Finding and Cataloging Images of Native American Art
Special Bulletin No. 15
by Karen Kessel
Over the last decade, Native American culture has begun to be recognized as a part of American history. The 500th anniversary of the landing of Columbus in the Western Hemisphere in 1992 and American Indian activism have helped to awaken a fresh perspective on the relationship between the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the Europeans and others who now populate these continents. Native American art is moving into university curricula and art museum collections to broaden the definition of American art. The new VRA special bulletin makes it easy to find comprehensive materials for documenting the arts of the Native peoples of North America. It provides sources for images, accurate cataloging information, and a primer on identifying subject content and distinctive patterns. It comprises a concise annotated bibliography and discography of books, films, CDs and DVDs, websites, and periodicals; lists of image vendors, museums, and historic sites that provide visual materials; pre- and post- European contact chronologies; a guide for building a basic image collection, 19 maps, and a glossary of common terms. The culture and period chronology demonstrates the dynamics of Native American cultures across the continent and the millennia.
Table of Contents [PDF file] or selected pages
$25 [PDF file]
Strategies for Transitioning to the Age of Digital Media
Special Bulletin No. 14
by Sarah Cheverton and Christina Updike
This Special Bulletin identifies strategic actions that will facilitate the change from analog to digital media for all key players. It is the result of a workshop developed by Cheverton and Updike for presentation at the VRA Annual Meeting 2004 and subsequently presented at the VRA Summer Educational Institute, The emphasis is on identifying positive actions, encouraging collaboration, and helping faculty cope with the transition to digital media. It includes digital media surveys for professionals and instructional faculty, summaries and action plan worksheets. A CD containing blank surveys and worksheets for use by the home institution is included with the Special Bulletin.
A Guide to Cataloguing Chinese Art
Special Bulletin No. 13
by Wendy Holden
This guide contains cataloguing information covering Chinese architecture, painting, sculpture and arts (ceramics, jade, bronzes, furniture and clothing). Chronologies, color maps, and a section on early Chinese cultural history are included.
Appendices include glossaries of Buddhism, Daoism, and Chinese symbolism, spelling systems for both Pinyin and Wade-Giles, an Index of Chinese artists through the Qing dynasty, Wade-Giles concordance for Chinese painters, an archaeological site index, and essential bibliography.
for Visual Collections: An Inventory of Some of the Principal Systems Applied
to Subject Classification
Special Bulletin No.12
by Colum Hourihane
subject classification systems are detailed. Entries include a description of
the system; subject; access system; examples; references; and contact name and
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|Guide to Copy Photography
for Visual Resources Professionals
Special Bulletin No. 11
by Jenni Rodda and Christa
Blackwood, Illustrated by Stan Shockey
Guide provides information on equipment, supplies, and procedures for the non-professional.
Individual chapters include discussion of the copystand and related equipment;
cameras and other equipment; films, light, and processing; and how to make copy
photographs. Appendices provide information on lenses and their uses; photography
for art historians; equipment and technical information sources; and what works
in visual resources collections. A bibliography is included.
|Guide to Rights and
Reproductions at American Art Museums
Special Bulletin No. 10
edited by Mary M. Lampe
and reproduction policies for 230 art museums and galleries are listed.
Henry E. Huntington Library
and Art Gallery
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
Department: Art Division
Contact: Diedre Cantrell, Administrative Assistant
Fax: (818) 405-0634
An illustrated catalogue of the collection is available from the publications
department. A list of slides is available; slides also offered by Rosenthal.
Color Formats: 35mm slides (originals & duplicates); 4x5" and 8x10"
transparencies (originals); copy photographs.
B&W Formats: Copy photographs.
Special Services: Photography is done in-house. If an object has not been
photographed, new photography may be requested. This takes 4 weeks with an
additional cost determined by the request. No rush orders are accepted. Shipping
is via first class of FedEx, billed to the recipient.
Reproduction Conditions: Cropping is allowed with permission. Overprinting
is not allowed. Permission requests are accepted in writing only. A copy of
a publication or clip is required. Slides may be used for reproduction. Fees
are for one-time use only, and must be paid in advance.
Required Credit Line: Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
Processing and Materials Fees: 35mm slides-$5.00; 4x5" color transparencies-$125.00;
8x10" color transparencies-$175.00 (6 month loan); 8x10" B&W
Use Fees: B&W-$75.00/plate per edition; color-$100.00/plate per edition.
Use fees are waived for educational, nonprofit publication.
Association Computer Users Directory
Special Bulletin No. 9
compiled by Astrid R.
Directory contains information on more than one hundred visual resources collections.
Each entry lists information on hardware and software; disk capacity and memory;
digitizing equipment; printers; additional computer equipment; level of access
provided; services offered; the brand of slide labels used; and user information
including a contact name, institution, mailing address, type of collection,
and e-mail address. The Directory is organized by platform and brand names are
cited when available.
ASTRID R. OTEY
110 ART BLDG.
OXFORD OH 45056 USA
TELEPHONE: 513-529-7420 FAX: 513-529-1992
COMPUTER: IBM PC/AT NO:
HARD DISK: 40 MB
COMPUTER: NCR 386 NO: 1
HARD DISK: 33MB
COMPUTER: IBM VALUEPOINT 466DX2/DP NO: 1
HARD DISK: 340 MB RAM: 8 MB
PRINTER: EPSON LQ-1500 DOT MATRIX (LABELS)
BARCODE READER: WELCH
ALLYN HBD-PC SCANNER
BACK-UP UNIT: MOUNTAIN FILES AFE TAPE 7150
NETWORK SERVER: IBM PS/2 MODEL 57 SLC, 252MB
DATABASE: DBASEIII+ (FLEX
WORK PROCESSING: WORKPERFECT, MS WORD
OTHER SOFTWARE: MS OFFICE
SLIDE LABELS: UNIVERSITY
PRODUCTS FOILBACKED PIN-FEED
BARCODE LABELS: DATA COMPOSITION INC.
