ArtsEdNet Image Gallery - Includes all the art that appears on the Getty's ArtsEdNet site, as well as artworks from featured programs. Sorted by artist, title and date.
ArtServe - 130,000 art and architecture images, mainly from the Mediterranean Basin. (Michael Greenhalgh, Professor of Art History, Australian National University.)
Asian Historical Architecture - Over 6300 photos of 442 sites in sixteen countries (Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korean, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam). Timothy Ciccone created this website; the photographs have been contributed by many photographers throughout the world. These photographs may be used for educational purposes (credit the site "www.orientalarchitecture.com"and the contributor of the photos).
Bayerische StaatsBibliothek (BSB) - German National Library, Munich. There is a Digitale Bibliothek with a number of digital projects, including Book Illustrations (Druckgraphische Buchillustrationen) with alphabetical (subject ) index. The Digitale Sammlungen (Digital Collections) include a Photograph Database with over 66.000 digitized and catalogued images. Most of the site is available in German only, so navigation is a bit tricky.
Beautiful Birds: Masterpieces from the Hill Ornithology Collection - Cornell University Library Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections.
Beinecke Rare Book Library Digital Collections - Yale University. Images of manuscripts, letters, photographs, drawings, engravings, paintings, objects. The library is particularly rich in American literature and Western Americana. Try a phrase search for Norman Holmes Pearson, Eugene O'Neill, Hilda Doolittle, Bryher, William Faulkner, Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, David Herbert Lawrence, Alfred Stieglitz, Maximilian Wied, W.H. Jackson, George Catlin, Edward S. Curtis, Hartley Burr Alexander, Alfred J. Miller, John James Audubon, Codex Borbonicus, Societe Anonyme, Indians of North America etc.
Berkeley Lab Image Library - Over 700 photographs and images relating to particle physics from the Ernest Orlando Lawrence National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley.
BibliOdyssey - Stunning images, intelligent commentary and links to sources, gathered by Peacay (aka PK and Paul K). FUEL Design has published his book - BibliOdyssey: Amazing Archival Images from the Internet (2007) with a Foreword by Dinos Chapman. There is an interview with Paul K.: The Bibliodyssey Book: An Interview With Paul K by Elatia Harris, 3 Quarks Daily, 29 October 2007.
Big Picture Book of Viruses - David M. Sander's site has viral images listed by their taxonomic groups.
Bilddatenbank Fotoarchiv Hoffmann - Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek. A searchable database of over 66,000 photographs by Heinrich Hoffmann, Hitler's official photographer. A name search for Churchill retrieves 34 photographs, a name search for Braun, Eva (who was once Hoffmann's office assistant) retrieves over 350 images including one of her as a child, A search for Berchtesgaden, Hitler's retreat in the Bavarian Alps near the German-Austrian border, retrieves over 2,000 results.
Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads - Over 30,000 ballads which can be searched by title, first line, subject, author, performer and publisher. There is also iconographic indexing or illustration based searching of the broadsides. These have been gathered into a single catalogue along with a scanned image of each ballad sheet. Each record of a broadside which contains a musical score has a MIDI sound file.
Bodleian Library: Toyota City Imaging Project - Collection of motoring and transport images from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera; database can be searchable by keyword or by browsing through images categorized by type of transport.
Bodleian Library: Western Manuscripts to 1500 - 1000 images of manuscripts, arranged by century and country of origin.
Botanical Works by Joseph Henry Maiden (1859-1925) - Part of the SETIS Australian Electronic Texts project of the Univsersity of Sydney Library.
Bridgeman Art Library - "World's leading source of fine art with images from over eight thousand collections and twenty nine thousand artists." A search for South Pole Exploration, for example, retrieves over 100 images.
British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies - UK trade association for picture libraries and the largest organisation of its kind in the world, with over 370 members. The Image Search option does not locate actual images, but rather libraries and companies which have picture collections.
British Columbia Archives - The Search Engine provides a useful feature which allows you to Only Match with Images On-line (Visual Records Only). A keyword search for Haida in Visual Records, retrieves 54 images, a search for Indian People retrieves 858 images, a search for Dossetter retrieves 45 images.Among the Visual Records are photogrpahs of and works by the artist Emily Carr (Emily Carr Sewing and Outfit, A family picnic, Carr family on the beach, Haida Totems, Cha-atl, Queen Charlotte Island).
British Library: Images Online - "Access to thousands of the greatest images from the British Library's collections which include manuscripts, rare books and maps spanning almost 3000 years with material from every continent." With subject index and title index.
Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) - Library of Congress collection of measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and sites dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Search by keyword or browse by subject or geographic location. Samples: Built-in Cabinets at a Shaker Church Family Dwelling House, Shaker Village Road, Canterbury, Merrimack County, NH, taken by photographer Bill Finney in 1976; Merchant & Drovers Tavern, Saint George's & Westfield Avenues, Rahway, Union County, NJ (legend has it that George Washington stopped here), taken by photographer R. Merritt Lacey, April 14, 1936; Jedediah Barber House, 18 North Main Street, Homer, Cortland County, NY, photo taken some time after 1933; Sig Sautelle Circus Training House, South Main Street (State Route 11), Homer, Cortland County, NY, taken by photographer Jack. E. Boucher, 1966. ("Built 1902, living quarters on first and second floors, training area for acrobats on third florr, training ring for animals in cellar." In 1919 it housed migrant workers, in 1960 it was a restaurant); Bailey Island Bridge, Bailey Island, Cumberland County, ME, taken taken by photographer Jet Lowe (?), 1984; There are four photographs of Indian Castle Church, State Route 55, Town of Danube, Herkimer County (Fort Hendrick), taken by photographer Nelson E. Baldwin on May 5, 1936. "Indian Castle Church was built in 1769 by Captain Samuel Clyde for Sir William Johnson, who presented it to the Canajoharies (Mohawks of the Upper or Canajoharie Mohawks Castle), in 1770. It is the only Colonial Indian Mission Chursch standing in New York State and the only surviving Colonial building of the Mohawks or Iroquois Castles. The Church was built on land owned by Joseh Brandt [Brant], the famous Mohawk Chieftain, who was noted for his pity [piety?] and who translated the gospel of St. Mark into the Mohawk language. During the Revolution, the Mohawk Indian raiders, formerly residents here, attempted to steal the bell of this old church. They, however, neglected to fasten its clapper and its ringing awakened the parish settlers who armed themselves, sallied out and recovered the old church bell." [Data Page 2].
Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp., 36 F.Supp.2d 191 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) - "Decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, which ruled that exact photographic copies of public domain images could not be protected by copyright because the copies lack originality. Even if accurate reproductions require a great deal of skill, experience and effort, the key element for copyrightability under U.S. law is that copyrighted material must show sufficient originality." (Wikipedia). See also Owning the Past: Images, Music, and Movies by Daniel J. Cohen, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, and Roy Rosenzweig, Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of History & New Media at George Mason University, authors of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, And Presenting the Past on the Web. Cornell's Legal Information Institute provides the text of the decision.
California Heritage Collection - "Online archive of more than 30,000 images illustrating California's history and culture, from the collections of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. You can Browse the Collection. (Select "container listing" to access the images.)
California Missions - Historic photographs of all 21 California Missions.
CalPhotos - "Collection of 83,670 images of plants, animals, fossils, people, and landscapes." Part of the UC Berkeley Digital Library Project.
Canadian Heritage Gallery - Extensive collection of historical photos, original documents, Canadian artwork, maps, and illustrations. The Galleries are organized by subject. For example, there are sections for First Nations, Places and People.
Canadian Landscapes Photo Collection - Collection of photos of Canadian landscapes and landforms. Brief geological explanations provide insight on how the features developed. The photos were taken by scientists of the Geological Survey of Canada during the last 30 years and are browsable by province. There are 97 images of Nova Scotia, for example, with some spectacular Cape Breton Island views.
