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Social Sciences Image Collections Guide
Table of Contents:

Anthropology
  • American Philosophical Society - Anthropology Image Collection
    http://www.amphilsoc.org/library/digcoll/anth
    "With collections concerning archaeology, linguistics, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology, the APS is a rich resource of images depicting both the study of these disciplines and the people who practiced them."
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University
    http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/node/37
    "Provides access to the Peabody Museum's database for objects, paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs. The Peabody's Online Database offers access to over 300,000 records for which there are images. The site offers users the opportunity to browse preselected groups of commonly requested objects, a simple search function, and an advanced search function. Additional options for researchers are available on request."
  • Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Online Exhibits
    http://www.penn.museum/online-exhibits.html
    The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, through its research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, advances understanding of the world's cultural heritage. Founded in 1887, Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions around the world.
  • Smithsonian Institution - Collection Search Center
    http://collections.si.edu/search/
    Search over 6.4 million records with 536,000 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives & libraries.
  • Smithsonian Institution - S.I. Research Information System (SIRIS)
    http://siris-archives.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?&profile=all&menu=search&submenu=power&ts=1135643846724
    Anthropological fieldnotes, journals, manuscripts, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, artwork, maps and more than 60,000 digital images are described in the Archival, Manuscript and Photographic Collections catalog.
  • University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology Image Database
    http://quod.lib.umich.edu/a/anthro1ic?g=um-ic;page=index
    "The Museum of Anthropology's image database is the culmination of 5 years work to digitize its immense collection of color 35mm slides that represent over 60 years of archaeological work throughout the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe."
  • University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
    http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/Collections.shtml?All
    Use the search box (upper left) to locate images from the UW-Madison Digital Collections. Significant collections of images are available from Africa, East/Southeast Asia, and North America. The collection also includes images of primates and other zoological specime
  • Wisconsin Historical Society - Anthropology Collections
    http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum/collections/anthro.asp
    The Anthropology collection includes ethnographic and archaeological artifacts. The Native American ethnographic collection contains about 3500 objects from many North American cultural areas, primarily from the Upper Great Lakes region.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Archeaology
  • Archaeology Image Bank
    http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/Imagebank/imageBankBasicSearch.jsf
    Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for History. Hundreds of images from various archealogical excavation sites.
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • Lantern Slides of Classical Antiquity
    http://www.brynmawr.edu/library/visualresources/lanterns/
    Digitised collection of images of Greek and Roman monuments from Bryn Mawr College's slide collection.
  • PictureAustralia
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/picture/result?q=
    Search the image collections of more than 50 Australian libraries, museums, galleries and other cultural institutions, as well as the National Library of New Zealand. PictureAustralia searches the digitised image collections of Australia's major cultural institutions (e.g. National Library of Australia, Australian War Memorial) as well as many smaller collections, so you do not need to do separate searches.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
African Studies
  • Africa and the African Diaspora (NYPL)
    http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?collection=AfricanaBlackHistory&col_id=147
    Browse more than 11,000 items ranging from prints and photographs to historical documents relating to African and African Diasporan history and cultures from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
  • African Photography Basel Ethnographic Museum. (Erin Haney & Jürg Schneider, Basel, Switzerland)
    http://africaphotography.org/
    Photography of West Africa and beyond, 1840 to now: digital images of photo albums in the Carl Passavant collection, acquired during Passavant's travels in West and Central Africa, 1883-1885 and now held by the Museum der Kulturen in Basel. This digital project is designed to serve as a repository of historical photographs from Africa. Other collectors and institutions are invited to contribute content.
  • Association Images et Mémoires (Paris, France)
    http://www.imagesetmemoires.com/index2.html
    A French language site offers a digital archive of postcards, as well as some photographs and engravings from all over Africa during the colonial era.
  • Dogon Niger Lobi Photographic Albums (Huib Blom, Switzerland)
    http://www.dogon-lobi.ch/
    An extensive collection of travel photographs of people, landscapes, and cultural sites among the Dogon and the Lobi of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana; plus images from along the Niger River in Mali. Note: individual photos are labelled, but there are no explanatory captions.
  • Images du passé en Afrique de l'Ouest (Olivier Blot, Paris, France)
    http://idpao.com/
    Another French language site offering a digital archive of over 900 postcards and other images from the colonial era in Senegal, French Soudan (Mali), Guinea, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso), Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Dahomey (Benin), Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. Northwestern University Herskovits Library: Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs, 1860-1960 -and- Southern Africa/Anti-Apartheid Posters (Evanston, Illinois)
  • Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa, March-July 2010
    http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/all_current_exhibitions/kingdom_of_ife.aspx
    This exhibition site about sculptures from a historical kingdom in Nigeria includes images, historical summaries, events information, and several short videos.
  • Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art, June-September 2005
    http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/urhobo/index.html
    "The exhibition is organized into sections that consider the forms and underlying aesthetic values of Urhobo society: personal images that offer protection and advancement; images of women at various stages of life; masquerade arts; and at the grandest level, communal shrine art, awesome in scale and form. Integral to the exhibition are works by contemporary Urhobo artist Bruce Onobrakpeya."
