Articles and Databases - Art & Music
  • African American Music Reference | (Alexander Street)
    Essays, images and liner notes covering jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrels, R&B, gospel, and more.
  • American Book Prices Current | (ABPC)
    Accessible only in the Main Library on an Internet computer
    Auction records for books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, and broadsides sold in the US, UK, and other parts of Europe, from September 1975-present. See also Rare Book Hub Sept 1975-present
  • American Song | (Alexander Street)
    Audio recordings to support the teaching of American musical traditions including country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, R&B and shape note singing. Find songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys.
  • Art Full Text | (Wilson)
    Articles, interviews, film reviews, book reviews, bibliographies, exhibition listings, conference reports, anthologies, and editorials covering a wide range of art subjects FULL TEXT 1929 - present
  • Artists File | SFPL
    Newspaper clippings, announcements of gallery shows, obituaries, magazine articles, or exhibit catalogs featuring artists and architects who have lived or worked in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Classical Music in Video | (Alexander Street)
    Classical music performances and masterclasses—approximately 1,500 performances in all. Stream online from your computer or mobile device.
  • Classical Music Library | (Alexander Street)
    Stream tens of thousands of classical recordings, many of which have links to supplementary reference information. The collection ranges from Medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas, and the avant-garde.
  • Classical Music Reference Library | (Alexander Street)
    Essays, images, and liner notes from Dictionary of Music, Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Student Encyclopedia of Music by Baker and other sources
  • Classical Scores Library: Volumes I & II | (Alexander Street)
    Essential classical music scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished material, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 45,000 musical scores. It encompasses all major classical musical genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary.
  • Contemporary World Music | (Alexander Street)
    Listen to individual recordings in genres like world dance, reggae, world beat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing, jazz, and more.
  • Dance in Video | (Alexander Street)
    Dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance.
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) | (ProQuest)
    Database of all aspects of design and crafts, from textiles and ceramics to vehicle design, advertising and sustainability. FULL TEXT 1973 - present
  • Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection | SFPL
    Index to over 10,000 popular songs from the Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection at the San Francisco Public Library.
  • Fakebooks | SFPL
    Database of fakebooks in the reference collection of San Francisco Public Library. Fakebooks are printed music collections that contain simplified versions of songs and instrumental music.
  • Fashion Archives | (ProQuest)
    Complete historical archives of Vogue (1892-), Harper’s Bazaar (1867-), Women’s Wear Daily (1910-), women’s interest magazines, and (1883-2005), and Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) (1973-).
  • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text | (EBSCO)
    Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. Includes more than 380 publications as well as full text for more than 120 journals, and 100 books. FULL TEXT 1914 - present
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online | (Alexander Street)
    Essays and images covering music from around the world.
  • Harper’s Bazaar Archive | (ProQuest)
    A comprehensive, searchable historical archive of Harper’s Bazaar. Note: Issues between 1870 and 1962 and earliest years issues (1867-) will be available in 2017. FULL TEXT 1867 - present
  • hoopla | (Midwest Tape)
    Stream popular eBooks, movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks on a computer, or download them your mobile device using the Hoopla app. Check our FAQ for software requirements and other details.
  • Jazz Music Library | (Alexander Street)
    Largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres, including 5,000+ albums and 60,000+ tracks.
    Full text academic journals going back to 1838. FULL TEXT 1838 - 3 years ago
  • Kanopy Kids
    Films and TV series that help children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos. Check our FAQ for software requirements and other details.
  • Kanopy Movies
    Stream features, documentaries, and independent films with the Kanopy app on smartphones, tablets, and computers. Check our FAQ for software requirements and other details.
  • Music & Performing Arts | (Alexander Street)
    Search all the Alexander Street music and performing arts streaming databases in one place: American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.
  • Music Index | (EBSCO)
    Music periodicals and literature featuring digitized content from 1970 to present. It contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 475 periodicals; and book reviews, obituaries, news, and selective coverage for more than 230 periodicals.
  • Newspaper Clipping Files | SFPL
    Clippings of the daily and Sunday editions of the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle. Other publications include the Bay Guardian, S.F. Arts Monthly, Nob Hill Gazette, SF Weekly and the Independent, and several neighborhood newsletters. In addition to newspaper clippings, these files contain catalogues, programs, schedules and brochures.
  • Northern California Composers | SFPL
    Listing of composers active in Northern California since the 1840s. All names included may be found in dictionaries and directories - both published and unpublished - from 1934 to the present
  • Opera in Video | (Alexander Street)
    Selections of the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses, covering the operatic canon.
  • Orchestral Music Sets | SFPL
    Library users can use the sets within the Library. Sets are loaned to organizations that have established agreements with the Art, Music and Recreation Center of the San Francisco Public Library.
  • Oxford Art Online
    Not accessible on library catalog stations.
    Most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today: Grove Art Online, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms; and many specially commissioned articles and bibliographies available exclusively online.
  • Oxford Music Online
    Includes The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and Grove Dictionary of Opera online. FULL TEXT Published 2001
  • Price It! Antiques & Collectibles | (Gale)
    Pricing tool for antiques and collectibles in more than 100 categories. Pricing information comes from online auctions (eBay), online antique dealers (GoAntiques & TIAS), and land-based auction houses.
  • RBdigital Magazines
    Stream popular magazines on demand or download them to a mobile device for offline reading. Titles are also available in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese, and French. (Formerly Zinio Digital Magazines) FULL TEXT
  • Rock’s Backpages
    Music journalism from the 1960s to the present, including audio interviews from Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and Kurt Cobain, and more. FULL TEXT
  • Searching for Songs | SFPL
    Locating songs can be very simple or can require detailed research. Because no single approach is complete, a number of different strategies are offered for finding and verifying the titles of popular songs.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries® | (Alexander Street)
    Produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, this virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions includes online resources that support the preservation of diverse musical forms.
  • Vogue Archive | (ProQuest)
    Complete searchable historical archives of American Vogue (1892-Present). FULL TEXT 1892 - present
  • Women’s Magazine Archive I & II | (ProQuest)
    Two full collections of leading women’s interest consumer magazines, with high-resolution color and feature detailed article-level indexing. FULL TEXT
  • Women’s Wear Daily | (ProQuest)
    Complete historical archive of US fashion trade publication, Women’s Wear Daily. FULL TEXT 1910 - present

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