Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts  Connect to Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts
Also known as: AATA Online
Access: Freely available Internet database

AATA Online is a comprehensive database of over 100,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage—broadly interpreted to include works of art, cultural objects, museum collections, archives and library materials, architecture, historic sites, and archaeology.

The categories of literature that are abstracted for AATA are books, articles, reports, conference proceedings, dissertations, and other print publications, as well as audiovisual and selected digital resources.

The sources covered include those that address the following:

  • the examination, investigation, analysis, restoration, preservation, and technical documentation of works of art, material culture, and archaeological and architectural contexts and materials;

  • techniques that are applicable to the study and treatment of art works, archaeological materials, or architecture;

  • data on the physical and chemical properties and behavior of the substances that constitute or affect art works and material culture, as well as those used in their preservation treatment, repair, and presentation;

  • progress of archaeological excavations, notices of objects and works of art newly discovered or authenticated, and art historical studies, if they shed light on the nature or techniques of construction of such objects or materials.

Coverage: 1700-
Updated: quarterly
Journals: List of Core Journals
Personalization: Full use of this database requires personal registration, which is available at no charge. Registration provides access to many advanced features, including comprehensive searching and the ability to set personal preferences. Unregistered users may use the Quick Search and may view records from the General Categories column.
Permitted Uses: You may browse the AATA Online database and print or download specific abstracts for individual, non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. You may use a small number of abstracts in course materials for classroom teaching activities, including limited print or electronic reproduction for the students in the class. When reproducing an abstract in accordance with the above requirements, you must include all citations and credits related to a particular abstract, including the copyright notice.
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AATA Online offers all 36 volumes of Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (Ref AM1 .A7) and its predecessor, IIC Abstracts, published between 1955 and the present.

A related database is the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN), which brings together bibliographic holdings and abstracts produced by several of the world's major conservation centers.

Producer: Getty Conservation Institute in association with the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC)

This page is maintained by Erin Daix, Collection Development Department.

Last modified: 05/15/14