Visual Resources Center Digital Image Collection
About the Collection
The Visual Resources Center Digital Image Collection is the teaching and research image collection of the Department of Fine Arts/Allen R. Hite Art Institute Visual Resources Center. It is a continuously expanding collection of digital images covering art, architecture, cultural studies, and other related materials from prehistory through today.
Since there are numerous resources for digital images, such as ARTstor, the Visual Resources Center Digital Image Collection will focus on images that are not readily available elsewhere, as well as provide high-quality alternatives to images that are more readily available. Images for the database are scanned from a variety of resources, including but not limited to books, magazines, journals, postcards, current slides in the VRC, and slides from faculty personal collections.
Conditions of Use
Although the collection primarily supports the daily teaching and ongoing research of faculty and students within the department, we are available to the University of Louisville community as a whole and welcome faculty and students to peruse our ever-increasing database of images, provided their use of digital images is limited to educational and scholarly purposes and follows fair use guidelines. You must have a University of Louisville (ULink) username and password to access the high-quality images in this collection. If you are unsure about fair use guidelines, refer to the University of Louisville Fair Use web page.
PLEASE NOTE: We are not able to provide reproductions of the images in this collection. Anyone wishing to obtain a reproduction is encouraged to contact the artist or owning repository directly.
About the Cataloging
While the Visual Resources Center Digital Image Collection is a part of the University of Louisville Digital Collections, it has some unique characteristics to keep in mind.
- The VRC doesn’t own any of the artworks. Therefore, we have made every attempt to give copyright and photographic credit to all museums, collectors, photographers, and all others associated with the images that we include in the database. This information is included in the Source and Rights fields.
- While some of the search fields are consistent with those in the other Digital Collections and utilize the same controlled vocabularies, others are unique to the Visual Resources Digital Image Collection. All collections use controlled vocabulary from the Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials and Library of Congress Subject Headings and Name Authorities and adhere to local standards developed for the University of Louisville Libraries Digital Collections, as documented in the data dictionary (PDF).
Unique to the Visual Resources Digital Image Collection are the following:
- Larger image – Due to copyright restrictions, you must have a University of Louisville (ULink) username and password to access the high-quality jpegs. Once you’re logged in you won’t have to enter the information again during that search session.
- Creator – Uses the Getty Union List of Artist Names (ULAN).
- Cultural Context is consistent with the Digital Collections’ Coverage field.
- Style/Period – Uses the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).
- Theme – Is similar to the Subject field but uses the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).
- Material - Uses the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).
- Technique - Uses the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).
- Work Type is consistent with the Digital Collections’ Object Type field. Uses the Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials when possible, and the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) secondarily.
- Repository – Uses the Oxford Art Online Locations Appendix.
While the VRC has been scanning images for nearly ten years, the process officially became streamlined in 2007 with specific guidelines and image specifications. Throughout this time, several student workers have contributed to our growing digital image collection. Among these are: Chris Winters, Anna Winters, Michael Etter, Sarah Norris, Brooke Leeton, Jennifer Steward, Xi Zhang (CC), Megh Zahrndt, Sharon Heaphy, Vanessa Johnson, Megan Rice, Kent Getsinger, Rob Southard, Lena Gimbel, Marguerite Hodge, Tenille Novinger, Kaelin Jewell, Vanessa Johnson, Barbara Coles, Linda Kuszynski, Eston Adams, and Maria Maurer.
Terri Holtze designed the HTML pages.
We have made every effort to be thorough and accurate in our cataloging of these images. Please contact Amy Fordham
if you have additional information, corrections, or concerns.