'Special Collections' include thematically organised image catalogues culled from the CA&A archives. Also, it comprises of photograph collections of global contributors who have associated with the CA&A for sharing their images on the VMIS.
The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ASCAA) Digital Images were first distributed under the aegis of the ACSAA Color Slide Project, a non-profit initiative administered through the former Asian Art Archives of The University of Michigan that from 1974 through 2006 provided high quality original and duplicate 35 mm color slides of the art and architecture of India and greater South Asia, Southeast Asia and Indonesia, and the Himalayan regions to individuals and institutions for teaching and research purposes around the world.
Anne Benolken has a Bachelors from the University of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1982 she traveled to India on an American Institute of Indian Studies grant to photograph Indian houses from the time of the Raj. She now creates three-dimensional mixed media digital photo collages about problems in life and spirituality, using the Indian goddess Kali to represent herself. She has shown work both locally and nationally.
Ashwin Jain is an engineer by training. He started photography a couple of years back as a hobby that has now become a passion. His profession often takes him to places never traveled or touched by masses. The photographs of Konark, Udaigiri and many other historical sites from his collection are result of his explorations of such sites in his free time and also his interest in recording marvels of Indian art.