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Geography
  • Bell library map collection
    https://www.lib.umn.edu/bell/histmapimages
    Historical digital map images from the University of Minnesota James Ford Bell Library.
  • David Ramsey Map Collections
    http://www.davidrumsey.com/
    The historical map collection has over 22,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials.
  • Degree Confluence Project
    http://www.confluence.org/
    Photographs from the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world.
  • Earth Science Photographic Library Archive
    http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/
    The U.S. Geological Survey has a collection of over 400,000 taken in the process of doing geologic research in the United States and U.S. territories from 1868 to the present. These images document the discovery, development, and science in the U.S. done by the Geological Survey and its predecessors. This site provides online access to some of these photographs.
  • EROS Image Gallery
    http://eros.usgs.gov/imagegallery/
    The U.S. Geological Survey's EROS Data Center stores and distributes a variety of data, including cartographic, satellite, and aircraft data. Their image gallery includes Landsat and Shaded relief images of U.S. States and images from their Earth as Art displays.
  • Landsat Online Archive
    http://landsat.usgs.gov/
    This site can be used to access images from the Landsat satellites, which have collected Earth observations and remote sensing imagery since 1972.
  • Our Earth as Art
    http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/earthasart/image_index.html
    Images of the earth from the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Chinese Area Studies
  • Arts of China Consortium(ACC)
    http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/html/chinese/links.html
    Collects websites on Chinese art history, archaeology and visual and material culture
  • Artspeak China
    http://www.artspeakchina.org/
    Artspeak China: online collaborative encyclopedia of contemporary Chinese art.  It is bilingual, Wikipedia-style reference guide to contemporary Chinese art, allowing readers to create or edit articles in one language with their efforts reflected in the other. Content is searchable and cross-referenced via internal links and accompanied by an illustrated timeline of historical and arts events
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong)
    http://www.aaa.org.hk/
    Collect, preserve and make information on contemporary Asian art easily accessible in order to facilitate understanding, research and writing in the field
  • Bucklin China Archive
    http://www.bucklinchinaarchive.com/index2.php
    Bucklin China Archive - Looking at China in 1924 : In 1923, Harold Bucklin took his family Shanghai and produced an exquisite body of work of large format photographs of Pre-Revolutionary China using a Graflex camera.
  • China: 5,000 Years
    http://huntingtonarchive.osu.edu/Exhibitions/5000YearsExhibit.html
    The Huntington Archive: "China: 5,000 Years" : online exhibition of Chinese art from 1850 to present
  • Chinese contemporary photography
    http://www.chinese-photography.net/
    Chinese contemporary photography: a virtual exhibition of a private collection of 150 works from 40 artists.
  • Chinese Studies - Print Images
    http://library.duke.edu/research/subject/guides/chinese_studies/research_guide/art-and-image/Print%20images.html
    Duke University Library has a sizable collection of pictorial works (most of them are photographs reprinted in books) about China. The following are selected online archives and resouces:
  • Contemporary Chinese Photography
    http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/contemporary-chinese-photography/
    Contemporary Chinese Photography : part of the Conscientious site with 28 Chinese artists' works.
  • Gerald & Rella Warner Manchuria Negative Collection
    http://cdm.lafayette.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=/eastasia&CISOBOX1=Gerald+%26+Rella+Warner+Manchuria+Negative+Collection
    Gerald & Rella Warner Manchuria Negatives : US Vice Consul to Mukden (Shenyang) Gerald Warner created these 298 photographs between March 22, 1934 and August 2, 1935.
  • Gerald & Rella Warner Taiwan Negative Collection
    http://cdm.lafayette.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=/eastasia&CISOBOX1=Gerald+%26+Rella+Warner+Taiwan+Negative+Collection
    Gerald & Rella Warner Taiwan Negatives : US Consul to Taiwan Gerald Warner and his wife Rella created these 369 photographic negatives between August 26, 1937 and March 8, 1941.
  • Gerald & Rella Warner Taiwan Postcard Collection
    http://cdm.lafayette.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=/eastasia&CISOBOX1=Gerald+%26+Rella+Warner+Taiwan+Postcard+Collection
    Gerald & Rella Warner Postcards collected in Taiwan by Gerald and Rella Warner during Gerald's service as US Consul between August 26, 1937 and March 8, 1941. Warner Taiwan Postcards contains 201 postcards and 139 b/w commercial photographs from that period.
  • Himalayan Art
    http://www.himalayanart.org/
    Database of images and links to related site
  • Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art
    http://huntington.wmc.ohio-state.edu/public/
    Countries covered in the collection include India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Myanmar (Burma). Works range from approximately 2500 B.C.E. to the present, and documentation includes contemporary religious activities in various parts of Asia. Contains predominantly Buddhist material, but also includes Hindu, Jain, Islamic, and other works.
  • IDP International Dunhuang Project
    http://idp.bl.uk/
    More than 100,000 manuscripts, paintings and artifacts from Dunhaung and other Silk Road sites of the first millennium AD.
