These are sources that you will analyze or interpret as part of your research.
Where do I find primary sources?
Primary sources are often reproduced in books, or digitized and available through libraries or museums directly. Others require visiting a physical archive.
What are examples of primary sources in art history?
|letters or correspondence btw. artists, patrons, dealers, etc.
|exhibition reviews or catalogs (documenting works shown at an exhibit)
|records of auctions, sales, or payments
|maps or travelogues
|oral histories, memoirs, or autobiographies
|paintings, photographs, prints, fashion, furniture, and other original objects
Primary sources in art history are often reproduced or made digitally available in books or digital collections. Below are a few places you can search, but you might need to do a general internet search to find collections for your specific research area.
You can also view more guides to History and Primary Source Research to see primary source collections by time period and geographic region.