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Key Books at Snell Library
Memorial Mania by
Publication Date: 2012-05-14
Argues that memorials underscore our obsession with issues of memory and history, and the urgent desire to express--and claim--those issues in visibly public contexts. Focus on the United States.
Memorials As Spaces of Engagement by
Publication Date: 2015-08-11
Explores how changes in memorial design and use have helped forge closer, richer relationships between commemorative sites and their visitors. United States and Canada.
The Monument by
Publication Date: 2003-12-31
Shelley's Ozymandias and Saddam Hussein's "Victory Arch" are jumping-off points for this classic work discussing the interplay between art, politics and the nature of totalitarianism, and how public art can become a weapon of dictatorship.
Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation in Public Space by
Publication Date: 2004-11-30
Explores the effects of major upheavals--wars, decolonization, and other social and economic changes--on the ways in which public histories are presented around the world. Individual chapters on sites and works. International focus.
America's Historic Landscapes by
Publication Date: 1990-02-01
Examines landscapes at St. Augustine (FL); Colonial National Historical Park (Virginia); Sackets Harbor (New York); and Gettysburg (PA)
Written in Stone by
Publication Date: 2018-10-26
Debates and conflicts over the memorialization of Confederate "heroes" have stormed to the forefront of popular American political and cultural discourse. Levinson considers the tangled responses to controversial monuments and commemorations while examining how those with political power configure public spaces in ways that shape public memory and politics. International, legal perspectives.
Researching monuments and memorials
Finding scholarly works
Finding primary sources (archives and newspapers)
ArchiveGrid tells you which libraries and cultural institutions have primary source records on your building, monument, organization, or architect. It may help you find plans and community records.
ArchiveGrid Tutorial (Google Slides)
An introduction to ArchiveGrid and how to make the most of it. Google Slide presentation format.
Ethnic NewsWatch This link opens in a new window
Covers the American ethnic press. Primarily in English but with some Spanish and Portuguese newspapers also.
Finding images and photographs:
(Scroll down for instructions on finding images in the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals)
ARTstor This link opens in a new window
Use ArtStor for all types of art work, including sculptures and historical monuments.
For images you can re-use for publication outside of your coursework, see our Open Access Images page.
Finding Images Using the Avery Index
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (ProQuest) This link opens in a new window
You can search Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals to locate articles published in architecture or design focused journals or magazines that include plans, sections, drawings, etc. Click on Advanced Search and type in a building, concept, or architect on which you would like to find related images. Under the Document Feature options, select the appropriate filter and click Search. This should return results for articles that include those specific types of images. Once you find a relevant article, use the "Check for full text" button for access options to the article and its images.