Secondary Sources


Review by: Percy Wells Bidwell. The American Historical Review. Vol. 23, No. 1 (Oct., 1917), pp. 177-179

African-American Archaeology Newsletter provides full text online articles for 1994-2000 issues.

American Art, published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum includes tables of contents online. Those with access to (licensed) JSTOR may get full text.

American Antiquity is the principal journal for the Society of American Archaeology. Tables of contents from 1995, with abstracts from 1999 to present, are available. Journal is included full text in (licensed) JSTOR.

American Furniture, published yearly by the Chipstone Foundation from 1993 to the present, provides full text online for many articles.

American Historical Review (1895-present) is the journal of the American Historical Association. Tables of contents and some full text are publicly available. See the Archive of All Online Content. Also available in (licensed) JSTOR.

Antiques and the Arts is a weekly newsletter for the arts and antiques market, primarily concerned with American and decorative art. Selections from the newsletter and a calendar of events are available through the site.

British History Online: Dictionary of Traded Goods and Commodities, 1550-1820.  By Nancy Cox and Karin Dannehl.  A dictionary of nearly 4,000 terms found used in documents relating to trade and retail in early modern Britain.

Ceramics in America, published yearly by the Chipstone Foundation from 2001 to the present, provides full text online for many articles.

Colonial Williamsburg’s journal, now renamed Trend and Tradition, is published quarterly.  Selected articles are available full text online.  A cumulative index lists tables of contents back to 1978.

Common-Place, sponsored by the American Antiquarian Association, is an interactive journal for the exploration of early American life. Published quarterly. The “Object Lessons” subsection focuses on material culture.

Folk Art (formerly The Clarion), published by the American Folk Art Museum between 1971 and 2008, provides full text online for all issues.

Journal of American History, published by the Organization of American Historians, provides selected articles and other content online. Full text is included in (licensed) JSTOR.

Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts is published by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) at Old Salem. This is a scholarly, refereed e-journal presenting new research about the decorative arts and material culture of the American South prior to 1860. Full text is available.

Journal of Material Culture contains tables of contents and abstracts from 1996 to current issue. Full text is available in UW-Madison licensed databases.

Maine Antique Digest is a print publication for the art and antiques market with an online supplement. Access to some information may require registration and/or a print subscription.

Marks handbooks useful for identifying pottery, metalwork, and more are available in the Internet Archive through contributions by the Smithsonian Libraries.

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography is a scholarly journal published quarterly by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania since 1877. Full text issues from 1907-2005 are publicly available.

Resource Library, from the Traditional Fine Arts Organization, is a collection of online articles and essays dealing with American representational visual arts, including decorative arts.

Silver Magazine provides tables of contents for issues from 1968-present.

Studies in the Decorative Arts (1993-2009), from the Bard Graduate Center, provides tables of contents online. This journal ceased and was replaced by West 86th (see below).

West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, begun in 2011 by the Bard Graduate Center, consists of a printedition and an online version with selected content.

William and Mary Quarterly, a journal devoted to early American history, published by the Omohundro Institute, provides tables of contents online for issues from 1945-present. Full text is available via (licensed) JSTOR.

Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture provides tables of contents online. Full text is available via (licensed) JSTOR.

NOTE: UW-Madison students have access to many licensed sources. See the UW-Madison Database Library list of art/art history/architecture sources for suggestions of databases indexing articles and other content relating the decorative arts and material culture, American history, and more.