Canadian Museum of Civilization - Toronto. Site provides a variety of information on indigenous cultures, archaeology, folk art and Canadian history. Virtual Collection Storage provides images of items on the museum, including some very handsome mittens and belts in the Ethnology Collection.
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography - Ottawa. You can search the collection
Canadian War Poster Collection - McGill University collection of war posters from World War I and World War II is accessible by subject and by artist.
CARLI Digital Collections - Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).
CartoonBank - New Yorker Magazine site offers a free e-card service and a searchable database of over 20,000 cartoons.
Cary Graphic Arts Collection - Library on printing history located at the Rochester Institute of Technology offers selections from its collection ranging from Medieval Manuscripts to the 20th century.
Catalonian Manuscripts - Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
CEEC - Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Coloniensis -
Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance - "More than 200.000 entries contain pictorial and written documents, locations, persons, concepts of times and styles, events, research literature and illustrations."
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, New York - With a searchable online collection of Rochester Images which may be printed for personal, educational, or research use. The database will include 22,000 historical and contemporary images from Rochester and Monroe County and currently includes at least 2,000 images.
Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature - University of Kent. There is a catalogued Database of over 90,000 images. Free registration.
Centre historique des Archives nationales - French historical documents and images. You may use Alta Vista's Babelfish to navigate the site, which is available only in French. For example in ARCHIM, la banque d'images num&eeacute;riques, you can browse documents and images by theme (Consultation des dossiers th&eeacute;matiques).
Chairman Smiles: Posters from the former Soviet Union, Cuba and China - 99 political posters drawn from the collection of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. For a related site see Stefan Landsberger's Chinese Propanganda Poster Pages. Landsberger, a lecturer at the Sinological Institute of Leiden has been collecting Chinese political posters for more than 25 years (he has over 1,000). This online exhibition groups the posters by genres.
Charles Booth Online Archive - Guides, digitized images and maps of Victorial London from the collections at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of London Library.
Charles F. Gillette Photograph Collection - Library of Virginia collection consists of photograph collection of 862 images, part of the collection of Charles F. Gillette Papers at the Library of Virginia. Gillette (1886-1969) is "nationally recognized as one of the premier landscape architects associated with the restoration and re-creation of historic gardens in the upper South and especially Virginia.". The images "primarily depict Virginia houses, estates, gardens, and other landscape design projects. There are also many personal photographs of Gillette, Ellen Cogswell Gillette, and the various homes in which they lived."
Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection - Slides taken by Charles W. Cushman, an amateur photographer, between 1938 and 1969. You can browse by year, location, subject, and genre. Among the places he visited are Austria (579 slides), France (169), Germany (202), Greece (381), Italy (234), Lebanon (133), Mexico (133), Turkey (201), United Kingdom (759), and, above all, the United States (11,374). There are many slides of the West: California (4723), Arizona (943), Utah (368), Colorado (456), Texas (214), New Mexico (95). Some favorites: Children of the Mill, Johnstown, Pennsylvania (July 26, 1940), Rocks at Otter Pt., Mt. Desert Island, Maine (September 18, 1941), Boat harbor at Camden, Maine - late afternoon (September 18, 1941), The old Fulton Stret Market on Saturday Afternoon (September 27, 1941), Collecting War-time salvage on Lower East Side (October 4, 1942), Burial vaults in wall of old Cemetery New Orleans (December 14, 1951), El Paso's central district and the Franklin Mtns. from South Santa Fe St. (January 1, 1952) Mule and cart & partly cleared Mesquite acreage near Thurber, Texas (November 14, 1953) Narrow building Port area, Beirut (May 2, 1965),
Charting the Nation maps of Scotland, 1550-1740 - Over 3,500 high resolution images (University of Edinburgh)
Chicago Imagebase - "Web-based project aimed at enhancing knowledge about the built environment of the Chicago region. On this site you will find a wide variety of images and other data along with information on how to use this data to study the city."
Chinese Qing Dynasty - 224 images, primarily ceramics, from the Chinese Qing Dynasty, (also known as Anonymous Chinese Qing Dynasty), 1644 - 1912, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Many of the objects have detailed images - see the cup, the brush washer and the reticulated box.
Ciel et Terre - Online exhibition from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France includes images from the Catalan Atlas (1375-1380) and offers a wealth of information on the history of astronomy with biographies, a glossary, a chronology, bibliography, maps and a quantity of images from the library's manuscript collection. Elegant and beautifully designed - worth a visit even if you don't read French.
Claire Holt Papers - "Approximately 1,780 slides of Indonesia created for the Cornell Indonesian Arts Project." You can browse the complete image database via the Luna Insight browser.
Colección Virtual de Patrimonio Artístico y Arquitectónico Chileno y LatinoAmericano - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Collect Britain: Putting History in Place - "90,000 images and sounds from the British Library."
Collected Visions - New York University Center for Advanced Technology project has "approximately 3,000 images collected from over 300 people are in the searchable archive of family snapshots."
Color Printing in the Nineteenth Century - Exhibition at the University of Delaware Library
Colorado Digitization Program - The projects include: Heritage Colorado Collections, Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection, Colorado's Main Streets, Western Trails.
Colorado Plateau Digital Archives - Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. There is a Finding Guide which provides descriptions and indicates which collections have been digitized. You can search or browse by collection or creator. For example, the Philip Johnston Collection, with 275 images, documents life on the Navajo Reservation between 1895-1945. The 93 images in the Jo Mora Collection shows Hopi villages, dances, and daily life; ranching and ranchlife. (Jo Mora was a sculptor, painter, illustrator, muralist and author). The 57 color images in the John Harvey Butchart Collection show hiking trails of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River and Little Colorado River. There are also online exhibits.
Columbia University Digital Image Access Project - Architectural images including Venice, the Florence, Empire State Building by Lewis Wickes Hine, Amiens Cathedral, the Bronx.
Connecticut History Online - Digital image collection of 14,000 photographs, drawings and prints, browsable by keyword, subject, creator, title and date. Collaborative effort of the Connecticut Historical Society, the Mystic Seaport Museum, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.
Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative - American Theological Library Association and the Association of Theological Schools. "Provides access to 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." You can Search the Database or Browse the Collections.
Corbis Picture Experience
Cornell University Image Collections
Cornell University Library Digital Collections - Includes a collection of Political Americana, over 2,000 "presidential promotional and commemorative items dating from 1789 to 1980."
Corsair - "Thousands of digital images from The Pierpont Morgan Library's renowned collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts are now available in CORSAIR. The collection spans some ten centuries of Western illumination, and contains manuscripts from all the major schools, including some of the great masterpieces of medieval manuscript art. The images and accompanying descriptions are the product of an extraordinary collaboration between the Library and the Index of Christian Art to photograph, digitize, and describe all significant illustrations within the Morgan's medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. CORSAIR currently offers more than 28,000 medieval images, and the number is constantly growing." Search for the Farnese Hours, Rome, 1546 (MS M.0069) with description, and the Lindau Gospels (MS M.1). Search for Psalter, Antiphonary, Book of Hours, Missal, Bible, Breviary, Bestiary, Apocalypse, Gospel etc. See also Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts.Courtauld Images - "40,000 high quality digital images of paintings, drawings, architecture and sculpture from the Courtauld Gallery and Conway Library are available for searching, rights clearance and download on this site."
Creative Americans Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964 - Searchable and browsable collection of 1,395 photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between 1932 and 1964 consisting primarily of portrait photographs of celebrities; American Memory Project, Library of Congress. See his portraits of : Truman Capote (1948), Mabel Dodge Luhan (1934), Lena Horne, Gertrude Stein, Man Ray, Jacob Epstein, Robert Morse, Georgia O'Keeffe and Billie Holliday.
Crimeboss - Crime comic books from the 1940s and 1950s. Includes a gallery of images with over 100 crime comic covers.
