Bibliography by Type of Artist 

A list of books that describe architects, craft and design artists, folk artists, foundries, graphic artists, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, and artists who specializes in miniatures or silhouettes.  If these publications are not available through your local library, ask the librarian if these books can be obtained for you through inter-library loan.

Architects & Architectural firms
Crafts/Decorative Arts/Design
Folk Arts
Graphic Arts/Print publishers
Sculpture Silhouettes/Hollowcuts

Architects & Architectural firms

Architectural Records in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Guide to Research. New York: Garland Pub., 1988

        Includes index to San Francisco architects in practice 1850-1910.

Hail, Christopher, comp. Boston Architects and Builders: Compiled from the Boston Directory, 1789-1846. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records, 1989

Colvin, Howard Montagu. A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840. London: J. Murray, 1978

Directory of Boston Architects, 1846-1970: compiled from Boston City Directories and Related Works, Massachusetts Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records. 2nd rev. ed. Cambridge, MA: COPAR, 1985

Doumato, Lamia. Architecture & Women: A Bibliography, Documenting Women Architects, Landscape Architects, Designers, Architectural Critics and Writers and Women in Related Fields Working in the United States. New York: Garland Pub., 1988

Encyclopedia of Modern Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1964

Francis, Dennis Steadman. Architects in Practice: New York City, 1840-1900. Union, NJ: Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records, 1970

Gane, John F. American Architects Directory. 3rd ed. New York: R. R. Bowker & Company, 1970

Hunt, William Dudley. Encyclopedia of American Architecture. New York: McGraw Hill, c.1980

Morgan, Ann Lee, and Colin Naylor, eds. Contemporary Architects. Chicago: St. James Press, 1987

Placzek, Adolf K. MacMillan Encyclopedia of Architects. New York: MacMillan Publ., 1982

Richards, J. M., ed. Who's Who in Architecture: from 1400 to the present. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, c.1977

Tatman, Sandra L., and Roger W. Moss. Biographical Dictionary of Philadelphia Architects: 1700-1930. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985

Ward, James. Architects in Practice: New York City, 1900-1940. Union, NJ: Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records, 1989

Withey, Henry F., and Elsie Rathburn Withey. Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased). Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, 1956

Crafts/Decorative Arts/Design

Bray, Hazel V. The Potter's Art in California: 1885-1955. Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum, c.1980

Caldwell, Benjamin Hubbard, Jr. Tennessee Silversmiths. Winston-Salem, NC: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, c.1988

Campbell, James Edward. Pottery & Ceramics: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1978

Clark, Garth. A Century of Ceramics in the United States: 1878-1978. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1979

Clement, Arthur Wilfred. Notes on American Ceramics 1607-1943. Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Museum of Arts & Sciences, 1944

Comstock, Helen. The Concise Encyclopedia of American Antiques. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1965

Decorative Arts & Household Furnishings in America: 1650-1920: An annotated bibliography. Winterthur, DE: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1989

Designer's International Index. London and New York: Bowker-Saur, 1991

Dormer, Peter. The New Ceramics: Trends & Traditions. New York: Thames & Hudson, Inc., 1980.

Doumato, Lamia. Architecture & Women: A Bibliography, Documenting Women Architects, Landscape Architects, Designers, Architectural Critics and Writers and Women in Related Fields Working in the United States. New York: Garland Pub., 1988

Fleming, John, and Hugh Honour. Dictionary of the Decorative Arts. New York: Harper & Row, 1977

Garner, Philippe. The Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts: 1890-1940. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1979

The Guild: A Sourcebook of American Craft Artists. New York: Kraus Sikes Inc., 1968

Harrington, LaMar. Ceramics in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle: University of Washington Press, c.1979

Haslam, Malcolm. Marks and Monograms of the Modern Movement, 1875-1930. New York: Scribner, 1977

Hatton, Beth, ed. Index to Craft Journals, 1984-1988. Sydney, Australia: Crafts Council of Australia, 1990

Jervis, Simon. The Facts on File Dictionary of Design & Designers. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1984

