Alice Bampton, art history instructor and slide librarian
If you have wondered what is behind the mysterious door next to Special Collections on Falvey’s second floor, you may be surprised to know that the slide library used by the art history department’s faculty has been located there since the summer of 2004. The room holds approximately 42,000 slides, most of them copied from illustrations from art history textbooks. Art history faculty can select slides to use in their class sessions. Alice Bampton, art history instructor and slide librarian, manages the collection.
Alice came to Villanova University in 1986 as an adjunct instructor in the art history department. She has taught Art History Survey, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and History of Photography courses. Originally, the art slides were housed in the former art and art history department office and later in Saint Augustine Center 85.
She has trained student workers to make exact slides of illustrations from the textbooks used by art history faculty. The student workers must be very detail-oriented to produce slides from a copy stand apparatus with a SLR camera and 35 mm film. Currently there is some discussion on the possible future digitization of the slides. Alice is also evaluating Falvey’s newly-acquired database, ARTstor. ARTstor provides access to high quality digital images and other relevant materials for teachers, students and scholars at educational and cultural institutions.
Alice received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, and worked as a chemist for a research foundation in Norristown for nine years. However, from childhood on, Alice had a deep interest in art and eventually was a charter member of the Art Goes to School program in her area. She decided to switch careers and earned a bachelor’s in art history from Rosemont College and a master’s from Temple University.
An avid reader, she is also an amateur photographer of landscapes and flowers. Currently she is taking a PhotoShop course at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Contributed by Jacqueline Mirabile, reference and government documents librarian; photograph by Laura Hutelmyer