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Fine Arts in Special Collections

An introduction to the major fine arts collections in in Special Collections and Archives

Subject Headings

Subject headings refer to a controlled vocabulary that librarians use to organize materials. Using these terms can help bring up results more specifically related to these topics. 

  • Art
  • Art -- American
  • Art -- Ancient
  • Art -- Modern
  • Art -- Contemporary
  • Art and society
  • Artists and community
  • Commercial art
  • Drawing -- Technique
  • Graphic arts
  • Interactive art
  • Multimedia (Art)
  • New media
  • Public Art
  • Social justice in art

Using Art as Primary and Secondary Sources

When conducting research, primary sources are materials that are created by the people participating in an event or practice that you are trying to study. When discussing art, primary sources are the original pieces of art themselves: an original painting, pictures of a live performance piece, an original poem. 

Secondary sources in art would include exhibit catalogues, periodical reviews, theses and dissertations on specific pieces of art or art movements, and other types of written work discussing primary sources. 

Collection Highlights

Special Collections and Archives


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Special Collections & Archives Reading Rooms

SCA Research Center
110 Strozier Library, Main Floor
(850) 644-3271

Monday 12-6pm
Tuesday 12-6pm
Wednesday 12-7pm
Thursday 12-6pm
Friday 12-5pm

Claude Pepper Library Reading Room
Claude Pepper Center, 636 W Call St
(850) 644-9217

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Tuesday - Appointment Only
Wednesday -1-5pm
Thursday - 1-5pm
Friday - Appointment Only

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