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Bard Visual Resources Collections in Shared Shelf

Shared Shelf is an image management system that allows members of the Bard community to access the Bard Visual Resource Collections through the Artstor Digital Library interface.  The Visual Resources collections have been developed and expanded in connection with the curricular and the research needs of the faculty.

Bard College Archives: Digital Collections

Includes the Hannah Arendt Collection, the Blücher Archive, and the Student Newspaper Archive.  Other collections are hosted by Hudson River Valley Heritage,  which provides online access to historical materials from New York State’s Hudson River Valley.


A nonprofit digital library funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  ARTstor contains more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

To access Artstor from Bard: Go to the Stevenson Library web page and select ARTstor on the “A-Z databases & indexes” page.  Register for Artstor with your email address and a password that you choose.

360° Panoramas, Digital Reconstructions and 3D Models

A growing collection of online resources, includes architectural sites, ancient cities and other virtual explorations of art and cultural artifacts.

Oxford Art Online

Access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,500 images contained within Grove Art Online, as well as access to more than 5,000 entries and 500 images from the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

Open Access Museum Collections

Representing a significant shift in how museums are managing rights and reproductions in the digital age, several institutions have begun making high quality digital images freely available to the public.  In most cases, these images are already in the public domain.  Images can be downloaded directly from the following museum websites for teaching and use in scholarly publications. Please note that each institution may have specific requirements for attribution or limits on print runs.

Museum Collections

University Collections