The Davi­son Art Cen­ter (DAC) at Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty in Con­necti­cut (Unit­ed States) holds more than 25,000 works on paper, chiefly prints and pho­tographs. The DAC col­lec­tion serves teach­ing, study, research, exhi­bi­tion, and oth­er edu­ca­tion­al pur­pos­es. This includes pub­lic shar­ing of high-res­o­lu­tion images of col­lec­tion objects which are them­selves free of copy­right. These images have been pro­vid­ed in grow­ing num­bers since 2012 as DAC Open Access Images, which may be freely dis­cov­ered and down­loaded via DAC Col­lec­tion Search.

DAC Col­lec­tion Search offers text-based cat­a­log records for near­ly the entire col­lec­tion, along with (to date) 4,590 down­load­able DAC Open Access Images rep­re­sent­ing most of the DAC’s Euro­pean prints from the 16th through 19th cen­turies. High-res­o­lu­tion, zoomable images of those 4,590 prints also are avail­able for view­ing online. A short­cut rel­e­vant to Cod­ing Dür­er leads direct­ly to links to all DAC Dür­er hold­ings with images.

Each DAC Open Access Image is pro­vid­ed for free pub­lic down­load and use in two ver­sions: a pub­li­ca­tion-qual­i­ty TIFF (4,096 pix­els long dimen­sion) and a pre­sen­ta­tion-ready JPEG (1,024 pix­els). A ReadMe offers tech­ni­cal guid­ance for image users. These images may be freely used under the DAC Open Access Images pol­i­cy, which applies to DAC images that have no known copy­right restric­tions. Please see that pol­i­cy for details.

DAC cat­a­loging meta­da­ta for these images (as well as for oth­er col­lec­tion hold­ings) may be freely down­loaded from the same DAC Col­lec­tion Search pages in two forms: struc­tured LIDO XML and a basic, human-read­able text cap­tion in Eng­lish. In order to make it as use­ful as pos­si­ble for projects work­ing across mul­ti­ple col­lec­tions, this meta­da­ta is pro­vid­ed under the Cre­ative Com­mons CC0 1.0 Uni­ver­sal (pub­lic domain ded­i­ca­tion) license.

Most of the images of British, Dutch, and Ger­man prints (and thus, the Dür­er images) were made in 2015 or 2016 dur­ing the first two of three sum­mers of grant-fund­ed dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy of DAC col­lec­tion objects. This dig­i­ti­za­tion project was made pos­si­ble in part by the U.S. Insti­tute of Muse­um and Library Ser­vices (IMLS).

Devel­op­ment of DAC Col­lec­tion Search is ongo­ing. It may be offline on occa­sion for updates and improve­ments between 5:00 and 7:00 PM East­ern time (GMT ‑5:00h or ‑4:00h, depend­ing on season).

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