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Image Collections

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American Memory []
Historical collections for the National Digital Library, from the Library of Congress.

Britannica Online []
The Library’s license permits educational use of the photos and images. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Calisphere []
“A world of primary sources and more.” The University of California’s free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items—including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts—reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.

Clearinghouse of Image Databases []
From the University of Arizona Library, this simple search engine provides links to hundreds of digital image collections.

The Commons: Your Opportunity to Contribute to Describing the World’s Public Photo Collections (Flickr)[]
Historic pictures from the Library of Congress, representing materials for which the Library is not the intellectual property owner. Flickr is working with the Library of Congress to provide an appropriate statement for these materials. It’s called “no known copyright restrictions.”

dollar sign The Corbis Picture Experience []
“The Place for Pictures on the Internet.” Includes the Bettmann Archives, encompassing more than 16 million images; also some images that are in the public domain.

Cornell University Image Collections []
Collections of images which are owned or licensed for access by the Cornell community. You can access Luna Insight® using the Insight® Web browser via Internet Explorer or Netscape. This site is for educational, non-commercial, and personal use only. (French Ministry of Culture & Communication) []
Follow the links on the left (“Portails Thématiques”) to categories such as archaeology, architecture, and contemporary art.

Flickr []
Upload your own photos, search for photos by others. Free registration, free version; a paid subscription with more features is also available.

dollar sign Foto Search Stock Photography []
A stock photography portal: search and purchase from more than fifty quality stock photography vendors at one site.

dollar sign Fotolia []
High-quality stock photos, with some free images. Free registration required.

Image Collections (BUBL LINK Catalogue of Internet Resources) []
Links to online image collections. Search by Dewey class, keyword, subject, country, or type.

Images Online (British Library) []
Thousands of images from the British Library’s collections. High-resolution versions of these images are available for purchase and use.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog []
Provides access to 1.25 million digital images and to more than 600,000 group- and item-level descriptions covering about 75% of the 14 million photographs, prints, posters, cartoons, and architectural materials in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division holdings.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery []
Provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

Princeton University Library Digital Collections []
Collections include Digital Maps and Geographic Data; Historical Postcard Collection, featuring postcards of Princeton University and environs; and Phographs of American Indians.

A Selection of Web-Accessible Collections []
From the Harvard University Library.

Smithsonian Images []
Search the Image Database for image files from the Smithsonian collections, ranging from art, to air and space, science, nature, technology, history, and people and places.

Smithsonian Photography Initiative []
Image collections organized by museum and discipline, ranging from the National Museum of Natural History’s images documenting the sciences and man’s place in the world, to the National Air and Space Museum’s photographs of air and space craft since the 19th century, to the National Museum of African Art’s images of the art, environment, and peoples of Africa.

UD Library Digital Collections []
Image collections include the American Civil War Digital Collections: Rosenthal Lithographic Prints of Civil War Encampments, George Handy Bates Samoan Papers: Photographs, Delaware Postcard Collection, and the Willard Stewart WPA & HABS Photographs of Delaware.

UM Image Source (University of Michigan) []
Image collections at the University of Michigan, arranged by subject group.

Victoria and Albert Museum Collections []
“Search for over 20,000 works and over 26,000 images from the V&A’s collections, including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles.”

Visual Collections: Images of Art, History, and Culture []
Explore over 300,000 images from over 30 collections of maps, fine art, photographs, and other visual materials. Use the Insight® Browser (no download required) or Insight® Java Client (with advanced functionality). (Internet Explorer only.)

World Digital Library []
Significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, archi­tectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials.

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Fine Art

Art Images for College Teaching []
A royalty-free collection of images of architecture, art, and sculpture, indexed by period—Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, 18th-20th Century, and Non-Western.

Mark Harden’s Artchive []
Hundreds of works of art divided into several galleries: The Artchive, Glyphs Art Reviews, The Galleries, Theory and Criticism, Juxtapositions, Art CD-ROM Reviews, and Art Links.

Art Project, Powered by Google []
Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.

ArtServe []
Access to over 100,000 images related to the history of art and architecture, many from the Mediterranean Basin. Images are organized by county, some by period; all are searchable by subject.

ARTstor []
A digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Collage []
An image database containing 20,000 works from the Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery London.

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture []
From the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this site collects electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America. Included are electronic texts and journals, image databases, and information on organizations, museums, and research facilities.

Graphische Sammlung Stift Göttweig []
Digitized collection of historical graphic art.

