The Consortium allows you to browse all of these collections at once. Search by collection, composer or lyricist, or subject. Almost everything in the Consortium is accessible for viewing. You can limit your search option to “digitized content only” to only view what is available online.
The Consortium also gives you the option to drag records into a virtual personal collection and then save or email the records.
The National Gallery of Art has terrific web resources for students and teachers of visual art. NGA Learning Resources offers learning packets, media, and online resources for teaching everything from 15th century European art to 21st century American art. Search by resource format, subject, or artist name. For instance, there is a teaching packet on Art Since 1950, a podcast of an interview with artist Jim Dine, and a slideshow of the Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology. Many of the resources are available as a pdf, podcast, or a webpage. Others you can request to borrow from the National Gallery of Art – just create an account! It’s free!
Want to explore a history of life from way back when? Retronaut will take you there. British ex-museum curator Chris Wild has been culling images, videos, music, and more from public and private archives.
The website is organized by decade but you can also search by categories (like art, fashion, and music) or clusters (such as steampunk or Through the Lens of…photography). You can also add your own content and leave comments, enhancing the visual collection and adding memories.
Want to learn more about the past? UArts Libraries has a great subject guide for 2oth Century Research by Decade. This will help you find books and articles on just about any event in the 20th century!
Craft in America is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the history, techniques, and preservation of American arts and design. The organization is dedicated to educating students of all ages about historical and contemporary craft.
The Society for Animation Studies is an international group focused on scholarship about animation history and theory. It was founded in 1987 by Dr. Harvey Derenhoff, a prolific author of animation blogs, articles and books who teaches animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus. The Society’s website and Derenhoff’s personal website are great resources for anyone interested in animation.
The Society publishes an open access, scholarly e-journal called Animation Studies. They also have an Animation Bibliography which is constantly updated with links and citations to scholarly sources.
Want to watch some animation? Check out two freely available sets of iTunes podcasts. One is the Origins of American Animation from the Library of Congress. The films are from 1900 to 1921. Also see Pixar: 20 Years of Animation, available from MoMA. You can watch selections from movies such as Cars, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc.
The Tate Collection is comprised of the National Collection of British Art, the National Archive of British Art, and international modern art. With four physical locations in England, the Tate provides a wonderful website for exploring its collection from anywhere.
Tate Papers is an online journal of scholarly articles about artists, museum studies, and visual culture. Each essay has selected terms and artists’ names hyperlinked to online images of example artwork. They also include bibliographies. Read the current issue or browse by category. There are papers on artists such as Richard Serra and topics like The Sublime Object.
The Tate also publishes books and the University Libraries has many of them. Search by author for Tate Gallery or Tate Modern (Gallery) to see a variety of excellent books on artists and art movements.
Interested in local history? Search by place for Pennsylvania. Clicking on a record will take you directly to the digital collection in which it is included. Additionally, one of the options for searching is by date. Looking for items relevant to just one decade? Limit your search this way and explore a specific time frame of American history.
To further your historical research, check out the UArts Libraries online subscription databases Daily Life Through History and World History: The Modern Era (if you are off campus, you will have to log in first). These databases also have primary resources as well as scholarly essays.
On theAbout Us page, the Atlas Obscura team says, “if you’re looking for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.”
Paleo Art, from the Smithsonian Institution, highlights beautiful illustrations used to explore and preserve natural specimens from the Paleontological period. This website demonstrates the importance of drawing to the field of paleobiology.
There are three sections to Paleo Art. Historical Art is the collection of illustrations. Working with fossils and other fragile specimens, detailed drawings of the specimens allow scientists and historians to review objects that cannot easily be handled or photographed. Illustrations depict everything from dinosaurs to shrimp. Illustration Care provides an overview of how the Smithsonian preserves and maintains these important documents. Illustration Techniques explains how to become a paleontological illustrator and why illustrations can be more useful to scientists than photographs.
An Invitation to Dance: A History of Social Dance in America is an online exhibition by the American Antiquarian Society. The essays and illustrations provide a terrific overview to the history of social dance, which is an important part of American history. In the 18th and 19th centuries, dancing was a very popular social event. Dances were fun for family and friends, but also provided a place to find romance and network – socially and politically.