With well over 100,000 items in the collection, it is impossible to highlight specific titles of interest. The library has particular strengths in 19th century art & architecture, including French painting; early modern Europe; fashion, and photography. However, there are distinct types of works that deserve mention, special collections of note, and tips for maximizing your search results.
A search for print tiles begins with NUSearch. You can search by title, author, or keyword, or by any combination using the advanced search feature. Results can be focused by using limiters found on the left of the results screen, e.g. format, year, or location.
- A new feature added to the search results is Yewno Discover, which is a graphic representation of items related to the initial search term that appears on the left of the search results. Clicking on it will take you to the Yewno interface, where you can see a larger example of the search cloud, and explore each suggestion independently in greater depth. Yewno can be helpful in highlighting related terms and concepts and suggesting connections that may not have been initially considered or immediately apparent.
- When searching by keywords, it helps to use a controlled vocabulary that matches the subject terms assigned to item records. Like most libraries, Northwestern uses subject headings established by the Library of Congress, commonly known as LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings) These are standardized terms that describe particular subjects, and help ensure that search results accurately reflect a user's intention. If you have any doubt as to how to phrase your search terms, the LC Authorities file can be consulted for the definitive answer. The authorities file can also provided officially recognized spellings of names and locations.
- Monograph titles are located in the Eloise W. Martin Reading Room and the Architecture Reading Room. Please refer to the section Locating Titles in the Art Library for full details.
Unlike periodicals, which are published on a regular schedule, serials are continuing scholarship concentrating on a particular artist, period or artistic theme, but that appear at irregular intervals. The library has several important serial collections, including
- The Illustrated Bartsch
is the definitive collection of European master prints from 1400 to 1850, reflecting the history of prints and printing in Europe for over 400 years. Originally a 24 volume set begun in the 18th century, the Bartsch currently contains over 50 volumes (not including supplements and commentaries) and is planned through volume 166.
- The Hollstein
is actually several separate serials devoted to woodcuts, etchings, and engravings:
- Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700 (72 volumes)
- The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, 1450-1700
- In this series, each volume is devoted to a specific artist (81 volumes)
- German engravings, etchings, and woodcuts, ca. 1400-1700 (85 volumes)
- The New German engravings, etchings, and woodcuts, ca. 1400-1700
- Each volume devoted to a specific artist (14 volumes)
- The Corpus Rubenianum
Currently, 21 volumes on the work of Peter Paul Rubens
These are multi-volume sets that chronicle the entire output of an artist's career. Extensively researched, they are often considered definitive pieces of scholarship. While not every artist merits a catalogue, the library has examples for most major Western artists. Catalogues raisonné do not circulate.
Please visit each collection's page for more information