Category Archives: Yale Resources

New Look for the Visual Resources Collection

New features and a bold new design are now available for Yale University Library’s Visual Resources Collection (VRC). The VRC contains over 250,000 images of art, architecture, and art objects used by students and faculty in teaching and learning.

The new design, released now in its initial beta phase, is called Metagallery and allows users to login and create groups, browse groups created by others, and even add their own items to groups. Metagallery is available to anyone on the Yale campus at

Full press release here.

Karl Blossfeldt’s “Art Forms in Nature”

Photograph: Karl Blossfeldt

After photographing flowers, buds and seed capsules for thirty-five years, Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) published his masterpiece Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature) in 1928. See a portfolio of the work here.

The German sculpture used his photographs of plants to teach students about design elements in nature. He once said, “The plant never lapses into mere arid functionalism; it fashions and shapes according to logic and suitability, and with its primeval force compels everything to attain the highest artistic form.”

More of his work here. Plus check out the Peabody Museum’s Manual of Leaf Architecture.

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The Solar Ark


This innovative building, built by Sanyo in Japan, not only collects an impressive amount of energy from the sun, it also functions like a giant lite-brite.

The World’s Coolest Solar Collecting Building? Ecoble 1/7/08

“The so-called Solar Ark has over 5,000 active solar panels generating over 500,000 KWh of environmentally friendly energy. Nearly 500 multi-colored lighting units placed between the various solar panels can be activated to create a variety of shapes and letters on the sides of this enormous structure.”

More on the Solar Ark here.

And check out a live display of solar energy created at Yale here.

More info about Yale’s solar energy system here and read about Yale’s solar racing car here.

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Foster + Partners to build first private spaceport


“The Foster + Partners and URS team has won an international competition to build the first private spaceport in the world – The New Mexico Spaceport Authority Building. The sinuous shape of the building in the landscape and its interior spaces seek to capture the drama and mystery of space flight itself, articulating the thrill of space travel for the first space tourists.”

Some characteristic Foster buildings:
30 St Mary Axe, “The Gherkin”
London’s City Hall

51 Lime Street
Canary Wharf tube station

For some interesting reading check out Yale’s Avalon Project, an extensive online resource for documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy, where you’ll find the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

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NY Times Select now free to students and faculty

“For everyone who’s ever been frustrated by being blocked from premium content on the NY Times Web site, fret no more! NY Times Select is now free to students and faculty (really anyone with a .edu email account!). Go to, input your .edu email address and follow the directions from there. ”

NY Times select now available for students and faculty (from jrjacobs’s blog)

Posted by: Tanya

Beinecke Library acquires Toba Pato Tucker archive

Photograph of Edward Gumbs, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, taken by Toba Pato Tucker in 1984. This image is taken from the Toba Tucker Gallery, where one can find many more examples of her work.

Photographic archive offers multi-faceted portrait of America March 30, 2007|Volume 35, Number 23 Yale Bulletin

“The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired the archive of American photographer Toba Pato Tucker, who for the past 30 years has compiled a record of Americans of different races and ethnicities, including one of Long Island’s oldest African-American communities and various Native American tribes.”

Read press statement

Posted by: Tanya A.