Jervis, Simon. The Penguin Dictionary of Design & Designers. New York: Penguin Books, 1984

Lehner, Lois. Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain and Clay. Paducah, KY: Collectors Books, 1988

Margetts, Martina, ed. International Crafts. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1991

Minter-Dowd, Christine. Finder's Guide to Decorative Arts in the Smithsonian Institution. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1984

Naylor, Colin, ed. Contemporary Designers. Chicago: St. James Press, 1990

Newman, Harold. An Illustrated Dictionary of Glass. London: Thames & Hudson, c.1977

Osborne, Harold, ed. The Oxford Companion to the Decorative Arts. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985

Philip, Julia W., ed. Who's Who in Commercial Art & Photography. New York: Director's Art Institute, 1964

Phillips, Phoebe, ed. The Collector's Encyclopedia of Antiques. New York: Crown Pub., 1973

Prather-Moses, Alice Irma, comp. The International Directory of Women Workers in the Decorative Arts: A Historical Survey from the Distant Past to the Early Decades of the Twentieth Century. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1981

Rainwater, Dorothy T. Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers. New York: Crown Pub., 1975

Weidner, Ruth Irwin, comp. American Ceramics Before 1930: A Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1982

Who's Who in Commercial Art and Photography. New York: Director's Art Institute, 1960-

Folk Art

Earnest, Corinne P., and Russell D. Earnest. Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners. Albuquerque, NM: Russell D. Earnest Assoc., 1989

Folk Artists Biographical Index. Detroit: Gale Research Co., c.1987

From Hardanger to Harleys: A Survey of Wisconsin Folk Art. Sheboygan, WI: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, c.1987

Rosenak, Chuck. Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Folk Art & Artists. New York: Abbeville Press, c.1990

Sellen, Betty-Carol, with Cynthia J. Johanson. Self Taught, Outsider and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations & Resources. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2000


Berman, Harold. Bronzes: Sculptors & Founders: 1800-1930. Chicago: Abage Publications, c.1981

Edge, Michael S. Directory of Art Bronze Foundries. Springfield, OR: Artesia Press, 1990

Forrest, Michael. Art Bronzes. West Chester, NY: Schiffer Publ., 1988

Kashey, Robert, and Martin L. H. Reymert. Western European Bronzes of the 19th Century; A Survey. New York: Shepherd Gallery, 1973

Kjellberg, Pierre. Les bronzes du XIXe siecle: dictionnaire des sculpteurs. Paris: Editions de l’Amateur, 1987

Shapiro, Michael Edward. The Development of American Bronze Foundries: 1850-1900. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1980.

Shapiro, Michael Edward. Bronze Casting & American Sculpture: 1852-1900. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 1985

Graphic Arts

American Engravers upon copper and steel. New York: Burt Franklin, 1964

Baker, William Spohn. American Engravers & their Works. Philadelphia: Gebbie & Barrie, 1875

Beall, Karen. American Prints in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1970

Beraldi, Henri. Les graveurs du xixe siecle: guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes. Paris: L. Conquet, 1885-1892

Boston Athenaeum. Catalog of the Boston Athenaeum Print & Photograph Collection. Boston: G. K. Hall, c.1989

Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers. London: G. Bell, 1903-1905

Davis, Geraldine, and Ingrid Jenkner. Printshops of Canada: Printmaking South of Sixty. Guelph, Ontario: Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, 1987

Eichenberg, Fritz. The Art of the Print: Masterpieces, History, Techniques. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1976

Engen, Rodney K. Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers. Cambridge, England: Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd., 1985

Engen, Rodney K. Dictionary of Victorian Engravers, Print Publishers, and Their Works. Cambridge, England: Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd., 1979

Francey, Mary. Depression Printmakers as Workers: Re-defining Traditional Interpretations. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1988

Garten, Robin, ed. British Printmakers 1855-1955. Aldershot, England: Scholar Press, l993

Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and engravers in Canada. Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, c.1970

Heath, John. The Heath Family Engravers: 1779-1878. Aldershot, England: Scholar Press, 1993

