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Rhode Island School of Design

Picture Collection

Over 500,000 clippings and photographs arranged by subject

Introduction and Hours

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, Arms & Armor, (etc) 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.


Monday - Friday  9am - 4:30pm

The classroom space in the Materials & Picture Collection is available for reservations through 25Live. The space accommodates 25 patrons, with a Flatscreen and AirPlay available. The space is open to some walk-through traffic.