The Visual Resources Collection is a consolidation of several sub-collections of digital images maintained in support of the instruction of fine art, architecture, and related fields. Content development is driven by the curricular needs of the Art Department and, in areas of overlapping focus, those of other academic departments on campus. Created through partnership among those departments and Digital Scholarship Services, the collection is currently being expanded through a two-year project to transition all core art courses from analog- to digital-based teaching with respect to images presented for study.

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Using the Collection

  • Note: Off-campus users must provide a valid Lafayette NetID and password.
  • All collection materials are currently made available through the ARTstor digital image library interface, which can be accessed via the link in the upper-right of this page. The college became a charter subscriber to ARTstor upon its inception in 2005 in order to address the demand for high-quality digital image content in teaching and research conducted on campus. Since that time the various collections which make up the ARTstor service have grown to include over one million images and will expand to over twice that number in the immediate future. Additionally, Lafayette maintains within ARTstor several collections that are restricted to use by our students, faculty, and affiliates. The Lafayette College Art Department Visual Resources Image Collection comprises those images produced locally in the Digital Imaging Center, amassed by faculty, or individually licensed from various commercial photo-archives in support of specific course needs and research requests. Growth of this collection will continue indefinitely to meet all anticipated user needs. The Archivison Library is a licensed collection of images depicting world architecture and related arts. The various Archivision modules represent regular photographic campaigns undertaken annually in selected geographic regions.  Its current coverage includes over 65,000 images. On the ARTstor welcome page are tools to search and browse these collections individually or collectively. Please note that unless otherwise specifically stated, all of the images in these collections are protected under the copyright of their owners and are provided solely for non-profit, educational use. For information about our Digital Imaging Center, please visit our What We Do page.