Purpose of Collection:

Art & Architectural History is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Cultural Mediations, Music, African Studies, Architecture, and Digital Humanities.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Art History Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Art theory
  • Historiography, methodology, and criticism
  • History of art and architecture (prehistoric to present day)
  • Aesthetics
  • Canadian and Aboriginal Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Cultural Theory
  • Museology and Curatorial Studies
  • Photography
  • Visual Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


All countries and regions included.


English language works will be the primary focus of the collection. Works in other languages will be acquired through faculty and student requests.


  • Books
  • Journals
  • Exhibition Catalogues (by request)
  • Reference works and bibliographies


  • Catalogue Raisonne
  • Sales catalogues
  • Yearbooks

Additional Collection Information

Related Subject Profiles

  • Architecture and Urbanism
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