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African Art History


Books in the Wells Library are filed using the Library of Congress system which groups books into subject areas. Some of the broad Fine Arts subject areas begin with the following call numbers:

N - Visual Arts     N7380 African art

NA - Architecture

NB - Sculpture

NC - Drawing. Design. Illustration.

ND - Painting

NE - Print Media

NK - Decorative Arts

NX - Arts in General

TR - Photography     TR115 Photography--Africa--Exhibitions

TT - Handicrafts. Arts and Crafts.     TT504.6 Fashion--Africa

Reference Books
Reference Books are shelved in the Reference Reading Room.

Other Books

Catalogues Raisonnés

The catalogue raisonné is an important tool for provenance research and for establishing the oeuvre of an artist; it normally contains provenance for each version of a work of art. Each work is pictured, with scholarly opinions, provenance, literature about the work, and sales information (when known). Search this Catalogues Raisonnés resource from the International Federation for Art Research to locate published and forthcoming titles.

Exhibition Catalogs

These titles document museum and gallery shows; are often the best source for high-quality images; and usually include artist biographies, curatorial essays, artist interviews and/or writings, and career chronologies. Look for "Exhibitions" as part of the subject heading.


These are books by or about artists published independent of any exhibition. Usually, these are in-depth writings that analyze or provide context for an artist and his/her work. Look for words like "Criticism and Interpretation" in the subject heading of a book. Search using "criticism" or "analysis" as keywords.