Visual Resources Collection

The Elizabeth D. Alley Visual Resources Collection (VRC), named for the curator who founded the collection in 1967, is a part of the Architecture Library. The VRC consists of slides and digital images documenting architecture and the urban scene from prehistoric times to the present. Related topics include urban design, historic preservation, real estate development, art, landscape architecture, as well as events around the University of Maryland. Other visual materials include over 100 DVDs and videotapes, along with lantern slides and photographs. Images are acquired through site photography, scanning materials, commercial vendors, and donations from faculty and students.

University faculty and students are encouraged to use the current slides as a starting point for research. We are happy to scan items that are not yet in the digital realm. Images and other materials may be used for presentations in University classes and for research.

Copyright: All materials in the VRC are subject to copyright restrictions. Images in the VRC are used for educational purposes only.

Equipment: LCD projectors, digital cameras, video cameras, and model photography equipment are available to students and faculty for use in class and for research and project site documentation.

Check out our collection of student and faculty activities here on the Flickr Page.

Learn more about the Visual Resources Collection.

MAPP faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends:

We are always interested in seeing photographs representing our school, your work or any related topics that we might consider using for communication and outreach materials. If you have photos to share, please click on the button below:


Contact Information

Room: ARCH 1102, Architecture Library
Phone: (301) 405-6321
FAX: (301) 314-9583

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Cynthia Frank
Director of the Visual Resources Collection