Visual Resources

About Us

The HAA Visual Resources is a University-wide resource housed in and administered by the History of Art & Architecture Department. The VR maintains the Cumulus database, consisting of over 70,000 digital images available for academic use, covering a wide range of subject matter and core collections in architecture, sculpture, painting, Greek and Roman art and architecture, Asian art, African art, and art of the Americas, as well as contemporary art for use in teaching and research.

In addition to the in-house Cumulus database, the VR also maintains a collection of Art videos covering a wide range of subject matter. The VR also offers digitization services for members of the department including image reproduction of film and photography materials as well as scans for use in Art History courses.

Along with the image resources, the VR also offers training for in-classroom technology and software used for departmental courses.

There are a number of art-related videos and DVDs available which are placed on reserve for view and use within class.


A digital scanning setup is available to make digital images from slides or books for academic presentations.
Please bring your USB flash drive, or plan to store images within your personal Cloud-based storage solution.

Reproduction and Duplication

Due to copyright restrictions, reproduction or duplication of any of the images in the Boston University Visual Resources Center collection is strictly prohibited. The images may be used for classroom and study purposes only. Scholarly publication or use on public access web sites is not permitted.

The Office of Visual Resources is responsible for the creation and maintenance of course web sites for the History of Art and Architecture Department. For copyright protection, all such web sites are restricted to current students and members of the Boston University community only.


Chris Spedaliere, Visual Resource Manager
CAS 302B

Susan Rice, Media Specialist
CAS 302D