Visual Resources Collection

The Visual Resources Collection is dedicated to supporting the teaching and research mission of the Department of Art History. The Collection consists of approximately 365,000 35mm slides, 8,000 lantern slides, 12,000 postcards and photographs, as well as InSitu, the Department’s online database, featuring over 65,000 digital images. The Collection, dating back to the founding of the Department in 1925, features materials depicting works of art, architecture, and visual and material culture spanning the range of global human history, reflecting the changing scholarly interests of the Art History faculty.

The Visual Resources Collection also provides support and consultation for student and faculty research projects. Past projects have included physical and online exhibitions, interactive mapping, 3D modeling, and data visualization. The Collection’s space also hosts computer work stations with imaging software, as well as scanning, photography, and audio/visual equipment. Access to the Visual Resources Collection is available by appointment. Please contact Jacob Esselstrom, the Department’s Visual Resources Curator.


  Jacob Esselstrom
Office: Room 214 Elvehjem Building
Phone: 608-263-2288


Useful Links:

InSitu Image Database

Artstor Digital Library

Finding Art Images (Kohler Art Library Research Guide)

Visual Resources Association