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Art (History), Architectural History and Archaeology Resources: Theses/Dissertations

This is a general guide to resources in these subjects.

Theses & Dissertations

Theses & Dissertations at Princeton and elsewhere

Information about accessing Princeton senior theses may be found here. For information about accessing Princeton doctoral dissertations, click here. For more information about older Princeton doctoral dissertations, see Mudd Library's finding aid.

One may also search in ProQuest's Dissertations and Theses database, which includes the full-text of many recent titles. In some cases, an author of an art-related thesis may have released the text, but not the images, to ProQuest. Very recent Dept. of Art & Archaeology dissertations will be available in PU's digital repository, called DataSpace. One may browse Art & Archaeology entries, but keep in mind that there may be an embargo of at least two years for individual submissions. The College Art Association via its CAA Reviews maintains a list of both in-progress and completed dissertations by year; the Society of Architectural Historians also maintains a list of in-progress dissertations. See the Theses & Dissertations page on the library website for further resources for finding theses & dissertations.

Tracking down a Thesis or Dissertation

If you have a specific citation for a thesis or dissertation, you may do an author search in the library catalog to see if the author published his thesis/dissertation and Princeton owns a copy (often, the published title differs from the original). Alternatively, you may search in WorldCat to see if there is a listing and a library that owns a copy of the title in question, and then you may request a copy via Interlibrary Loan. The title doesn't have to be listed in WorldCat for interlibrary loan staff to pursue a loan or copy from another institution, including from the institution at which the author pursued his/her studies.  Please keep in mind, however, that archival and manuscript material may not be available for loan, although copies may be made in some circumstances.  Copies can also be purchased from ProQuest in some cases. Marquand (PUL) selectively purchases unpublished theses.