ACCESS: SLIDE CURATOR
& ASST.; ART HISTORY FACULTY
SERVICES: DATABASE FUNCTIONS; INTERNET ACCESS
|Directory of AAT
Special Bulletin No. 8
compiled by the Art
and Architecture Thesaurus
260 entries of international users of the Art and Architecture Thesaurus are
presented including libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and
visual resources collections. It also details the range of material that is
housed in each collection. The Directory provides a means to communicate with
other institutions with similar holdings and how each collection is using the
Art and Architecture Thesaurus. Personal name, organization name, and organization
type indexes are included.
Yale Center for British
Art, P.O. Box 208280, New Haven CT 06520-8280 USA
Contact: Elisabeth Fairman, Associate Curator
Phone: 302-432-2814 Fax: 203-432-9695 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department/Project: Rare Books / Cataloging prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture
Profile: fine arts
Scope: British, especially 18th-19th century
Medium: prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture
Collections Management Software: ARGUS
MARC format cataloging: No
Submits AAT Candidate Terms: No
for Visual Resources Collections
Special Bulletin No. 7
edited by Lise J. Hawkos
Special Bulletin contains valuable information on disaster planning, both before
and after the event. Included is information on assembling an emergency kit
and writing a disaster plan for your institution. Among the topics are Risk
Management for Slide Libraries; Personal Security; Emergency Procedures; The
Hurricane, pre-disaster preparation and post-disaster preparation; and A Slide
Curator's Guide in Case of Disaster. A bibliography is also included.
and Diagrams for Descriptive Cataloging of Complex Works of Art
Special Bulletin No. 6
by Nancy S. Schuller,
with Marlene E. Gordon and Elizabeth Spungen.
Special Bulletin was designed to assist the visual resources professional in
cataloging images of complex works of art. It contains over one hundred diagrams
and four lists of works of art. Diagrams identify individual scenes of altarpieces,
fresco cycles, and sculpture. A list of sources is provided for each diagram.
A bibliography and comprehensive index are included to further assist the visual
Among the works included
Giovanni Bellini, Pesaro
Carracci, Palazzo Farnese Ceiling
Cimabue, Fresco Cycle, San Francesco, Upper Church
Donatello, Pulpits, San Lorenzo
Duccio, Maesta Altarpiece
Giotto, Bardi Chapel frescoes
Gozzoli, Procession of the Magi
Lorenzetti, Allegory of Good and Bad Government
Piero della Francesco and Bicci di Lorenzo, Brancacci Chapel Frescoes
Pacher, St. Wolfgang Altarpiece
Luca Signorelli and Fra Angelico, San Brizio Chapel Frescoes
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|Sources List for
Illustrations in Gardner's Art Through the Ages
Special Bulletin No. 5-OUT OF PRINT
by Jonny Prins
project of the Syracuse University Slide Collection, which provides a list of
images keyed to one of the major survey texts. The sources are all high-quality
reproductions, which include books, magazines, and commercial vendors. If variations
of the images in Gardner are listed, that information is noted in the entry.
THE LION GATE, Mycenae
The History of World Sculpture
Greenwich, CT, New York Graphic Society, 1968
Sandak: 8 316 0052
Saskia: JGA-076, JGA-077, JGA-078, HGA-079
|Selected Topics in
Cataloging Asian Art
Special Bulletin No. 4
by Eleanor Mannikka
Special Bulletin covers cataloging for South Asian art, which includes Rajput
and Mughal painting, cataloging tables for Indian paintings and sculpture, and
a list of scenes from the life of the Buddha. The section on Southeast Asian
art covers Burmese, Thai, Cambodian, Cham, and Indonesian art. The Japanese
portion provides a hierarchical classification system for Buddhist art, lists
the identification with its Japanese name and its Sanskrit equivalent. There
is also a classification system for Japanese ceramics. Some bibliography is
for Slide and Photograph Collections
Special Bulletin No. 3
by Christine L. Sundt
issue contains articles on some of the common problems and issues that slide
and photograph curators deal with on a daily basis. There are short articles
on foggy glass and fungus, products such as film cleaner and alcohol, temperature
fluctuations and humidity control. There is also advice on seasonal check-ups
for equipment, troubleshooting projector problems, chemical streaking on film,
and reevaluating your insurance coverage.
for Image Descriptions for Use in Fine Arts Visual Resources Collections
Special Bulletin No. 2
compiled by Nancy S.
curators have long been concerned with the amount of information that needs
to be printed on a slide label and by space constraints presented by the label's
size. The use of standard abbreviations ensures that terminology is consistent.
As collections rely increasingly on computerized databases, the need for consistency
and uniformity is critical for the efficient retrieval of data. This Special
Bulletin contains over 2,500 standard abbreviations commonly used in fine arts
archive, archival archv
|British Artist Authority
List from the Yale Center for British Art Photographic Archive
Special Bulletin No. 1-OUT OF PRINT
edited by Anne-Marie
first Special Bulletin published by the VRA contains the names of over 4,500
artists including both British artists and artists working in Great Britain
from ca.1500 to ca.1945. Membership affiliation in any of the thirty-nine British
societies, such as the National Portrait Society and the Society of Women Artists,
AUSTEN, Winifred Marie
Louise (RI) (RE) (fl.1899-1900; d.1944)///Mrs. Frick
BARRALET, John James (1747-1815)///(also Barelet or Barolet)
SOANE, Sir John (RA) (IRA) (1753-1837)///(also Soan or Swan)
VIGEE-LEBRUN, Marie-Louise Elisabeth (755-1842)
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