Fine Arts Library

Digital Images & Slides

The Fine Arts Library Digital Images & Slides Collections (DISC) provides image resources for teaching and research. The collection documents the entire range of works of art and architecture from prehistoric to the present in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world and includes painting, drawings, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and architecture. At present, collections number over 750,000 images in both 35mm and lantern slide formats. Of these, approximately 250,000 images are available in digital format including all collections added since 2001.

Digital images may be located using VIA, Harvard University’s union catalog of images, or through the Harvard University Study Collection of Digital Images hosted by ARTstor (Harvard ID and PIN required). Images may be downloaded from VIA and ARTStor for classroom presentations using PowerPoint or ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV). Additional online resources for digital images may be found in the Fine Arts Library Introductory Guide to Research in History of Art and Architecture. In addition to images, the collection includes art-related videos, CDs, and DVDs for in-library viewing. A digital studio is available for creating and viewing multi-media works. All collections and resources are open to the Harvard community and may also be consulted by outside users upon special arrangement.

  • Please contact Fine Arts Library Digital Images & Slides (DISC) via e-mail for more information and assistance with these tools.

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