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Visual Resources Center

repurposed slides from the VRC

repurposed slides from the VRC. Photographed by Andrew Bale.

The Visual Resources Center is an essential part of the Art & Art History Department, and the College, assisting both faculty and students with visual literacy issues and information for teaching and studying. The collection includes over 200,000 mounted slides and approximately 80,000 digital image records spanning the History of Art and Architecture from prehistoric times to the present. The Visual Resources Center, based in Weiss Center for the Arts Room 222, offers services for digitizing images, art reference and image reference, image presentations, and assistance with Chicago Manual Style citation.

COVID-19 Update:

Per CDC regulations and the Dickinson College Institutional Policy masks are not required on campus. We recognize that some people may choose to continue to mask and it is important that students, faculty, and staff respect and support these personal health decisions. If VRC patrons are unmasked and would prefer a mask, we will supply you with one.
To make an online VRC appointment regarding VRC services please use the form below or in our Booking Calendar. This includes an initial consolutation regarding image digitization, image, film or media research, and image, film or media copyrights questions. The VRC also has access to the Data Viz software, Tableau, with an educational use license.

Study Area

The study area is for individual and group work with six 24" iMacs; the current software is Office 365, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, MetaShotPpt, Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Adobe DC, InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere Pro, and Artstor/JSTOR's Present feature for presentations and other visual literacy projects. It is set up for printing capability on the same floor. Open 8am-8pm weekdays with keycard access. Art & Art History Majors have priority over space and machines.