Catalogues Raisonnés & more
A catalogue raisonné is not an exhibition catalog! Learn what they are and how to find them at Cornell here.
Exhibition histories may be found in some of the following sources: secondary literature (scholarly monographs and articles), exhibition catalogs, and—at least partial listings—in artist dictionaries, such as Bénézit (part of Oxford Art Online).
More about Bénézit in this video.
How to find exhibition catalogs
It’s easy enough to search for books in the catalog using the term exhibition (preferred over exhibit). The term catalog is not always used to describe these materials, but if you do use it in your search, be sure to look for both catalog and catalogue. Check that the book you've found is actually an exhibition catalog. Sometimes, the term catalog actually describes an auction catalog, which can be a good source for images, but is not usually a work that presents scholarly, curatorial information in the same way that an exhibition catalog would. Here are some subject headings that describe exhibition catalogs:
Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900 --Catalogs
Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900 --Exhibitions
Hudson River school of landscape painting --Influence --Exhibitions
Amon Carter Museum of American Art --Exhibitions
Children --Portraits --Exhibitions
Art auctions --New York (State) --New York --Catalogs
Cornell Library Online Exhibitions
The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections also hosts the Hirshland Gallery, where a regular schedule of exhibitions highlights important individual collections. Here are some online versions of past exhibitions that provide source material for the study of nineteenth-century American art: