The Visual Resources Center creates high-quality images and provides an array of services and resources for instructors and students in Art History and the Humanities. The VRC manages LUNA—the main database for art images used for teaching at UChicago—and maintains several collections of art images for teaching and research. VRC staff also provide access to our digitization lab equipment and consultations for image-based reference questions, photography and scanning advice, personal image management, fair use and copyright concerns, and visual literacy.

History of Our Collections

Established in 1902 alongside the Department of Art History, the Visual Resources Center began as an extensive collection of glass lantern slides. During the second half of the 20th century, the Art History Department Slide Library evolved into a collection of more than 350,000 35mm slides. The VRC has been an all-digital operation since 2006 and our collections comprise nearly 400,000 digital images. For more information, visit our Legacy Collections.

Header image: Cochrane-Woods Art Center, photograph by David Hartt, 2015.
In-line image: VRC Batch Scan of Lantern slides, 2009.