In addition to the College’s many resources for research and inspiration,
students also have access to world-renowned visual arts and research
collections in the Philadelphia Region including:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
One of the major art reference libraries in the United States, the Museum
Library houses approximately 200,000 books, auctions catalogues, and
periodicals dating from the sixteenth century to the present. Reflecting
the Museum's rich and distinctive collections, the Library's holdings focus
on European, American, and Asian Paintings and Sculpture, Modern and
Contemporary Art, Arms and Armor, Furniture and Decorative Arts, Costume
and Textiles, and Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. The Library also
subscribes to a growing collection of electronic resources.
The museum has on-site computer research capabilities for use by scholars
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The Archives are a unique and highly important research facility,
documenting the development of the fine arts and art education in America.
The Rosenbach is home to one of the nation's great collections of rare
books and the world’s largest collection of portrait miniatures.
Woodmere Art Museum
The Edward M. David Library comprises 2,000 volumes on art techniques, art
history and artists. Archival material on local and regional artists is
available. The Registry’s slides cover 1000 years of painting, sculpture,
printmaking and the decorative arts.
Barnes Foundation Collection
The library consists of approximately 5,000 volumes, primarily related to
the history of art and horticulture.
Brandywine River Museum
Museum Library includes unique resources related to a variety of American art and artists. The Library contains approximately 3,500 volumes and approximately 22,000 additional items, including portfolios and scrapbooks, films and videotapes, sound cassettes and phonograph records, historic calendars and posters, exhibition posters and brochures, photographs, ephemera such as clippings, tear sheets, book jackets, and archival materials related to various artists. The reference room features books, exhibition catalogues and other printed materials relating to American art history and the Museum's history.