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The Research Center at the Visual Studies Workshop maintains archival and research collections about the media arts of photography, independent film and video, electronic imaging, visual books and the publication arts. VSW's focus on the aesthetics, cultural history of media, and social use of images has developed a collections policy that includes both creative work and vernacular images, as well as items that represent the history of media use.

Our Research Library contains over 25,000 books and is open to the public by appointment.
See the Visit VSW page for hours and directions.

In recent years, several artists have created projects from visual information in the Research Center including photographic series, films, artists’ books and websites. VSW also provides courses on using archives as raw material for artists.

The Research Center Online, with digitized collections of images, books, and lectures is in development.


Our Collection

Photos below are from the project Picturing the Archive by Doug Manchee. Doug spent three years photographing in the Research Center here at Visual Studies Workshop. Rollover each image and click to enter that specific area of our collection.

Research Center Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm; By appointment.

For More Information

Call (585) 442-8676 ext. 24 or email

Image Rights and Reproduction [PDF]
Interlibrary Loan [PDF]


Photographic Print Collection  
Soibelman Syndicate News Agency Archive
  Lantern Slide Archive
Joseph Selle Fox Movie Flash Archive  
Independent Press and Artists’ Book Archive
  Film and Video Archive
Books and Periodicals   Primary Resources   Artists and Researchers Archives