Research Databases

The library offers access to a range of research databases. Each database description below includes a statement specifying whether the resource is available to all users or restricted to users within the museum.

The Amon Carter’s library is one of the nation’s premier destinations for the study of American art.

Library Catalog

  • Cultural District Library Consortium (CDLC) Catalog
    Shared catalog of the library collections at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. A monthly listing of new books added to the Amon Carter's collection is also available.
    Access: Public access

Local Collection Databases

  • Bio Files
    Searchable index to the names represented in this extensive collection of loose material, clippings, and small publications related to a range of American artists, photographers, and collectors.
  • Microfilm Newspaper Index
    Searchable index to the library's holdings of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century newspapers on microfilm. This collection emphasizes Texas and western U.S. titles.

Archives of American Art

  • Archives of American Art Searchable Catalog
    Catalog of the Archives of American art hosted on the Smithsonian Institution's SIRIS system. Use the "limits" box to focus search on Archives of American Art material. As an affiliated research center, the Carter library is a repository for microfilm copies of unrestricted material from the Archives of American Art. The "combined" search option allows limiting results to items specifically in the archives. See also the Archives of American Art page providing various discovery tools related to their research collections.
    Access: Public access

General Databases

    Digital archive of over 1,000 leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.
    Access: Museum computers only; automated login
  • WorldCat
    Comprehensive database that allows searching of library holdings worldwide. Materials include books, serials, archival collections, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, sound recordings, films, photographs, posters, computer files, electronic resources, and more. The catalog reflects the collections of major research libraries; academic, public, corporate and national libraries; archives and museums; and historical societies.
    Access: Museum computers only

Periodical Index Databases

Biographical Databases

  • AskART
    Information about 26,000 American artists, including biographical, bibliographical, and auction data (photographers not included).
    Access: Login required for auction data

Auction/Sales Databases

  • Artnet Fine Art and Design Database
    The artnet Price Database Fine Art and Design contains over 5 million illustrated fine art and photography auction records dating back to 1985 from over 550 auction houses around the world, including Christie's, Sotheby's, Phillips, Dorotheum, Lempertz, Tajan, Piasa and many others.
    Access: Login required
  • Blouin Art Sales Index
    Latest auction results dating back to 1922 from hundreds of auction houses worldwide.
    Access: Free; login required for restricted areas of site
  • AskART
    Information about 26,000 American artists, including biographical, bibliographical, and auction data (photographers not included).
    Access: Login required for auction data
  • Gordon's Photography Prices
    Access to photography auction records from 1970 to current date.
    Access: Museum computers only; automated login
  • Gordon's Print Prices
    The world's largest fine print and poster price database.
    Access: Museum computers only; automated login
  • Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices
    Fine print and poster database devoted exclusively to dealer prices.
    Access: Museum computers only; automated login