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Provenance: Articles

Resources to discover the history of the ownership of works of art

About this Section

This section points to resources that can be used to locate articles.

Locate Articles

Articles may provide ownership and location facts as well as date information and other clues that can may help establish provenance.

Find Journal Articles

Scholarly journal articles are refereed (or peer-reviewed); an article is reviewed by a scholar in the field before publication.

The Fine Arts Databases can be used to identify articles that may contain clues.

Other databases may also be of use:

Researching Canadian Topics

Find Popular and News Articles that Refer to a Work or Artist

Articles in the news or popular press may announce an exhibition, a sale or a transfer of ownership.

Visit the News Sources Research Guide to look for current news stories!