ARTstor is a non-profit initiative, founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching and learning in the arts and associated fields. With ARTstor, you will be able to search for images online, save groups of images for future use, and create digital image presentations. The ARTstor Digital Library Charter Collection is:

  • A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data;
  • The tools to actively use those images; and
  • A restricted usage environment that seeks to balance the rights of content providers with the needs and interests of content users.

To log on, go to the ARTstor website. Click on the "Search and Browse for Images" link in the lower left hand corner of the screen to enter the ARTstor Digital Library.

ARTstor Collections

The ARTstor Charter Collection currently contains approximately 400,000 images; by 2006 it is expected to contain 500,000. The Charter Collection documents artistic traditions across many times and cultures and embraces architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

  • The Image Gallery. A deep and broad collection of images of world visual art and culture.
  • The Art History Survey Collection. Key monuments of world art defined by a concordance of ten standard art history survey texts.
  • The Carnegie Arts of the United States Collection. A widely used collection of images documenting the history of American art, architecture, visual and material culture.
  • The Hartill Archive of Architecture and Allied Arts. A collection that richly documents the architectural history of the Western world from earliest antiquity to the present.
  • The Huntington Archive of Asian Art. A broad photographic overview of the art of Asia from 3000 B.C. through the present.
  • The Illustrated Bartsch. A collection derived from the standard art reference publication, The Illustrated Bartsch, which contains Old Master European prints from the 15th to 19th Centuries.
  • The Mellon International Dunhuang Archive. High resolution images, produced digitally, of wall paintings and sculpture from the Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China, a key site on the ancient Silk Route.
  • The MoMA Architecture and Design Collection. A comprehensive collection of digital images representing the collections of the Department of Architecture and Design of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
  • Native American Art and Culture from the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. More than 10,000 high-resolution images made from historic photographs richly documenting Native American subjects (portraits, scenes, etc.).
  • Schlesinger History of Women in America Collection. A collection that embraces approximately 36,000 high quality digital images from the Schlesinger Library's renowned photographic archives.

Permitted Uses

The ARTstor Digital Library is licensed to non-profit institutions. Individuals using the ARTstor Digital Library are subject to Terms & Conditions of Use appearing on the ARTstor website. This summary is intended to help you understand key provisions in the Terms & Conditions of Use.

Examples of Permitted Uses

  • Classroom Instruction and Related Activities (such as handouts, presentations, research, and student assignments).
  • Display or performance as part of a noncommercial scholarly or educational presentation (such as in seminars, classes, lectures, conferences, exhibits, workshops, or similar noncommercial educational and scholarly activities).
  • Student or faculty portfolios, term papers, theses, and dissertations, provided that you restrict access to only this institution; OR audience members at a scholarly or educational presentation, lecture, class, or similar activity that you are conducting (via displays and print hand outs only); OR if you are within the US only limited numbers of scholars, researchers, or curators for purposes of collaboration, comment or similar educational or scholarly use, if such use and distribution conforms to the customary and usual practice in the field.
  • Restricted course websites for review and study purposes, provided that these sites are not publicly accessible on the web, but rather access-restricted and password-protected, so that only Authorized Users can access the site.

Examples of Prohibited Uses

  • Any commercial use and any use that is not educational or scholarly (such as reproductions in alumni materials, in advertisements, or commercial materials, or making content available to someone else for commercial uses).
  • Posting content on an unrestricted website or in a publication made available on the world wide web without access restrictions (such as posting an ARTstor image on a personal or course website that is not password-protected and access-restricted, or posting a dissertation or other materials containing ARTstor content on a website that is not password-protected and access-restricted).
  • Reproducing content in a publication that is distributed without access restrictions to the public, or providing it to someone else who makes it available to the public (such as providing content to a scholarly or commercial press for publication without obtaining necessary permissions from all copyright owners).

Technical Requirements

Please take note of the following technical recommendations in order to prepare your computer for using ARTstor.

  • Operating Systems: Windows 2000, XP, Mac OS X 10.2 and above, Linux, or Sun Ray Thin Client
  • Browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2 and above or Netscape 6.0 and above, Safari 1.2, Mozilla 1.5 and above, FireFox 0.9.1 and above, PWB 2.05 and above
  • Flash Player: Version 6 or above
  • Java: Sun Version 1.3 and above, Microsoft Version 1.1
  • Pop-up blocking software: Must be disabled
  • Cookies: Must be enabled
  • Internet Connection: 56K dial-up, Lan 100MB+, DSL, ISDN, or Cable
  • Monitor resolution: 1024x768 or higher
  • Memory: 128 MB or higher

Remote Access

ARTstor provides a 120-day grace period by which you can access the ARTstor Digital Library remotely. You must be a registered ARTstor user to take advantage of this feature. Each time you log in to your account, a timer will be set and for the next 120 days, you can access ARTstor from any computer.


Online Help Documents for the ARTstor Digital Library are available here: ARTstor Online Help.