Curtis Botanical Magazine - Digital collection of "one thousand fifty records, one thousand forty-eight plates, (two of the original plates are missing, plates 797 & 860), and there are one thousand four hundred fifty-six related pages of text from the first 26 volumes. The entire print collection of 164 volumes is housed at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland." Images include Heath-leaved Banksia, Honey-bearing Protea, Laurel-leaved Rhododendron and the Yellow Day-lily. An electronic publication of the National Agricultural Library Rare Book Collection.
Daguerreotypes, 1842-1862 - 600 daguerreotypes consisting primarily of portraits but also including architectural views, outdoor scenes, and painted portraits by the Mathew Brady Studio; American Memory Project, Library of Congress.
David Rumsey Map Collection - Over 11,000 digital images of maps from the David Rumsey Collection, one of the largest private collections of historic maps in the United States. "The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials." Atlases including Jefferys' "American Atlas" (1776), Popple's "Map of the British Empire in America" (1733), Collot's "Journey in North America" (1796), Tanner's "American Atlas" (1823), Burr's "American (Postal) Atlas" (1839), and Garcia Cubas' "Atlas Pintoresco" (1885).
Denver Public Library Photography Collection - "Database contains some 100,000 images and catalog records of North American Indians, pioneers, railroads, mining, Denver and Colorado towns, city, farm, and ranch life, recreation, scenery, news events, and numerous other subjects and states." Try searching for the following: Indians of North America, Wounded Knee, Dakota, Sioux, Ute, Pueblo, David Barry, George Beam, C. G. Morledge, Horace Poley, Edward Boos, Sitting Bull or Red Cloud. A search for Wounded Knee Massacre, for example, retrieves 85 photographs, each carefully catalogued and annotated and with a url which can be bookmarked. Access to this collection is also provided via the Library of Congress American Memory Project's History of the American West, described below.
Dermatologic Image Database - University of Iowa College of Medicine
DermIS - Among the image databases offered by the Dermatology Information System, a cooperative effort of the Dept. of Clinical Social Medicine (Univ. of Heidelberg) and the Dept. of Dermatology (Univ. of Erlangen) are the Dermatology Online Atlas with over 4,000 online images, PeDOIA, a Pediatric Dermatology Atlas with over 2,000 images and Hebra-Atlas: Historical Images.
Detroit Institute of Arts - Their Diamondial, a visual resources art image database, contains over 1000 images from the DIA's permanent collection.
Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920 - Library of Congress photograph collection includes over 25,000 items, mostly of the eastern U.S., has a subject index and is searchable by keyword
Deutschen Historischen Museum - Berlin. With list of collections (also available in English). The Everyday Life Culture II: Textiles and Clothing, collection "consists of approximately 8,000 pieces of non-military clothing dating from the middle of the 18th century up to the present". There is a Image Archive data base and a DHM object data base.
Die Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft - Digitized Colonial Picture Archive. This is a project of the Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main to digitize photographs that "illustrate the many-facetted life of the colonial fathers: transport and commerce, churches and hospitals, mining and big game-hunting in the foreground of such impressive scenery, as well as survival in the desert. See project description in English. A search (Recherche im Bildarchiv) for the region Südafrika (South Africa), for example, retrieves 698 photographs, while a search for portrait retrieves over 3,000 results among them Frau and Kindergruppe.
Deutsche Fotothek Dresden
Digital Archive of Art: Online Images from Boston College - Slides by Jeffery Howe, Fine Arts Department.
Digital Clendening - Project to digitalize the Clendening History of Medicine Library at Kansas University Medical Center includes Rare Text Images, hundreds of images from medical and natural history texts, most of which were printed before 1800, organized by theme.
Digital Image Access Project - 1000 images pertaining to the theme "the Urban Landscape". (Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University)
Digital Imaging Resources - Harvard University Library Preservation
Digital Library Federation - Among the online publications is the DLF Newsletter
Digital Library Project - University of California, Berkeley. With Quick Access to the Collections.
Digital Media Lab - University of Virginia Library
Digital Scriptorium - "Consists of ca. 8,500 color images from the joined holdings of the Berkeley and Columbia-affiliated libraries, as well as the Union Theological Seminary (NY) and the De Bellis Collection (CA)." Sample images can be viewed by using the Display All Images for a Shelfmark. A search for the shelfmark Plimpton MS 034 retrieves images of a processional for female Franciscans.(Shelfmarks for Plimpton MS appear to range from 002 to 305.) To view descriptions of all manuscripts (warning: large file!) use Text Search Terms, leaving all options blank, and select Search.
Doris Ulmann Photograph Collection - Born in New York City in 1882, Ulman spent much of her time in Eastern Kentucky photographing individuals in Letcher, Perry, and Knott counties. The collection consists of 202 silver gelatin prints, all of which are viewable online. (Kentuckiana Digital Library.)
Dr. Seuss Went to War: A Catalog of Political Cartoons - 388 political cartoons published by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) in the newspaper PM during the years 1941-43. From the Dr. Seuss Collection in the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego.
Drawn Sword: engravings and woodcuts from the MacBean Stuart and Jacobite Collection - Provides access to some 1,300 loose engravings and woodcuts from some 3,500 books and 1,000 pamphlets covering every aspect of the Jacobite rebellions. Searchable or browsable. [Visual Evidence: The Photographic presentation of Landscape and People, Special Collections and Archives Digital Projects, University of Aberdeen.)
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University - 2,000 high resolution digital images of Celtic and other manuscripts from the collections of a number of University of Oxford Libraries.
Eastman's Originals Collection - Provides access to some 12,500 photographs of California in the 1940s and 1950s, the majority of which were taken for use as postcard images, by Jervie Henry Eastman and Mirl Simmons of Eastman Studios, Susanville, California. The photographs of redwoods, motels, and railroads are especially interesting. The collection is keyword searchable, or browsable by subject. A project of the Department of Special Collections at the University of California, Davis.
Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian - "One of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-1930, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture...Featured here are all of the published photogravure images including over 1500 illustrations bound in the text volumes, along with over 700 portfolio plates." (Library of Congress.)
1896: the Presidential Campaign Cartoons and Commentary - Rebecca Edwards and Sarah DeFeo have collected hundreds of political cartoons published in newspapers around the country which offer a window into political structures and issues, society, and culture in the United States, just before the turn of the last century.
Electronic Biologia Centrali-Americana - "Important and out-of-print", this Smithsonian digitization project consists of 58 volumes and over 18,000 images.
Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 - Over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States, from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.
Emilio Segrè Visual Archives - Named in honor of the Nobel Laureate for nuclear and high-energy physics, the archive contains over 2,000 online images consisting of historical photographs, slides, lithographs, engravings, and other visual materials related primarily to American physicists and astronomers of the 20th century. (American Institute of Physics.)
The Empire That Was Russia: The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated - Library of Congress site features photographs by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944).
English Heritage - "British Government's official adviser in England on all matters concerning heritage conservation." ViewFinder is a browsable picture library with over 18,000 images, many by Henry W. Taunt, "an important photographer who worked out of premises in Oxford between 1860-1922. His main interests were Oxfordshire and surrounding counties, the River Thames, customs and local history." There are hundreds of images that depict Gloucestershire, for example. (Search for Hidcote House, Hidcote Bartrim, Ebrington, Gloucestershire (Reference no: CC73/00559.) There are some wonderful market and village scenes: Broadway, Worcestershire (ref. no. CC56/00790), St Kenelms Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire (Ref. no: HT09433), Market Place, Fairford, Gloucestershire (Ref. no: CC57/00343), Burford Street, Lechlade, Gloucestershire (Ref. no: CC72/01060), Barnsley Village, Barnsley, Gloucestershire (Ref. no: CC72/01176), Arlington Row, Bibury, Gloucestershire (Ref. no: CC72/00992), Sheep Street, Burford, Oxfordshire (Ref. no: CC57/00534), 3 Jockey Row, Badminton, Avon (Ref. no: BB98/08264), High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire (Ref. no: CC72/00936), Ankerwyke House, Picnic House, Wraysbury, Berkshire (Ref. no: HT02820). Streatley House, Gardens, Streatley, Berkshire (Ref. no: HT13710), Hatherop Castle, Gardens, Hatherop, Gloucestershire (Ref. no: CC72/01932) and Abingdon Abbey, Sham Abbey, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (Ref. no: CC97/02085).
