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Useful Websites


  • Ad*Access — image database of thousands of U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories – Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda – dated between 1911 and 1955
  • Advertising Archives — over 1 million images in advertising. Search or browse by decade (pre-1900 to present) or category (TV adverts, celebrities, posters and more)
  • American Memory — a digital library of primary source materials from the history and culture of the United States: documents, photos, sound files and film footage.  By the Library of Congress
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art — thousands of images from the Amon Carter’s Artist Archives tell the social, historical, and economic stories of twentieth-century America
  • Bing Images Search
  • The Commons — pilot project in partnership with the Library of Congress. Increasing access to publicly held photography collections
  • deviantART — the world’s largest online art community, featuring hundreds of millions of pieces of art from tens of millions of artists and art appreciators
  • — member maintained photo sharing site
  • – Creative Commons — Flickr photos offered under the Creative Commons license
  • Google Image Search
  • Heritage Images — search the British Library, British Museum, Museum of London & many other prestigious institutions
  • Imgur — enormous image sharing site that integrates into all the major social media sites
  • Library and Archives Canada — use the dropdown menu on the right side to search images
  • Life Picture Collection — visual chronicle of the 20th century spanning 1936 to 2000, produced and compiled by LIFE magazine. Not all collections are available free of charge
  • National Gallery of Art - Open Access Images — access over 50,000 images in the public domain by the renowned National Gallery
  • NYPL Digital Collections — explore hundreds of thousands of items digitized from the New York Public Library’s collections: prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video and more
  • Photobucket — video and image sharing service. Search by keyword or browse by category
  • Picsearch — search engine for pictures and images
  • Pixabay – over a million royalty-free stock photos, illustrations, graphics and videos
  • Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) — for primary historical photographic documents
  • Reuters News Service – Pictures
  • Sharedshelf Commons — a free, open-access library of images. Search and browse collections with tools to zoom, print, export, and share images. By the makers of ARTStor (UTD-only database)
  • — online encyclopedia that contains everything about symbols, signs, flags and glyphs arranged by categories such as culture, country, religion, and more
  • Trove — hundreds of thousands of online sources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more. By the National Library of Australia
  • Unsplash – beautiful, free, high-resolution photos
  • Wellcome Images — vast collection of images ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science
  • Wikimedia Commons – collection of millions of freely usable media files (images, sounds, videos) to which anyone can contribute