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220 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
 
The Fisher Fine Arts Library supports study, teaching and research in contemporary and historical aspects of art, architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, studio art, and urban design. Text and image collections, in analog and digital form, have a global reach and concentrate on the arts of the western experience, Islam, South Asia and East Asia, from prehistory to the present. Our digital and print resources are designed to meet the needs of students and faculty of the departments, schools and programs of the University of Pennsylvania. More....
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TRIAL - Electronic Arts Intermix Video CollectionThe Electronic Arts Intermix collection spans the mid-1960s to the present and includes works by pioneering figures such as Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler and Joan Jonas, as well new digital works by emerging artists, including Seth Price, Paper Rad, Cory Arcangel and Takeshi Murata. The Educational Streaming Site offers access to selected titles from the full collection.  Requires authenitcation if accessing from off-campus.

Icons of Sinai: Recently launched by Princeton University and the Index for Christian Art, this new online project makes available color images of the icons owned by the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai taken during joint expeditions undertaken from 1956 to 1965 by the University of Michigan, Princeton University, and the University of Alexandria. The collection documents, in color, the condition of these icons before and after cleaning and restoration carried out in the 1950s and 1960s. Currently, this website displays about 1,200 transparencies, but additional images will be added and the data will be updated. The online images are limited to a size of 1024 pixels.

Avery/GSAPP Architectural Plans and Sections Now Available: Artstor, the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), and the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library are now sharing approximately 10,000 images of architectural plans and sections and related materials in the Digital Library. The collection, which is projected to include 20,000 images, is based on GSAPP’s history of modern architecture curriculum and covers the history of modern buildings, focusing primarily on 20th-century modernism, with a few earlier and later projects spanning from 1871 to 2013. Comprising 1,000 projects from 44 countries, the majority of them of built works, the Plans and Sections project also includes documentation of unbuilt projects and of competitions such as the Chicago Tribune Tower and the Lenin Library. This collaboration makes this rich body of visual material and related scholarship available online for the first time.

Material ConneXion Material ConneXion maintains the world's largest subscription-based materials library, with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes across all disciplines of design. Materials are selected through a strict review process  40+ new materials are independently juried into the library every month. This database serves as a remote entry point for users and features high quality images, product and manufacturing information, description, and application.

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AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature: Abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.
ARTbibliographies Modern: Abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews.
Art and Architecture Complete: Indexes articles from art-related periodicals published throughout the world.
ARTstor: Large database of images of works of art, architecture and archaeology along with the necessary software to view the images, create personal groups of images and create presentations.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals: Indexes architecture, architectural design, archeology, furniture and decoration, historic preservation, the history of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning.
BuildingGreen.com: Provides current research, thinking, and writing via Environmental Building News, the GreenSpec directory of green products, and the BuildingGreen Suite of online tools.
Digital Dissertations: Doctoral level dissertations completed at North American universities.
Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970: Rendition of microfilmed fire insurance maps for Pennsylvania.
Index to Current Urban Documents: Full text of U.S. and Canadian city and county publications, covering social, political, economic, planning, and public administration affairs and policy, as well as health, education, and social work issues.
JSTOR: Full text of articles in humanities and social sciences periodicals.
Oxford Art Online: Scholarly art encyclopedia covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. Includes full text of the Dictionary of Art.
Philadelphia Architects & Buildings: Authoritative information on three centuries of Philadelphia buildings and designers.
Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Histories, Plans, and Futures: Searchable database of neighborhood-based reports issued by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission between 1946 and 1990.
Philadelphia NeighborhoodBase: Web-based, geographic data application developed by the University of Pennsylvania's Cartographic Modeling Lab.
Places in Time: Images, documents, tools, and links for pursuing historical information about place in the five-county Philadelphia area: Bucks, Chester, Delaware. Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.
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All Landscape Architecture Databases
All Studio Art Databases
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