Enluminures - French government database (base de donn&eeacute;es) has 16,810 online images of illuminated manuscripts. You can browse by author, title, subject, and type of decoration. One subject, for example, is Anges musiciens (angel musicians).
Eugen Kozlovskiy Photos - Photographs taken by a Russian writer.
European Commission on Preservation and Access
European Visual Archive (EVA) - Searchable image resource of over 18,0000 historical photographs dating from 1840.
Feather Book of Dionisio Minaggio - Made entirely from the skins and feathers of birds, the book was created by Dinonisio Minaggio, gardener to the Govenor of Milan in 1618. (Owned by the Blacker-Wood Library of Biology, McGill University and a Digital Collections Program of the McGill University Libraries.)
FindLaw Medical Images - Locate medical illustrations and exhibits from a database of over 10,000 images.
Finding Images Online - Paula Berinstein
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - Over 82,000 online images (including 3,000 Japanese prints).
Fitzwilliam Museum - University of Cambridge. Seach the Collection provides selected images listed by name and object.
Fixing Shadows: Still Photography - J. David Sapir's site is "devoted to photographic topics including the work of individual photographers and photographs of historical and ethnographic interest and value"
Flickr - Poto management and sharing application and a good source for images. See, for example, Thomas Hawk's Photoblogging Disneyland and librarianinblack's photos (Librarian in Black)
Flora Danica Online - Danish National Library of Science and Medicine project to digitize 3240 folio-sized pictures of wild plants in Denmark from Flora Danica and provide a searchable database of plants. The Flora Danica porcelain dinner set, made between 1790 and 1802, consisted of 1802 pieces, of which 1500 survive. You can browse the images by plate number. Examples include Digitalis purpurea (foxglove), Dipsacus silvester (teasel) and Delphinium Consolida (larkspur).
Flora of California (1909-1940) - By Willis Linn Jepson. With index.
Flora of Europe: a photographic herbarium - 660 pictures of flowers, mostly of southern Europe.
Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz - By Otto Wilhelm Thom&eeacute;, 1885 - 1905, 4 volumes. 572 botanical illustrations, also listed alphabetically. (Part of Kurt Stüber's online library of historic biological books.)
Florida Postcard Collection - "Contains approximately 5,000 postcards of Florida buildings, landmarks, cities and towns, tourist attractions, and other views." (Archives and Special Collections Department, Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami.)
Florida Photographic Collection - "Collection spans a wide range of visual images from copies of mid 15th Century maps to current photographs" and consists of over 100,000 scanned images, many depicting a Florida that has been long lost. A search for fishing camp, for example, retrieves 35 images including Long Key Fishing Camp Lodge and Cottage and Zane Grey and his brother R. C. Grey with fishing catch. A search for Winter Park retrieves over 200 results, including Judge Welbourne home (1886) and Hugh MacCollum residence. Other gems include Land auction for Brickell Hammock townsite (1923), Bauknight family home, Micanopy (ca. 1890) and Gateway entrance to Dr. Lucius Montgomery home, Micanopy.
Fondazione Giorgio Cini - Venezia / Venice. You can search the online Photo library of the Institute of Art History "consisting of around 30,000 images of art works of various types in Veneto Museums."
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Media Archive - Searchable archive of more than 3 000 of the most recent and relevant pictures in FAO's Photo Library.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum - Has over 10,000 digitized documents including a new collection of copyright free On-Line Photos which you can browse or search by keyword or date. The collection is organized into three sections: the Roosevelt Family, the Great Depression and the New Deal and World War II. Examples of family photographs include Franklin D. Roosevelt with Harvard class of 1904, group shot in Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, Franklin D. Roosevelt with Cousin Jean Delano in Campobello, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt with Anna and baby James.
Fuch's Botanical - 516 woodcuts of plants, some colored, from Leonhard Fuch's Primi de stirpivm historia commentariorvm tomi uiuæ imagines, in exiguam angustioremq[ue] forman contractæ, ac quam fieri potest artificiosissime expressæ...Basileæ, 1545. Site created by Richard Siderits, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University.
Fun Google hack with Sony Digital Cameras - "Most Sony digital cameras start saving photos with the following name “DSC00001.JPG” and a lot of people take these photos and upload them to the web, where the all-knowing, all-seeing Google later catalogs all of them." Others: Canon: IMG_0001.JPG....
Fungi of California - Over 1800 images of the higher fungi (mushrooms) found in the state of California. (Michael Wood and Fred Stevens.)
Fungus plates painted under the supervision of Elias Fries - Selection of paintings of fungi by the Swedish mycologist Elias Fries (1794-1878) from the Swedish Museum of Natural History. See also Linnean herbarium and Den virtuella floran. In addition, there are 77 images of plants collected between the years 1866-1869 on St. Martin in the Lesser Antilles by Dutch naturalist Hendrik van Rijgersma (1835-1877) including the spectacular Jatropha gossypifolia L.
Gallery of the Open Frontier - This University of Nebraska Press site is keyword-searchable, digital image library of photos, paintings, and drawings portraying the history of the American West drawn initially from the primary collections of the National Archives. There is a clickable map of the U.S. A search for Arizona retrieved over 1200 results. You can also search for related books published by the Press.
George Eastman House - Located in Rochester, New York, the museum's Schankman Image Server offers access to its extensive still photography collection by photographer. Among the photographers are Eugene Atget (494 images), Julia Margaret Cameron (115 images), Andreas Feininger (130 images), Lewis W. Hine's Ellis Island series (170 images), William Henry Jackson, (448 images), Yousuf Karsh (58 images), Henri LeSecq (125 images) and Alfred Stieglitz (192 images). In Photography from 1839 to today, a George Eastman House Collection Guide (Published by Taschen 1999), is a Photographer Index with 727 images. Additionally, there is a Technology Collection with images of early cameras, a Pre-Cineman Project, a Civil War Collection and Stereo Views.
The George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives at Bowdoin College has an Image Gallery with nearly 3,000 images, primarily of buildings and individuals. It has several photographs of Kent Island, (New Brunswick, Canada) including a photo (7727_600.tif) taken by Ernest Joy in 1935 described as a "group portrait of the undergraduates sent to establish a permanent research station on Kent Island. Seated, left to right: George F. Cary, John A. Crystal, W.A.O. Gross (expedition leader), Robert D. Morss. Standing: T.A.O. Gross, Howard B. Miller, James W. Botsford, George R. Cadman, Latimer B. Hyde, William Frost."
George Washington Wilson Collection - Over 350 (searchable & browsable) images of Britain "from the simple grandeur of Fingal's cave on the Isle of Staffa to the bustle of London's busy Oxford Street with its street criers and horse-drawn cabs". (University of Aberdeen Photographic Archives.)
Getty Photo Study Collection Database - Contains mostly descriptive records but there are several links to actual images. Try this search: limit your search to the Tapestries collection and use Getty Trust for key words, then select Search & Display. This search retrieves 646 records. Select Display Selected. Clicking on the number in the top line (Linked Image) will display the image.
Giza Archives Project - The Giza excavation was undertaken by Harvard University and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, under the leadership of George Andrew Reisner, between 1902 and 1947. This impressive interactive web project, directed by Peter Der Manuelian, consists of thousands of photographs (over 22,000), expedition diaries (over 3,000 pages), maps and plans (over 10,000), and a digital library of full-text books and articles (over 200). To get an idea of the scope of the project, search for Head of alabaster statue of Menkaure or an advanced people search for Said Ahmed.
Gottscho-Schleisner Collection - Titled "Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955," this collection from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division "is comprised of over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures. Subjects are concentrated chiefly in the northeastern United States, especially the New York City area, and Florida."
Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body - "Features 1,247 engravings—many in color—from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries. (From Bartleby.com.)
Great Images in NASA (GRIN) - Over 1,000 images of significant historical interest.
Guide to Old Covered Bridges of Southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas - Images of covered bridges in the counties of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Philadelphia, and nearby New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware State.
Guides to Quality in Visual Resource Imaging - Published by the Digital Library Federation (DLF) and Research Libraries Group (RLG) in July 2000 to serve the growing community of museums, archives, and research libraries that are turning to digital conversion to provide greater access to their visual resources and help preserve the original materials.
Gutenberg Digital - All 1282 pages of both volumes have been digitized.
Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscripts Library - University of Georgia. Includes the Paris Music Hall Collection, the Natural History Collection, and WPA Projects in Georgia.
Historic Fruit Images - Images of fruit from U. P. Hedrick's Small Fruits of New York, published by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in 1925. It has become a classic reference for those working with cultivated varieties of berries
Historic USGS Maps of New England - University of New Hampshire Libraries online collection of USGS topographic maps includes complete geographical coverage of New England from the 1890s to 1950s.
Historical Anatomies on the Web - National Library of Medicine
Historical Images in Medicine - Duke University Medical Center Library collections "encompass over 3,000 photographs, illustrations, engravings, and bookplates from the history of the health and life sciences."
Historical Maps Online - "Images of maps charting the last 400 years of historical development in Illinois and the Northwest Territory." (Joint project of the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois Press.)
Historisch Beeldarchief Migranten - Amsterdam. History of Migration Museum has a large number of photographic collections.
Holsinger Studio Collection - Over 9,000 images of the Charlottesville area from 1900-1925. (Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)
Hundred highlights from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek - National Library of the Netherlands. With index.
Image Finder - Locate images in eight digital libraries, including DL SunSITE, the Library of Congress, Library of Virginia, and the Smithsonian. (Berkeley Digital Library)
Imagelib & the Clearinghouse of Image Databases - University of Arizona Library
Image Providers Directory - "Unofficial, abbreviated Directory of Image Providers serving the academic community, primarily for the teaching of art, art history and other cultural disciplines."
Images Canada - Gateway to over 65,000 images from Canadian institutions. A search for Blackfoot, for example, retrieves over 1500 thumbnail images.
Images from the History of Medicine - "Provides access to the nearly 60,000 images in the prints and photograph collection of the History of Medicine Division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The collection includes portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and graphic art in a variety of media, illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine."
Images of African-Americans from the Nineteenth Century - "Artists, engravers and photographers managed to capture and preserve for posterity a variety of images of African Americans throughout the 19th century." (Digital Schomburg - New York Public Library Digital Library Collections)
Images of American Political History - Collection of over 500 public domain images is searchable and browsable by era of subject. (William J. Ball, Department of Political Science, the College of New Jersey.)
Images of the Southwest - University of Arizona Library
Imaging Projects - "Online directory of image databases housed on a gopher server at the University of Arizona Library"
Imago - Sebina OpenLibrary OPAC, IBACN Regione Emilia Romagna. Try a search for Giovannino Guareschi, for example and you'll
Indiana Historical Society Digital Image Collection - Over 17,000 images International Cultural Property Protection - United States Department of State collects Recent Reports of Looting, Theft, Prosecution and Recovery on the World Wide Web. There is a Site Index and an Image Database of Restricted Objects which includes Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Peru, Mali and Bolivia.
Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains - Searchable online database of over 1500 photograph, stereographs, and drawings is organized by tribe, including: Crow, Cheyenne, Blackfeet, Salish (Flathead), Kutenai, Chippewa-Cree, Gros Ventres (Atsina), and Assiniboine. (Montana State University.)
Internet Image Mining for the German Speaking World - Michael Shaughnessy
Introduction to Imaging: Issues in Constructing an Image Database - Howard Besser and Jennifer Trant, Getty Information Institute
Iowa State University Entomology Image Gallery - Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
ICCROM Archive - Getty archive of conservation and restoration images.
Japanese Old Photographs of the Bakamatsu-Meiji Period - Nagasaki University Library.
John Pitcher Spooner California Stereograph Collection - Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific.
John Rylands University Library Image Collections - University of Manchester. "Images of the highlights and treasures from these collections can now be viewed on-line in astonishing detail. Spanning five millennia, the manuscript collections include literary, historical, antiquarian, genealogical, biblical, devotional, ritualistic, medical, scientific, legal and administrative texts in numerous languages. The archives of the Methodist Church and the University of Manchester are well represented, in addition to examples of personal papers and family muniments. The printed book collections encompass almost all the landmarks of printing through five centuries, including magnificent illustrated books, examples of fine printing, landmark works in typography, key historical texts and exquisite bookbindings."Karolinska Institutet: Medical Images and Illustrations - Categorized list of links to medical images and multimedia on the Internet.
Kentuckiana Digital Library - Offers a number of Image & Sound projects.
Kidder Smith Images on American Architecture - Images of New England architecture, searchable by location, architect, or alphabetical list; MIT
Köhler's Medicinal Plants - Missouri Botanical Garden
Det Kongelige Bibliotek - Among the digital facsimiles of Medieval Manuscripts at the Royal Library in Copenhagen are 39 richly illustrated leaves from a Book of Hours with the title Heures de Charles de la maison de France, dernier Duc de Bourgogne. For example, for leaf 27, you can view the entire page (recto and verso) or view the illustration only (recto and verso). Digital images of Illustrated works consist of Astronomical Instruments of Tycho Brahe, Manuscripts from the Søren Kierkegaard Archive, Quatorze images de la Révolution française, (with print no. 6 showing Charlotte Corday assassinating Marat), 23 Portraits of H. C. Andersen (1805-1875) and Treasures of the Royal Library. From the ELEKTRA - e-resources from The Royal Library you can access the National Image Database which contains 20,865 prints and photographs, 4,188 of these derive from the Müllers Pinakotek, and illustrate the history of Denmark and Norway until 1794. (Try searching for the following ID-number in the Searchindex pull-down menu: DT012915, a circa 1914 photograph of the Frederiksholm Kanal in Copenhagen. A standard search for H. C. Andersen yields hundreds of results, including a 1927 portrait (#HC000244) by R. Christensen.) In Hans Christian Andersen online are a number of full-texts by Andersen including two hand-made scrapbooks he made: Picture-Book for Hans Christian Ørsted (1869) and Christine's Picture Book (1859). There is a National Picture Database and a Portrait Collection.
Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands) - There are over 330,913 objects in the Memory of the Netherlands collection, providing "access to more than twenty digital collections from an equal number of heritage institutions" consisting of "paintings, drawings, posters, pamphlets, atlases, films and audiovisual productions." Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts has "almost 11000 unique illustrations from 400 illuminated manuscripts from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum in The Hague." See the site map for a list, in English, of the collections. Some of the titles include Clandestine Photography during the German Occupation, Engravings and drawings from the eighteenth century, Maastricht Earthenware Decorations, 1839-1969, and Atlantic World.
