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Visual Resources Collection

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. Its collection also includes VHS and DVD recordings of over twenty years of lectures and events held at Columbia GSAPP.

The VRC is operated by students Spenser Krut, Frank Mandell, Kurt Schumacher, and Maur Dessauvage.

Students and faculty can access the entire digital collection of images using the VRC Online

Outside researchers will not be able to access the collection directly, but are free to make an appointment with VRC’s curators on a limited basis to discuss research needs.

The Collection


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.


All GSAPP Evening lectures, including many prominent and distinguished practitioners and theorists, are recorded and available for student and faculty use. The VRC offers a range of conferences, films, animations, and related subject matter dating back to 1989 on both VHS and DVD formats. Current GSAPP students and faculty are permitted to borrow all VRC materials (including lecture videos) for presentations, study or other academic purposes.

The VRC staff is available to scan small orders for GSAPP faculty and students. To place a digitization request, please stop by Fayerweather 204 or contact a curator at gsappvrc@columbia.edu.
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