ARTstor and Condé Nast collaborating to share 25,000 images

ARTstor has reached an agreement with Condé Nast to share 25,000 images of cartoons from The New Yorker, highlights from the Condé Nast Archive of Photography, and selections from the Fairchild Photo Service.

The images in these collections will be of great assistance in teaching a myriad of subjects like history, literature, and fashion. The New Yorker’s cartoons are legendary for their incisive wit and for shedding light on the dominant topics of every era, from the Depression to the Internet. The magazine’s cartoonists include renowned figures like, Peter Arno, Roz Chast, Otto Soglow, William Steig, James Thurber, and Gahan Wilson. The Condé Nast Collection, containing images dating back to 1892, represents one of the world’s greatest collections of magazine photography, encompassing fashion, celebrity, and lifestyle photography from publications such as House & Garden, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. The Fairchild Photo Service, comprised of more than three million photos gathered over six decades, is the fashion world’s preeminent image gallery. Read more…

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Now available on ARTstor: Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery (Scripps College)

ARTstor and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College are now sharing more than 700 images of works from the permanent collection in the Digital Library. The collection in ARTstor consists of highlights from several special collections.

The Gallery houses a teaching collection of Japanese woodblock prints and illustrated books from the late 17th century to late 20th century, featuring works by the artists Yoshu Chikanobu (1838-1912) and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). The Marer Collection of contemporary ceramics is international in scope, comprising American, British, Japanese, Korean, and Mexican works. The Young Collection focuses on Impressionist oil paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists, including George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, William Glackens, Frederick Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, and Theodore Robinson, among others. Another important teaching collection traces the history of photography with a selection works from the 19th through the 21st century. Finally, there is the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection, which comprises works by contemporary artists with a special focus on art by women and African-American artists, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Samella Lewis, Faith Ringgold, and Alison Saar.


View the collection in the Digital Library.

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Walters Museum uploads 19,000 photos to Wikimedia Commons

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, has donated more than 19,000 freely-licensed images of artworks to Wikimedia Commons. The Walters’ collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art and Old Master and 19th-century paintings.

The images and their associated information will join our collection of more than 12 million freely usable media files, which serves as the repository for the 285 language editions of Wikipedia. ‬Check it out!!

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Check out the online art resource dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology through open platforms for exchange and collaboration at Rhizome, an affiliate of the New Museum (New York City) includes Artbase (online archive of new media art), Community (artists’ portfolios, etc.), and Programs (publications, exhibits).

The UCSD Libraries initiated a subscription to Rhizome, enabling UCSD students, faculty and staff using their UCSD email to register for full access to the powerful and interactive features of Rhizome.

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UC San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art Form Partnership

Faculty, staff, and students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) now have access to more than 8000 new arts materials, thanks to an innovative partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD).

  • Museum art catalog collection moved to UCSD Arts Library
  • Museum materials strengthen Arts Library collection
  • Curators will advise on library acquisitions

The museum has transferred its collection of art catalogs and related materials to the UCSD Arts Library and the electronic catalogs of both institutions have been integrated.

Strengthened synergies
Discussions about the partnership between the two La Jolla-based institutions began in 2004. Hugh M. Davies, the David C. Copley Director of MCASD, came up with the idea. “Now more than ever it makes sense to combine our resources where there are strong benefits and efficiencies to be achieved,” he said. “MCASD’s curators will gain access to one of the great academic libraries on the West Coast.” UCSD libraries hold more than seven million items.

Brian E. C. Schottlaender, the Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UCSD, described the partnership as “a real win for both institutions and a wonderful extension of the collaboration between our organizations.”

The UCSD Arts Library supports research, teaching, and performance efforts in visual arts, literature, music, and theatre and dance. More than 80 percent of UCSD’s visual arts Ph.D. students are pursuing research in modern or contemporary art history.The addition of the MCASD collection will support these goals, as it also includes items relating to sound, installation, and performance art.

MCASD’s continuing role
The MCASD collection will continue to grow at UCSD. MCASD curators will recommend titles to the UCSD Arts Library that support MCASD research needs.

Most of the MCASD collection is art catalogs, gathered through MCASD’s ongoing international museum library exchange program. MCASD also produces between one and three of its own scholarly catalogs annually. These catalogs will be added to UCSD’s collection on an ongoing basis.

Lynn Blumenstein, Library Journal

The new Smithsonian Collections Searching Center

Smithsonian Libraries, Archives and Museums have worked together and created the Collections Search Center (, a one-stop-searching center for the public for SI collections.  This fast growing Collections Search Center is hosted by OCIO and currently contains 2.3 million records with 280,000 online media such as images, sound files, videos, and online collections.

Collections are contributed by:

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

National Air and Space Museum

National Museum of American Indians

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National Air & Space Museum Scans poster collection


The Smithsonian’s National Air & Space museum has digitized a large chunk of their collection of posters on flight. Lovely!

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New Collections in ArtStor

The California Digital Library has licensed three major segments of Archivision’s images of architecture and public art for all UC campuses. The Archivision Base Collection has 16,370 images “representing major Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th & 19th Century and Modern sites”.

Archivision Module One has 5,893 images that build on the above periods and also includes Ancient and Islamic Egypt. Archivision Module Two has 6,395 images of Early Modern and Modern European architecture, Islamic Turkey, and more US sites. All the collections include drawings and plans that complement (owner & photographer of the images in Archivision) Scott Gilchrist’s photographs. You can explore the more than 28,000 new images through ARTstor – look under “Institutional Collections”.

Now available: works from Eugene James Martin in Artstor

Via Artstor:
Approximately 200 images of works by African-American artist Eugene James Martin are now available in the ARTstor Digital Library. The vibrant, abstract works represented in ARTstor include paintings on canvas, mixed media collages, and pencil, pen, and ink drawings. Martin’s use of color is distinctive, contrasting broad swathes of intense color with finely worked areas of pastel shades. He also mixed whimsical allusions to animals and machines with wry cultural and personal references, creating introspective works infused with a gentle humor. Martin’s works of art can be found in numerous private collections and museum permanent collections, including the Munich Museum of Modern Art, the Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Mobile Museum of Art, Read more…

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Dictionary of Art Historians

From the ARLIS List:
The Dictionary of Art Historians has migrated to a database format similar to other art web products. It continues to be free and readily accessible on the internet either as individual file entries or in searchable form here.

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