Directories and General Databases

Europeana – homepage

Europeana allows you to search and link to collections across Europe including many libraries and museums. Includes a range of images and online copies of old (and some more recent) printed books. A useful starting point for research on any European topic and a helpful way to discover new databases and collections.

European Cultural History Online (ECHO)homepage

Links to the online content of 120 institutions worldwide, good databases on the history of architecture and historical travel guides, also has some online images.

History of the Accademia di San Lucahomepage & post on the database

The searchable database of this Web site provides access to a complete transcription of every extant notarial record of the period from the Archivio di Stato di Roma identified by the project team, as well as a digital image of the original document. The transcriptions and page images are viewable side by side.

Getty research databases.

Multilingual Glossary for Art Librarians – English with Indexes in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish – pdf

JISC CollectionsFind a collection

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is an independent advisory body that works with further and higher education by providing strategic guidance, advice and opportunities to use ICT to support learning, teaching, research and administration. They have finded online databases of a wide range of collections including many digital images and also printed books, newspapers and so on. This site allows you to browse the range of online collections. The collections are provided in association with publishers including The British Library, The National Archives, British Film Institute, The History Data Service, Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomson Reuters, Oxford University Press and many other leading research institutes, museums and universities. Each of the collections contains comprehensive data making it easy for you to include full research notes and citations within your work.

National Trust (UK)  BibliographyBibliography (pdf) About

An extensive online bibliography lists over 4,000 books and articles which have been published about National Trust (UK) properties, people and collections, in some instances before the founding of the Trust in 1895.

The Internet ArchiveHomepage

A wide range of books are available to view online or download as a pdf. There are a large number of historical texts in a variety of languages, such as a range of different editions and translations of Vasari and Bellori, that can otherwise be hard to find in libraries or that you would not be allowed to make copies of.

Artist’s Papers RegisterHomepage

A location register of the papers of artists, designers and craftspeople held in publicly accessible collections in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Grand Tourdetails (need a subscription to access)

From the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Yale University, the Chaney Library, the British Library, London, and other sources.

Electronic Enlightenmenthomepage

With 58,555 letters and documents and 7,113 correspondents as of October 2010, EE is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.

Venetian Buildings and Monumentshomepage (in German)

Includes catalogue of palaces on the Grand Canal, a guide to the Doge’s palace, Churches in Venice, Campi in Venice, Rialto Bridge (buildings past and present), Tiepolo in Venice, and more.