Research Tools

This page is in no way definitive, I am always running across more great online tools and adding to my list. If you have any favorite sites, please share!

Museums/University/Library Collections Online

Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Victoria & Albert Museum:

Museum of London:

MoL garments discussed in Patterns of Fashion:          

British Museum:

National Gallery of Art:


Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Getty Collection:

Pitt Rivers Museum

U of Colorado collection of online museum collections links:

Winterhur Digital Library:

Museums in Florence: website for 72 museums in Florence with picture of important pieces (often frescos or sculpture) in each.

Surrey Museums  Collections Online:

Kent State University Collections Online:

LACMA Collections Online:

Swedish History Museum Flikr photos  albums

Swedish History Museum Collection:

New York Public Library Digital Collection

The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg 

The Morgan Library:

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Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica Palazzo Barbarini: 

World Digital Library

Web Gallery of Art: 

Trinity College, Dublin Online Collection:

Vatican Library Digitization Project:

Cleveland Museum of Art Online Collection:

Harvard Art Museum:

National Archives (UK) Online Collection:

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford:

Belgian Art Links and Tools:

Kimbrell Art Museum Collection:

ARTE Moda Archive (University of Bergamo):

Freer-Sackler Collection:

Yousef Jameel Center for Islamic & Asian Art

German National Museum

Manchester Art Gallery:

The Worshipful Company of Glovers' of London  collection of extant gloves 16th -20th century with some lovely detail pictures

The John Bright Collection    18th -20th century extant garments from the private collection of John Bright.

Royal Ontario Museum Online Collection:

Museo del Prado:

Museum with No Frontiers   virtual museum focusing on interconnections between cultures

Portrait Timeline:  not a museum collection per se, but a site of portraits year by year and decade by decade from ancient to modern  all tagged with excellent provenance.  

San Francisco Fine Arts Museums Online Collection:

Archaeological/Small  Finds

Portable Antiquities Scheme:

York Archaeological Trust:

Archaeological Data Service:

Hampshire Cultural Trust Collection:

UK Detector Finds Database:

Museum of London Archaeology Resource Library:

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Online Collection:

Internet Archaeology Journal:

Material culture 

Medieval and Renaissance Material Culture

Institute for the Material Culture of the Middle Ages REALonline: (the search engine for this is beyond frustrating, tho)

Specific Medieval/Renaissance Documents

The Mendelian and Landaur House Books:

Jewel book of Duchess Anna of Bavaria:

Arte dell'Arme  -Achille Morozzo 1568

Collection of late period lace & embroidery modelbuchs:

DressDB:  searchable DB of 16th-17th documents (wills, inventories, legal documents etc) with references to clothing related terms.  Includes a number of Queen Elizabeth;s wardrobe related documents.

Book of Kells

Biblioteca Medicea  Laurenziana digitized manuscripts:

Bodleian Library digitized manuscripts:


Japanese Historical Text Initiative:

China National Silk Museum collection:

Annotated Bibliographies/online books

MyJSTOR   If you don't have access to the full JSTOR thru an academic institution, you can register for MyJSTOR, which gives limited access and allows you to save up to 3 articles to read every 2 weeks.

Bodleian History Faculty Library, Oxford Guide to Medieval Sources:

Metropolitan  Museum of Art Publications:    out of print Met publications are available in .pdf form at no charge here! 

Wiley Online Library:

Getty Museum Publications:

Project Muse:  MUSE offers full-text access to current content of scholarly journals and books in the humanities and social sciences.

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