Vanderbilt Libraries' Distinctive Collections have a variety of digital and digitized collections for users to explore. The majority of these collections are listed below.
JSTOR Open Community Collections
JSTOR’s Open Community Collections initiative is Vanderbilt’s primary platform for sharing manuscripts, photographs, yearbooks, and publications from Special Collections and University Archives. Materials on this site are freely available to the Vanderbilt community and outside researchers.
Vanderbilt Television News Archive
The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The VTNA has been recording, preserving, and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968. The core of the collection consists of regularly scheduled newscasts from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox News. Other news content is recorded as it happens beyond these newscasts, including material from other networks. This material is available for viewing by members of the Vanderbilt community. Material may be lent to researchers that are unaffiliated with Vanderbilt.
The Commodore Yearbook
Every issue of Vanderbilt's yearbook, The Commodore, from 1909-2017 has been digitized and made freely available on JSTOR. Earlier yearbooks published as "The Comet" before 1909 and Peabody College's "The Pillar" are also available.
J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana
The J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana at Vanderbilt University includes unique primary sources on 17th to 20th-century Colombian history and culture. The database includes a selection of full text searchable broadsides, 19th and early 20th-century pamphlets, and educational programs. Also included are online exhibits on 19th-century Colombian history.
Manuel Zapata Olivella Papers
Zapata Olivella, noted Afro-Colombian novelist, anthropologist, folklorist, physician and playwright was known throughout Latin America as the “Dean of Black Hispanic Writers.” The Vanderbilt University Library acquired his papers in 2008; they provide a unique window on the history and society of Colombia and on people of African descent in the Americas as a whole. This database includes a selection of digitized material from the papers.
Beginning with Anna C. Hoyt’s generous donation of 105 Old Master and modern prints more than 50 years ago, the collection has continued to flourish and increase the depth, diversity, and number of its holdings. Now totaling more almost 7,000 works, it serves to illustrate the history of world art in its most creative and comprehensive aspects. This art historical collection is the only one of its kind in the Nashville area, serving the needs of students and the wider community.
VUMC Through Time
VUMC through Time contains containing over 1500 public images of Vanderbilt Medical Center's people and places from the late 1800s to the recent past. We've selected most of these images from the History of Medicine Collections' archival collections, but we also encourage visitors to add their own historical images, either through our contribution form or by contacting us for other arrangements. Our goal is to make it easy to share images with our users and for them to share their own images with each other.
Vanderbilt University Theatre Photos
The Vanderbilt University Theatre Archive includes production photographs and programs for performances from 2000 up to the present. Vanderbilt University Theatre stages four live performances a year. Productions include offerings from classical playwrights, new playwrights, and original plays by Vanderbilt University Theatre cast members.
Global Music Archive
The Global Music Archive is a multi-media reference archive and resource center for traditional and popular song, music, and dance of Africa and the Americas. It is a public facility that promotes education in African and American traditional and popular music through its own activities and by supporting the activities of others. The archive is housed within the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library in Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.
Nürnberg Krupp Trial Papers of Judge Hu C. Anderson
This collection of Judge Hu C. Anderson’s personal trial papers, stored in the Vanderbilt University Law Library, represent his experience as presiding judge of subsequent Nürnberg Trial 10, formally known as Military Tribunal III: the United States of America vs. Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, et al. The Vanderbilt Law Library, in collaboration with Vanderbilt University Libraries, is currently digitizing these papers in their entirety..
Contini-Volterra Photographic Archive
The Contini-Volterra Photographic Archive contains over 50,000 photographs of art objects created in Europe during the 13th through 20th centuries. The collection is especially strong in Italian art of the 13th through 18th centuries. Through a grant from the Samuel K. Kress Foundation, the collection has been almost completely digitized and described.