Digital Media Services and Image Archive
Formerly Visual Resources Collections
Welcome to the Digital Media Services website, which contains information about our collections and services, as well as access to our on-line resources.
The collections are comprised of more than a million images, in every imaging format practiced during the last century. Included are approximately 125,000 local digital records, 780,000 35mm slides, 250,000 lantern slides (and the negatives from which they were made), 150,000 mounted black and white photographs, 10,000 postcards, and a variety of other archival materials covering the full range of the pedagogy of art history. The collections are divided into on-line collections and resources, the Slide Library, the Photographic Archives, and off-site holdings. For a detailed listing of our collections, click here . PLEASE NOTE that the Photographic Archives are accessible to researchers from beyond IFA only by advance appointment.
Digital Media Services is the central image and imaging technologies resource at the Institute. The staff provides a wide variety of services to the IFA/CC community, including maintenance of class-based on-line reserves and resources. Information about photography (both digital and film), seminar image production, scanning instruction, technical support, equipment loans, and many other services are available. The staff is eager to assist with any imaging project! For details about the services we provide click here.
All classrooms in the Duke and Chan Houses are equipped with both carousel and digital projectors. Most classrooms have sound and lighting systems similar to those found in theaters. Other presentation equipment is available on request, including overhead and film projectors, flip charts, dry marker boards, video and DVD players and monitors. In class technical support is also available by request. Special equipment or staffing requests should be made well in advance of the class in which they are needed (one week is standard). Contact the Imaging Services Supervisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
One-on-one instruction in copystand use is provided by the Photographer (email@example.com) by appointment; one-on-one instruction in scanning and PowerPoint use is provided by the Educational Technologist by appointment. Instructional workshops in image database use, including introductions to ARTstor and LUNA, are held regularly throughout the year, and are taught by Digital Media Services staff. Contact the Curator ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Access to other visual resources collections, both within and beyond NYU, is possible through special arrangement or by letter. Contact the Curator for assistance.
The Digital Media Services staff maintains a running list of on-line image resources. If you find a site that has been particularly helpful in your research, please let us know so we can add it to the list!
Digital Media Services
Resources and Manuals
Excavating the Record
Click here for collected papers presented at 3 professional conferences in 2013, describing the challenges of organizing and accessing archaeological archives.