African Art and the Diaspora

Fall 2012

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-270  |  Black Studies, as BLST-293; Rowland O. Abiodun (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Dunstan C. McNutt.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Primary Sources


Once you have some background information on your object (see the "Reference Tab" for potential sources), try searching the 5 College Catalog for relevant books. Some subject keywords to consider include:

  • African art
  • African American art
  • African diaspora
  • African influence
  • painting
  • sculpture
  • textiles
  • wood-carving

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Art Abstracts (1984 to present)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) (1974 to present)
Citations to and abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art; some entries date back as far as the late 1960s.

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.


Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon / Artists of the World
Authoritative, up-to-date biographical information on more than 1 million artists.

Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, and other Oxford art reference works covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography from prehistory to the present.

African Americans in the Visual Arts. New York: Facts on File, 2003. (AC Frost Reference / N6538.N5 O86 2003)
Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African & African American Experience. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. (AC Frost Reference / DT 14 .A37435 2005)
Encyclopedia of African American Artists. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009. (AC Frost Reference / N6538.N5 J44 2009)
Encyclopedia of African History. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005. (AC Frost Reference / DT20 .E53 2005)


Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Primary Sources

Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.