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JSTOR for secondary school educators

Art & Art History Journals

Scope: ​JSTOR includes more than 125 academic journals within the discipline of art & art history. The collection is strongest in the sub-disciplines of fine arts, Western art, Asian art, classical and ancient art, and Medieval and Renaissance art.

291 CoverTeaching and learning ideas: Research artworks, artists, movements, styles, criticism, periods, and more. Track museum acquisitions, find reviews of gallery exhibitions and even tour special events such as the the 1893 World's Fair through the eyes of a contemporary visitor.


A special highlight of the art content on JSTOR includes a group of rare American art periodicals from the early 20th century that includes the poems, designs, and art work from contemporaries such as Alfred Stieglitz, Katharine Rhoades, Francis Picabia, and William H. Bradley. One example is 291an arts and literary journal that was published in New York City beginning in 1915 and introduced visual poetry to the United States.

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19th Century British Pamphlets

Scope: The 19th Century British Pamphlets were contributed by several research libraries in the United Kingdom. The collection contains 26,000 pamphlets spanning more than one million pages and were selected to highlight the political, social, and economic issues of 19th century Britain.

Teaching and learning ideas: Throughout the 19th century, pamphlets were an important means of public debate, covering the key political, social, technological, and environmental issues of their day. In many ways, pamphlets are similar to today's blogs, providing a platform for individuals to chronicle events and issues of their time. Use the pamphlets on JSTOR to explore opinions and debates on many topics, including:

  • What were the arguments, for and against, opening museums and public libraries on evenings and Sundays? 
  • What were the arguments for increasing accessibility to art for the working classes?
  • What were the perceptions of "high art" in the 19th century?
  • How were cartoons employed in political debates?

Highlights: Some notable pamphlets amd authors include:

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Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa

Scope: Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa focuses on the complex and varied liberation struggles in the region, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The collection consists of more than 190,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, oral histories, and speeches.

Teaching and learning ideasDelve into topics of colonial rule, social justice, dispersion of exiles, international intervention, and worldwide resistance networks through the visual resources in the collection: photojournalism, political posters, and maps, Explore art as protest and political statement in posters and magazine images.


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Global Plants

Scope: In addition to millions of photographs of plant specimens, Global Plants includes botanical paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings from herbaria and museums around the world. 

Teaching and learning ideas: Study the intersection of art and science, compare styles of illustration in the 19th century with contemporary styles, compare photographs to paintings, compare botanical illustrations to depictions in fine art. Choose different botanical illustrations, compare the styles of artists, note their dates of creation. What sorts of elements are emphasized in each? What sorts of external influences, such as the current social/scientific climate, may have influenced their styles? 


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JSTOR Daily: Arts & Culture Feed

Read our online magazine that connects news and current affairs with related scholarship on JSTOR. It's a great source of ideas for paper topics and classroom discussions.

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