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ARTstor is a collection of over one million digital images in the areas of art, architecture, humanities, and social sciences for use in research and teaching for the University of Colorado Digital Library community.

ARTstor is a non-profit subscription service initiated by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to provide curated collections of digital images and associated data for noncommercial and scholarly, non-profit educational use. ARTstor became available in July 2004, and has over 1,000 U.S. and international institutions participating.

Collections include the Art History Survey Collection, the Hartill Archive of Architecture and Allied Arts, the MOMA Architecture and Design Collection, the Carnegie Arts of the U.S., and the Huntington Archive of Asian Arts. Included with each image is descriptive information such as title, creator, date, size, and current location. ARTstor also provides tools to create webpages, presentations, and study guides. For more information please see Using ARTstor.

Accessing ARTstor

Access to ARTstor is limited to the University of Colorado System and the Auraria Higher Education Campus. Off-campus access may differ depending on the institution that you are affiliated with.

Auraria and CU Denver

ARTstor is available on the Article Databases and Indexes page. Authentication is required to access ARTstor; enter your name and id number in the off-campus login page. If you experience a significant delay, access ARTstor directly from the website

CU Boulder

ARTstor is available on the Find Articles & More page. Anyone accessing ARTstor from an on-campus computer will be granted access automatically by IP authentication. ARTstor is accessible from off-campus using Virtual Private Network (VPN) software. See for information on downloading and installing the VPN software.

CU-Colorado Springs

ARTstor is available to the CU-Colorado Springs community via the CU-Colorado Springs VPN. See the IT Help Desk webpage for instructions to connect to the VPN software.

For any questions related to ARTstor, contact your campus representative listed below:

Alexander Watkins
Art Librarian
UCB Libraries
Elaine Paul
Director, Visual Resources Center
Department of Art & Art History
Colorado Springs
Judith Rice-Jones
Social Sciences and Art Librarian
Kraemer Family Library
Amanda Burch
Director of Visual Resources
Visual and Performing Arts Department
Denver Auraria Higher Education Center
Linda Tietjen
Arts and Architecture Bibliographer
Auraria Library
College of Arts and Media 303-556-4298
Michael Palamara
Manager, Visual Resource Center

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CU & Auraria Collections
  1. 3D Natural History Collection
  2. Aerial Photographs of Colorado
  3. Art and Art History Visual Resources Collection
  4. Auraria Digital Resources Collection
  5. Ben Gray Lumpkin Digital Folk Music Collection
  6. Bent Hyde Papers, 1905-1918
  7. Boulder County Map
  8. Building Colorado Story by Story: The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection
  9. Colorado Coal Project Collection
  10. Conference on World Affairs Audio Archive
  11. D.K. Bailey Collection
  12. Digital Sheet Music Collection
  13. Don Campbell Papers
  14. Dwight Garrigues Lavender Collection
  15. Electronic Library of Colorado Architecture, Landscape and Planning
  16. Environmental Design Collection
  17. Hal Sayre Papers
  18. Historical and Illustrated Fairy Tales
  19. Historical Hats and Headdresses
  20. Holland Collection of Literary Letters
  21. Ira Wolff Photographic History Collection
  22. J. Raymond Brackett Collection
  23. Map Library Teaching Collection
  24. Medieval Manuscript Leaves
  25. Mining Maps of Colorado
  26. Novela Mundial Series
  27. Publishers' Bindings Collection
  28. Special Collections Teaching Collection
  29. Stan Brakhage Collection
  30. Thomas MacLaren Collection of Architectural Drawings
  31. U.S. Military in Peace and War
  32. Western Americana
  33. Women Poets of the Romantic Period
  34. World War I Collection
  35. Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Collection
All Collections
  1. Andrew Dickson White Architectural Photographs
  2. Catena-Historic Gardens and Landscapes
  3. Claire Holt Indonesian Art Images
  4. David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
  5. Estate Project for Artists with AIDS
  6. Farber Gravestone Collection
  7. Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
  8. Hoover Institution Poster Collection
  9. Howell Icelandic Collection
  10. Japanese Historical Map Collection
  11. Museums and the Online Archive of California
  12. Political Americana Collection
  13. Pratt Institute Ex Libris Collection
  14. Pratt Institute Fashion Plate Collection
  15. Reuleaux Kinematic Mechanisms
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