Visual Resources Update May 2022

Visual Resources Update May 2022

Elongated brass cross hanging in doorway
The Moses Cross at the Monastery of Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai. Image Courtesy the Michigan-Princeton-Alexandria Expeditions to Mount Sinai.

Visual Resources is the recipient of a co-sponsorship grant from the Princeton University Humanities Council, which will combine with funding from Tufts University to support enhancements to the Sinai Archive project ( The 6-month grant will fund graduate student work in content creation and metadata improvements as well as developer work to improve site accessibility and search features.

Ancient building with marble columns of female figures and a woman reaching up to the shoulder of one.
Label reads: Erechtheion. Caryatid Porch w. Mrs. Andrews [?]. Could possibly be wife of Eugene P. Andrews (1866-1957), Prof. of Archaeology, Cornell University
Thanks to student workers Jaylyn Murillo and Fariha Shoily, and A&A graduate student Katy Knortz, the digitization of lantern slides of archaeological sites in Greece is about 1/3 of the way done. We have 1500 slides captured and will be collaborating with the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies to verify image information and publish online.

Upcoming VR summer projects include:

  • Re-boxing and wrapping photographic negatives for storage in our new freezers that provide improved temperature and humidity control.
  • Senior Staff Photographer John Blazejewski is photographing oversized drawings and plans from the Antioch excavation archives to support the team working on publishing the excavation results of the nearby city of Daphne.

Interesting projects and resources:

The National Gallery of Art created a Wordle-type game for art, try it here.

Koç University Digital Collections has a fascinating exhibition online called “Touching the Past: What Do the Istanbul City Walls Photographs of Cahide Tamer Tell Us?”

KU Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) has digitized and made full text searchable their collection of incunabula.

For those using Zotero, Rachael Berryman (PhD Candidate, Curtin University, Perth) has made an informative guide available.

See you back in August in preparation for the fall semester!