It’s been awhile since we gave an update of new content in MDID, the IRC’s online image database. So here’s a summary of some of the great, unique architecture-related content added in recent months:
- UCSB buildings: photos, drawings and plans. We’ve been working with the Office of Campus Planning and Design (thanks Dennis Whelan!) to build the collection of contemporary and historic material (including this aerial photo, right, of the campus when it was a marine air base, taken c. 1948). So far we have 427 images loaded, and another 250 in the queue.
- Buildings and other projects by Charles Moore (individually and with his various partners). With a recent infusion, there are now over 380 images of building drawings, plans, interiors and exteriors. (Right below is a recent photo of UCSB’s Faculty Club.)
- Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Hundreds of hard-to-find images from our slide collection were scanned and uploaded this Fall.
- Hassan Fathy’s Dar al-Islam in New Mexico, photographed earlier this year.
- Ongoing: we continue to work through our extensive David Gebhard slide holdings. We have over 400 images loaded in MDID, and several hundred more in the queue.
We now have all the Archivision content that is licensed by UCSB available locally on MDID. This means you have the choice of accessing it there or through ARTstor. Through both interfaces we now have the Base collection, plus Modules 1, 2 and 4 – a total of 34,736 high-quality images. The content includes architecture, sculpture, public art, and architectural drawings and details from North, Central and South America, France, the UK, Greece, Austria, France, Italy, Russia, Egypt, Yemen and Turkey. All entries include extensive data and descriptions.
Go to the Archivision site to read more about the content. For assistance with MDID please contact the Image Resource Center staff (Jackie or Christine).
We have recently added many more Santa Barbara and UCSB images and records to our online image database (MDID), making the total over 600, and with more on the way. The most recent content we’ve added includes archival images of the UCSB campus and building (including the aerial view at left ca. 1941, long before it was a campus), and architectural drawings and proposals. In addition to the UCSB material, there are numerous images of landmarks such as the County Courthouse and Mission (now and as they appeared over 100 years ago), vernacular architecture, public art, and even shots of the Solstice Parade of 1984.
Published November 2, 2010
IRC image database , IRC news
We’re continuing to expand our collections in MDID, and hosting more campus image collections. We recently launched the first phase of a collection of Medieval Bibles from UCSB Library’s Special Collections. These were digitized by Sharon Farmer of the History Department and her students. So far there are 197 images from three volumes, with more to come.
We are also the grateful recipients of Instructional Improvement funding which will allow us to host digital collections from the Theater & Dance and Classics Departments – they should be up in the next few months and will be announced here.
In addition, we have added thousands of images to the online offerings, including over 1,000 African images (Professor Emeritus Herbert (Skip) Cole’s field slides from the 1960s and 70s).
We now have over 500 images relating to Santa Barbara in our VRC image database (MDID), and continue to add more images regularly. These include historic and contemporary images of architecture, historic sites, murals, UCSB buildings, and architectural plans and drawings.
To search, select “Records with Images” under Search Options, and in the Title Field put “Santa Barbara”.
The second phase of Richard Ross’ photography is now available through the VRC image database, MDID. This includes material from his books/projects “Man Up”, “Waiting for the End of the World” and “Suitable Placement: Juvenile Justice in America”. This brings the total to 481 images. You can read more about Richard and his work at his website.
Published November 20, 2009
Have you ever worked from home (or even abroad) and found a great source from which you would like images scanned? Well, we have good news: The VRC now has a Digital Order Form! This form, a digital version of our paper form, can be downloaded, filled in, and saved from any computer equipped with Adobe Reader 7 or higher.
To save the filled-in document, click on the diskette icon at the upper left just above the form; make sure you’ve included your name in the document title for easy retrieval. After saving it, either print a hard copy and hand it in to the VRC with the book/source during your next visit, or attach the saved file to an email to email@example.com. You can then drop off the book/source at your earliest convenience (and if there is a problem, contact us so we can make other arrangements).
If you have trouble downloading the order form here, we’ve also added it to the VRC page of the department website.
The architectural holdings available to us keep getting better! The Archivision base collection, and modules 1 and 2, have been available in ARTstor to all UC campuses for a few months. Module 4 is the group of 6,000 images that we’ve had available through MDID only (the license for which was won at the VRA raffle!). Now ARTstor has “unlocked” Module 4 for the UCSB campus, so users can access these images through either ARTstor or MDID.
A lot of new material was added to MDID over the summer and in preparation for Fall courses. Some of the new material includes:
- over 450 images of architecture (including plans and drawings), city plans and environmental installations from Asia, Europe and North America
- 100 images of early landscape photography
- 600 images of Chinese painting
- 200 images of Andean architecture, sculpture, material arts and contextual images
- 50 images of Italian Baroque sculpture and architecture
Published September 28, 2009
IRC news , Pedagogy
Two one-hour overviews on using image resources available at UCSB are scheduled over the next week. They will include a demonstration of the VRC image database (MDID), ARTstor and the OIV, instructions on how to set up accounts, new material in both resources, and other tips. The sessions are intended for graduate students but are open to all.
Session 1: Friday, October 2, 3-4pm, ARTS 2324 (the Moose Room)
Session 2: Monday, October 5, 9-10am, ARTS 2324 (the Moose Room)
Questions? please call 893-2509