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The name of the Fleet Library newsletter rings especially true this week as it highlights some of the physical holdings and electronic collections of the Graham Visual + Material Resource Center. The VMRC is the library's unit dedicated to offering and developing non-text collections in addition to administering the school's online institutional repository, Digital Commons @ RISD, which holds thousands of files representing dozens of communities across campus.

Learn more about the department's collections and policies, through which you can also access contents of the Color Lab (closed this academic year). Make an appointment to visit the Picture and Materials Collections in room 204 on Fleet Library's 2nd floor. Go online to explore the depth of our image databases or find thousands of samples from the RISD Materials Collection cataloged on the shared materials database, Material Order SEARCH.

At Fleet Library, we are looking forward to VMR-Seeing You Also! 😉

Mark Pompelia
Visual + Material Resource Librarian
Through a VPN connection, view the RISD-only Visual Resources Institutional Collection and open Public Collections (scroll down to R) on Artstor to satisfy a wide range of academic, teaching, and research needs. STUDENTS: Create private image groups for research and study. FACULTY: Curate image groups and slide shows for class presentations. Don't see what you need? The VMRC offers digitization services for images for teaching. Submit requests via email to

The Institutional Collection produced by Fleet Library comprises more than 25,000 images ranging from works scanned for teaching and research from library-owned art and architecture books to locally pertinent RISD buildings and open spaces. The copyright-unrestricted Public Collections are freely accessible on the open Web. Access to the RISD Visual Resources Institutional Collection requires a valid Artstor account authenticated by a current RISD email address. Contact the RISD Library Visual + Materials Resource Center,, with access/account questions.
JSTOR, the leading database of scholarly journals, books, primary sources and more, has recently integrated Artstor images in search results through their new Open Community Collections initiative. Explore the JSTOR Fleet Library at RISD open access collections today.
Read the JSTOR Daily newsletter article, Polish Posters in the RISD Library Collection (10/9/20), featuring RISD's Polish Posters from the new open access Posters collection. 
The Digital Commons@RISD Activism pages are expanding to house RISD Archives content documenting RISD-community activism up to the present day. Included in these pages are posters, video, documents, student newspapers, and other items relating to racial justice, RISD students and institutional governance, ecology and environmental activism, war protest, health, and politics. Check back as this collection continuously grows.

Poster below for Not Your Token protest organized by RISD BAAD (Black Artists And Designers), held April 6, 2016 in Market Square, Providence, RI.
The RISD Color Lab's physical space in the Design Center (Room 111, 30 North Main Street) is closed to visitors this year and is being used by Information Technology Services as a Print Center. Color Lab materials can still be accessed, however, by appointment through Fleet Library's Visual + Material Resource Center.

Image below is a Munsell Color Tree and sample book, from the RISD Color Lab collection, at the Visual + Material Resource Center this academic year.
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