Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

About DAC Collection Search

Rembrandt etching of Faust (detail)

The Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University holds more than 25,000 works on paper, chiefly prints and photographs. The DAC collection serves teaching, study, research, exhibition, and other educational purposes. More than 6,000 collection objects are now represented by DAC Open Access Images.

The links above offer several ways to search, with tips for doing so. You also can start a broad search here by entering one or more words, then clicking on "Find":

For more on DAC open images and metadata, see Open Content.

DAC Collection Search is in ongoing beta. At present it offers text-based catalog records for nearly the entire collection (see note below regarding recent acquisitions), along with more than 6,000 downloadable DAC Open Access Images representing most of the DAC's European prints from the 16th through 19th centuries, American prints before ca. 1900, Japanese woodcuts, early photographs, and certain other works. High-resolution, zoomable images of those prints also are available for direct viewing here online.


Most of the images of Dutch, German, British, and American prints were made in 2015–2017 during three summers of grant-funded digital photography of DAC collection objects. This digitization project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services via IMLS Museums for America grant number MA-30-14-0334-14. Further DAC collection digitization is now under way with the support of IMLS Museums for America grant MA-30-17-0400-17, which to date has enabled the imaging of holdings that include nearly all of the DAC's Japanese prints and early photographs, as well as other objects.

Development of DAC Collection Search is ongoing. Updates which require it to be offline generally are made between 5:00 and 7:00 PM Eastern time, when it may be unavailable. Alongside that iterative development, object information is periodically updated from the DAC's collection management system. Our long-term aim is to provide descriptions and images of all works in the collection.

http://dac-collection.wesleyan.edu is a clean, persistent link to this page with no user-session information.

Featured Image Groups

Image from Rembrandt holdings
All Rembrandt Holdings

Image from Durer holdings
All Dürer with Images

Image from Faust

Image from Los Caprichos
Los Caprichos

Image from Metamorphoses