Horn, Maurice, ed. Contemporary Graphic Artists vol. I. Detroit: Gale Research, 1986

Hunnisett, Basil. An Illustrated Dictionary of British Steel Engravers. Aldershot, England: Scholar Press, Gower Publ., 1989

Kraeft, June. Great American Prints, 1900-1950. New York: Dover Pub., 1984

Parry, Pamela Jeffcott. Print Index: A Guide to Reproductions. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983

Peters, Harry T. America on Stone. Garden City, NJ: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1931

Riggs, Timothy A. The Print Council index to oeuvre-catalogues of prints by European and American artists. Millwood, NY: Kraus International Publications, c.1983

The Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios. New Brunswick, NJ: State University of New Jersey, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, 1983

Smith, Selma, ed. The Printworld Directory. Bala Cynwyd, PA: Printworld, Inc., 1983

Tyler, Kenneth. Tyler Graphics: Catalogue Raisonne, 1974-1985. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center and Abbeville Press, NY, 1987

Weitenkampf, Frank. American Graphic Art. New York: Johnson, 1970

Who's Who in Graphic Art. Zurich: Amstutz & Herdeg Graphis Press, 1962-

Windsor, Alan, ed., Handbook of Modern British Painting & Printmaking, 1900-1990. 2nd edition. Aldershot, Hants, England and Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1998


Castagno, John. Artists as Illustrators: An International Directory with Signatures and Monograms 1800 to the Present. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1989

Early American Book Illustrators and wood engravers, 1670-1870. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1968

Hammelmann, Hanns A. Book Illustrators in eighteenth-century England. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1975

McElmell, Sharron L. 100 Most Popular Picture Book Authors and Illustrators: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2000

Miller, Bertha E., ed. Caldecott medal books, 1938-1957. Boston: Horn Book, Inc. 1957

Reed, Walter. The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000. 3rd ed. New York: The Society of Illustrators, dist. by Watson-Guptill, 2001

Rollock, Barbara. Black Authors & Illustrators of Children's Books: A Biographical Dictionary. New York: Garland, 1988

Skipwith, Peyton. The Great Bird Illustrators and their art, 1730-1930. New York: A. & W. Pub., c.1979


Blattel, Henry. International Dictionary Miniature Painters, Porcelain Painters, Silhouettists. Munich: Art & Antiques, c.1992

Bolton, Theodore. Early American Portrait Painters in Miniature. New York: Frederic Fairchild Sherman, 1921

Foskett, Daphne. A Dictionary of British Miniature Painters. New York: Praeger Pub., 1972

Foskett, Daphne. Miniatures: Dictionary & Guide. Woodbridge, England: Antique Collectors' Club, 1987


Auer, Michele. Encyclopedie internationale des photographes de 1839 a nos jours. Neuchatel, Switzerland: Ides et calendes, c.1997

Baty, Laurie A. “Photographers of Washington, D.C. 1870-1885.” (master’s thesis, George Washington University, 1979)

Boston Athenaeum. Catalog of the Print & Photograph Collection, Boston Athenaeum. Boston: G. K. Hall Micropublications, 1989

Browne, Turner. Macmillan Biographical Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists & Innovators. New York: Macmillan, c.1983

Coar, Valencia Hollins. A Century of Black Photographers: 1840-1960. Providence, RI: Rhode Island School of Design: Museum of Art, 1983

The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: fifty pioneers of modern photography. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978

Contemporary Afro-American Photography. Oberlin, OH: Oberlin College, Allen Memorial Art Museum, 1983

Contemporary Photographers. New York: St. James Press, c1995

Contemporary Photographers of Hawaii. Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1985

Czach, Marie, comp. A Directory of Early Illinois Photographers: preliminary investigations into photography as practiced in Illinois, excluding Chicago, from circa 1846-1914. Macomb, IL: Western Illinois University, 1977

Edwards, Gary. International Guide to Nineteenth Century Photographers & Their Works. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1988

Emerging Texas Photographers. Austin, TX: Laguna Gloria Art Museum, 1980

Encyclopedia of Photography. New York: Crown Publ., 1984

Freund, Gisele. Photography & Society. Boston: D.R. Godine, 1980

Fuller, Sue Elizabeth. “Checklist of Connecticut Photographers by Town: 1839-1889.” Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin 47, no. 4 (winter 1982), 117-124

History of Photography. London: Taylor & Francis, Ltd., n.d.

