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MCID, the Media Center Image Database, is the online database for the collections of the Media Center for Art History of the Department of Art History at Columbia University.

The MCID collections contain original field research by media center and Columbia faculty staff, scans from the department's slide collections, and special collections.

How to use MCID

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Each resource record has extensive cataloging that is full-text searchable. To find a specific resource, combine Search with the search facets on the right side of the collection to narrow your results.

Viewing media

To view the visual resources of a collection, users can click the thumbnails in the collection gallery. If you click on a thumbnail, the image will either be displayed in a larger format. To use the zoom images or panoramas, users can either scroll with the mouse or use the buttons below which can also be used to view the resource in full screen mode. To navigate between images, users can click the arrow buttons in the lower right or use the keyboard arrow keys. Each image is displayed with partial cataloging and a link to the full cataloging record. To access the full record directly from the search view, click the resource title instead of the thumbnail.

MCID staff and contributors

The staff of the media center for art history are the main curators and developers of the MCID. The collections within the MCID include photography and cataloging of Columbia faculty, staff, part-time staff, and students.

Access restrictions

Some collections contain copyrighted material that requires a Columbia UNI login. To access these materials, either click the button in the upper right corner to sign up or navigate to a restricted collection that will take you to the sign up page. Visitors who are not affiliated with Columbia University should contact the media center for access.

Projects in active development are not yet open to the public.

Contact the media center for approval requests or to report a problem

If you would like to use MCID resources, please use the form linked on each image record page for approval.

If you received an error message, found a missing image or think you have discovered a problem with a feature, please send an email to the Art History Media Center (mediacenter at columbia.edu) with information on how to reconstruct the problem

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