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Photography: researching its history, processes, and photographers: Home

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If so, check out the resources in this guide marked with asterisks!

These resources are recommended as particularly indispensable, authoritative, comprehensive, or just plain useful.

Useful quick links

Clark library online catalog

Use the library online catalog to search:

  • by Title to find specific books that you already know about
  • by Name to find books on a given artist or by a given author
  • by Keyword to find books on particular topics

Library electronic resources page

Browse databases and websites, organized by subject, that can be used to find articles, books, dissertations, images, and other material.  While subscription databases will only be available on the Clark/Williams campus, there are many other useful online resources that are freely available.


Arguably the most important resource in any researcher's toolkit, WorldCat is a vast database that represents the holdings of thousands of libraries worldwide. The Clark's link to WorldCat allows for nuanced searching and the placing of Interlibrary Loan requests for registered students, faculty, and staff.

Not on the Clark campus?  Search WorldCat online!

Other Related Guides

Check the following guide for information on finding, manipulating, and citing images.  Citations for images in this Photography libguide follow the Chicago Manual of Style format, but other formats can be found in the Images guide.


Use this guide to find Clark library and internet resources for study and research in the field of photography, including standard reference sources, books and websites on the history and technical aspects of photography, indexes and databases for finding articles on photography, photographic image websites and databases, and biographical sources.

The Clark library's David A. Hanson Collection on the History of Photomechanical Reproduction, which documents the history of photomechanical printing from its development in 1826 through the perfection of three-color printing at the beginning of the twentieth century, can be explored through the library's online catalog and through a collection of digitized images.  Click the David A. Hanson Collection tab (above) for more images and information.


Cave, Henry. Woodburygravures from Photographs in the Ruined Cities of Ceylon. London: S. Low, Marston and Co, 1897. From the David A. Hanson Collection, Clark Art Institute Library.

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