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Visual Resources Center

The Visual Resources Center is here to serve you! We offer assistance with a variety of technology needs, so please don't hesitate to contact us. More information can be found on the CLA-OIT Service Catalog.

The Visual Resources Center (VRC) is part of the Academic Technologies Unit of the College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology (CLA-OIT). The VRC has three full-time staff: Rebecca Moss, Ginny Larson, and Denne Wesolowski. Additional staff includes undergraduate and graduate CLA Digital Content Library Fellows.

The VRC manages the Digital Content Library, as well as the Art History Slide Library and Film Collection. In addition, the VRC provides laptops and other equipment that circulates for the Departments of Art History and Anthropology.

The VRC supports these spaces:

  • 445 Heller (Art History seminar room) - scheduled by Art History staff
  • 460A Heller (VRC meeting room) - limited availability, contact us for access
  • 469 Heller (Digital Content Lab with eight workstations and a variety of scanning equipment) - mostly reserved for use by VRC staff


The Digital Content Library (DCL) is a combined resource of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the College of Design (CDes). Together, there are over 200,000 learning objects from many different disciplines in image, video, and audio formats available for use in teaching and learning. These objects come from a variety of sources including purchased and licensed, research materials and donations, and copy photography. The DCL is a password-protected site (because of copyright considerations) that is available for use by all faculty, students, and staff at the University of Minnesota. Art History is one of the largest participating units in the DCL and has contributed approximately 50,000 images and videos thus far. We accept materials to be digitized from all departments and centers in the College of Liberal Arts. Please call us at 612-624-2064 or email for more information.

The Slide Library has holdings of over 300,000 35mm slides and some lantern slides and photo archive plates, ranging from prehistoric to the contemporary, in architecture, sculpture, painting, and other media, from all areas of the world. New materials are no longer added to the Slide Library and circulation of materials is greatly reduced, though it continues to be a great source of information, both for reference and as a chronicle of the teaching history of the Department of Art History. The Slide Library is open to any CLA faculty member or graduate student for classroom use.

The Film Collection has over 400 films, in a variety of formats, including DVD, laserdisc, VHS, and 16mm. It includes feature films, with an emphasis on film noir and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as performance art and documentaries. These are primarily for use within the Department of Art History. The collection is searchable here:

CLA Film Catalog

Contact Information

460 Heller Hall

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30