Visual Resources Collection

The Visual Resources Collection (VRC) provides images and teaching support for faculty and students in the Departments of the History of Art, Classics, and Near Eastern Studies, and for those teaching image intensive courses. JHU faculty, students, and staff have access to Artstor, a digital image database of more than 2 million images and to the VRC’s local digital image collection available through Artstor, a growing collection with over 181,000 digital images. This resource reflects the teaching and research interests across the humanities.

See the VRC LibGuide


  • Train users to navigate Artstor, the VRC’s local digital image collection, and others, with the goal of helping them find high-quality images. Download the VRC’s Artstor at JHU Quickstart Guide.
  • Create images on demand, via copy photography and scanning, as well as purchase images for teaching. Download the Digital Image Request Form.
  • Provide in-class presentations on finding and using images for student papers and projects
  • Assist instructors with developing digital imaging projects, employing best practices for organizing and storing images, and using image editing software
  • Assist faculty who want to convert personal slide and print collections to digital format

For more information on finding high quality images see the CER’s July 2019 Best Practice #19 “Fantastic Images and Where to Find Them.”

Contact Us


Lael Ensor-Bennett

Lael J. Ensor-Bennett

Assistant Curator, Visual Resources Collection
Gilman 167