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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 — More than 1 million images in advertising. Search or browse by decade (pre-1900 to present) or category (TV adverts, celebrities, posters and more).
  • 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 more than 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.
  • Pixabay – More than 1 million royalty-free stock photos, illustrations, graphics and videos.
  • Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) — For primary historical photographic documents.
  • Reuters News Service – Pictures
  • ARTStorARTStor is a nonprofit organization that builds and distributes the Digital Library, an online resource of more than 2.5 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences, and Shared Shelf, a Web-based cataloging and image management software service that allows institutions to catalog, edit, store, and share local collections.
  • — 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.