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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:

Items Not Available in OMNI

If the material you need is not available in Omni, you can request it using the blank request form found at the top of the Omni results screen under Interlibrary Loan.

Suggest a purchase
Suggestions for new library acquisitions are welcomed using this form to recommend a purchase.

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.)