Resource Library: Overview
Resource Library is an online publication of Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO), a non-profit organization. Provided to the public without charge, Resource Library is the most informative and educational online publication devoted to American representational art. The TFAO Free Online Digital Library permanently archives Resource Library's published articles and essays.
What you will find
Resource Library includes aspects of both a scholarly journal and a magazine for broad readership. Maintaining a balance between both emphases, it offers an interconnected body of knowledge including:
The content time line spans the pre-Colonial period to the present and covers significant artistic achievement in every state in the United States.
Resource Library has published online over 1,350 articles, essays and scripts written by hundreds of acclaimed authors and playwrights, thousands of other texts, plus over 22,300 images, all providing educational and informational content of exceptional quality. Every day, thousands of individuals from all corners of the globe access the publication.
Texts and related images are provided almost exclusively by nonprofit art museums, galleries and art centers. The vast majority of published materials relate to museum exhibitions. Pages on services to institutions and scholarly text from private sources describe how the publication serves both the public and its sources of materials.
Institutions often send to Resource Library much more information than usually sent to media organizations. As a result, many Resource Library articles and essays concerning exhibitions are accompanied by materials such as checklists, gallery guide texts, wall panel and extended label texts, audio tour scripts and in-house magazine articles. These materials are often not available online elsewhere, providing scholars, curators, teachers, students, collectors and other individuals a rich source of knowledge.
Texts and images from institutions are usually sent to Resource Library by staff members including curators, executive directors and media relations personnel. Certain texts not attributed to an author -- which may include gallery guide texts, wall panel and labels texts -- plus audio tour scripts and checklists, are usually written or compiled by exhibition curators. News releases are usually written by media relations staff, who gather information from curators before composing the releases. See descriptive information on staff positions and definitions in TFAO's Museums Explained. Less frequently, news releases are written by media relations firms retained by nonprofit organizations. Resource Library does not inject its own critique or opinions into published texts.
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Resource Library contains no advertising and is 100% non-commercial. It is funded by TFAO, which has no earned income and is supported solely by donations. Please see How Resource Library differs from paper-printed art publications.
How to find content
To access thousands of texts published online in Resource Library, please see Topics in American Art, a TFAO catalogue which lists all articles and essays. Topics also explains how to research topics not listed. Texts are also listed by source in the Art Museum, Gallery and Art Center Index, the Author Study and Index, which lists articles and essays by author name, and the Chronological Index, which lists articles and essays by date of publication. Also, if a Resource Library text discusses deceased American artists, it may be referenced in America's Distinguished Artists, another TFAO catalogue.
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