A look back at 2021
While 2021 had its share of jolts, schools and libraries began to regain their footing after the shocks of 2020 and started looking forward. And Artstor did as well, as we continued to make progress on the integration with JSTOR and on furthering the diversity of our content.
More diverse content and Open Artstor collections
Our ongoing efforts to bring more African American and ethnically diverse resources to Artstor and JSTOR started making their appearance in the middle of 2021, and we look forward to more releases this year.
A curated selection from the world-leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.
A selection representing diverse narrative histories including enslavement and emancipation, protest and civil rights movements, and the lives of celebrated citizens and everyday people.
Last year, Magnum photographers traveled the globe recording both the universal effects of the pandemic and a wave of domestic and worldwide protest stirred by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
A landmark offering of images by one of America’s most celebrated political artists during World War II, a dedicated activist who used his pen and brush to advocate for religious tolerance, racial equality, and human dignity.
Photographs of culturally and historically significant Khmer monuments and heritage, amplified by detailed descriptions.
The eclectic teaching collection includes iconic works present in art history curricula. All images were selected with the assistance of Allan Kohl, visual resources librarian.
New ways to use Artstor
We’ve been working hard on the JSTOR platform to make it easy to research, teach, and learn with Artstor’s images along with texts and other types of content.
Among the many improvements, we’ve introduced advanced image search; you can also filter image searches by classification, country, and dates; and you can download and cite images directly from the image search results page. We also have made it easy to organize, annotate, and export the content on your JSTOR Workspace as PowerPoint presentations and as PDFs. You can try these tools now! Simply log in to JSTOR using your Artstor credentials.
Your top favorite blog posts of 2021
While 2020’s top posts concentrated on pandemics and remote learning, your favorite posts in 2021 were more celebratory — though a bittersweet personal essay by art historian Magda Salvesen also made the list.
- Celebrate Black History Month with these 9 open collections
- Witnessing Women’s History
- Back to school, REALLY!
- Celebrating Juneteenth with quilts: sewing freedom, unity, and joy
- Pleasurable and daunting: a wife’s work on her late husband’s archive
What we look forward to in 2022
We’re excited to continue the two directions we started last year: improving your experience working with images, primary sources, and scholarly writing together, and diversifying our content to better serve all our users in their research. Thank you for being part of our journey.