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 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.

See the VRC Research Guide

Artstor Is Moving to JSTOR

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 this page or email the VRC.

Visit Johns Hopkins Digital Collections in JSTOR:

New images and new collections are being added on a regular basis. Is there something you would like to see in our collections? Email the VRC!

View the VRC’s Fall 2023 newsletter.


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

  • 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

Contact Us


Lael Ensor-Bennett

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

Curator, Visual Resources Collection
Gilman 167