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Visual Collections

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Welcome to visual collections. The slide collection contains over 160,000 images

Digital Image Database

  • Online slide collection, searchable by keyword, creator, site, topic
  • The Herberger Institute Photo Archives online
  • An archive of student projects
  • Slide study for select Herberger Institute courses
  • Online slide study by individual faculty members

* Please note that the database may be down on Fridays from 3–4 p.m. for routine maintenance.

The Herberger Institute Photo Archives 
The Jeffrey R Cook Energy Collection
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Image Resources for Educational Use

NYPL Digital Gallery

Catena: Digital Archive of Historic Gardens + Landscapes

The National Fine Art Education Digital Collection

Images of Ancient Greece and Rome


An interactive site, specializing in Islamic architecture.

Chicago Images

Chicago Landmarks



NISEE, Berkeley
Please cite "Courtesy National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering,
University of California, Berkeley."

The International Poster Collection
Necessary to cite sources

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Includes European Painting images plus 50 from each of 15 other departments,
including The Cloisters. Unaltered images from MMA may be used if they include the
accompanying caption and the museum URL:

American Memory Project, from the Library of Congress
Over 7 million images of American life and culture, digitized from over 100 historical collections:

History of the American West, 1860-1920:
Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library

American Landscape Design and Architecture, 1850-1920:
(Includes the work of F. L. Olmsted)

Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943

Map Collections, 1500-2002

Research Resources

archINFORM - International Architecture Database

Architectural Record



Avery Index

Cinema Treasures

Databases with plant information

The Great Buildings Collection

Maps (Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin)

The National Building Museum

The Pritzker Prize

RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects

Sir John Soane's Museum


The Skyscraper Museum


The Visual Collections facility is provided and maintained for faculty of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.