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VIA Participating Repositories and Collections
Lilacs, spring, carriage, 1908. olvwork175577
Arnold Arboretum / Horticulture Library (Jamaica Plain)

Over 8,600 images from three major collections are in VIA. Images of the Arboretum record the evolution of its landscape and living collections since 1889. Botanical and cultural images of Eastern Asia include photographs of plants, people, and landscapes taken by plant explorers during the early years of the twentieth century. Images from South Central China and Tibet include historic and contemporary natural history and ethnographic collections photographed during expeditions to China and Tibet in 1924 and 2000. (more info)

Charter Oak Lawn Mower. olvwork84471
Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School

Significant, representative samples from the advertising ephemera collections-including trade cards and posters-are available in VIA, as well as American currency and other engravings. Also available are photographs from the Industrial Life Photograph Collection, the Harvard Business School Archives, and portraits of business leaders. (more info)

Detail of the "Annunciation," from the triptych "Annunciation and Four Saints" by Lorenzo Monaco at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, Inv. 1890 n. 8458.
Biblioteca Berenson, Fototeca, Villa I Tatti

Records in VIA represent an especially important category of materials in the Fototeca originated by the American art critic Bernard Berenson (1865-1959): photographs of Italian drawings or paintings whose current location is unknown, or, following Berenson's classification, "homeless." In addition, catalog records are being prepared for over 1,500 photographs documenting the frescoes in the Basilica of S. Francesco in Assisi during the 1974-1983 restoration, before the 1997 earthquake. (more info)

Adrien Henri Laurent de Jussieu. olvwork96175
Botany Libraries

The Archives of the Gray Herbarium daguerreotypes collection, as well as small group of photographs of Edward Palmer from the Archives of the Gray Herbarium and the Farlow Herbarium Archives are available in VIA. (more info)

Beach, Gay Head, Mass., looking south. olvwork415221
Cabot Science Library

Included in VIA is the Gardner Collection, a set of approximately 1,300 photographs of the New England landscape and some nearby states, focused primarily on geological features. This was once a teaching collection for the Geology Department at Harvard University. Most of the photographs date from the late 1880s through the 1910s. (more info)

Terracotta relief medallion. olvwork295078
Center for Hellenic Studies

The Center's holdings in VIA include images gathered from research and educational projects at the CHS, covering a wide spectrum of art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean. Also included are 100 images drawn from late 19th and early 20th century photographs of Greek and Roman archaeological sites and museum artifacts. (more info)

Examining a suspect. Olvwork370458
Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Center for the History of Medicine holdings cataloged in VIA include historical images of the Harvard Medical School campuses and buildings, faculty, and students; images from the Richard Pearson Strong collection, taken in 1911 of the response to the plague outbreak in Manchuria; and 18th and 19th century satirical prints of medical subjects. (more info)

Basilica di San Marco. Interior. Mosaics. Sanctuary. East Dome. Decorative border, detail: Floral pattern. olvwork426366
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Image Collections & Fieldwork Archives

The ICFA documents works of art and architecture from the Byzantine period. The collection includes images of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and architecture in Europe, Asia, and the Ancient and Islamic worlds. Original materials include lantern slides, 35mm slides, color and black and white negatives and photographs, and digitally born images. (more info)

River bank near Pirai, Brazil, June 1865. olvwork307884
Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology

Materials represented in VIA include watercolors and pencil drawings from the Thayer Expedition to Brazil (1865-1866) by Louis Agassiz's principal artist Jacques Burkhardt. Images are primarily landscapes and seascapes from the expedition, as well as street scenes, landscapes and building views in Rome, 1828. Also included are photographs and a daguerreotype featuring Burkhardt and other Thayer Expedition members and Museum of Comparative Zoology personnel. (more info)

View of the General Artemas Ward House Museum from Dean Park. olvwork376978
General Artemas Ward House Museum

Included in VIA are both historical and current exterior and interior views of the General Artemas Ward House Museum. There are also numerous views of Ward family owned military, agricultural and household items, including glass, ceramics, metal ware, furniture, textiles, photographs, currency and portraits. (more info)

Fogg Art Museum, from roof of Robinson Hall. HUAM319132
Harvard Art Museums

The 250,000 objects cared for by the Harvard Art Museums range in date from ancient times to the present; they are from Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. The collection includes decorative arts, digital media, drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, and textiles. A significant portion of the collection is represented in VIA. (more info)

