Download images from Artstor.

Stressed out? Exhausted? Have a hundred and one things to do? Looking for images this fall semester? The Visual Resources Collection and Artstor are here to help, and to let you know that you’re just a few clicks and keywords away from a finished PowerPoint!

JHU faculty, students, and staff have access to Artstor and its more than 2 million images, plus the 160,000 local images in the JHU Visual Resources Collection and all of the images in Shared Shelf Commons (a free, open-access library of images contributed by institutions all over the globe).

Not only can you create image groups and download images from Artstor, you can also download those same images as a PowerPoint file! The metadata will be included in the notes portion of each slide.

Job, Herbert Keightley (photographer, American, July 1913. Ornithology; Lantern slides; Birds — Canada).

New images are being added to these collections all the time. For example, Artstor has recently added 36,000 images from the Center for Creative Photography, 10,000 additional photographs and cartoons from Condé Nast, and more than 35,000 additional images in photojournalism from Magnum Photos. These new images supplement a hearty existing collection. For example, from Artstor collections, you have access to the Islamic Art and Architecture Collection (Sheila Blair, Jonathan Bloom, Walter Denny), Barbara Anello’s Photographs of graffiti in New York City, and the Tenniel Civil War Cartoon Collection from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As for Shared Shelf Commons, there’s the Enders Ornithology Lantern Slides from the Trinity College Watkinson Library, the Artists’ Books Collection from Bucknell University, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Photographs from Cornell University, and Exhibition Installation History from the Menil Collection.

Barnett Newman: The Late Work exhibition
Curator: Michelle White, Brad Epley. Exhibition Designer: Brooke Stroud. Originating Institution: The Menil Collection. Barnett Newman: The Late Work.

While historically focused on the history of art, the JHU Visual Resources Collection is constantly evolving to support other areas of research throughout the arts and sciences. For example, we have recently added photographs taken at the Kennedy Space Center in the 1960s, included in our collection thanks to photographer Jon Proctor’s generosity (search “Jon Proctor” in Artstor to find them all).

Need help downloading a PowerPoint or searching Artstor? Want a one-on-one training session or a group training session? Contact the VRC at, and visit the Visual Resources Collection guide for more information. Download the VRC’s Artstor at JHU Quickstart Guide for the basics of using Artstor. Need images not available in ARTstor? Click here to access our interactive pdf order form.

For more ways to find images, see the Images page on the library’s Art History guide and see the Finding Images guide.

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