UC Berkeley History of Art Department

Mission Statement

The Visual Resources Center supports digital scholarship by fostering the creative application of digital technologies in the service of research, teaching, and learning in the arts and humanities at UC Berkeley.



The Visual Resources Center (VRC) supports the History of Art department in the areas of digital teaching, image research, obtaining copyright permissions for publication, audio visual support, and digital humanities project support.

The VRC builds and maintains an image collection for instructional and research purposes. The collection encompasses images of art and architecture of the world ranging from prehistory to contemporary art. The VRC adds approximately 8,000 images per year to the collection, based largely on faculty requests.  Our facility is 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 1.8 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 300,000 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.



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