Department of Art & Art History

Ira Latour Visual Resources Collection

The Ira Latour Visual Resources Center (VRC) houses a collection of over 4000 books and related visual materials for the Art and Art History Department. The VRC also holds a reference collection of non-circulating art history books, illustrated books, catalogues raisonee, livres d'artiste, current periodicals, photographs, prints, and non-print media such as CD-ROMs, videos, and DVDs. This collection is made possible due the generous endowment provided by Walter Kohn.

A current catalog of books and materials available in the library can be found on our website at LibraryThing. Materials MAY NOT be checked out.

Art Opportunities & Related Links

The center provides images to be used for research assignments, course study pages, and lectures. Four computers are available for student access along with scanning stations.

All VRC materials must be used for educational purposes only.

  • Art Opportunities
     This is a listing of grants, residencies, contests, and other opportunities for art students and professionals.
  • Art Babble
     A home for videos of all sorts and styles of art, architecture, periods and individual artists.
  • Art Source
    Covers a variety of topics from fine, decorative and commercial art to photography, folk art, film and architecture. Coverage is back to 1928 with over 750 full-text journals, over 220 e-books, and over 63,000 images.
  • Material ConneXion
    Material Connexion archive features over 5,000 cutting-edge materials in eight categories, including the largest selection of sustainable materials.
  • BibliOdyssey
    BibiOdyssey is a blog containing eclectic historic science and art images from rare books and prints.
  • California State University IMAGE Project (World Images)
    The CSU IMAGE Project includes images for the art history survey and historical images from a wide variety of fields, including political and cultural history, anthropology, biology, medicine and technology.
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
    FAMSF ImageBase contains images from the permanent collections of the Legion of Honor and de Young Museums.
  • Library of Congress flickr photostream
    The Library of Congress photostream contains historic photograph collections.
  • Luminous-Lint
    Over 2,500 people, estates and institutions have provided information, with hundreds of continually improving histories of photography.
  • New York Public Library Digital Collections
    The New York Public Library offers audio, video, webcasts, images, prints, photographs, poetry and fiction.
  • UbuWeb: Film and Video
    UbuWeb is a large web-based educational resource for avant-garde material providing access to out of print materials, sound art and video.
  • VernissageTV
    VernissageTV takes you to opening receptions (vernissages) of exhibitions and events. Archived footage of events is indexed by artists name.
  • Web Gallery of Art
    A virtual museum and searchable database of Western (European) fine arts (1000-1900).
  • Oxford Art Online
    Oxford Art Online is a subscription service including Grove Art, Timelines of World Art and Thematic Guides including essays and biographies.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    The TOAH includes images of works of art, descriptions of work and related thematic essays in an interactive timeline and map.
  • The Medieval Bestiary
    The Medieval Bestiary is an interactive site with links to digital Medieval manuscripts available online.
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