William Morris Hunt Memorial Library

Horticultural Hall
300 Massachusetts Avenue
2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02115
617-369-3385
 

Researching Works of Art in the Museum Collection

Your research begins with the Museum's online searchable database of nearly 330,000 object records; search by area of interest, artist, title, or Museum object number. When researching an object from the Museum collection in the library please ask for Artemis bibliography assistance. The Artemis database as a research tool links Museum objects to books with object references.

Provenance Research

Remote Research Page (Museum Staff only)

Online Resources for In-Library Use

Art Source
ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)
Art and Rare Book Sales Catalogs Index (SCIPIO)
Benezit Dictionary of Artist
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
Artnet
Gale Biography in Context
CAMIO Catalog of Art Museum Images Online
Design and Applied Arts Index (DAII)
Getty Conservation Institute
Getty Provenance Index
Index to 19th Century American Art Periodicals (AAI)
Oxford Art Dictionary
New England Historical Genealogical Society
Oxford English Dictionary Online
Proquest Boston Globe
SIRIS Smithsonian Institution

 

Book Request Procedures

There is a limit of five book requests per person.
All required fields are in bold text. Please check our online catalog for all the necessary information.
All non-Main Library materials need two working days to be retrieved.

Since some materials may be located in one of the Museum departmental libraries, not all items listed in the online catalog will be immediately accessible. Fenway Libraries Online (FLO) Library Catalog

 

Departmental Library Location Codes

Main—William Morris Hunt Memorial Library
02—Art of Asia, Africa, and Oceania (DJ)
02A—Art of Asia, Africa, and Oceania (DI)
03—Art of the Americas (ADA, DPA)
03—Art of Europe (EDA, DPA)
04—Art of the Ancient World (DE)
04A—Art of the Ancient World (DA)
04B—Art of the Ancient World (DC)
05—Musical Instruments (DMI)
06—Prints, Drawings & Photographs (DP)
07—Paper Conservation (DPC)
08—Textiles & Fashion Arts (DT)
09—Conservation (CONS)
10—School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA)AB—Artists' Book
L—Reference (Main Library)
C—Cage (Rare Books)
LMIC—Microform
*—Oversize Book
**—Folio
p—Used after Call # to indicate Pamphlet
RC—Research Catalog
VF—Vertical File