General Information

Computing Services maintains a Cumulus image database server for use by members of the Boston University community. Currently we host a catalog that has over 60,000 history of art & architecture images.

In order to access Cumulus, you must first apply for a user account.  You can do so by filling out the online form.

If you have already been granted user access, the system is accessible via the web at


Due to copyright restrictions, reproduction or duplication, in any medium, of the images in the History or Art & Architecture Cumulus Catalog is strictly prohibited. The images are licensed for use by the Boston University Community and may be used for classroom and study purposes only. Use for scholarly publication, reproduction,  or use on web sites (public or private) is not permitted.

Faculty Scanning Information

An image order form should be completed for every source prior to scanning by VRC staff- forms are available in the VRC and online here.