UC Berkeley History of Art Department



The History of Art Visual Resources Center (VRC) is a departmental resource, providing images for instructional and research purposes. The collection encompasses images of art and architecture of the world ranging from prehistory to contemporary art. The History of Art VRC builds and manages an image database, adding approximately 5,000 images per year to the collection. Collection development is largely based on faculty requests.  Our facility located in 307 Doe Library, situated within the Art History/Classics Library on the 3rd floor of Doe Library.


Digital Collections

The VRC digital collection of over 70,000 images is available from the ARTstor portal.  UC Berkeley also subscribes to the general ARTstor collection, which contains over a million images of art and architecture for instructional use. To register for the ARTstor collection from off-campus, users must be logged in through the proxy server. Use of the VRC digital collections is restricted to current faculty, students and staff of UC Berkeley.


Slide Collection

The VRC slide collection contains over 450,000 35mm slides and is currently in the process of being digitized and/or deaccessioned. The collection can circulate to all UCB faculty, Graduate Student Instructors, and students presenting in History of Art or Classics seminars.