Visual Resources Collection Links


Find out what's showing in the San Francisco Bay Area
(Accessible by public transit!)

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Palace of the Legion of Honor and De Young Museum

Oakland Museum:

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Museums Further Afield:

American Museum of Natural History Digital Collections

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Ashmolean Museum

Boston Museum of Fine Art

British Museum

Canadian Museum of Civilization

Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

The Getty Center, Santa Monica, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Louvre Museum, Paris

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Nelson-Atkins Gallery, Kansas City, MO

The Royal Museum for Central Africa

San Jose Museum of Art

Tate Gallery, London, England Youtube site

Tate Gallery Audio Archive

Whitney Museum, New York City

Image Websites

Archnet: online database of original images of Moslem culture and civilization worldwide

ARTstor at SSU

The Getty Museum: free downloadable copyright free images from their collections

University of Michigan School of Art and Design Links Page

Christopher Witcombe, Professor of Art History, Sweetbriar College

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

NASA Visible Earth Satellite Maps

Worldimages, a free original image distribution project hosted at San Jose State University and sponsored by the California State University System under the Direction of Professor Emerita Kathy Cohen

Art History Resources

Art History and Technology: A Brief History, by Christopher Witcombe
Online journal for the study and exhibition of the Arts of Asia

Chicago Manual of Style:

FAMSI: The Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.
The principal source for information about ancient Mesoamerican cultures, currently hosted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Getty Vocabularies:
Union List of Artists' Names (ULAN)

Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)

Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)

Grove Dictionary of Art at SSU

Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art:

Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline of Art History

National Atlas
A government website that provides a map template of the United States that can be customized to show various features and details and downloaded for presentation or printing

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Art and Artists Files

Tibetart: Himalayan Art Resources

Timeline Creator:


Visual Resources Association

Art Libraries Society of North America

College Art Association

Museum Computer Network

American Association of Museums

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)

Society of Architectural Historians

Digital Imaging Technical Resources

Technical Guide for Creating Digital Media

Universal Photographic Digital Imaging Guidelines (UPDIG)

Basic Guidelines for Embedded Metadata (aka Image Tags)

Creative Commons Licenses
A means to share your images without giving up your rights of ownership

Social Media and Preserving Tags added to Images
Library of Congress Digital Preservation blog

Otis College of Art and Design Tutorials for Photographing Artwork
Digitally Photographing your own Two-Dimensional Art
Digitally Photographing your own Three-Dimensional Art


Native American Websites

Ancient Barrier Canyon Style Rock Art in Utah

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts

NAGPRA Implementation, Peabody Museum, Harvard University (accessed July 9, 2012)

Describes the Peabody Museum's implementation of the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Park, Robert W.
Archaeology in Arctic North America

Shinnecock and Montauk Indians of New York:

Tlingit Totem Poles, Northwest Coast

VIRCONA, Bainbridge Bunting Library, University of New Mexico

The VIRCONA Website is a directory of over 1500 modern Native American artists from the University of New Mexico Visual Resources database with sample images of their work, including both traditional and contemporary media from ceramics and textiles to installation and digital art and references to publishable versions of their artwork.

Museums and Historic Sites

Aztec Ruins National Monument

Cahokia Mounds

Chaco Canyon National Historical Park

Traditions of the Sun: Chaco Canyon (accessed on May 5, 2008)

Denver Art Museum American Indian collections

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Hueco Tanks State Historic Park

Museum of Canadian Civilization (accessed on July 9, 2012)

Museum of Canadian Civilization Online collection of images:

National Museum of the American Indian

Osage Tribal Museum

Philbrook Art Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Katsina Exhibit, Peabody Museum, Harvard University  (accessed on July 9, 2012)

Identifies 36 katsinam by names with a picture and a paragraph describing their function and place in the calendar year.  The site also includes a link to a Hopi calendar chart showing the schedule of their ceremonies and describing their functions.

Frank McClung Museum, Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee (Accessed July 9, 2012)

Thunderbird Park, Royal Canadian Museum, British Columbia, Canada.
(accessed December 21, 2007)

U'Mista Cultural Center

University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology