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 and Artstor on JSTOR, the homes of more than 2.5 million images and the over 236,000 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.

See the VRC Research Guide

***Artstor on JSTOR News*** The transition from Artstor to JSTOR is continuing. As of right now, we know that Artstor will be supported at least through the summer of 2023 with 6 months notice given in advance of sunsetting the platform. JHU is one of ten institutions around the world currently participating in ITHAKA’s beta testing program. Please consider experimenting. To access JHU’s local image collections in JSTOR, visit our landing page. All feedback will be incredibly useful in shaping the future of the platform and JHU’s image collections. To really make an impact, ITHAKA needs to hear from end users.  If you have any feedback or thoughts to share, email the VRC or contact JSTOR Support or Artstor Support directly. For more information about the transition, see this page or email the VRC.


For any of the services below, please fill out the VRC Services Form or email the VRC!

  • Train users to navigate Artstor, the VRC’s local digital image collection, 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

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Lael Ensor-Bennett

Lael J. Ensor-Bennett (she/her/hers)

Curator, Visual Resources Collection
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