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Archives of American Art Journal

First published in 1960, as the Archives of American Art Bulletin, the Archives of American Art Journal showcases new approaches to and out-of-the-box thinking about primary sources.

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Cover of the Fall 2016 Journal from the Archives of American Art, Volume 55, Number 2

Archives of American Art Journal: Fall 2016, Volume 55, Number 2

This fall's edition of the Archives of American Art Journal is a special issue devoted to African American art in celebration of the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

First published in 1960, as the Archives of American Art Bulletin, the Archives of American Art Journal is the longest-running scholarly periodical devoted to the history of art in the United States. Read by scholars, artists, students, and others interested in American art and visual culture, today it showcases new approaches to and out-of-the-box thinking about primary sources. All contributions must be appropriate for the journal's broad audience and engage in some substantial, meaningful way with the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. With more than 20 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives is the world’s largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in the US.

The Archives of American Art Journal is published twice a year, in the spring and fall.

About the editor: Tanya Sheehan is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Associate Professor of Art at Colby College and a research associate at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She has published widely on American art history and visual culture, race and representation, and the history of photography.

About the managing editor: Emily D. Shapiro's research concerns pre-1945 American art, with a focus on genre and still life. She has held curatorial positions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and George Washington's Mount Vernon, and served as the editor for numerous scholarly museum publications. 


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Individuals may receive the Archives of American Art Journal with a gift of $150 or more to the Fund for the Archives. Support the Archives today to receive your annual subscription. For more information, please contact Bridget Mazet, Advancement Assistant, at or 202-633-7989.

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