Browse footnotes and bibliographies of books, subject encyclopedias, and articles for information about primary sources.
Search the Library Catalog for primary sources--both unpublished manuscripts and modern editions in print and online, sometimes in translation, of original primary sources. Combine subject searches for terms like:
in an Advanced Search with searches for the authors and artists you are researching.
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Use the Subject Browse feature to discover books in the catalog.
Here are some subject headings that might support the kind of research Kara Walker did for her work, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby: