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 and Artstor on JSTOR, the homes of more than 2.5 million images and the over 280,000 images in JHU’s local digital image collections, including the local VRC teaching collection and materials from Sheridan Libraries Special Collections and the Johns Hopkins Archeological Museum. These resources reflect teaching and research interests across the humanities.
The transition from Artstor to JSTOR is continuing. The Artstor website will be retired as of August 1, 2024. If you have any feedback or thoughts to share, email the VRC or contact JSTOR Support directly. For more information about the transition, see the library’s page.
- Train users to navigate the VRC’s local digital image collections, and others, with the goal of helping them find high-quality images.
- Create images on demand, via copy photography and scanning, as well as obtain/purchase images for teaching, research, and PhD dissertations.
- 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 (includes editing or annotating images and consulting on image formatting/size/quality)
- Assist faculty who want to convert personal slide and print collections to digital format
Work with the VRC
The VRC employs graduate and undergraduate students year-round. Graduate students primarily help catalog images in their area of study, while undergraduate students scan and edit digital images and perform other tasks. If you are interested in working with the VRC, please contact us.
- The VRC’s image collection: JHU Visual Resources Collection. See the VRC Research Guide.
- Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
- Special Collections:
- “Dreyfus Affair” Collection
- Bibliotheca Fictiva
- Chinese Public Health Campaign Slides 1950s-70s
- Collection of Middle East-inspired Sheet Music
- Comedias Sueltas Collection
- James Birney Collection of Anti-Slavery Pamphlets
- Monuments of Greek and Roman Antiquity, Bruckmann Verlag
- Papyri Collection, from Oxyrhynchus and Fayum
- Picture of Baltimore, by John H. B. Latrobe
- Rare Books of the George Peabody Library
- Special Collections Highlights, including the library’s Chinese Cultural Revolution Poster Collection
- The Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance
- Votes and Petticoats: Postcards
- Women of the Book
New images and new collections are being added on a regular basis. Email us if there something you would like to see in our collections?
Lael J. Ensor-Bennett (she/her/hers)
Curator, Visual Resources Collection