The ImageBase []
A searchable image and text database of objects from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor).

Metropolitan Museum of Art []
Click on “Permanent Collection” for images from the collections of the museum.

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) []
Selections from the collections.

National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) []
Search the collection by artist, title, subject, expanded search, provenance, or accession number for information from a database of the entire collection.

Oxford Art Online []
Links to online color images and important image sites. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

The Paul R. Jones Collection Digital Archive []
A significant portion of the Paul R. Jones Collection of African-American Art is now housed at the University of Delaware, where it will promote the study of African-American insight and influence across a broad spectrum of culture in this country, reflecting the University’s commitment to providing its students with exposure to the rich and diverse cultures of our world.

SILS Art Image Browser (School of Information and Library Studies, University of Michigan) []
A database of art, architectural, and museum object images.

Treasures of the Louvre []
Divided into Paintings; Egyptian Antiquities; Oriental Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities; Sculpture; Prints and Drawings; and Objets d’Art.

Visual Arts Data Service []
Access digital images from the Basic Design Collection: Bretton Hall, Halliwell Collection: Bretton Hall, Imperial War Museum: Concise Art Collection, and London College of Fashion: College Archive.

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AP Images []
Current and historical Associated Press photographs. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Africa Photos from the California Academy of Sciences []
A collection of 668 images of African animals, plants, landscapes, and people/culture.

Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection []
14,500 color images of everyday life in the middle of the twentieth century, from the Indiana University Digital Library Program. The images document an amazing cross-section of American and international subjects, from inner-city storefronts and industrial landscapes to candid portraits.

Cover Search [Life Magazine] []
Search the past 70 years of Life covers by date or subject.

Daguerreotypes at Harvard []
Images of more than 3,500 daguerreotypes from photograph collections used in research and instruction throughout the University.

I Photo Central []
“The ultimate source for photography collecting.” Provides thousands of web pages for the photography collector, curator and historian.

LIFE Photo Archive Hosted by Google
“Search millions of photographs from the LIFE Magazine photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.”

Matheson Automobile Company, Photograph Collection, 1903-1912
One of the Hagley Digital Archives collections. Includes 135 images from a small automaker in Holyoke, Massachusetts and later Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

Nomad’s Land Photography []
Emphasizing landscape and travel photography.

Panama-California Exposition 1915-1916 []
A collection of Keystone View Company stereocards, from the collections of the San Diego Historical Society.

Photography Collections Online []
“A steadily growing digital image sampler and browsing resource for the vast photography holdings of George Eastman House,” International Museum of Photography and Film.

Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives []
Historically significant photographs from both well-known and amateur photographers. The photographs are offered in expandable thumbnails with context and photographer information (if known) provided; the images are available for immediate printout.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress) []
Provides access to catalog records for a rich cross-section of Prints & Photographs Division holdings and some visual materials held in other units of the Library. Digital images accompany many of the catalog records.

Russell Lee Collection []
Photographs of and by Russell Lee, from the collections of Southwest Texas State University. Most of the latter are those done by Lee for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) between 1936 and 1942.

Stereocard Collection (University of Washington Libraries) []
A selection of 171 stereographic views, consisting primarily of landscape and documentary views.

dollar sign The Stock Solution []
Personal use permitted, commercial use prohibited; educational use is not mentioned.

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Geographic Focus

Archival Research Catalog (ARC) [] (National Archives and Records Administration)
124,000 digital images can be searched in ARC.

British Library Online Gallery []
“See 30,000 items from our collection.”

Canadian Heritage Gallery []
An extensive collection of historical Canadiana.

CanPix Gallery []
Over 6,000 pictures and other resources for Canadian Studies, drawn from the major archives and museums of Canada, as well as the photo services of The Canadian Press.

The Digital Mirror []
Image, sound and text files from the National Library of Wales, for researchers who have an interest in the history and culture of Wales.

Digital South Asia Library: Images []
Includes the Hensley Photo Library, photographs taken during World War II; the American Institute of Indian Studies collection of over 125,000 photographs featuring architecture, sculpture, terracotta, painting, and numismatics; the photograph collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Government College of Arts and Crafts (Chennai), dating from the mid-19th century; and the Oriental and India Office Collection (currently under development).

Gallica (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) []
Graphic images from the collections of the national library of France. (In French.)

Hedda Morrison Photographs of China []
More than 5,000 photographs from the Harvard-Yenching Library (Harvard College Library) taken by Hedda Hammer Morrison (1908-1991) during her residence in Beijing from 1933 to 1946.

