Works of Art


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    Artists’ Books

    The Clarence Ward Art Library has a growing collection of more than 900 artists’ books by established artists (such as Edward Ruscha, Damien Hirst, and Kiki Smith) as well as Oberlin faculty, students, alumni, and Oberlin town artists. This dynamic collection is a valuable instruction and research tool for students, faculty, and …

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    eMuseum Catalogue

    Search more than 13,500 artworks including African, American (pre-1900), Ancient, Asian, European (pre-1900), Modern and Contemporary (1900-present), and the Eva Hesse archives

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    Frederick R. Selch Collection of American Music History

    The items featured here represent a small portion of the visual materials (paintings, drawings, prints; photographs and tintypes; correspondence; posters, playbills, and other ephemera) from the Frederick R. Selch Collection of American Music History. Like the more than 6,000 books and 700 instruments that comprise the principle portion …

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    The illustrations database has been growing piecemeal from a variety of sources since 2010 in response to an interest expressed by both the college’s Allen Art Museum and the Art Department for more access to named artists, illustrators, designers, and techniques relating to images on paper in our flat files and books.  Many of our

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    Mail Art

    The Oberlin College Mail Art Collection consists of two large archives collected by Oberlin artists, Reid Wood and Harley Francis. Together these archives contain over 25,000 works from the mid-1970’s to 2004 produced by more than 1,800 mail artists from around the world.

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    Mary A. Ainsworth Collection of Japanese Artists’ Books

    Mary A. Ainsworth, an Oberlin College Alumna of 1889, first traveled to Japan in 1905. Over the next 25 years, she steadily acquired a collection of Japanese prints and books of impressive breadth and depth. Ainsworth bequeathed her collection to Oberlin College in 1950. The Oberlin College Library’s portion of the Ainsworth Collection consists of 114 lots amounting to over three hundred volumes of Japanese Artist books. The works are mostly concentrated in the late Edo (1603-1867) and Meiji periods (1868-1912) with a few from the Taisho period (1912-1926). The collection also holds seven wood blocks for printing (two surfaced with etched metal plates). This digital collection has been an ongoing project and currently showcases half of the inventory. Further information is available on the Oberlin College Library Special Collections website

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    Maya Archeology

    Maya Archaeology Photographs show Maya architecture and scenery from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala and serves as a resource for the exploration of the various and complex interrelationships within Maya society.

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    Oberlin College Historic Portraits

    Oberlin College established the Historic Portrait Collection in 1883 on the occasion of its Jubilee celebration. Beginning with less than ten portraits, the collection’s focus was “to secure, so far as possible, the portraits of the more eminent men and women connected with our …

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    Oberlin College Visual Resources Image Collection

    This growing collection consists of selected images of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other media from various art historical periods. These images are selected on the basis of the curricular needs of the Oberlin College Department of Art.

    Oberlin College educational use only. Redistribution off campus prohibited.

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    Western Manuscripts

    This database started with high quality scans of our Medieval Latin, Byzantine, Armenian, Coptic and Russian codices and fragments in manuscript. These images were a response to an invitation to be included in the Digital Scriptorium project in 2008. Since then we have begun to add our significant manuscript holdings relating to other Collections, beginning with old Deeds of Indenture, the War of 1812, Anti-slavery, and select author manuscripts.