Visual Resources Center

Departmental Research

Departmental Resources

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Visual Resources Center

  Department Image Database

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

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:

  • VireoWeb (Visual Image Retrieval Online) is the image database of the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Access is available to all MU faculty, students, and staff by logging in with your Pawprint here. Click here for instructions.
  • Slide library, consisting of approximately 135,000 35mm slides, currently housed at Mizzou North in storage
  • 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
Ellis Library - Finding images
Library Guides for Art History, Architectural Studies, Art
Index of Christian Art
Oxford Art Online

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

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


VRC Staff Location Hours

Nancy Alexander

Graduate Assistants
Meghan McClellan
Tessa Theriault
Kaitlyn Garbarino

Graduate Volunteer
Kristen Schuster

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

Slide Collection VrC VRC
Slide scanning station Flatbed scanning station VRC cat guardians