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Professional Organizations Back to top

Visual Resources Association The VRA is an international association of professionals supporting Visual Resources collections with publications, annual meetings, a listserve, etc. The site includes links to copyright pages and data standards. Among the data initiatives is the CCO or
Cataloging Cultural Objects. The Visual Resources Collection also belongs to the local chapter of the VRA, the VRA - Greater New York Chapter New Site
Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS-NA) The Art Libraries Society of North America is the professional support group for Art Libraries and other Art collections, including Visual Resources Collections
College Art Association supports teaching and scholarship in the Visual Arts
Society of Architectural Historians

Indexes Back to top

The Index of Christian Art
Library of Congress Online Catalog
Other Art Indexes Available through Rutgers University Libraries Website
Art Library Collections

Thesauri Back to top

Our Own Rutgers VRC Authority Lists for Type, Subject, etc. (this is a bit dated but is a starting place for getting a larger picture of the local thesauri; more up to date lists are available in the data entry forms)



Getty Vocaulary Tools (ULAN, AAT, TGN)
Art & Architecture Thesaurus The AAT is the control vocabulary for the type, technique, and material authority files in the digital database.
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
Union List of Artists' Names
Contemporary Artists (the-artists.org)


Columbia Gazetteer
United States Geological Survey Geographic Names Information (domestic)
GEOnet Names Sharer (foreign names)
Gazetteer of British Place Names(Helpful for places not in TGN but last county changes not included)


Iconclass Homepage Iconclass is the control vocabulary for the subject authority file in the digital database. Online version
Library of Congress

Library of Congress Thesauri Home Page
LC Thesaurus for Graphic Materials I: Subject Terms (TGM I)
LC Thesaurus for Graphic Materials II (TGM II)
Library of Congress Authorities (subject headings - Name authority files available through this portal)
Thesaurus for Graphic Materials

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Back to top

Grove Dictionary of Art/Oxford Art Online  Access restricted to Rutgers University faculty, staff, and students

Rutgers University Libraries Reference SourcesDictionaries, Encyclopedias, Maps etc.
Electronic reference Services Available Through Rutgers University Libraries
Oxford English Dictionary for Rutgers Community

Artcyclopedia links to artist entries on museum websites
ArtLex - Art Dictionary
Artnet Artists, materials and styles
BibleGateway Look up passages in different translations
Catholic Encyclopedia
Dictionary of Art Historians
Encyclopedia.com from Electric Library


Language Aids Back to top


Greek German
German English Dictionary

WadeGiles/Pinyon Comparison Charts

Image Metadata Standards Back to top

VRA Core 4.0

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
Getty Introduction to Metadata: Crosswalks mapping of other standard metadata systems to VRA Core
CDWACategories for the Description of Works of Art

Websites Containg Art Images

Art Images for College Teaching (AICT)

AMICO for Rutgers Faculty, Staff and Students


Luna Imaging

UCSD Roger Slide Search

Other Directories Back to top

Art History Resources Rutgers Art Library Web Resource Guide to research resources maintained by Sara Harrington
Askart - artist and museum directory


Maps Back to top

Univ.of Texas Map Collection Excellent site for current maps of counties and regions; find link on left to historical maps (inlcudes 1923 Sheperds)
Panoramic Maps Collection Smithsonian Institution Site - Historic Maps
David Rumsey Map Collection - on Luna Insight Platform - historic maps - searchable database
Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection - University of Gergia - Historic Maps of United States
Historical Atlas of Europe
Osshe Historical & Cultural Atlas - need Shockwave plugin for some maps which are interactive
Uptravel World Maps - includes historical maps (navigate by links in yellow box)
Historical maps of China
Plan of Vatican

Other Back to top

Diacritical Marks

Visual Resources Facilities Webpage Some of the more recent Visual Resources facilities are included at this site. A plan and numerous photos represent each facility. Includes pictures of the Rutgers VRC.

Visual Resources Collections Blogs

Robert Baron's SWAP Project Building a small museum data base from the bottom up

Interior of the Art Library

Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tel: 732-932-7041
Fax: 732-932-1261

Catherine Puglisi, Chairperson

Andres Zervigon, Acting Undergraduate Director

John Kenfield, Acting Graduate Program Director

Cathy Pizzi, Department Administrator

Geralyn Colvil, Student Coordinator

Contact Us

Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

P  848-932-7041

F 732-932-1261
departmental email