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Art History and Fine Arts *: Contact Us

A basic guide to doing research in art history and fine arts using resources at the USC Libraries.


Print materials on art history and fine arts are located primarily in the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Watt Hall. Books and journals in related areas are also found in Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Specialized Libraries and Archival Collections, Hoose Library of Philosophy, East Asian & Korean Heritage Library, Leavey Library, and Grand Avenue Library. The collection supports teaching and research through the doctoral level and beyond in the following areas of specialization:

  • Art History
  • Museum Studies
  • History of collecting and display
  • Catalogs of artist works

The collection also supports teaching and independent study through the undergraduate level in all areas of art and art history. Books and journals are in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Materials in the East Asian vernacular languages which are primarily text are usually collected in the East Asian Library. Materials on the ancient world through modern times are collected from around the world, but primarily from Europe (particularly Western), the United States, and East Asia.


For Research help or to recommend items to purchase for the AFA Library's collection contact:

Stacy Williams, Head of the AFA Library,, 213 740 8646

Helen Topping Architecture & Fine Arts Library,  (213) 740 1956

    Head, Architecture and Fine Arts Library

    Stacy Williams
    Helen Topping Architecture & Fine Arts Library
    850 Bloom Walk, B-4
    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles CA 90089-0294