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MDID Image Database

Our digital image server hosts about 50,000 images from the history of art for use in FSU courses. MDID is both an image archive and a presentation delivery tool. FSU instructors and students may use MDID’s built-in Viewer, download individual images for use in other applications, download a group of images directly into a PowerPoint file, and upload their own images for use in presentations.

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More Databases and Tutorials for FSU Art Historians

Articles This database contains information about text materials in PDF format for course sites. Art History instructors may log in with FSUID to search the collection. Files identified here can then be requested from the curator.
Canvas Basics Some quick tips and reminders for FSU art historians using Canvas, the university’s learning management system. More detailed assistance is available in the Canvas Support Center, but this page covers many common questions.
Library The Art & Design Library is home to a non-circulating collection of more than 8,000 books donated by FSU faculty and students. You may use or scan the books in the Library. The collection is currently catalogued in (old)MDID: Log in as Guest to see only the Library collection, or log in with your MDID account and specify Library when you search. Our Video collection is also catalogued here; to see videos only, enter “film” in the Call Number field.


FS4U is an online scholarship platform for finding and applying for funding. View available scholarships, apply, accept offers and submit thank you letters or other post-acceptance requirements. Faculty and staff may view eligible applicants, review applications, select recipients, offer scholarships, and monitor award and thank you letter status.

New Material Requests

You may leave items in Jean Hudson’s mailbox or send books via LEDS and send the information via email.

When requesting article scans, please include: your name, page numbers to scan, date needed, return request (items are returned to your mailbox or to the library) and special requests (add or remove endnotes or images, OCR).  Scans are sent to you via email or FSU Dropbox and archived in ARH Articles.  Please note: Due to reasonable copyright restrictions, we will only scan excerpts/chapters/essays, NOT entire books.

When requesting images, please include: your name, list of images to photograph or download, date needed, return request (to your mailbox or to the library) and special requests (data to include or change, keywords). Images are saved as JPEGs, 2400 pixels in longest dimension and added to the MDID Image Database, unless publication quality is requested.

Turnaround time

  • For small quantity (20–30 image) requests, please try to allow two weeks. We know it is not always possible to stay two weeks ahead of your class, and we try to meet last-minute requests, but we cannot guarantee them.
  • If you are developing a new course or need many new or improved images for an existing course, please submit a list or arrange a meeting to discuss your needs one semester ahead of time.


Corrections to the image database can be made immediately.  If you notice a problem in data or image quality, please send correction requests right away, using the Image ID number to identify the image to correct.

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