Images Canada []
Access to over 75,000 images on the Web sites of participating Canadian cultural institutions.

Images in the News: Canadian Illustrated News []
A selection of almost 4000 images of people, places and events across Canada and around the world taken from 1869-1883 issues of a popular 19th-century Canadian magazine.

Images of England []
An initiative of the National Monuments Record (NMR), the public archive of English Heritage, this site aims to create a “point in time” photographic record of England’s listed buildings. It currently consists of some 370,000 images.

National Photo Collection []
From the Prime Minister’s Office, State of Israel.

Terra Galleria Images []
Three thematic collections are featured: Theravada Southeast Asia (the people, culture, and sights of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar); U.S. National Parks (photographs of each of the 57 national parks); and Vietnam (culture, traditions and landscapes of the whole country).

View Finder (English Heritage) []
Online image resource for England’s history. The Picture Gallery and Stories contain illustrations of the industrial age, social history (including the Henry W Taunt Collection), architecture and archaeology, dating from the 1840s to the present day.

The Winterton Collection of East African Photographs, 1860-1960 []
Photographs show the building of East Africa’s railways, the growth of its urban centers, and the development of European colonial administration. They document rural life as well as the travels and work of European colonial officials and private businessmen.

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State Digital Resources: Memory Projects, Online Encyclopedias, Historical & Cultural Materials Collections
Maintained by Library of Congress.

[Alabama] Historic Postcards of Alabama []

[Alaska] Alaska’s Digital Archives []
Historical photographs, albums, oral histories, moving images, maps, documents, physical objects, and other materials from libraries, museums and archives.

[Arkansas] Arkansas History Commission Photographs []
Eventually, some nearly 13,000 historical Arkansas images will be online.

[California] Online Archive of California []
The OAC brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are available.

[California] USC Digital Archive []
Over 100,000 photographs, maps, manuscripts, records, texts and sound recordings owned by USC and collaborating institutions, with particular emphasis on materials related to Los Angeles and the Southern California region, the western United States, and the Pacific Rim.

[Colorado] Colorado Digitization Program []

[Connecticut] Connecticut History Online []
Photographs, drawings, and prints about Connecticut history.

[Delaware] Delaware Postcard Collection []
Over two thousand postcards of Delaware and nearby areas.

[Delaware] Photograph Exhibits []
A project of the Delaware State Archives.

[Florida] Florida Heritage Collection []
Materials are taken from archives, special collections, and libraries of the ten state universities.

[Florida] Florida Photographic Collection & Video Clips []
Part of the Florida Memory Project, this site contains over 120,000 photographs from the State Archives of Florida.

[Georgia] Digital Library of Georgia []
A gateway to Georgia’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, audio, video, and other materials.

[Illinois] Illinois Digital Archives []
A search engine for images, sound files, and other multi-media events that exist on Internet sites throughout Illinois.

[Illinois] Illinois Gallery []
Over 500 images of all aspects of life in Illinois.

[Kansas] Kansas Memory []
Primary sources from the Kansas Historical Society.

[Kentucky] Kentuckiana Digital Library []
Comprises archival collection finding aids, electronic texts, digital photographs, and digital audio files.

[Louisiana] LOUISiana Digital Library []
Digital materials about Louisiana’s history, culture, places, and people.

[Maine] Maine Memory Network []
Maine’s statewide online museum, archive, and educational resource; a project of the Maine Historical Society.

[Maryland] MDCH: Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage
Includes links to MDCH Collections as well as to other Maryland collections.

[Maryland] Photographic Collection (Maryland Historical Society Library) []
Browse a selection of over 2,200 digital images from the MHS collections.

[Minnesota] Visual Resources Database (Minnesota Historical Society) []
Photographs, artwork, posters, and fine art photographs visually representing Minnesotans, their lives, landscapes, leisure and occupations from the pre-territorial period to the present.

[Missouri] Missouri Digital Heritage []
Centralized access to the special collections of Missouri’s archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums.

[Nevada] Images of Lake Tahoe []
A small portion of the photographic images of Lake Tahoe in the Special Collections Department of the University of Nevada Reno Library. Images were chosen that would represent a wide range of topics, activities, geographical regions, and time periods.

[Nevada] Just Passin’ Through: The Lincoln and Victory Highways in Nevada []
By 1928 the Lincoln Highway, as it came to be called, and the parallel Victory Highway, a memorial to those who served in World War I, were marked across Nevada. The images selected for this site by the Special Collections Department of the University of Nevada Reno Library document places and activities along the highways in Nevada, eastern California and western Utah, and Reno’s 1927 Transcontinental Highways Exposition of 1927 celebrating the completion of the roads.

