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About VIA

VIA (Visual Information Access) is a growing online union catalog documenting the arts, material culture, and social history. VIA contains descriptive records and images representing paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, prints, architecture, decorative arts, trade cards, rubbings, theater designs, maps and plans. Participating repositories include archives, museums, libraries, and other collections throughout Harvard University. New material is added to VIA daily.

To receive monthly email messages highlighting the materials from contributing Harvard repositories, including updates on major VIA collections and advice on searching for these materials, subscribe to the viainfo mailing list. Go to the HUL Electronic Discussions Lists web page at for subscription information

Copyright and Permissions

The data and images in VIA are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned, held, or licensed by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is being provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires permission of the appropriate office of Harvard University. For permissions and reproductions, contact information can be found on participating repositories pages.

VIA Help

For search tips, information on understanding VIA records, details on results display, instructions on saving records and other assistance with the use of VIA, see VIA Help.

The VIA Quick Reference Sheet provides a convenient summary of how to use VIA and how interpret search results.

For information about the history, development and administration of VIA, see the VIA System Overview.

Questions and Comments

Please submit questions and comments about the use and content of VIA through the feedback form.

Questions about individual objects or images may be addressed to the individual repository. Contact information for repositories can be found on participating repositories pages.

Index of VIA contents

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