W. Quoika-Stanka, 1987
720.5 V222 1813 main collection
General - all periods
Victoria and Albert Museum , includes the Great Exhibition collection
Geffrye Museum shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian)
General - Australia
National Gallery of Australia - Decorative arts
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney - Decorative arts and design.
Historic Houses Trust of NSW, especially collections.
Ceramics - all periods
Virtual Library of Ceramics
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University, NY state.
General - to WWI
Victorian Design - an overview, from the Victorian Web
Bob Speel's website - dedicated mainly to 19th century British art, mostly Victorian, including painting, sculpture, illustration, some architecture, mainly to support the decorative sculpture pages, and a bit of pottery and so forth. The most useful part is the list of artists, which leads in to the artists' biographies.
William Morris Gallery, located at Walthamstow in Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856,
the former Water House.
Founders Of The Arts & Crafts Movement 1870 - 1900
William Morris Society
Mackintosh House, Glasgow
Arts and Crafts Society (US)
JR Burrows - historical design merchants in Massachussets, includes Founders of the Arts and Crafts movement, an anthology of writings on interior design by William Morris and his
ExpoMuseum - timeline of international expositions from 1851, with links to resources.
The Smithsonian Institute Libraries has placed online their ten-year collection, 1841-1851, of Le Garde-meuble, a bi-monthly periodical interior decoration publication from France. Mainly illustrations.
General - 20th century
Bauhaus archiv- Museum of design
American decorative arts - twentieth century modern design - includes a Glossary of modern terms
Bloomsbury: Books, art and design
Design addict - 20th century designers.
Eames office: resources on the designers Ray and Charles Eames, and the work of the Eames
Finding books in the catalogue
Use subject headings such as:
Decorative arts......browse headings
Decoration and ornament
Arts and crafts movement
Arts, Modern--19th century
Aesthetic movement (British art)
...and search under names of indvidual artists and craftspeople.