[New Jersey] New Jersey Digital Highway []
Access to historical artifacts and digital material in a wide variety of collections maintained throughout New Jersey.

[New Jersey] New Jersey State Archives Imaged Collections []
Includes Bordentown Manual Training School, Civil War Cartes de Visite, Gettysburg Monuments, Morris Canal Views, Spanish-American War Infantry Officers, Spanish-American War Naval Officers, State Government Offices, and Wanaque Waterworks.

[New Mexico] Rocky Mountain Online Archive []
Covers Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.

[North Carolina] North Carolina ECHO []
“Exploring Cultural Heritage Online.” Doorway to the special collections of North Carolina’s libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions.

[Ohio] Ohio Memory []
Primary sources from archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums that document Ohio’s pastfrom prehistory through the present.

[Oregon] Historic Photograph Database (Oregon State Archives) []
10,000 viewable photographs and related descriptions from the holdings of several Oregon repositories, dating from the mid-1800s to the 1990s, depicting a wide range of subjects, such as Oregon towns, homes, businesses, occupations, scenic vistas, disasters, festivities, and recreational pursuits.

[Pennsylvania] Pennsylvania History Online []
A collaboration between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Penn State University Libraries, and the State Library of Pennsylvania to make available digital surrogates of important artifacts, images, and documents.

[Tennessee] Tennessee Heritage Online []
A portal to online cultural heritage materials that exemplify Tennessee’s rich and diverse history and culture.

[Texas] Historic Texas Postcards from the George Fuermann City of Houston Collection []
A digital project created by the University of Houston Libraries Department of Special Collections and Archives.

[Texas] The Portal to Texas History []
A digital gateway collections held in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections. Designed to appeal to historians, students, and lifelong learners, the Portal emphasizes access to primary sources. It features digital reproductions of photographs, maps, letters, documents, books, artifacts, and more.

[Texas] Texas Bird’s-Eye Views []
Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century “Bird’s-Eye Views” of 44 Texas cities in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum and from private lenders and outside institutions. Bird’s-eye views were drawn by hand using two-point perspective to produce a three-dimensional rendering.

[Texas] Texas Tides []
Over 5,000 archival and museum items in a fully searchable database.

[Utah] Mountain West Digital Library []
A consortium of digital collections from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, and historical societies in Utah. In addition to over 200,000 items from Utah collections, there are almost 10,000 items from Nevada and a few from Idaho.

[Washington] Digital Collections (Washington State University Libraries) []
Includes photographic collections of the State of Washington, Washington State University, the city of Pullman, and steamboats on the Snake River.

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[Chicago] Chicago Public Library Digital Collections []

[Chicago] City Sites: Multimedia Essays on New York and Chicago, 1870s-1930s []
Multimedia essays on American urbanism as represented by Chicago and New York from the 1870s to the 1930s. Music, photographs, illustrations, and text are used to explore the emergent urban life of these two great American hubs.

[Cleveland] The Cleveland Memory Project []
Thousands of images of the greater Cleveland area.

[Los Angeles] Archival Research Center []
Click on “Digital Archive.” An array of research resources, many of which relate to the past, present and future of Los Angeles and Southern California, from the University of Southern California.

[Los Angeles] Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection []
Selected images representing the history of the growth of Los Angeles and California as well as Southern California life.

[New Haven] Historical New Haven Digital Collection []
Contains over 500 images of historical New Haven, as well as over 75 documents containing key census information and other data from New Haven over the past 150 years.

[New York ] Byron Company Collection Online []
Images from 50 years of photography by one of New York City’s most prominent commercial photography studios during the city’s rise to its status as one of the world’s great metropolises. The photographic plates are large, numerous, and helpfully annotated with historical and cultural background.

[New York] City Sites: Multimedia Essays on New York and Chicago, 1870s-1930s []
Multimedia essays on American urbanism as represented by Chicago and New York from the 1870s to the 1930s. Music, photographs, illustrations, and text are used to explore the emergent urban life of these two great American hubs.

[Philadelphia] Philadelphia Historical Digital Image Library (PHDIL) []
Contains over 3,000 images.

[Philadelphia] []
The City’s photo archive contains over 2 million photo records that date from the late 19th century. The Web site contains a growing collection of those photos.

