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New content in MDID: Italian Renaissance Art

archivision2We recently acquired a set of over 3,000 beautiful images of Italian Renaissance art  from Archivision, the vendor of the high quality content architectural images (35,000!) we already have in MDID (the Image Resource Center’s image database).  The images were shot at 19 museums and other sites in Rome, Florence and Naples.  In addition to the glorious, large full views, there are multiple details for each painting and sculpture.  To explore the Archivision content, you’ll need an MDID account – if you don’t have one already, send a request email using your UCSB account to


Recent MDID content additions

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.

Expanded Archivision content now on MDID

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).

Even more Santa Barbara and UCSB images available

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.

New additions to our online image collections

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).

Santa Barbara image content in MDID

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”.

Richard Ross Photography Collection Part II now in MDID

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.

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