Johnson, William. Nineteenth-Century Photography: An annotated bibliography 1839- 1879. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1990

Kelbaugh, Ross J. Directory of Maryland Photographers: 1839-1900. Baltimore: Historic Graphics, 1988

Kelbaugh, Ross J. Directory of Civil War Photographers. Baltimore: Historic Graphics, c.1990

Krantz, Lee. American Photographers: An Illustrated Who's Who Among Leading Contemporary Americans. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1989

Mathews, Oliver. Early Photographs & Early Photographers. London: Reedminster Pub., 1973

Mautz, Carl. Checklist of Western Photographers: a reference workbook. Brownsville, CA: Folk Image Pub., 1986

Moutoussamy-Ashe, Jeanne. Viewfinders: Black Women Photographers. New York, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1986

Newhall, Beaumont. The Daguerreotype in America. 3rd ed. New York: Dover Publications, 1976

Newhall, Beaumont. Masters of Photography. New York: Castle Books, c.1958

Panzer, Mary. Philadelphia Naturalistic Photography, 1865-1906. New Haven, CT: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982

Parry, Pamela Jeffcott. Photography index: A guide to reproductions. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1979

A Partial View: Young Photographers in the Northwest. Pullman, WA: Washington State University, Museum of Art, 1979

Philip, Julia W., ed. Who's Who in Commercial Art & Photography. New York: Director's Art Institute, 1964

Photography: The First Eighty Years. London: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., c.1976

Pollack, Peter. A Picture History of Photography. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1969

Pritchard, Michael. A Directory of London Photographers: 1841-1908. Bushey, England: ALLM Books, 1986

Ries, Linda A., Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1999

Rudisill, Richard. Photographers of the New Mexico Territory, 1854-1912. Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico, 1973

Smith, Margaret Denton. “Checklist of Photographers Working in New Orleans,, 1840- 1865.” Louisiana History 20, 4 (fall 1979) and Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1982

Union Guide to Photograph Collections in the Pacific Northwest. Portland, OR: Oregon Historical Society, 1978

Willis, Deborah. Reflections in Black: a History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present. 1st ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2000

Willis-Thomas, Deborah. Black Photographers, 1840-1940: An Illustrated Biobibliography. New York: Garland Pub., 1985

Women of Photography, An Historical Survey. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Art, 1975

Young American Photographers. Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 1975


Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l'ecole francais. Paris: n. p., 1898-1921 (rpr., Nendeln, Liechtenstein: Kraus, 1970)

Lami, Stanislas. Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l'ecole francaise sous le regne de Louis XIV. Paris: H. Champion, 1906

Mackay, James Alexander. The Dictionary of Western Sculptors in Bronze. Woodbridge, England: Antique Collector's Club, c.1977

New Dictionary of Modern Sculpture. New York: Tudor Pub. Co., 1971

Opitz, Glenn S. Dictionary of American Sculptors: 18th Century to the Present. Poughkeepsie, NY: Apollo, 1984

Rubenstein, Charlotte Streifer. American Women Sculptors. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1990

Watson-Jones, Virginia. Contemporary American Women Sculptors. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1986


An American Heritage: American Silhouettes. Hagerstown, MD: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 1973

A Basic Guide to Identifying and Evaluating American Silhouettes. Waynesboro, PA: Renfrew Museum and Park, 1980

Blattel, Henry. International Dictionary Miniature Painters, Porcelain Painters, Silhouettists. Munich: Art & Antiques, c.1992

Edouart, Augustin Amant Constance Fidele. Catalogue of 3800 named and dated American silhouette portraits. Kensington, England: Wakeham, 1911 

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