Visiting the Norman Sandfield Library

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May 1, 2015 by jillclever

The Toledo Museum of Art is known around the world for its wonderful collection of art and fabulous exhibits. But did you know the Museum also has a state of the art (pun intended) reference library? The TMA Art Reference Library welcomes all researchers, art lovers, and the general public. The Library serves as the library for the University of Toledo’s Department of Art and is located in the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts which is on the east side of the museum. There is a circulating collection for students, faculty and TMA members. Its resources include books, periodicals, and DVDs. There are also an artists’ index to exhibitions held at the Museum since 1901, documents regarding the Museum’s collections, files on more than 20,000 artists, and research assistance.  The public is invited to use the Library, free of charge, during open public hours.

One of the special collections of the TMA is of netsuke (pronounced “net-skeh”) , contained in the Norman L. Sandfield Library.

Reclining rabbit

Reclining rabbit in a kimono, signed by Masanao of Kyoto, 1950.171

According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, a netsuke is “a small toggle, often in the form of a carved ivory or wood figure, used to secure a purse or container suspended on a cord from the sash of a kimono.”

This collection is held in the TMA Reference Library, and numbers more than 4,400.

If you happen to be in Toledo and have never visited this fine institution and its library I encourage you to do so at your first opportunity. The address of the museum is 2445 Monroe Street, Toledo, Ohio. Find out more about the library’s hours, resources and services on the library website


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