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Art and Art History

Library databases and other research resources


This page provides research assistance for artwork in the San Jose Museum of Art. There are many publications that contain biographical or critical information about the museum's collections.  The resources on this page link to books, newspapers, articles, and archival resources. SJSU students can access university databases with their university ID and library pin.  Others can use our online online and print resources by visiting the library in person. San Jose Public Library databases can also be accessed remotely with your SJPL library card number and pin.  

In addition, there are resources in the SJPL's California Room useful for researching California art and architecture.  

The digital collection of the SJMA is online at:

Artists in California

Archival sources


The San Jose Mercury News is accessible online back to 1985 using the San Jose Public Library subscription, so you will need to use your SJPL card number and PIN.  Before 1985, the Mercury News is available in microfilm.  

The California Digital Newspaper Collection is free to search and covers several different California papers.  See the title list for coverage.