Visual Resources Collection

The VRC grew out of individual faculty slide holdings in the late 1960's, into a centralized departmental collection in order to more effectively and efficiently share resources and avoid duplication of effort. Our drive to provide the highest quality available images in support of the teaching and research mission of the University of Virginia continues today in our ongoing development of a digital image repository available to the entire University community.

Our Digital Image Collection includes more than 45,000, images and continues to grow. The creation of high-quality digital images to supplement standard collections allows the VRC to meet the changing needs of our patrons and frees them from the constrictions of published texts as they create their course content.

In 2007, the VRC partnered with ARTstor, a subscription based digital image database of more than a million images, to host our collection in a localized version of their digital library. This integrates the specialized content of our scholars into the broader collections already accessible, and provides a seamless interface for locating visual aids for teaching and research purposes. This local content continues to expand, and the Fiske-Kimball Fine Arts Library has since joined the VRC in hosting images with ARTstor. Our local collections, including the McIntire Department of Art ARTemis Archive, can be accessed on-grounds via www.artstor.org.

What can we do for you?
The staff of the Visual Resources Collection can assist you in creating, accessing, and retrieving the highest quality images for your presentation, teaching, and research purposes. Some of the ways we can help are by:

  • Familiarizing you with the image database ARTstor
  • Working with you to develop the digital resources for your future courses
  • Assisting you with strategic planning for your image needs, and developing a custom ARTstor Shared Shelf database to track your own scholarly images
  • Helping you utilize the Offline Image Viewer (OIV), ARTStor's presentation software — an elegant and more powerful alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Taking digitizing requests from faculty members
  • Training you to scan images following best practices, to use image editing tools, and to locate available scanning stations
  • Pointing you to additional digital image resources

The slide collection, an archive of 35mm slides numbering approximately 300,000, together with 2000 study-photographs, and 1000 lantern slides, is available for research purposes within the VRC during normal operating hours. Circulation of the analog collection, however, is restricted to faculty and graduate students of the McIntire Department of Art and the School of Architecture.

Access & Policies
Digital images are available to the greater University community; however, access to ARTstor and the VRC collection within it, is restricted to the University's computer network. The slide collection is available for circulation to faculty members and graduate students of the McIntire Department of Art and the School of Architecture. An orientation is advised.

Copyright Policy
All materials in the Visual Resources Collection are subject to copyright restrictions. The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or other reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to assist with or to supply a reproduction if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of the copyright law.

Visual Resources Collection
The Fralin Museum of Art