Welcome to the RISD Picture Collection. If you need images, we have almost 500,000 of them! Our collection is comprised of clippings, photographs, brochures, postcards, maps, etc…anything with a picture on it. It is all filed by subject, so whether you need a picture of a meerkat, or a barrel, or Winston Churchill, we can help you find an assortment. We have all kinds of useful topics for Illustration majors, Textile students, Graphic Designers, Architects…whatever your discipline, you can find inspiration or reference images in the Picture Collection. Check out Landscape-Aerial, Textures, Design-Nature, Seeds and Seed Pods. Perhaps you need reference for Facial Expressions, Anatomy-Human, Poses-Running, or Figures-Legs. Need a painting reproduction? Browse through the art file, where we have Painters, Sculptors, Drawings and Prints, and Art Movements. We are constantly adding new stuff, so if you can’t find something, make a suggestion, and we’ll try to fill the gap.
Material can be checked out by RISD students, alumni, faculty and staff. Just show your i.d. and you can take out up to 200 items. Brown students and Alumni can take out up to 100 items.
Now our stuff is not copyright free, so we can’t digitize it all and post it on the web. You have to come in person to the second floor of 15 West to get the full Picture Collection experience. We hope to see you soon.