Providence, RI: Rhode Island School of Design

Visit: We met with the Library Director and several other very helpful librarians.Their website lists several of the archives they have catalogued:

Digital Collections are accessible through RISD Library's digital image database- available to RISD only

The RISD Visual Resources Library

Loeb Design Science Collection

Ruth Laxson Artist Book Archive

The RISD Picture Collection – PDF list of subjects. This is available on-site to RISD only.

They also have unprocessed collections: Richard Jones papers

Special collections: Gorham Manufacturing Company Design Library, the Lowthorpe Collection of Landscape Architecture, the Ordewer Collection of American Typography, the Stanley Moss Collection of Pop-up Books, and the Jack Lenor Larsen Collection of Textile Swatches. 

Artists Books Collections

Their institutional archives include masters theses


The RISD Visual Resources Collection catalogs its images using a Filemaker Pro database designed by a consortium of schools that adheres to the accepted data standards for our community, namely VRA Core 4 (a dataset) and Cataloging Cultural Objects (rules for using VRA Core 4), both developed by the Visual Resources Association. Further information on both of those can be found at:

VRA Core 4:


Discoveries:  Their Materials Resource Center.