Visual Resources Collection


The Visual Resources Collection (207 McCormick Hall), which has existed since the end of the 19th century, holds extensive collections of digital images, 35mm slides, and photographic prints to support the department’s teaching curriculum and to provide image resources for study and research. More than 170,000 digital images from the department’s Visual Resources Collection are available in both the Almagest and ARTstor systems, which are accessible to the Princeton University community for teaching, research, and study purposes. Licensed image resources include ARTstor, offering more than 1,500,000 digital images, and Bridgeman Education, which has more than 500,000 images. Visual Resources holds the entire collections of Saskia and Archivision, more than 100,000 licensed images covering the history of art and architecture. A collection of about 600,000 slides is also available.

Visual Resources offers instruction sessions on image resources and use to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate users, and staff members are also available to help in finding, scanning, and using images. Scanning equipment for slides and flat materials is available for use in the Visual Resources facility. The Visual Resources web page includes tutorials for Almagest, ARTstor, and PowerPoint, along with information about image resources, copyright, and images for publications.   Photographic prints and other materials from the Princeton sponsored archaeological expeditions are housed in the Research Photographs area.