Presented in historical, cultural, and media categories. Sources include museums, archives, and digital libraries focused on art and other cultural heritage. They have been selected for their image quality, reliable descriptive metadata, breadth of coverage, and/or specialized coverage.
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We are committed to culturally sensitive cataloging practices. We endeavor to use accurate, respectful, and inclusive language. To ensure optimal access to our collections, especially when they appear within larger, aggregated collections, we follow data standards for broad discoverability. This includes using terms from published authorities, such as the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus and Library of Congress Subject Headings. While these authorities are constantly evolving, some outdated and even harmful terms persist. We actively support the many efforts occurring within the library and archives profession to update such terms, and carefully consider which terms to include as searchable variants to facilitate discovery.
We acknowledge the critical cataloging work to be done within our collections. When possible we will consult creators directly for their gender and cultural identities. Our collections contain materials that represent and/or are created by marginalized groups of people. We strive to use the current language of artists, historians, and others who belong to, are descended from, specialize in, and/or work closely with the communities we are describing. We aspire to moving our descriptive practices away from the default presumption of whiteness.
With terminology that changes over time, the process of description is iterative. We commit to this longterm process, and to making the practice of culturally sensitive description a significant element of the training and professional development we provide to student catalogers. We recognize that we will make mistakes. We welcome suggestions for corrections, annotations, or other opportunities to review our practices. Please email us.
This statement was informed most directly by the Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia's Anti-Racist Description Resources, Dorothy Berry's Digitizing and Enhancing Description Across Collections to Make African American Materials More Discoverable on Umbra Search African American History, Jackie Dean's Conscious Editing of Archival Description at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Temple University Libraries' SCRC Statement on Potentially Harmful Language in Archival Description and Cataloging.
The Art and Art History Student Work houses documentation of MFA and BFA work from the Department of Art and Art History, with the most recent work appearing first. Since the 1960s the Department has routinely archived MFA thesis exhibitions, initially as 35mm slides and VHS tapes and now as digital files. The Visual Resources Center is currently digitizing and cataloging the 35mm slides in reverse chronological order. Note that over time some students did not submit documentation of their work, so there are occasional gaps in representation. Documentation of BFA exhibitions has been collected in recent years, but submissions have been sporadic due to their voluntary nature.
The Visiting Artist & Faculty Lectures/Interviews collection consists of videorecorded public lectures and interviews dating back to 1987 from the Department of Art and Art History's Visiting Artist program. Also includes talks by visiting lecturers and faculty from the department. Videos in our collection appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent titles appearing first. For permissions reasons, the collection is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at CU Boulder IdentiKey login required.
The Visual Resources Teaching Collection includes materials digitized and licensed for courses and research. For copyright reasons, the collection is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at CU Boulder IdentiKey login required.
Art and Art History Images on Flickr
The VRC regularly posts images of people and events related to the Department of Art and Art History on our Flickr site. We also invite departmental members and alumni to join our Flickr group and share your own AAH content there.
Other Digital Collections at CU
The VRC's collections are part of the CU Digital Library, which includes numerous collections from the University Libraries. The CU Digital Library website is soon transitioning to a different platform, and will undergo updating at that time.
This content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Visual Resources Center, Department of Art and Art History, University of Colorado Boulder. https://www.colorado.edu/artandarthistory/vrc