Visual Resources Collection


Sarah Bavier
Visual Resources Librarian
phone: 503.517.7409

Amy Stewart
Digital Resources Specialist
phone: 503.517.7984

General Information

The Visual Resources Collection of the Department of Art maintains a continuously expanding collection of analog and digital images that primarily supports the daily teaching and ongoing research of the faculty and students in the department, and secondarily the general teaching of visual culture by Reed College faculty.  Works of art and architecture from prehistoric times to the present, from both Western and non-Western cultures, are represented.

The holdings currently number approximately 110,000 35mm slides, 44,000 locally produced digital images, and 72,000 commercially licensed digital images. The collection contains images of traditional media such as architecture, drawing, painting, photography, prints, and sculpture; the many applied or decorative arts in glass, ivory, jewelry, metal, wood, etc.; newer media such as computer art, digital art, performance art, video, etc.; and images of social, cultural, and historical documentation. Reed Digital Collections is the digital image database for the Visual Resources Collection’s digital collections. The College also subscribes to ARTstor through the College’s Library.

The use of materials in the Visual Resources Collection is subject to the copyright restrictions of the 1976 Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The VRC abides by the Fair Use provisions of the Copyright Act and also follows the Image Collection Guidelines produced by the Visual Resources Association. Materials borrowed by patrons are to be used for educational, non-profit use only. Please contact the Visual Resources Librarian about other arrangements or with specific questions.