Picture Collection



Fleet Library at RISD, 2nd Floor Room 207

M - TH

8:30am - 9:00pm

F 8:30am - 4:30pm
SU 4:00 - 9:00pm


Alecia Underhill, Supervisor, Picture Collection


There are two ways to search for images in the Picture Collection:

Picture Collection Subject Index (pdf)

Picture Collection Art File Index (pdf)


Picture Collection Social Media: Pinterest and Facebook


The Picture Collection is an image resource for faculty, students and researchers which has been an important feature of the RISD educational experience since 1968. It contains almost 500,000 hardcopy images of people, places and things, as well as mounted prints of art, architecture and design. These images are culled from magazines, books, postcards and other ephemera, and they are gathered in folders with titles such as: Advertising 1950s, Arms & Armor, Costume, Dentistry, Drag Queens, Explosions, Ghost Towns, Hopper, Maps, Mesopotamia, Microscopy, Seeds & Seedpods, Textures, and many more. The collection is continually updated with new images, and all material circulates for a loan period of four weeks. Use the Picture Collection Subject Index (pdf) and the Picture Collection Art File Index (pdf) to search for topics with corresponding folders. The room is equipped with a Macintosh computer, a scanner, a b&w photocopy machine and a color printer. There is also a free magazine bin to rummage through (we gladly accept donations). If you plan on having your students use the Picture Collection you may schedule an orientation for your class by calling Alecia at extension 5938 or 5939.