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Possible search terms:

  • Portrait*
  • women OR woman OR man OR men OR wife OR wives OR husband* OR mother* OR father* OR daughter* OR son* OR brother* OR sister* OR people
  • participant* OR spectator* OR member* OR couple* OR seated 
  • dress* OR skirt* OR suit* OR clothing OR clothes
  • social OR socialite* OR society OR business* OR financiers OR elite*

General web collections

Other library databases

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 - 2013)

  • 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."

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Important Limiters for searching Google Images

You can limit your results in Google to pages from specific sites or kinds of sites by including along with your search terms text such as or, for all colleges and universities but only colleges and universities,

This way, even when searching Google Images, you're more likely to get archival content from university collections.



  • 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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