[Pittsburgh] Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections [;page=index;g=imls]
Over 5,800 images from 25 photographic collections held by three cultural heritage institutions in Pittsburgh.

[Richmond] Rarely Seen Richmond []
“Early twentieth century Richmond as seen through vintage postcards.”

[Rochester] Rochester Images []
Photographs and postcards of Rochester and Monroe County, New York.

[Seattle] University of Washington Digital Library Initiatives []
A number of collections from the University of Washington Libraries and faculty, especially strong in Seattle history, architecture, labor and industry, the Klondike Gold Rush, and our natural environment.

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Thematic Focus

The Ad Hoc Digital Library of Images and Texts []
A Yale Divinity School faculty-library initiative, this is a searchable database of electronic images and texts related to the history of Christianity. (Because of copyright restrictions, some content is not accessible to the general public.)

Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr. Database of Early American Jewish Portraits []
Images of and information about every known portrait of an American Jew painted before 1865.

ArchNet Digital Library []
ArchNet is an online community for architects, planners, urban designers, interior designers, landscape architects, and scholars, with a special focus on the Islamic world. Free registration allows you access to “My Workspace” functionality.

Architectural Digital Image Collections []
List of links maintained by the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library, University of Michigan.

Art Crimes: The Writing on the Wall []
A gallery of graffiti art from cities around the world.

Black Archives of Mid-America []
The Black Archives of Mid-America is the largest depository of artifacts documenting the African American experience in the four-state area of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Oklahoma.

Catena: Digital Archive of Historic Gardens + Landscapes []
Sponsored by the Bard Graduate Center through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Catena, the Digital Archive of Historic Gardens and Landscapes is envisioned as part of a larger, typologically organized archive of digital images with accompanying educational materials. The initial component of Catena is built around the villa, an important landscape type in garden history.

Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative (American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools) []
Digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography.

Cornell University Collection of Political Americana []
A major collection of materials from U.S. national political campaigns between 1789 and 1972, from Cornell University Library. It consists of thousands of artifacts from ballots and slates of candidates to songbooks, buttons and souvenirs of all kinds, including plates, cups, vases, trays and bottles from the Susan H. Douglas Collection of Political Americana. Works optimally with Internet Explorer.

Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA) []
Over 15,000 digitized photographs of medieval stained glass in Great Britain.

Digital Image Access Project []
Images from various collections held by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University. The database contains 1000 images pertaining to the theme “The Urban Landscape.”

Digital Library System (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) []
Component parts include the Alaska Image Library, the Historic Image Library, the Mountain-Prairie Library, the NCTC Image Library, the Northeast Image Library, the Pacific Image Library, the Southeast Image Library, and the Washington DC Library.

Digital Sheet Music Collections []
Links compiled by the UCLA Digital Archive of Popular American Music.

The Dirksen Center’s Editorial Cartoon Collection []
More than 300 editorial cartoons featuring Republican senator Everett Dirksen (1896-1969), particularly during his tenure as Minority Leader in the Senate (1959-69).

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University []
Access to over 80 early manuscripts now in institutions associated with the University of Oxford: Balliol College, Bodleian Library, Corpus Christi College, Jesus College, Magdalen College, Merton College, and St. John’s College.

EIKON Image Database for Biblical Studies []
A faculty-library initiative at Yale Divinity School that provides digital resources for teaching and research in the field of Biblical studies. Some images in the EIKON database are restricted to Yale use, due to copyright agreements.

Expeditions and Discoveries: Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age []
Maps, photographs, and published materials, as well as field notes, letters, and a unique range of manuscript materials on selected expeditions between 1626 and 1953.

The Farber Gravestone Collection []
Over 13,500 images documenting the sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones, most of which were made prior to 1800, in the Northeastern part of the United States. From the American Antiquarian Society.

Hagley Digital Archives
Provides online access to a growing selection of items from the Library’s collections of images, documents, and publications related to the history of business, technology, and society.

Hate on Display: A Visual Database of Extremist Symbols, Logos and Tattoos []
A part of the Anti-Defamation League’s Web site.

Historic Government Publications from World War II: A Digital Library []
The first collection in Southern Methodist Central University Libraries’ digital library initiative, this resource includes more than 200 World War II government documents, representing material from pamphlets, posters, booklets, and photos.

Image Gallery (Agricultural Research Service) []
A small collection of quality color images that can be searched or browsed in broad categories, such as plants, animals, crops, insect and field research.

