The VRC’s slide collection is non-circulating; however, members of the Department of Art & Art History are welcome to use the collection. Please note that an appointment is required. Slides can be checked out for one day. Overnight check-outs cannot be accommodated.
Most of the slides are arranged the following manner:
1. Region/Continent - Region/Continent headings are: Asia, West (European and North America), Near East, Aboriginal (includes Native North American, South American, and African art)
4. Medium - Medium headings are (in order): Collateral (miscellany;charts, maps, etc.), Architecture, Sculpture, Painting (graphic arts), and MA "Miscellaneous Arts" (includes things such as textiles, pottery, statuettes).
5. Artist (if any)
6. Year/Subject Matter
There are three areas that do not correspond to a geographic heading:
* XYZ PHOTO - first by century, then by photographer
* XYZ FILM - first by century, then by director
* PRPLS - Principles of Art, covering such items as iconography, color, and industrial design
There are several small collections housed in small cabinets in the VRC.
* Art & Law
* Art 1 - Western Art survey
* Art 2 - Asian Art survey
* E/W - East / West
* CAC - Chinese Art and Culture
Reading a Slide Label:
The top label of a slide includes filing information and its title. Filing information is read top to bottom, left to right. The bottom label includes its ID number, a property stamp, its repository location, a "miscellaneous" info section, height & width, medium, and rights section.
Example of Slide with Slide Label Information:
Searching for Slides:
* When looking for an image, it is important to remember what the image is "of", as well as its area of origin, date, and medium. Pottery found at a Neolithic site would be classified under MA (Miscellaneous Arts) in the "Ceramics" section, not the site where it was found. Carefully read the division cards for each section. Pink cards are "See Also" cards; they tell you about items that are related to that section.
* Check the Artist Index cards to see where an artist is filed. The index cards are located in the black case at the end of the front light table. Artists are divided into three categories: Western, Chinese, and Japanese. Search for the surname of the artist; the card will show you where slides of that artist’s work are filed.
* When removing slides from the drawers, put in their place one of the small colored cards available on the light tables. Write your name (last name, first name) on each card, and use one card for every slide borrowed. This allows us to keep track of where slides are in case someone else in the department needs them. (Note: lecturers in the department will have drop cards made for them; please contact VRC staff if you require more cards).
* If you've pulled slides that are in danger of losing their labels, please use the binding tape found in the dispenser on the counter to prevent label loss.
* Complete the Borrowing Slides Form, found in the binder on the small table by the counter.
* Slides should be taken from the library just before the lecture and returned immediately after. The slides must be returned to the library the same day: they cannot leave the building or remain out overnight without special permission from VRC staff.