Kyoto National Museum - Offers an Online Database which currently contains 2,000 of over 5,000 works owned by the museum, searchable by keyword or category. A keyword search for Furisode Kimono retrieves over 100 results.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Image Library
Library and Archives Canada - Ottawa. Among the extensive Inventory of Digital Initiatives are Canadian Illustrated News, a "selection of almost 4000 images of people, places and events across Canada and around the world taken from the popular 19th-century magazine" published in Montreal, Quebec and Pride and Dignity: Aboriginal Portraits (c.1846 - c.1960) (with a portrait of Peter Newhouse, Onondaga and Chiefs from the Six Nations Reserve at Brantford, Ontario, reading Wampum belts), Indian Treaties (with scanned images of 13 treaties ranging from 1795 to 1808), Paul-Émile Miot: Photographs of Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island, Through a Lens: Dieppe in Photography and Film, Karsh Masterworks and Legends in Life and Art: The Portrait Photography of Roloff Beny. In ArchiviaNet you can limit your search to Descriptions with a digitized image. For example, a search for Indian$ in the Photographs Database, limiting to Descriptions with a digitized image, retrieved over 300 images. The same search, in the Documentary Art Database, retreived over 100 images including Major John Norton, Teyoninhokarawen, the Mohawk Chief (1805), A View of the Rapids and Falls of Niagara from the Heights of Chippewa, with an encampment of Senekas (1804), Indian Wigwam in Lower Canada (1848), Moose hunter Quebec (1840), Shoshonie Woman: Throwing the Lasso (1867), Mary Bernard Whykokamagh (1840-46), and Indian Lodge United States (1867). Among ArchiviaNet's Research Tools are the Colonial Archives Database (with 70,000 digital images), Government of Canada Files (with over 50,000 digital images), Photographs (with 10,000 digitized images) and Documentary Art (with 5,000 digitized images in the public domain). T
Library Company of Philadelphia Digital Images and Collaborative Projects
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) - "Contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and other units of the Library. It provides access through group or item records to about 50% of the Division's holdings. About 90% of the records are accompanied by one or more digital images." Search records in the 30 collections of the Prints and Photographs Division. With Subject Index and All Text Search. A creator search, for example, for Collier, John will locate thousands of regional photographs, a search for Van Vechten, Carl will locate 1390 records, including hundreds of stunning portraits (gelatin silver prints) of famous Americans. Two useful tools: Preview Images will display thumbnails in batches; Display Images with Neighboring Call Numbers will locate photographs from the same geographic area. There is also a Thesaurus for Graphic Materials (in two parts).
Library of Virginia Digital Collections - See also the Library of Virginia Photographic Collections
Ling Lung Women's Magazine - Published in Shanghai between 1931 to 1937, this nearly complete set has been digitized by Columbia University. See Description of Contents.
Le livre de chasse de Gaston Phébus - Exposition virtuelle at the Bibliothèque nationale de France provides images from the manuscript, written between 1387 à 1389. Included are many scenes from the hunt, including the hunted (leopards, rabbits, deer, bears, boars) and the hunters (dogs, le veneur, le valet). Pages from the manuscript can also be viewed in the BNF's Le roi Charles V et son temps but the quality of the images is slightly inferior (compare wolves to wolves.)
Louis Agassiz Fuertes - Searchable database of over 2500 bird illustrations (Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library).
McGill University Napoleon Collection
Marques d'impressor (Printers' devices) - University of Barcelona database of oved 600 printers' devices is searchable and browsable by printers' names. (Examples include Pedro Crasbeeck, Francisco Laso and Alessandro de' Vecchi.
Medical Plant Images - Michael Moore, Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, Bisbee, Arizona. Over 2,000 images and maps. With Genus Index.
Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts - "11,000 unique illustrations from 400 illuminated manuscripts from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum in The Hague, The Netherlands." Searchable by subject and place names, artists, dates, iconographic themes, and types.
Memoria Digital Library - Provides addess to digitized Medieval manuscripts and Czech documents from the National Library of the Czech Republic. Contains over 30,000 records, including over 1500 digital documents. Try an advanced search for idNo XVI A 16 (Pražský misál), an 823 page manuscript, fully digitized.
Mi'kmaq Portraits Collection - 800 selections from the Nova Scotia Museum's Mi'kmaq Portraits Database.
Minnesota Historical Society Visual Resources Database - Access to over 50,000 photographs (from an eventual 200,000) of Minnesotans, their lives, landscapes, leisure and occupations from 1850 to the present.
Missouri Valley Special Collections Digital Gallery - Digital Local History Collections from Kansas City Public Library includes over 14,000 historical photographs, postcards and maps.
Muisti - Project to digitize the Finnish National Collection will consist of text, pictures, manuscripts and maps. A search for Oulu, for example, returns seven results: 3 manuscripts, 2 printed texts, a map and a picture. You can also browse by author, title, date or index term. An author search for Carl Johan Schoultz (1849-1923) will locate over 500 photographs depicting life in Finland in the early 20th century. A search for blomma will retrieve 12 images of flowers. Try a search for Travelling on the Ice over the Gulf of Bothnia to Finland. Wiborg is one of twelve lithographs in Finska vuer: tecknade efter naturen och lithographierade (1837). (National Library of Finland at Helsinki University Library.)
Musée du quai Branly - This new Paris museum is the result of the combination of two museums - the Musee des Arts Africains et Oceaniens and the ethnographic department of the Musee de l'Homme. There are cultural objects from the Americas (97,372 items); Africa (70,205); Asia (54,041) and Oceania (28,911). Among the strengths of the collection are textiles (over 25,000 items); musical instruments (8,831); and Colonial French history (4,987). You can search the collection, although the search page is a bit difficult to use if you don't know French. Here's how to see some of the objects in the collection: click on Explorer les Collections, select le catalogue des objets from the sidebar menu, then select Voir le catalogue des objets. Under Sélectionner un critère de recherche, select Ethonyme(s) from the drop-down menu and in the Saisir la recherche box type in Sioux. This search retrieves 85 images including a beaded bag (Petit sac en peau. Décor perlé, N° inventaire : 71.1990.174.7), and several pairs of beaded mocassins. Several articles have appeared about this museum - see A Heart Of Darkness In the City Of Light by Michael Kimmelman. New York Times, July 2, 2006; Paris Museum Discards Rules to Make Its Own by Nicolai Ouroussoff. New York Times, June 27, 2006; How does your gallery grow?: Chirac's new museum of 'primitive art' may have caused controversy. But Jonathan Glancey finds himself seduced by a building with its own forest and 15,000 plants growing up the walls, by Jonathan Glancey, The Guardian, June 26, 2006.
Musée suisse de l'appareil photographique (Swiss Camera Museum) - Vevey
Musei Vaticani - Vatican Museum site is searchable and includes the Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel).
Museum of the Rockies Photo Archive - Among the collections are the Ron V. Nixon Railroad Photography Collection and Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains, a searchable online database of over 1500 photograph, stereographs, and drawings is organized by tribe, including: Crow, Cheyenne, Blackfeet, Salish (Flathead), Kutenai, Chippewa-Cree, Gros Ventres (Atsina), and Assiniboine. (Montana State University.)
NASA Image Exchange - "Web-based search engine for simultaneously searching one or more of NASA's online image and photo collections."
National Agricultural Library Special Collections - Images from Special Collections. Subjects include stewards of the land, forest insects, forest fire fighters, natural phenomena and homesteads, USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection, Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection and Rare Book Collection.
National Anthropological Archives - Located at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the NAA collections include 20,588 works of native art, mainly North American, Asian and Oceanic which are described in the Guide to the Collections of the National Anthropological Archives. The collection is searchable via SIRIS. Kiowa Drawings include Fort Marion Artists, drawings produced by Kiowa men imprisoned at Fort Marion in the 1870s; Anthropological Illustrations, primarily of shields and tipis; a Pictorial Calendar, produced by Silver Horn (Haungooah), in 1904; Silver Horn's Target Record Book, which includes scenes of warfare, courting, personal dress, the Sun Dance, and stories of the mythical trickster figure, Saynday; and Twentieth Century Art by the Kiowa Five - Spencer Asah, James Auchiah, Jack Hokeah, Stephen Mopope, Monroe Tsatoke and, briefly, Lois Smokey, all of whom studied at the University of Oklahoma in the late 1920s. See also Lakota WInter Counts Online Exhibit.
Below are links to a selection of photographs from the New York State Archives Digital Collections depicting Central New York. See Digital Librarian: Adirondacks - History for additional images.
19th Century American Trade Card - "Catalog records for 1,000 of Baker Library's advertising trade cards, with accompanying digital images" (Harvard University)
Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920: Photographs from the Fred Hultstrand F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collections - "These two collections contain 900 photographs of rural and small town life at the turn of the century. Highlights include images of sod homes and the people who built them; images of farms and the machinery that made them prosper; and images of one-room schools and the children that were educated in them. The original collections are housed at the Institute for Regional Studies, located at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D." (American Memory, Library of Congress.)