Lighthouse Postcards []
Lighthouse postcards in the Engineering Collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. It includes digitized images of 272 postcards, general information on the U.S. and Canadian lighthouses represented in the collection, and customized nautical charts provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Napoleonic Period Collection []
Satirical drawings, or caricatures, from the Napoleonic period, with political commentary.

National Portrait Gallery: Collections Search []
Search more than 12,000 records from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery’s paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs that document the diversity of individuals who have made significant contributions to the history and culture of the United States. Digitized images are currently being incorporated into the database as copyright research is completed and reproduction rights are cleared.

Oxford Portraits []
Oxford University’s collection of portraits of British and foreign monarchs, leaders of nations, scientists, writers, scholars, and artists.

Picture History []
“The Primary Source for History Online.” An online archive of images and film footage illuminating more than 200 years of American history. Intended for the personal use of students, educators, scholars, and the general public curious about the past. High resolution images and film footage are available for professional and personal licensing.

Postcards of Motels and Roadside Attractions, 1930-1960
One of the Hagley Digital Archives collections. Includes early 130 postcards of various roadside attractions.

A Sampler of Medieval Images []
Images from over 200 of the Pierpont Morgan Library’s medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

TIME Covers []
Browse or search for all Time magazine covers back to 1923.

Women Working, 1870-1930 []
A prototype of Harvard University Library’s Open Collections Program Women Working project. This site will provide access to digitized books (over 2000), manuscripts (10,000 pages) and images (1,000) from the collections of Harvard University Libraries and Museums on the topic of women in the U.S. economy from 1870-1930.

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Science and Technology

Caltech Archives PhotoNet []
A searchable database containing scanned images of a portion of Caltech Archives’ collection of visual material relating to the history of science and technology.

Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections []
Images and information from one of the world’s largest collection of well-preserved, sectioned and stained brains of mammals. You can see and download photographs of brains of over 100 different species of mammals (including humans) representing 17 mammalian orders.

Emilio Segrè Visual Archives []
A collection of some 25,000 historical photographs, slides, lithographs, engravings, and other visual materials focusing on American physicists and astronomers of the twentieth century.

European Space Agency Multimedia Galley []
Selected images, videos and tracks of Titan, Mars, the Moon, etc.

Eye of Science: Scientific Photography []

Graphics Gallery (Wolfram Research) []
Images, created by worldwide users of Mathematica software, are grouped by type: 2D Graphics, Polyhedra, Surfaces, and Animations.

Hagley Digital Archives
Provides online access to a growing selection of items from the Library’s collections of images, documents, and publications related to the history of business, technology, and society.

JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) Images & Videos []

NASA - JSC Digital Image Collection []

NOAA Photo Library []
The collection spans centuries and much of the natural world, from the center of the Earth to the surface of the Sun.

Paleo Art: Highlights from the Department of Paleobiology []
Highlights of the Smithsonian Institution’s most interesting historical paleotological art.

Planetary Photojournal []
A collaboration between NASA’s Planetary Data System Imaging Node, the Solar System Visualization Project, and JPL’s Media Relations Office, this site offers easy access to the publicly released images from various Solar System exploration programs.

Science and Society Picture Library []
Over a million images from the Science Museum; the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television; and the National Railway Museum in the United Kingdom.

Visible Earth []
“A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet.”

The Visible Human Project(r) []
From the National Library of Medicine.

Wellcome Images: 2000 Years of Human Culture (Wellcome Library) []
Themes range from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science.

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Ad*Access []
Images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.

dollar sign Adflip []
“The world’s largest archive of classic print ads.” Full access requires subscription.

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 []
Over 9,000 images drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University relating to the early history of advertising in the United States.

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Moving Images []
Review items from the entire 3500 hour British Pathe Film Archive, which covers news, sport, social history, and entertainment from 1896 to 1970.

Prelinger Archives []
“Ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films between 1927 and 1987.

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Search Engines

AltaVista Image Search []

The Amazing Picture Machine []
From the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, this site is primarily for the K-12 community.

Artcyclopedia []
“The Fine Art Search Engine.”

Digital Collections and Content (Institute of Museum and Library Services) []
Descriptions of the hundreds of digital resources developed by IMLS grantees. []
“Powering Visual Search on the Web.”

Google Image Search []
The most comprehensive on the Web, with more than 880 million images indexed and available for viewing.

Images (Digital Librarian) []
A librarian’s choice of the best image sites on the Web.

Live Search Images []
Adjust the size of your image thumbnails almost instantly.

Lycos Multimedia []
Search for pictures, audio, or video.

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