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Best Bets--Primary Sources
Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institute)
Research center dedicated to collecting, preserving & providing access to primary sources documenting history of visual arts in America. Holdings include: over 16 million letters, diaries & scrapbooks of artists, dealers & collectors; manuscripts of critics & scholars; business & financial records of museums, galleries, schools & associations; photographs of art world figures & events; sketches & sketchbooks; rare printed material; film, audio & video recordings; oral histories on the subject of art.