Scholarly Text from Private Sources
Resource Library has amassed considerable information covering many artists and topics. In late 2016 Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO), publisher of Resource Library, changed focus away from adding additional articles and essays. TFAO is instead concentrating on furthering breadth and depth of information from other sources to place in Topics in American Art. In early 2017 TFAO added hundreds of additional museums to it's list for ongoing study. Find the covered museums here: A-C D-G H-L M-Q R-S T-Z.
For the indefinite future TFAO plans for Resource Library to remain inactive while accumulating data for Topics in American Art.
An emphasis of Resource Library, a publication of Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO), is making available to its online readers scholarly texts beneficial for the study of representational art in the United States covering numerous topics and artists throughout the nation's history. For a list of Resource Library's published authors and a count of their articles and essays please see the Author Study and Index.
Since 1996, hundreds of grantors of permissions to Resource Library have done so due to its editorial reputation, archival stability and a myriad of other benefits to them and the public.
While the majority of texts published by Resource Library are accepted from institutional sources, topical articles and essays from individuals and other private sources are also published. Texts with solid educational and historic value are welcomed from other sources including individual writers, artist organizations, commercial art gallery owners, independent curators, freelance writers, print magazine owners and others. Texts from galleries are often essays from exhibition catalogues.
Why is this publication valuable to the public?
Information on authors
Information on private copyright holders
Information on catalogues
Freedom from economic constraints
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Why is this publication valuable to the copyright holder?
Increased visibility and stimulus for sales
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Protection of copyright
Protection from unauthorized editing and posting
Individuals are invited to submit by email information on artists mentioned in previously published Resource Library articles. This information may be intended to enhance or correct previously published information. Accepted text will be placed after the end of the article within a new editor's note. The source of the new information will be given credit for the submission. The name of the source will be accompanied by contact information such as a postal address, email address or phone number. For further information please see errors and omissions.
For next steps, please see information on guidelines for submitting materials. Also please see Resource Library's complete content presentation guidelines.
Resource Library also suggests that private sources of texts consider:
1. Although image captions are usually not included, captions for images included in paper-printed books may be appended to an essay at the request of the copyright holder, following a mutually agreed upon methodology. Also, as stated in Resource Library's Content Presentation Guidelines "In order to preserve the integrity of the original essay text, figure or catalogue image number references within the essay text are preserved. Examples are '...Western paintings (Cat. No. 4)' and '...classes at the Ferrer Center (figs. 23-27)'".
If a source is in a position to grant to Resource Library permission for inclusion of agreed upon images of art objects with online texts, and wishes this done, the request may be accommodated. Since some images in the possession of a source may be held for the sole purpose of providing publicity for an exhibition or other restricted use, extra caution is in order to protect the usage licenses granted by copyright holders of images.
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Resource Library is a free online publication of nonprofit Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO). Since 1997, Resource Library and its predecessor Resource Library Magazine have cumulatively published online 1,300+ articles and essays written by hundreds of identified authors, thousands of other texts not attributable to named authors, plus 22,500+ images, all providing educational and informational content related to American representational art. Texts and related images are provided almost exclusively by nonprofit art museum, gallery and art center sources.
All published materials provide educational and informational content to students, scholars, teachers and others. Most published materials relate to exhibitions. Materials may include whole exhibition gallery guides, brochures or catalogues or texts from them, perviously published magazine or journal articles, wall panels and object labels, audio tour scripts, play scripts, interviews, blogs, checklists and news releases, plus related images.
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