Visual Resources Collection Policies
The Image Collection was developed over the past 45 years to fill the needs of the Art and Art History department's courses. Beginning as a collection of 35mm slides, it grew to approximately 150,000 slides before we made the transition to digital images between 1996 and 2007. Scanning of the legacy slide collection is ongoing according to curriculum needs. 4,000 images from the collection can now be accessed through the campus ARTStor portal of the Schulz library database list. Anyone on campus can browse the images in ARTStor, but in order to download images or use any of ARTStor's other great features, you must register and create a password separate from your Seawolf password. It is a very simple process. Please contact the Visual Resources curator to request digital images from the collection that are not yet uploaded to ARTStor, for help using the ARTstor database, or requesting new images to be scanned. You can request images for your classes by email using the Image Request Form on this website, but you will need to provide reproductions from a book or other source if we do not have slides of the images already. Allow 2 weeks processing time for up to 40 images.
The curator can also provide tutorials in using ARTStor and working with digital images for presentations and website development for faculty, staff, and students.
Student use of Collection:
Registered students at this campus may request digital images for class presentations provided that use is limited to private study, student papers and presentations, and/or password-protected websites. Students can request additional images by downloading the Image Request Form from the website, filling in the necessary information for each image, and delivering the form to Art 107 or emailing it as an attachment to Karen.Kessel@sonoma.edu. If we do not have a slide or other reproduction of the image, the student will need to provide the source, such as a book from the library. Allow 2 weeks processing time for up to 40 images. Faculty planning to have several students make presentations in a class should make an appointment to bring them to the image collection as a group for orientation.
An Important note about Copyright and Licensing Restrictions
In compliance with the Fair Use guidelines of United States copyright law and licenses we hold with image distributors, images from the collection may not be publicly shared on websites or by other forms of distribution or sale unless by specific permission from the curator. Even images of artwork that is in the public domain may be restricted by license agreements with professional photographers who have provided the images. Some images are not restricted, but users must verify the rights status of images before sharing. Anyone using images from this collection thereby agrees to comply with this condition.