Bunting Visual Resources Library

The Bunting Visual Resource Collections and Lannan Reading Room is a unique facility in the Art Building, supporting research and study in the College of Fine Arts, especially academic programs in the Art Department.

Named in honor of Dr. Bainbridge Bunting (1913-1981) who assembled the first shared visual resource collections, the facility has grown from a personal collection housed in his office, to an integrated, organized educational resource incorporating the latest in images and technology.

Current collections include digital images, the Lannan Reading Room book collection, and a reduced collection of photographic material and print items which support Fine Arts programs, especially traditional and contemporary Native American, New Mexican, Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and Latin American art and architecture, along with the history of photography.

The slide collections are slowly and selectively being transferred from Bunting to the Center for Southwest Research.

To access the Lannan Reading Room and remaining print material, please contact the Art Department.
Digital material will continue to be available in Artstor and Vircona.

For further information, see the BVRL FAQ below.

BVRL FAQ

Who is Bainbridge Bunting?

Bainbridge Bunting began his tenure as the sole faculty member of the University of New Mexico Art Department in 1948. Accepting the challenge to build a program centered on art and architecture of the United States, he arrived to a campus with insufficient library holdings and a meager slide collection. Upon his arrival, Bunting quickly embraced the art of the Southwest, expanding his scholarly interests from the architecture of the Back Bay District in Boston to encompass local art and customs. His significant studies of adobe architecture revealed the meticulous nature with which he worked and his passion for investigation. From aerial photographs to construction drawings, Bunting’s expansive contributions constitute the essence of the current visual resources collection. Dr. Bunting retired from active teaching in 1978; in 1981 the slide library was named in his honor and in acknowledgment of his contributions to the University of New Mexico and to the Albuquerque community.

What is the connection between the Lannan Reading Room and the Lannan Foundation?

The Lannan Reading Room was named in appreciation of the Lannan Foundation’s sustaining financial and material gifts to UNM, particularly the support given to the Land Arts of the American West and the Arts and Ecology programs in the department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts. The 2013 donation of of the Lannan Foundation’s art library to the Bunting Visual Resources and Research Library has been facilitated by Distinguished Professor Bill Gilbert, Lannan Chair and founding director of the Land Arts of the American West program. The Lannan Reading Room was dedicated November 18, 2015.

What is happening with the Bunting Library?

Since its collection of over 360,000 slides is so little used in instruction at UNM, the physical space will be repurposed. A small portion of the slide collections, reflecting UNM’s areas of distinction (Native American & New Mexican art and architecture, Photography) will be maintained as a research archive, either in the Bunting space or transferred to the Center for Southwest Research. Digital projects, such as Artstor, including hosted UNM digital collections, and Vircona will continue to be supported.

Where are the slides?

The collection of over 360,000 slides is in the process of being weeded (look for 35mm slides appearing in new artwork in and around the UNM community!) Some collection areas reflecting UNM’s distinctive programs and unique curricula will be maintained in the repurposed space, or in special collections at the Center for Southwest Research in Zimmerman Library.

Where can I get image search & image use help?

Image search and use help will continue to be available through the University Libraries. See: Stephanie Beene.

Where can I get Artstor help?

Artstor help will continue to be available through the University Libraries; see any Library service desk staff, or Stephanie Beene.

Where can I get help with personal archives?

Although current staff is unable to help with personal archives, a great online resources for artists and others is found at: artiststudioarchives.org

See also the resources at the Society of American Archivists, especially the brochure on donating your archive to an institutional repository: archivists.org

What about the Bunting Library space?

The main slide collection space in the Bunting, room 304, on the third floor of the Art Building (#84) will be repurposed, possibly as a flexible work and meeting space, continuing to support research and study, and to support larger groups for meetings and performance. Two spaces have already been remodeled as the Lannan Reading Room (for meetings and seminars of 12 or fewer participants) and a small tech corner for scanning and printing (supporting 3-6 participants.) The unstaffed space will be accessed on an as-needed basis, with pre-scheduling suggested. Contact: Nancy Treviso in the Art Department to schedule classes and Ellen Peabody to schedule meetings.

What about the Lannan Reading Room and its book collections?

The Lannan Reading Room and its book collection supporting Arts & Ecology and the Land Arts of the American West programs is no longer staffed. Future plans include cataloging of the material into WorldCat. It may be accessed on an as-needed basis, with pre-scheduling suggested. Contact: Nancy Treviso in the Art Department to schedule classes and Ellen Peabody to schedule meetings.

How do I sign up to reserve the Lannan Reading Room?

The Lannan Reading Room may be scheduled on an as-needed basis, with pre-scheduling suggested. Contact: Nancy Treviso in the Art Department to schedule classes and Ellen Peabody to schedule meetings.

Can I still come in to print/study/scan?

At this point, there is not staffing to support regular open hours. The unstaffed space will be accessed on an as-needed basis, with pre-scheduling suggested. Contact: Nancy Treviso in the Art Department to schedule classes and Ellen Peabody to schedule meetings.