History of Art, VRC Image Bank

Collection Information

The online digital collection of the Visual Resources Collections, part of the Department of the History of Art, consists of images representing art and architecture from all eras and geographic regions of cultural history. These images have many different sources: field photography donated by current and emeriti faculty, archival negatives and prints, illustrations digitized from books, 35mm slides and lantern slides, as well as digital images licensed from vendors. Images and cataloging information are added twice weekly to this site as we continue to digitize the precious research of our globe-trotting faculty.

In decades past, the Department of the History of Art initiated several slide distribution projects, which produced sets of 35mm slides of art images. These slide distribution projects are: AAPD (Asian Art Photographic Distribution), ACSAA (American Council for Southern Asian Art), and UMSD (University of Michigan Slide Distribution). Images from the UMSD slide set have since been digitized and are available here. While some AAPD and ACSAA images are also available here, most were digitized by Artstor and are hosted in their image library.

Records from this website with no thumbnail image attached represent analog media that has not been digitized. Most of these text records are cataloging data from images in the Eleanor S. Collins Teaching Collection, which was a slide library used for teaching History of Art courses. Under certain circumstances, we are sometimes able to fulfill digitization requests for these images.

Staff assistance in using this website and preparing presentations is available to University of Michigan faculty and graduate students.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of the History of Art or call 734.764.0386. Alternatively, use the "Problems / Comments" link from any record to alert us of your image needs.

The University of Michigan Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes. These materials may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these materials, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about the collection, please contact the Department of the History of Art. If you have concerns about the inclusion of an item in this collection, please contact Library Information Technology.

What are your rights?

  • You may download or copy an image for a class paper.
  • You may download or copy an image for a class/seminar/conference presentation.
  • You may link to an image from your webpage or course page, but remember that non-UMich users will not be able to access the image.
  • You may NOT download or copy an image to put on your (or any other) website.
  • You may NOT download or copy an image for any other type of publishing, without gaining permission from the copyright holder. In most cases we have contact information should you need to contact the copyright holder.

To cite images from this collection use:

History of Art Department, Visual Resources Collections. Image [Image Record ID number]. MLibrary Image Collections. URL: [Permalink to image record]. [Date accessed].