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center - Science center operated by the U.S. Geological Survey offers a number of visual resourc including Butterflies of North America, with photo thumbnails, Moths of North America, with photo thumbnails,and Dragonfiles and Damselflies (Odonata) of the United States, with photo thumbnails.
Online Archive of California - "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."
Oriental Institute Photographic Archives - University of Chicago collection includes 967 photographs of Persepolis and Ancient Iran and 66 photographs of Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Sudan.
Parasites and Parasitological Resources - More than 550 images representing more than 180 species of parasites, listed alphabetically and taxonomically. (Ohio State University.)
Passey Collection - 500 browsable photographs of Western Australian life in the early part of the twentieth century. (From the State Library of Western Australia.)
Patrimoine Photographique - "Organization mandated by the Architecture and Heritage Department of the Ministry of Culture to conserve, manage and promote the photographic collections belonging to the French State." Offers a computerized inventory plus a database referencing a representative selection of images from the collections. You can browse by theme or photographer. Daniel Boudinet, Marcel Bovis, Denise Colomb, Roger Corbeau, Amelie Galup, Michael Kenna, Andre Kertesz, Francois Kollar, Therese Le Prat, Sam Levin, Roger Parry, Rene-Jacques, Bruno Requillart, Studio Harcourt and Raymond Voinquel are represented.
Penny Postcards - USGenWeb Archives. Postcards are organized by state and county.
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection - Over 2,000 map images organized geographically and historically; University of Texas at Austin
Perseus Digital Library - Digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world provided by the Department of the Classics, Tufts University. It has an Art & Archaeology section with images of architecture, coins, and vases. (A search for Hermes located 180 images.)
Philadelphia Historical Digital Image Library - 3,000 images, consisting of photographs, art work, and portraits, related to the study of medicine and to Philadelphia at the turn of the century. Collaborative effort between the Scott Memorial Library of Thomas Jefferson University and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Photo Essays by Herman Krieger - Includes Churches ad hoc: of which the photographer notes "Since putting "Churches ad hoc" on the Internet in 1996, a large number of Christian organizations, as well as agnostic web sites, have made links to it. Each group seem to find a reflection of their own ideas in the captioned photographs. I see it, however, as documentary photography in which text is combined with images."
PhotoGraphic Libraries - Directory of annotated links to photography-related web sites. Sections include Photojournalist Resources, Archive Collections and Photographic Agencies.
Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz - Photographs from the William P. Gottlieb Collection at the Library of Congress, "comprising over sixteen hundred photographs of celebrated jazz artists, documents the jazz scene from 1938 to 1948, primarily in New York City and Washington, D.C." Searchable and organized by Name, Subject or Venue.
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
Photographs by David Henry
Photothèque du ministère de l'agriculture, de l'alimentation, de la pêche et des affaires rurale Ancien Fonds - 463 black and white photographs with agricultural themes taken in France between 1950 and 1970.
Picture Australia - Half a million images of some of Australia's most significant people, places and events. For further description, see Jenny Trustrum's PictureAustralia at your Fingertips, CDNLAO Newsletter, No. 39. September 2000.
Pictures Catalogue - National Library of Australia Pictorial Collection. The Wolfgang Sievers photographic archive, for example, has over 3,000 online images.
Places in Time: Historical Documentation of Place in Greater Philadelphia
Planning Digital Projects for Historical Collections - New York Public Library
Portfolio Project - Images available from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. (Thumbnails only.)
Post Card Collection of Mount Holyoke College - Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections offers over 400 individual cards with images of the campus, half of which have been digitized and are available for viewing. Researchers can either view the post cards as thumbnails on proof sheets arranged in broad subject areas or search the collection by keyword.
Presidential Portraits at the Library of Congress - Library of Congress site provides 156 portraits of presidents and first ladies; you can search by keyword or browse the name and subject index.
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (Canada) - The Historical Images of New Brunswick database contains 2,274 historical images of New Brunswick, including The Pejepscot Bath at Great Salmon River, no. P292-6. Try searching for such key words as house, crew, street, boys, bridge, ferry, farm, road, fish, lumber, wharf, island, picnic, river, lake, canoe. "Uncle" Lee Coy with a few sturgeon in 1937, St. John River, Tom Moulton and Nicholas Lolar, Indian guides, Cross Point, on the Restigouche, October 21, 1899, McAdam Recreation and Sporting Club Lodge on Wauklahegan Lake, September 1, 1899, Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club, Millidgeville, ca. 1905, Bliss Carman house, Shore Street, Fredericton, seen from rear, c.1900
Réunion des Musées Nationaux: Agence photographique
Sargent at Harvard - "Searchable database that makes available images and textual information relating to the American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) in the collections of the Harvard University Art Museums"
SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network) - Project to digitise Scotland's human history and material culture Site is searchable and provides free thumbnail images. (Full images available to subscribers only). A search for island, for example, retrieved 1099 Records, primarily paintings and photographs.
Selected Civil War Photographs - Library of Congress collection "contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men."
Sewing Machines: Historical Trade Literature in Smithsonian Collections - Includes 248 digitized items.
Shanghai in Images - Over 1200 images. Examples: Crowd of Refugees, Some Chinese boys during a sketch couse...On Ze Weh orphanage and Two young Chinese women in winter next to a pillar box
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden - University of Nebraska, Lincoln, museum provides an Artist Index.
Siege and Commune of Paris, 1870-1871 - Searchable and browsable collection of 1200 digitized photographs and images recorded during the Siege and Commune of Paris; also includes caricatures, landscapes, portraits, documents. (Northwestern University Library.)
SILS Art Image Browser - Database of art, architectural and museum objects; University of Michigan School of Information and Library Studies
Small-Town America: Stereoscopic views from the Robert Dennis Collection - 12,000 photographs of small towns in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as "they were captured in stereoscopic views from the 1850s to the 1910s. In addition to showing buildings and street scenes in cities, towns, and villages, the photographs show farming, industry, transportation, homes, businesses, local celebrations, natural disasters, people and costumes." (From the New York Public Library Digital Library Collection.)
Smart Museum On-Line Database - Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. "Database currently holds 7,145 records and 3,104 on-line images." (February 2005)
Smithsonian Institution Libraries Digital Collections - Project to issue digital editions of science, technology and natural history rare books has so far produced Prodromus in Systema Historicum Testaceorum (1795), Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum (1578), Astronomiæ instauratæ mechanica (1602), Systema Saturnium (1659), Description Botanique du Chiranthodendron (1805), Verzeichniss meiner Insecten-Sammlung (1796), Simiarum et Vespertilionum Brasiliensium species novae (1823) and François Nicolas Martinet's Ornithologie [1773-1792]. Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne, 1839-1935 (Furniture repository, ancient and modern), is "a bimonthly periodical published in Paris, exerted an enormous influence throughout the world by promoting French styles in furniture, fabrics, and interior decoration for a nearly a century, beginning in 1839 during the reign of Louis Philippe and ceasing in the waning years of the Third Republic around 1935. Examples of furniture include Directoire Sofa (Plate L. 47 Pl. 264); Louis XVI Music Chairs (Plate L. 69 Pl. 398); Rococo Revival Sofa & Chairs (Plate L. 71 Pl. 410); Directoire Beds (Plate L. 28 Pl. 072); Renaissance Revival Bookcase (Plate L. 38 Pl. 215) and a Louis XIV Console Table (Plate L. 45 Pl. 257).
Smithsonian Photographic Services - Includes the Smithsonian Photo Data Base, a searchable collection with topics ranging from art, air & space, science & nature, technology & history, and people & places.
Society of Architectural Historians - Chicago. Their Image Exchange Project, a World Architectural History Survey, is divided into two sections: Ancient through Medieval and Renaissance through Modern.