Celsus Library fa�ade. olvsite44983
Harvard Divinity School

Included in VIA is a collection of over 8,000 digital images for teaching and research in New Testament studies, Greek and Roman mystery religions, and early Christian history. The images are from photographic slides taken or collected by Professor Helmut Koester and his students during more than 30 years of travel to archaeological sites and museums in the Mediterranean area. (more info)

La Colline des Potences, French language motion picture poster for 'The Hanging Tree' directed by Delmer Daves. Olvwork368990
Harvard Film Archive

Included in VIA is a small selection of posters from the Harvard Film Archive's motion picture poster collection. The collection includes posters ranging from the English language motion picture poster for Henri-Georges Clouzot's, Le Salaire de la peur (The Wages of Fear), to film posters of studio releases such as The Gunfighter and King Solomon's Mines. (more info)

Grey-Fitzpayn Hours, for the use of Sarum, Folio 2v. surrogate: 1835.01538. olvwork284218
Harvard Fine Arts Library Digital Images and Slides Collections

The Digital Images and Slides Collection documents works of art and architecture from prehistoric times to the present. The collection includes images of paintings, drawings, sculpture, decorative arts and architecture in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Ancient and Islamic worlds. (more info)

Group of females (dressed in kimonos) in garden. (Etz-Trudell collection of hand-colored lantern slides of Japan). olvwork370964
Harvard Fine Arts Library Special Collections

In VIA are selections from the Fine Arts Library's large lantern slide collection, including historic images of architectural monuments and hand-colored tourist images of Japan; complete images of the extensive Chinese rubbings collection; images of Afghanistan by the photographer Josephine Powell; and early 20th century images of China amassed by Professor Langdon Warner. (more info)

An Early Settler Clears a Homestead ? 1733. olvwork408350
Harvard Forest

The Harvard Forest has images in VIA that are representative of the New England landscape, flora and fauna and are specifically related to its research and education mission. The Harvard Forest catalog includes images ranging from 1908?present. These original materials include lantern slides, 35mm slides, color and black and white negatives and photographs, and digitally born images. (more info)

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. olvwork389732
Harvard Law School Library

VIA contains upwards of 4,600 images of prints, photographs, paintings, and objects held at the Harvard Law School Library. More than 3,000 of these images represent prints and photographs contained in the Library's Legal Portrait Collection. Additional highlights include: all items from the Harvard Law Review Board of Editors and Harvard Law School Class Photographs collections; nearly 700 images related to HLS graduate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes; and photographs documenting two trials from the Nuremberg Trials-the International Military Tribunal (1945-46) and the Judges' Trial of the Nuremberg Military Tribunals (1947). (more info)

Banjo Regulator Clock. HUAM305381
Harvard Portrait / Clock Collections

The Harvard Portrait Collection comprises more than 1,000 likenesses of individuals associated with the University and includes faculty, presidents, house masters, illustrious graduates, and benefactors. There are 81 timepieces in the university's Clock Collection. A considerable portion of the portraits and clocks are represented in VIA. (more info)

Le Cirque : set design. Olvwork287686
Harvard Theatre Collection

Theatre Collection holdings in VIA include the entire collection of original Russian art work, which comprises approximately 650 theatrical designs and portraits. Most of these are associated with productions of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. In addition, the entire collection of daguerreotypes, mostly of theatrical subjects, is available in VIA. Additional material from the Theatre Collection will be cataloged in VIA in the future. (more info)

[Harvard University Lacrosse Team, photograph, 1881] olvwork417629
Harvard University Archives

Visual materials from the Archives include drawings, prints, and an extensive collection of photographs. The photograph holdings date from the 1850s through the late 20th century and provide a rich source of information about the life of the University, as well as about the history of photography. Selected images are available in VIA. (more info)

Along the old Silk Road to Europe. East Gate, Hao Tien. 'Do not divide Moslems and Chinese.' olvwork172753
Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard College Library

Photograph collections in VIA include the Hedda Morrison photographs of China, 1933-1946; Hedda Morrison photographs of Hong Kong, 1946-1947; the Rev. Claude L. Pickens, Jr., photographs of Muslims in China, 1926-1937; the Edward Bangs Drew Collection, including Chinese Maritime Customs Service images; and the library's holdings of photographs of the borderlands of western China made by Joseph Rock. Also available in VIA is the library's collection of Chinese rubbings. (more info)

