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About This Journal

The VRA Bulletin is the journal of the Visual Resources Association, an international association of image media professionals. The mission of the VRA Bulletin is to serve the membership of the VRA by providing a professional forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas and information directly related to the field of visual resources and image management.

The VRA Bulletin is published two times a year. Volume 1 of the VRA Bulletin was printed in 1974, and volume 37, the last formal printed edition, was in 2010. The electronic version starts in 2011 with volume 38, issue 1, published by the Berkeley Electronic Press. The transition from a print to an electronic journal allows authors and editors to interact directly with one another using an online publishing system providing open access, optimized search and discovery, and global dissemination. Access to new content will be restricted to VRA members for the first nine months following publication. Individual articles are downloadable PDF files with stable URLs that can be saved, bookmarked, e-mailed, or otherwise disseminated through social networking and other electronic tools.

The Visual Resources Association is a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments. The Association is committed to providing leadership in the visual resources field, developing and advocating standards, and offering educational tools and opportunities for the benefit of the community at large. The Association actively supports the primacy of visual information in documenting and understanding humanity’s shared cultural experience through collaboration, partnership, and outreach with the broader information management, cultural heritage, and educational communities.

The banner image on this website is a detail from a work in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art, which captures the essence of the visual resources field (credit below). We are grateful to the Dallas Museum of Art for giving us permission to use the detail in the banner and the full image on the cover of the first electronic issue. Special thanks to the Jeff Zilm, DMA’s Intellectual Property Administrator, for granting these permissions and his timely responses to our requests.




Outside the Print-Seller’s Shop
c. 1860-1863


Honoré Daumier


Oil on panel


Overall: 19 1/2 × 15 3/4 in. (49.53 × 40.01 cm)


Dallas Museum of Art
Foundation for the Arts Collection,

 Mrs. John B. O’Hara Fund