South Texas Border 1900 - 1920: Photographs from the Robert Runyon Collection - Over 8,000 items documenting the history and development of South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley prior to and during World War I. You can search by Keyword or browse the Subject Index. The collection is housed at the University of Texas, Austin. (Library of Congress American Memory Project)
Spaarnestad Fotoarchief - Haarlem (the Netherlands). Search for Stuifbergen and you'll retrieve over 400 images. There are many good fashion photographs. Interesting database to explore. Search for Parijs, Frankrijk, Inez van 't Hoff, Walter Blum, and Reference numbers SFA001015813, SFA001011809.Spätmittelalterliche Bilderhandschriften aus der Bibliotheca Palatina - Digitization of 27 Late Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts from the Bibliotheca Palatina held by Heidelberg University
SPIRO Architecture Image Library - Over 16,000 images from the Architecture Slide Library searchable by architect, building name, location, subject and period; University of California, Berkeley.
Streetmap - Locate UK maps. Search by street, post code, UK City, Town or Village, OS Grid, Landranger Grid and Latitude/Longitude coordinates. For example, you can use the site to find maps for gardens in the National Gardens Scheme a program which opens private gardens open for charity (you'll find Rosemary Verey's garden, Barnsley House, in Barnsley, Gloucestershire). You can also locate the Cotswold Woollen Weavers in Filkins, Nr Lechlade, Gloucestershire or Brixton Prison in London (there's also an aerial photograph). Related sites include Multimap and Les Photos de Villes.
Sun SITE - University of California, Berkeley (Sun Software, Information and Technology Exchange).
Surveyors of the American West - Here you'll find William Henry Jackson's Diary While Photographing Along the Line of the Union Pacific RY (1869), Stereoscopic Views and Mammoth Prints as well as and Robert Brewster Stanton's Field Notes and Gallery. (Part of the New York Public Library Digital Library Collection.)
Swiss Poster Collection - Collection of 300 posters from 1971 to the present owned by Carnegie Mellon University, by designer, category, date or keywords. You can also browse by category.
Toronto Telegram Photograph Collection - York University Libraries project to digitize a selection of photographs published between 1904-1971. Do a folder and caption search for Immigrant and ethnic groups and you'll get over 300 results including Italian ball at Riveria Hotel (1969) and Dutch immigrants arrive at Union Station (1950).
Treasures of Keio University - Natural history books, Gutenberg Bible & Incunabula, European Illustrated Books & Manuscripts, Medieval manuscripts, Japanese maps and Japanese wood-block prints. (Keio University Digital Research Library.)
Triptych A Digital Initiative of Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore College Libraries - "Draws from four repositories of Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections; the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, which focuses on social reform and issues of peace; and the Haverford College Library Special Collections, which shares with the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College the stewardship of the records of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends." You can search within The Castle Collection of Natural History Illustrations, an image database of over 1300 images. Included are all of the plates from Edward Lear's Illustrations of the family psittacidae, or parrots (1832). Use the Advanced Search option to limit by collection . A search within this collection for birds, for example, retrieves over 400 results.
Tulip Book of P. Cos - Images from the tulip book of nurseryman P. Cos of Haarlem published in 1637. Consists of 54 gouaches and 12 drawings of tulips, 7 watercolours of carnations and 2 drawings of other flowers; Wageningen Agricultural University Library, The Netherlands
Turning the Pages - The British Library provides full-text access to Leonardo's Notebook, Sforza Hours, Lindisfarne Gospels, Luttrell Psalter, Golden Haggadah,Blackwell's Herbal, Vesalius's Anatomy, Sherborne Missal, Diamond Sutra, and Sultan Baybars' Qur'an. Collect Britain is a collection of online "maps, prints and drawings, photographs and documents, [and] rare early sound recordings from around the globe."
UBdigit - Digital Collections at the University of Buffalo (New York). Includes the J. Warren Perry Collection of Photographs with more than 1800 photographs "The focus of the collection is opera, with images of singers, productions, conductors, and concert halls. There are also photographs of ensembles and instrumentalists. Many of the photographs bear inscriptions from the artists to Dr. Perry. The documentation is international in scope and is a striking visual record of many of the most significant musicians of the twentieth century."
University of Tsukuba Digital Library - Offers high quality images of rare books, including Kyoiku Nishiki-e (Educational Colored Woodblock Prints) and Orbis pictus, Renovatus et emendatus by Johann Amos Comenius.
UNESCO Photobank - Currently contains over 10,000 digitalized images.covering a wide range of subjects related to the Organization's fields of competence: education, science, culture and communication.
United States Military Academy Digital Library
Universitätsbibliothek Braunschweig - Kinderbücher - Digitized texts of children's books, including many in English. Some of the authors and illustators in the collection include Hans Christian Andersen, Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm, Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott.
Urban Landscape Digital Image Access Project - Database contains 1000 images from fourteen different collections. (Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.)
Urbana Atlas of Pathology (Photos) - University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign
Bryan was the sole foreign journalist left in the city. He acknowledged the journalistic tingle of getting “a grand scoop,” but he also recognized the historical imperative to capture the horror of modern warfare for the world to see. “I was not,” he realized, “making a travelogue.” Bryan walked the streets with a Leica still camera and a Bell & Howell movie camera. Day by day the job grew riskier. He confessed that he and his Polish interpreter, Stephan Radlinski, often wanted to run when a bomb landed close by. “But neither of us ran, because each was afraid of what the other might think”” he wrote. On Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, incendiary bombs set 20 blocks of the Jewish quarter aflame.
Vascular Plant Image Gallery - Texas A & M University
Victoria & Albert: Virtual Images - You can search through almost 2000 images of objects. You can also browse through 19th Century British Ceramics, 19th Century textiles and Chinese Ceramics. There are images of works by Christopher Dresser, Walter Crane, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Josef Hoffman.
Vilar Virtual Landscape Gallery - Database of over 1700 images of European parks and gardens. (In French and English) Search by country, type of garden, or keyword.
Virginia Military Institute Archives Photographs - Over "7,000 images, many dating from the 19th century. Included are individual and group photographs of cadets, alumni, and faculty. The collection also documents VMI buildings, cadet life, and other areas of Institute history"
Virginia Tech ImageBase - Over 13,000 images (as of Aug. 1998) that are retrievable by 19 fields including subject, title, and creator. Highlights include the Norfolk and Western Railroad, 4248 items from the archives of the archival records Norfolk and Western Railway Company and the Southern Railway Company and the Palmer Collection, 561 Appalachian photographs by award-winning photographer Earl Palmer.
Visible Earth - NASA's searchable directory of images, visualizations, and animations of the Earth.
Visual Information Access (VIA) - "Union catalog of visual resources at Harvard. It includes information about slides, photographs, objects and artifacts in the university's libraries, museums and archives." Try a search for Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Vivarium - "Digitized manuscripts, art, rare books, photographs, audio, video, and other resources from two Benedictine monastic and educational communities in central Minnesota." Among the digitized texts are The Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ According to the Authorized Version of King James I with Decorations by Eric Gill, Golden Cockerel Press, 1931 with original maize buckram and quarter pigskin binding by Sangorski and Al-Coranus S. Lex Islamitica Muhammedis Felii Abdallae Pseudoprophetae, Ad optimorum Codicum fidem edita ex Museo Abraham Hinckelmanni, D., Hamburg, Schultzio-Schilleriana,1694. The collection is browsable by collection type: manuscript illuminations (4864), original drawings & paintings (48), photographs (402) etc.
Washington As It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak - Library of Congress collection of about 14,350 photographs "documents the architecture and social life of the Washington metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential, and government buildings, as well as street scenes and views of neighborhoods."
Wissenschaftliches Bildarchiv für Architektur - Alexander Hartmann, Berlin. Architectural image archive (In German only). Click on Bildbestand (photographs), Risse (plans) or Graphik (drawings) to browse or Suchen to search.
World Heritage Tour - "World Heritage sites in panography - 360 degree imaging."