Image Databases for Research

  • Ad* Access
    Over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.

  • American History in Video
    Coverage of historic events through documentaries, commercial and government newsreels, and archival and public affairs footage.
    When finished, will include 1200 titles, 2000 hours of video.
  • AHDS Visual Arts
    VADS contains a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images.

  • American Memory
    9 million digital items (documents, photographs, maps, films, and audio recordings) from more than 100 collections.

  • ARTstor
    ARTstor's collection contains over one million images.
  • Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur
    A project of Foto Marburg, Bildindex, is a visual database of art and architecture. It offers a simple search by Location, Artist, Iconography, Views and Portraits.

  • British Museum
    The Museum’s searchable database contains images of about 5,000 objects, with thumbnails and larger images.

  • Calisphere
    Access to more than 300 websites from UC campuses. 150,000 digitized items, including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts. Contact original collections for permissions.

  • Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland
    A searchable, 50,000 image digital archive of British and Irish Romanesque stone sculpture.

  • Corsair
    The online research resource of the Pierpont Morgan Library.

  • CSU WorldImages
    Contains over 50,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery.

  • Digital Imaging Project
    13,000 digital images (art history).

  • Digital South Asia Library
    The images fall into the broad categories of architecture, sculpture, terracotta, painting and numismatics.

  • Duke Digital Collections
    Numerous images collections from Duke University ranging from American song sheets to documentary photographs of early Soviet Russia.

  • Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
    The online catalogue is the 'public window' into the records stored in the Museum's centralized collections management database. Over 110,000 records are available online and over 38,000 of these records have digital images attached.

  • History of Medicine
    Images of the History of Medicine provides access to the nearly 60,000 images collection of the History of Medicine Division.

  • Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
    A collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards mostly pre-1923.

  • Manuscripta Mediaevalia
    A project of Foto Marburg , Manuscripta Mediaevalia is a searchable database of manuscripts.

  • Medicine and Madison Avenue
    A database of over 600 advertisements and historical documents dated between 1911 and 1958, relating to the creation and influence of health-related advertising.

  • Museum of Online Museums
    Links from online collections and exhibits covering a vast array of interests and obsessions; updated quarterly.

  • New York Public Library Picture Collection Online
    A collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards mostly pre-1923.

  • Oxford Art Online
    Detailed articles with image links to ARTstor, Bridgeman Art Library, Art Source and others.

  • Photomuse
    Photomuse offers a detailed chronology on the history of photography, a searchable image database, and online exhibitions.

  • University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections
    This site features materials such as photographs, maps, newspapers, posters, reports and other media from the University of Washington Libraries.

  • Wikimedia Commons
    A large database of media files containing images, sounds, and video.

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