Locate obvious primary sources in our Colby library catalogs (CBBcat, One Search) and larger discovery portals (such as WorldCat and Hathi Trust Digital Library), by using a topic or an artist/author name and a term such as: sources, letters, autobiographies, diaries, or another term from the list below. The library also subscribes to many online primary resource collections: textual, media, visual, and music. Colby's Special Collections provides a wealth of on-site archives and valuable rare book materials relating specifically to the College and its cultural and social history.
A peer-reviewed journal, "Archives of American Art Journal covers the history of the visual arts in the United States from the eighteenth century to the recent past. The Journal seeks to enrich our understanding of art history and visual culture by publishing original research based in part on the vast holdings of the Archives of American Art. It aims to showcase new approaches to and out-of-the-box thinking about primary sources. First published in 1960 as the Archives of American Art Bulletin, the Archives of American Art Journal is the longest-running scholarly journal devoted to the history of American art." University of Chicago Press website.