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Image Reproduction

Many of our images have been used in books, exhibits and classes. If you are interested in obtaining an image, please read our conditions of use. Tiff images (if available) can be ordered with our DLA image form. Please be sure to include fees with your order. Photographic reproduction of digital images can be obtained through VT Digital Imaging. Information about their fees and a pricelist is available. You may contact DLA or by mail to:

Digital Library and Archives
University Libraries
PO Box 9001
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001

Problems Viewing VT-only images

A number of the images stored in the Imagebase can only be viewed from the Virginia Tech campus network. Anyone with a VT PID can view these images from outside of the campus network using the library proxy server. You can find information about configuring your browser to use the library proxy server at

Search Examples

Search Explanation
Search for image records whose record contains the word "apple" but does not contain the word "butter"
Search for image records whose creator is "Earl Palmer" and whose record contains the word "miner"
Search for image records whose record contains the word "fire" and the word "engine", but whose title does not contain the phrase "fire engine"

Search Help

To search the Imagebase, enter search terms in the search box at the top of any page and either hit "enter" or click the "search" button.

All search words and phrases must appear in the results that are returned. If you enter too many search terms or the words you use are too esoteric, you may receive very few results, even though there are records that contain a number of the words you have requested.

Search Qualifiers

To use a qualifier, simply enter the qualifier and a colon (:) at the beginning of a phrase or word
(for example: "title:bather").

Please note that you may not use multiple qualifiers for the same search term
(Right: "subject:snow title:snow": Wrong: "subject:title:snow")

  • subject
  • keyword - same as subject
  • keywords - same as subject
  • title
  • creator
  • author - same as creator
  • role
  • work_type
  • work_date
  • material
  • technique
  • repository
  • repository_place
  • style_period_group_movement
  • related_work
  • relationship
  • notes
  • style
  • period
  • group
  • movement
  • nationality
  • culture
  • medium
  • site

Search Tips

  • Use quotes around a phrase such as "fire engine". Otherwise every word is treated as a separate search term.
  • Use the minus sign (-) to indicate that a search term or phrase must not appear in the returned results.
  • Use qualifiers to search for a word or phrase in a specific field (see list of qualifiers and qualifier examples below).

Searching with the manuscript guide

Your search may be aided by using the manuscript guide along with the Imagebase. Click to open the manuscript guide in a new window.

Send questions or comments to:
Special Collections, University Libraries
Virginia Tech, 560 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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