Visual Resources Collection

Visual Resources Collection

Image of 3D digital model of Fayerweather Hall
3D Digital Model of Fayerweather Hall

The VRC grew out of individual faculty slide holdings in the late 1960's, into a centralized departmental collection in order to more effectively and efficiently share resources and avoid duplication of effort. Our drive to provide the highest quality available images in support of the teaching and research mission of the University of Virginia continues today in our ongoing development of a digital image repository available to the entire University community.

Our Digital Image Collection includes more than 45,000 images and continues to grow. The creation of high-quality digital images to supplement standard collections allows the VRC to meet the changing needs of our patrons and frees them from the constrictions of published texts as they create their course content.

In 2007, the VRC partnered with ARTstor, a subscription based digital image database of more than a million images, to host our collection in a localized version of their digital library. This integrates the specialized content of our scholars into the broader collections already accessible, and provides a seamless interface for locating visual aids for teaching and research purposes. This local content continues to expand, and the Fiske-Kimball Fine Arts Library has since joined the VRC in hosting images with ARTstor. Our local collections, including the Department of Art ARTemis Archive, can be accessed on-grounds via

The VRC has a 3D Printer, the Lulzbot TAZ 6. Victoria Valdes is managing 3D projects and printing schedules, which are open on a first come first served basis. This is a high quality filament deposition manufacturing (FDM) machine capable of some beautiful prints. Since it only prints one of each design at a time, it is available only for faculty and graduate students - the length of print time is prohibitive for undergraduate classes, as each build takes several hours depending on the size. We recommend using the printer to create interactive learning tools such as architectural models, reproductions of statues/pottery/objects, and cutaways. The VRC requests that you fabricate your model in CAD, Geomagic, Sketchup, Rhino or similar software and provide the .stl file on a flash drive or via Google Drive/Box/Dropbox for printing. If you have difficulty converting your file to .stl, please check with Victoria for further assistance.

Objects printed on the TAZ 6 cannot exceed 1,238 cubic cm, or about 10 inches high. If your project requires additional filament we are able to request restock at $25 a reel.

What can we do for you?
The staff of the Visual Resources Collection can assist you in creating, accessing, and retrieving the highest quality images for your presentation, teaching, and research purposes. Some of the ways we can help are by:

  • Familiarizing you with the image database ARTstor
  • Working with you to develop the digital resources for your future courses
  • Assisting you with strategic planning for your image needs, and developing a custom JStor Forum database to track your own scholarly images
  • Taking digitizing requests from faculty members
  • Training you to scan images following best practices, to use image editing tools, and to locate available scanning stations
  • Pointing you to additional digital image resources
  • Linking you to software and digital initiatives in an effort to augment teaching methods and the classroom environment.


The Slide Collection, an archive of 35mm slides numbering approximately 300,000, together with 2000 study-photographs, and 1000 lantern slides, is available for research purposes within the VRC during normal operating hours. Circulation of the analog collection, however, is restricted to faculty and graduate students of the Department of Art and the School of Architecture.

Access & Policies
Digital images are available to the greater University community; however, access to ARTstor and the VRC collection within it, is restricted to the University's computer network. The slide collection is available for circulation to faculty members and graduate students of the Department of Art and the School of Architecture. An orientation is advised.

Copyright Policy
All materials in the Visual Resources Collection are subject to copyright restrictions. The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or other reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to assist with or to supply a reproduction if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of the copyright law.