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University of Chicago Collections

When the Visual Resources Center was established alongside the Department of Art History in 1902, it contained an extensive collection of 60,000 lantern slides that were used for teaching and research. Photographic technology rapidly changed, and during the second-half of the 20th Century, the VRC evolved into a collection of 35mm slides. In November 2009, the lantern slide archive was donated to artist Theaster Gates. Today, the archive is publicly accessible at the Rebuild Foundation's Stony Island Arts Bank.