Henry James Sr. and Henry James. olvwork98698
Houghton Library, Modern Books and Manuscripts Department

Daguerreotypes, primarily of New England authors and their families, including Henry James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, etc. are available in VIA. Some portraits from the Houghton collections have been added from records in the University Portrait Collection. (more info)

Twins, boy and girl. olvwork162369
Houghton Library, Printing and Graphic Arts Department

The Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography comprises more than 3,000 daguerreotypes and more than 3,000 early photographic prints. All daguerreotypes from this collection appear in VIA. Books and albums illustrated with original photographs and the printed ephemera are also part of the Horblit collection. (more info)

Photograph by Yosi Zwecker of the Children and Youth Theater. olvwork396220
Judaica Division, Widener Library

The Judaica Division repository has digital images documenting Jewish life over the past hundred years throughout the world and particularly in the Land of Israel. Photograph collections available in VIA include: historical photographs from the Central Zionist Archives; contemporary theater and entertainment photographs by Yossi Zwecker; photographs by contemporary photojournalist Eldad Rafaeli; and Israel Haramati's photographs of theater, industrial design and commercial advertisements. (more info)

Aerial view of highway interchange, Phoenix, Arizona. Surrogate 154642. olvsite15495
Loeb Library, Harvard Design School

The Visual Resources collection contains images representing architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design. VIA offers digital images and records for 35mm slides of 20th and 21st century design, the built environment, urban topography, density and growth, formal gardens, contemporary landscape and earthworks as well as portions of the historic lantern slide collection. (more info)

Mumin Vlahovljak, Bijelo Polje. olvwork374196
Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature

Currently in VIA are records for over 800 photographs and postcards from Harvard professors Milman Parry and Albert Lord's research trips to Yugoslavia in the 1930s, where they studied and recorded South Slavic heroic songs. Photographs depict singers, instruments, and local people and landscapes. (more info)

South side of column at the Temple of Warriors, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico (Central America). pea432222
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

The Peabody has approximately 45,000 images from the Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW) collection digitized and available in VIA. This CIW collection documents the Institute's archaeological research undertaken in Central America from 1929 to 1957. (more info)

Commencement at Harvard University, 1971. olvwork302473
Radcliffe Archives

The Radcliffe College Archives at the Schlesinger Library documents the history of Radcliffe College, its students, alumnae, donors; also Harvard faculty, and the women of Harvard University. Subjects documented in VIA are campus life and events; the research programs of Radcliffe College, events at Harvard and Radcliffe, and the professional and leisure activities of alumnae. (more info)

Portrait of Amelia Earhart, in plane, wearing flight helmet and pearls, 1926. olvwork20003755
Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

The Schlesinger Library's image holdings document the spectrum of activities and experiences that have made up women's lives in the 19th and 20th centuries. Most are acquired with manuscript collections; some arrive as separate image collections. Especially well represented in VIA are women's rights and suffrage, social reform, family history, and women in the professions, government service, and the labor movement. (more info)

Governor Roosevelt, taken in the room of his hotel in Philadelphia, during the Republican National Convention, 1900. olvwork378034
Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library

Images in VIA document Roosevelt's career, family, homes, and memorials, including childhood, Harvard years, ranching in Dakota, the Spanish-American War, hunting trips and speech-making tours during the presidency (including a visit to the Panama Canal), his African safari and subsequent European tour of 1909-1910, the Progressive campaign of 1912, the Brazilian expedition of 1913-1914, and war-time speeches. There are formal portraits, newsreel stills, family and souvenir albums, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, panoramic views, and lantern slides. (more info)

Japanese-Hawaiian; father, Japanese; mother, Hawaiian
Tozzer Library

Tozzer Library is Harvard's anthropology research collection, founded in 1866 as the library of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The 270,000+ volume collection covers all subfields of anthropology: cultural and social anthropology, biological and physical anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics. Photographic materials have typically been cataloged as portfolios, albums or books containing photographs. (more info)

L'�l�phant sauveteur. olvwork383887
Widener Library

Over 700 images of Africa, East Asia, and India from late 19th and early 20th century trade cards and illustrated European newspapers included in Widener's Images of Colonialism Collection are available in VIA. Also included is the Children's Aid Society Italian House Photograph Collection. (more info)

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