The Getty Research Portal™, launched at the end of May 2012, is an online search platform providing a one-stop multilingual global access to digitised art history texts, rare books, and related literature that are not restricted by copyright. Also included are historical auction sales catalogues. The Portal texts are free, downloadable, and digitised in their entirety according to national and international standards. The Portal is free to all users. Click here
to access the Portal.
The Portal has the potential to revolutionize how art historians conduct research by widening the availability of rare books, early foundational literature, and important periodicals from libraries across the world. It will especially benefit students and scholars without access to a major art history library.
It was created by a working group of the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, the Frick Art Reference Library, the Getty Research Institute, the Heidelberg University Library, and the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA). The number of potentially contributing institutions is unlimited and the project is funded by the Getty.
By the end of May 2013, 30,000 volumes were available through the Portal at http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/portal/
. Contributions have come from the GRI, the Heidelberg University Library, the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, among others.
Libraries and other organizations interested in becoming contributors may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.