The Department of Art History Visual Resources Collection is located in room 002 in the basement of Voorhees Hall.
Rutgers Art History Collection (Digital Images)
The most active collection is the Rutgers Art History Digital Collection of approximately 130,000 images. Presently that collection is available to the university community through ARTstor.org until December 2012. The collection is integrated, and be searched, with the ARTstor collections. To search just the Rutgers collection, pull down the collection tab and choose Rutgers.Of special interest is the Edward B. Wilkins Collection that includes architectural images from a round the world and images of New Jersey and Rutgers buildings from the early 1950s to the mod 1960s.
Migration is almost complete to MDID.
Art History Slide Collection
The slide collection is now down to about 150,000 from over 300,000 slides. The collection is being used as a guide to help build the digital collection. Of special interest is the Edward B. Wilkins Collection that includes architectural images from a round the world and images of New Jersey and Rutgers buildings from the early 1950s to the mod 1960s.
Photo Study Collection
The collection includes about 45,000 mounted photos and innumerable loose photos of art. The photo study used to be the prime means of student study and could be seen hanging from the walls of the basement of Voorhees Hall before the availabilty of digital images.
Lantern Slide Collection
The collection contains approximately 10,000 lantern slides. Lantern slides were the primary medium before 35mm slides. Although 35mm slides were used by the late 1930s, lantern slides continued to be used in Rutgers classrooms until the late 1970s. Since the slides themselves are 2 3/4 x 3/ 3/4 the projected images can be quite striking and so were popular. The emulsions were on the glass however and when a slide became cracked, there was no way to repair it.
A small collection of slide projectors beginning with lantern slide projectors also is held among the Visual Resources Collections.