ARTH 354 Introduction to 19th Century Sculpture

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  • Oxford Art Online provides access to these sources:
    Grove Art Online
    The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
    Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
    The Oxford Companion to Western Art

Books and journal articles

These are usually considered secondary sources, or works that describe, critique, analyze, or summarize primary source materials.


Journal articles

Find journal articles using these online indexes and databases:

  • Art Full Text (EBSCO)
  • Covers Art, Architecture, Housing and Urban Planning. Indexes (from 1984) and abstracts (from 1994) articles from periodicals published throughout the world. May cross-search with Art Index, Art Retrospective (1929-1984) and Art Image Gallery.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA and Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA)
    Covers material published between 1975 and 2007. For material published after 2007 see the International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA) (CSA)
    Covers international scholarship within the following broad parameters: European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from the colonial era to the present, and global art since 1945; Visual arts in all media, plus decorative and applied arts, museum studies and conservation, archaeology and classical studies, antiques and architectural history, and related fields.

Older journal articles may be found in print indexes:

Exhibition catalogues

Locating catalogues

Primary resources & newspapers

McGill Rare Books, Special Collections and Archives


Rare Books: The primary holdings are in the humanities and social sciences and in particular art and architecture, Canadiana, history, literature, the history of ideas (philosophy and religion), travel and exploration (including maps), and the history of the book form the core of the collection. Read the collection descriptions for more information.

Archives: The institutional records of McGill University (administrative bodies; faculties; colleges and schools; associated institutions) as well as selected private papers of staff and alumni (including material related to war and military; culture, literature, and arts; religion; politics; and travel). Large online collection of photographs.


Located on the 4th floor of McLennan Library Building. All material is consulted in the rare books reading room. Bring your student ID (and a sweater or scarf - we keep the temperature cool and the humidity controlled to preserve the books!).


Opening hours


Rare Books: Appointments are not necessary. A large portion of the collection is listed in the library online catalogue*. For other materials, readers should consult the Library's staff who can provide assistance in providing finding aids. Be sure to review the collection descriptions for an overview of library holdings.
*Note that this link points you specifically to the special collections catalogue - i.e. limits to rare books to make your search easier

Archives: Consult the website. The on-line sources provide a range of possible starting points for your research. Once you have found information that you would like to view, make a note of the particular files or items, and record all the information that appears with the item, including any number or codes. Please submit your request to refdesk.archives [at] for an appointment.

Local resources - selected Montreal museums and libraries

McCord Museum

  • Many collections available online
  • The Archives and Documentation Centre collects a wide array of resources on various aspects of Canadian life, culture and society, including material culture, anthropology, the history of art and photography, and social history.
  • Open by appointment: Tuesdays to Thurdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

City of Montreal Archives

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)

Online collections

Electronic Resources for Finding Primary Documents (selected)

  • Archives of American Art Documents the history of art in America. Over 125 collections fully available online.
  • British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries 1500-1950
  • Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1960 A collection of papers generated by Britain's Foreign and Colonial Offices, in reference to the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Includes references to the railway, trade, slavery, military and finance. [Adam Matthew Digital]
  • Defining Gender "Original source material from British and European archives for those studying history, literature, sociology, education and cultural studies from a gendered perspective."
  • Early Canadiana Online []
  • Early Encounters in North America, 1534-1860 [Alexander Street Press]
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online Contains works published in the UK during the 18th century (books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more)
  • Empire Online Includes archival material from 1492-2007: "Exploration journals and logs; Letter books and correspondence; Periodicals; Diaries; Official Government Papers; Missionary papers; Travel writing; Slave papers; Memoirs; Fiction; Children's Adventure Stories; Traditional; folk tales; Exhibition Catalogues and guides; Maps; Marketing Posters; Photographs; and Illustrations..." [Adam Matthew Digital]
  • Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration, and Cultural Exchange "This project focuses on fifteen significant commodities [sugar, tea, cotton, fur] whose stories are often intertwined....Each commodity is documented through a wide range of manuscript materials, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, ephemera, objects and rare books so that the student can explore the origins of the commodity, their first uses, the trade that developed and the ways in which these items were marketed and consumed. The project touches on themes of exploration and discovery; imperialism and attempts at monopoly; trade Wars; translocation and economic geography; slavery; mass production; luxury; taste; and the evolution of global branding." [Adam Matthew Digital]
  • HathiTrust Digital Library: This digital library provides access to selected full-text items. Login with your McGill email address and password for increased access to: US government documents; Material published in the US prior to 1923; Material published outside of the US prior to 1870
  • Making of the Modern World [Gale] "Tracks the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth."
  • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007 [Adam Matthew Digital]
  • Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History [Adam Matthew Digital]
  • Other resources from Adam Matthew Digital (UK): Provides full electronic access to a selection of primary documents from international archival collections. I've highlighted 3 collections of interest to the course above. To explore additional Adam Matthew Collections, browse the website for the collection name and then check the McGill catalogue for access.

Historical newspapers

Historical Newspapers (Full text and indexes)

  • This page (scroll down to bottom) provides a list of online historical newspapers including: The New York Times, 1851-2007; Early American Newspapers, 1690-1876; The Globe and Mail, 1844-2009. Search the library catalogue for additional titles - these may be available online, on microfilm, or in print.
  • Quebec Historical Newspapers From the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BANQ)
  • Canadian Illustrated News

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  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Additional resources

See also these guides for more information:

Canadian Art

Canadian and Montreal Architecture

Canadian History


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