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  • ARTstor  
    Over 1.6 million digital images. Includes contributions from international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, artists, and artists' estates. Valuable for art history, African-American history, anthropology, decorative arts, fashion and costume, languages and literature, medieval studies, music history, theatre and dance, and much more.

    To download images, register for an account. Lots of helpful guidance on registering and much more on ARTstor's YouTube Channel.

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Academic Search Complete

  • Hover on the word "More" on the maroon bar at the top and click on "Images."
  • When searching the Image Collection, include the year as a search term, to find photos that have it in the description.
  • 192* as a search term will find 1920, 1920s, 1921, 1922, etc.

The New York Times (1851 - 2009)

  • Images of all material published in this important U.S. newspaper.
  • For photos, click on "More Search Options" and choose "Photo standalone" from "Document type."

General web collections

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
    About 1.2 million searchable images from the Library of Congress's pictorial holdings.
  • The Flickr Commons
    The photo-sharing site Flickr has a pool of images limited strictly to the digitized photos from the collections several major museums, archives, and libraries.
  • Digital Public Library of America
    A tool to search the digitized collections of libraries, museums, and archives throughout America. Includes millions of images, texts, recordings, and more.
  • VADS, the Visual Arts Data Service
    Based at the Farnham Campus of the University College for the Creative Arts in Great Britain, this site offers over freely available 100,000 images in many specific organized and searchable collections.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections
    Over 260,000 images of art works, including costumes and clothing from a wide range of eras. Lots of convenient ways to narrow and focus search. Over 16,000 images of costume items since 1900, nearly 8,000 from between 1800 and 1900, about 2500 from the years between 1600 & 1800, and hundreds more from earlier centuries.

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  • OAIster searches digital archives at universities, museum, and libraries worldwide.
  • Choose "----Downloadable image" for Format under "Narrow your search."
  • When using Boolean operators here such as AND, OR, & NOT, be sure to capitalize.



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