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Articles & Databases: Image Collections

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To find more sources, search for "images" or "digital image collections" in your preferred web search engine. Add terms for your specific subject interest, if you have one.

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ARTstor ARTstor is a database of more than a million licensed and copyright-compliant digital images. The extensive collection facilitates interdisciplinary projects across disciplines, including art, music, anthropology, literature, science, history, Asian studies, Latin American studies, and more. The images have been gathered from international museums, libraries, scholars, archives and private individuals. Images can be browsed by category, searched by keyword, saved to groups, and downloaded for scholarly presentations. More Details...

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CAMIO CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online) is a graphical database of works of art from around the world contributed and described by leading museums. All content is rights-cleared for educational use. CAMIO includes art images—photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture—plus audio, video and mixed media. Images are in JPEG format. More Details...

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Google Art Project "The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries." "...over 30 000 works of art from sculpture to architecture and drawings..." Open Access  
Google Images Keyword searching for all sorts of images on the web. Copyright permission may be needed for use of these images. Open Access Vary
Librarians’ Internet Index Search for "images" to get a comprehensive list of links, or more specifically for the subject of interest, for example, "insects images" Open Access Vary
Library of Congress Digital Collections The LOC digital collections are a rich source of imagery though many collections include or consist primarily, or entirely, of text. You may want to start by browsing by subject to find images of interest. Rights and restrictions. Following are two recommended collections of images: Open Access All vary by collection; from the 18th to the 21st Century
Library of Congress American Memory Browse the many subject collections by various formats including “prints and photographs” and “motion pictures.” Open Access
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection Browse the subject collections or search the online catalog to find images. Navigation can be a little confusing, but perseverance furthers and is worthwhile. Open Access
NASA Stills and some animations from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of terrestrial and cosmic phenomena. A search feature is provided by the Internet Archive. Use guidelines Open Access Vary
NYPL Digital Gallery NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the New York Public Library's vast collections, including historic maps and photographs, portraits, illuminated manuscripts, theatre marquees, prints, posters, and more. Terms and Conditions Open Acess Vary
Oxford Art Online This gateway allows individual or combined searching of Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. It is also possible to search for images only. More Details... HSU Only Ancient to contemporary
Smithsonian Galaxy of Images The thousands of images on this site come from printed books and manuscripts in the collections of Smithsonian Institution Libraries and represent a broad cross-section of the Libraries’ collections. Images and collections are added regularly. FAQ, including rights and permissions information. Open Acess Vary
Yahoo! Image Search Another web search engine, similar to Google Images.  Copyright permission may be needed to use these images. Open Acess Vary

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Digital Image Collections from the University of Delaware Library An annotated list of image collections and specialized search engines maintained at the University of Delaware Library. Mostly Open Acess Vary
Digital Images Collections Wiki The Digital Images Collections Wiki is a resource of Free- and Fair-Use digital image collections that are available for anyone to use for personal or educational purposes. The wiki was created by Hollin Elizabeth Pagos (MLS student, Simmons College) during summer, 2007, at Wellesley College. The project was created in wiki format with the hope that users will continue to add their own bookmarked fair-use galleries and the resource will continue to grow beyond the input of its creator. Mostly Open Acess Vary
Voice of the Shuttle Search VOS for “images” to get a large and varied list of sites with an arts and humanities focus, or look at the Art and Images Page. Mostly Open Acess Vary

Other Databases to Consider

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Google Patent Search Patents include drawings and diagrams; each record has a link to the drawing. Open Access From 18th Century to present