It is a sad thing that this is happening, especially for the people who consult
it. the comparative search engine for african art http://yvra.library.yale.edu/ will be discontinued, it was a great tool to find objects and related objects on specific tribes and the related documentation.
The Official announcement of Yale:
NEWS OF THE ARCHIVE
ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE FUTURE OF THE YALE-VAN RIJN ARCHIVE OF AFRICAN ART
After many years, since the Yale University Art Gallery received the Guy van
Rijn Archive of African Art in 2001, we are planning to migrate the database to
the Yale University Library Digital Collections available for cross-collection
search by the Yale community of students, faculty, staff, and others who have
access to the Yale digital system. As of August 1, 2012, the website http://yvra.library.yale.edu/
will no longer exist.
All researchers outside Yale are invited to visit Yale University to use Yale
resources including the Yale-van Rijn Archive, which will be searchable through
the Yale University Library Digital Collections, which offers across-collection
search and retrieves results from over 500,000 existing images in selected
Library Digital Collections. To this will be added the 180,000 images of the
Yale-van Rijn Archive. The Yale University Library Digital Collections may be
accessed at http://digitalcollections.library.yale.edu/Default.aspx.
Yale University libraries and museums continue to be open and free to the
The Ross Archive of African Images remains available for general access at http://raai.library.yale.edu
The Ross Archive is a comprehensive database of over 7,000 images. RAAI aspires
to reproduce all the illustrations of figurative African objects published
between 1600 and 1920 in books, periodicals, catalogues, newspapers, and other