Digital Archive of the Department of Art History
Digital Archive Staff
Head of Archive
Computerized Graphics, Catalogue
Noa Shai Naftalovich
Mexico Building, Room 201
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:00 – 15:00
The Digital Archive of the Department of Art History was established in 2006 through Mr. Fred Simmons, U.S.A, donation, (the Fred Simmons Project in the Arts) with the objective of creating a digital images database for Tel Aviv University researchers and students, and for researchers associated with the University.
The first stage was to digitize the Dr. Carl Rothfeld Art History Department's Slide Archive's collection* and adapt it to state-of-the-art teaching, study and research requirements by making it Intranet accessible.
At the next, current stage, we are expanding the Digital Archive according to the studies curriculum and new fields of research of the academic staff and graduate students, while aiming to achieve a comprehensive visual resources database.
The Digital Archive consists of images of fine arts and architecture, categorized according to Ancient, Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern and Israeli Art, Islamic Art, and a new field of study – Photography. Every image is supported by concise textual data.
The existing Digital Archive (approximately 70,000 images) is accessible to Tel-Aviv University students and academic faculty, via the DADAH Archive - at Sourasky Central Library's Library Catalog, Other Libraries subdivision: Digital Archive of the Department of Art History (DADAH); this availability via the Web serves and facilitates study, teaching and research for the Art History Department's researches, lecturers and students, in addition to opening new possibilities for the entire academic community of Tel-Aviv University.
The creation of a comprehensive Digital Archive, besides the addition of new materials needed for the changing and innovative fields of research and study, requires digitization of numerous art sources as well as mining of images. The progression of the digitization project is therefore budget-dependent; yet, the Digital Archive is increasing and growing richer every day.
(*The Slide Collection dates from 1968; in 1992 it was inaugurated as Dr. Carl Rothfeld Archive. The Archive was based upon 30 years of knowledge and experience in research and study, and included unique slides, thus it was an unparalleled source for digitization)