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Provenance: Other Resources

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

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This section links to resources that can be used to identify a variety of scholarly resources about an artist or work:

Look for Clues in all Types of Scholarly Documents

Scholarly resources about a work or an artist can be a source for clues of an item's provenance. Check for mention of the art work -- reference to provenance, bibliography, exhibitions, and other sources such as reference to others who are researching this artist or work.

Find Research Published in a Thesis or Dissertation

Below are links to a number of sources for identifying theses and dissertations. 

There are a variety of methods to be followed to access or obtain a thesis or dissertation, as described in the page called: How to get a thesis from another institution.

Find Monographs and Collections of Essays

Omni, the Library's catalogue: search on artist or work in the subject field.

For the following databases, search on artist or work in the Subject/Artist field. "Book" is the publication type for monographs. "Essay" is the publication type for essays in collections/book chapters.  (Note: Library catalogues will index a collection of essays by editor as author.)

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system can be used to perform a federated search on a set of library catalogues. For example, you can set your profile to search the Ontario university libraries that have a strong fine arts collection.

Other Library Catalogues: search catalogues from around the world. An Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request will get you titles that we don't hold locally.