Picture Collection

Picture Collection

Supervisor, Materials and Picture Collections: Alecia Underhill

The Picture Collection is an image resource for faculty, students, and researchers that has been an important feature of the RISD educational experience since 1968. It contains almost 500,000 hardcopy images of people, places, and things, as well as mounted prints of art, architecture, and design. These images are culled from magazines, books, postcards, and other ephemera and they are gathered in folders with titles such as: Advertising, Arms & Armor, Costume, Dentistry, Drag Queens, Explosions, Ghost Towns, Hopper, Maps, Mesopotamia, Microscopy, Seeds & Seedpods, Textures, and many more. The collection is continually updated with new images and all material circulates for a loan period of four weeks.

The classroom space in the Picture Collection is available for reservations through 25Live. The space accommodates 25 patrons with a large flatscreen monitor accessible via AirPlay or a direct cable connection. The space is open to walk-in traffic but class-based groups are encouraged to make a reservation. Search the Picture Collection Indexes.

Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday


Browse the Picture Collection:

Costume Postcards

Cuban Posters

Edwardian Fashion Plates

German Posters

Golden Age of Illustration

La Vie Parisienne

Picture Collection Indexes

Polish Posters

Pulp Fiction Covers

Rhode Island Postcards

Russian Posters

Victorian Holiday Cards

Victorian Trade and Novelty Cards

Vintage Advertisements

Vintage Magazine Covers