The Visual Resources Collections of the Department of Art and Archaeology have existed since the end of the 19th century. The primary mission of these collections is the provision of visual materials to support the department curriculum, as well as providing resources for departmental research. The collections include digital images, slides, and photographic prints.
The department digital collections, available in Almagest and ARTstor, include more than 110,000 images in addition to the general collections found in these repositories (over 1,000,000 images are available in ARTstor). Digitized images may be used for teaching and research uses.
The slide collection houses over 500,000 slides that form the basis of art history lectures by the faculty, as well as seminar presentations by students. These slides cover art and architecture of the world ranging from prehistory to contemporary art.
The Research Photographs Collection holds primary source materials relating to expeditions and excavations conducted by Princeton University over the last one hundred years. A collection of photographs relevant to specific research interests is also housed here.