Visual Resources Center


Departmental Research

Departmental Resources

Resources Overview
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Visual Resources Center

Online Resources

  Links to museums worldwide
  Image sites & helpful references
  for art history and archaeology


Nancy Alexander

Graduate Assistants
Laura Greeley
Kalina Irving
Brittany Rancour

Graduate Volunteer
Kristen Schuster

Undergraduate Assistant
Cassandra Casteel

Location and Hours

Visual Resources Center
82A McReynolds Hall

Mailing Address
Department of Art History & Archaeology
365 McReynolds Hall
301 S. 6th Street
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-2015


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday

summer hours:
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday

VRC Description

Slide Collection
Imaging Lab
82A McReynolds

Imaging Lab
82A McReynolds

Imaging Lab
82A McReynolds

Imaging Lab with Cat Guardians
82A McReynolds

The Visual Resources Center houses a large number of images of works of art and architecture spanning the distance from prehistory through contemporary art. The VRC's holdings comprise the following collections:

  • A growing digital image database available online to faculty and students on campus, maintained at the McReynolds Hall Imaging Lab. The images and database will soon be available using MU Pawprint - stay tuned for updates!
  • Slide library, consisting of approximately 135,000 35mm slides, currently housed at Mizzou North
  • Anderson Photo Collection, containing over 80,000 photographs from Alinari and prints from the private English collections of the Courtauld Institute. This collection was donated to Ellis Library, Fall semester 2013
  • Department photo archive, consisting of approximately 18,000 mounted images; housed at Mizzou North
  • Lantern slide collection, consisting of approximately 10,000 lantern slides, most dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Helpful Links

ARHA VRC Order Forms for requesting scans (ARHA faculty and grad students only at this point): Page 1, Page 2 [.doc]

Resources in Art and Architecture on the Web from Karen Bouchard, Brown University. Scholarly Resources Librarian for Art and Architecture


PowerPoint 2011 Quick Reference Guide from Microsoft (pdf)

Ellis Library

Library Guides for Art History, Architectural Studies, Art
To access Ellis library's subscription online image databases from off-campus, go through the library's gateway page
Index of Christian Art
ARTstor You must register and login with ARTstor to be able to download any images but you can search/browse without registering.
Oxford Art Online

Googling Images

Google Images Google recently added the option to upload a specific image, or URL for a specific image, and search on the image alone. Sometimes the results are good matches, sometimes they find nothing, and sometimes they are off base. The latter selections are sometimes quite interesting to see what Google Images comes up with as matches. TinEye is a similar search engine.

Short list of copyright-free image websites

For more options click here
Mother of All Art and Art History Links Pages
World Images Kiosk
AICT Art Images for College Teaching
CLAROS ancient Greece and Rome
Wikimedia Commons
VADS Visual Arts Data Service, 100,000 copyright cleared images

Scanning and editing images

Understanding Digital Images University of Reading, Visual Resources Center (pdf)
Ken Watson, "All About Digital Photos" This site includes a brief and helpful essay titled "The Myth of DPI

Helpful Links about Copyright

Copyright Quick Guide from the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office
Fair Use from the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office
Crash Course in Copyright from the University of Texas
Copyright information from the Library of Congress
Copyright and Art issues, Christine Sundt