Visual Resources Collection
Curator: Sharon Leung
Assistant Curators: Ayesha Ghosh + Cameron Wade Hardinge-Rooney
Location: Fayerweather 204
The Visual Resources Collection (VRC) is a student-run facility providing GSAPP students and faculty with more than 200,000 images in digital, 35mm slide, and lantern slide formats. Our collection also includes VHS and DVD recordings of over twenty years of lectures and events held at GSAPP.
Students and faculty can access our entire digital collection of images using an intranet site from any GSAPP computer. That website is fully searchable and includes all of our current database entries, including images and media.
Alumni and outside researchers cannot view the intranet site without access to a GSAPP computer, but are free to make an appointment with our curators on a limited basis to discuss research needs.
The 35mm slide collection covers faculty research interests, images used in history courses, work presented by guest lecturers, and a survey of world architectural history from antiquity to the present day. In addition to 35mm and digital formats, the VRC owns a unique collection of antique lantern slides. Created using a technology that is no longer supported, the high-resolution lantern slides often present spaces and views that are the oldest and or completely unique surviving record of past places. These images can be viewed in the Slide Library during open hours.
Our digital image collection grows daily as staff archive and add new images selected by professors, critics or the student curators.
GSAPP lecture series videos may also be viewed online using the school's Livestream channel or archived in the GSAPP YouTube page.