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Visual Resources Collection

The mission of the Visual Resources Collection (VRC) is to support the pedagogical needs of the Department of Art and Art History faculty, students and staff.

Located on the 2nd floor of 11 Talbot Avenue, the VRC contains over 250,000 35mm slides, 4,000 photographs and Japanese scroll facsimiles covering all periods and aspects of Art and Architectural History in addition to digital images used in art history courses.

There are multiple resources available to support your studies in Art History:

  • Tisch Library has an Art and Art History Research Guide, which will point you to many online resources.
  • Trove is an interactive study tool and digital image archive with images used in Art History Department courses. Users can study their course collections and create their own collections of images for study.
  • ArtStor, contains over a million images of art and architecture, and is available through a Tisch Library portal.
  • Spark Tools allow you to create your own blogs, wikis, maps, and podcast projects.
  • Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is a concept mapping tool which is great for organizing your ideas for research projects, papers and presentations.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art has an excellent interactive timeline of art history, which incorporates essays and chronologies with works of art from the museum's collection.
  • Looking for information about fair use and copyright for images of art? College Art Association has an excellent online resource for understanding best practices.

For more information on the VRC and assistance in getting started with these tools, please contact: Christine.Cavalier@Tufts.edu, Visual Resources Manager.

Visit the Art History Visual Resources Collection blog >