  • International Mission Photography
    http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/impa/controller/index.htm
    International Mission Photography : historical images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections in Britain, Norway, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the United States. The photographs, which range in time from the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, offer a visual record of missionary activities and experiences in Africa, China(10,000 images), Madagascar, India, Papua-New Guinea, and the Caribbean. You can browse by places or search by keywords, collections, and places.
  • Korean War Historical Images (Flickr)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/imcomkorea/sets/72157607808414225/
    Korean War Historical Images a Flicker site of images from the Korean War. Credit Department of Defense and photographer (see attached captions.)
  • Michael Lewis Taiwan Postcard Collection
    http://cdm.lafayette.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=/eastasia&CISOBOX1=Michael+Lewis+Taiwan+Postcard+Collection
    The Michael Lewis Taiwan Image Collection: 517 colonial-era (1895-1945) postcards from Japanese governed Taiwan.
  • MIT's Visualizing Cultures
    http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/home/index.html
    Image-driven scholarship: art images and photopgraphs are introduced with essays.
  • Morning Sun
    http://www.morningsun.org/
    Morning Sun: A film and website about Cultural Revolution
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    http://www.mfa.org/collections
    Contains images of objects from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • New Chinese Art
    http://www.newchineseart.com/contemporary-chinese-art-1.htm
    The Saatchi gallery : New Chinese Art
  • Scenic Taiwan Book : 'Taiwan no fūkō' (Scenic Taiwan) 台湾の風光
    http://cdm.lafayette.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=/eastasia&CISOBOX1=Scenic+Taiwan
    Scenic Taiwan Book : 'Taiwan no fūkō' (Scenic Taiwan) 台湾の風光 is one of many photo albums published in the 1930s that depict different areas of the Japanese Empire.  This particular volume was published in Wakayama Prefecture in or after 1938. Its editor, one Yamazaki Kin'ichirō (or Kane'ichirō) (1897-1985), published several albums of Taiwan, Manchuria, and Hokkaidō photographs in this same decade. 'Scenic Taiwan' extols the good results of Japanese colonial rule, both in picture and in text.  This digital version features the editor's translations of all captions, along with the original Japanese, providing a resource for studies in colonial architecture, discourse, and East Asian folkways.
  • Sidney D. Gamble Photographs
    http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/gamble/
    Approximately 5000 photographs, primarily of China, 1917-1932.
  • Taiwan Photographic Monthly Periodical : The Taiwan shashinchō 台湾写真帳 (Taiwan Photograph Album)
    http://cdm.lafayette.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=/eastasia&CISOBOX1=Taiwan+Photographic+Monthly
    Taiwan Photographic Monthly Periodical : The Taiwan shashinchō 台湾写真帳 (Taiwan Photograph Album) was published monthly from November 1914 through December 1915, for a total of 14 issues.  The 468 pages captured for this collection include reprints of photographs from other Japanese publications, and many unique photographs.
  • Virtual Shanghai
    http://www.virtualshanghai.net/Image.php
    Virtual Shanghai is part of the IAO-Databases Project and contains 4,000 images(mostly before 1949). The images contain basic metadata (often including a short description) and are searchable according to the following criteria: title/subject; date; estim
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Cultural Studies
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
East Asian Studies
  • Cambodian Index
    http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/cambodia/cambodiaindex.html
  • The Huntington Archive
    http://www.huntingtonarchive.osu.edu/
    The archive of Buddhist and Asian Art contains nearly 300,000 original slides and photographs – photographic documentation of art and architecture throughout Asia. Includes videos and online exhibitions.
  • Images of Asia
    http://www.imagesofasia.com/srilanka.php
    Many old images of South Asian countries.
  • Japanese Magic Lantern Images
    http://digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/lanternslides/index.php?c=1
    There are about 1,500 magic lantern slides in the UHM Japan Collection.
  • Sidney D. Gamble Photographs
    http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/gamble/
    Approximately 5000 photographs, primarily of China, 1917-1932.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Japanese Area Studies
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • Visual resources for Japan
    http://library.duke.edu/ias/eac/images.html
    80+ freely accessible websites sortable by format, subject and/or historical period. Formats include architecture, calligraphy, ceramics, folk arts, maps, painting, photography, postcards, posters, prints, scrolls, sculpture.  Relevant subjects include colonialism and warfare.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Latin American Studies
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • Google Art Project
    http://www.googleartproject.com/
    High-resolution images of selected works from 16 museums around the world, including Gemaldegalerie, Berlin; National Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Versailles; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Uffizi, Florence; Museum Kampa, Prague; and more... Gallery and street views, Explore the Museum feature, videos
  • The Kerr Collections
    http://www.famsi.org/research/kerr/index.html
    Includes the Maya Vase database and a PreColumbian portfolio.
  • Maya Adventure
    http://www.smm.org/sln/ma/
    Images from the Science Museum's large collection
  • Mexican Colonial Architecture
    http://www.mexicanarchitecture.org/
    This website arose from my experience in teaching a Latin American Studies class entitled Art, Music and Literature of Mexico. The course covers material from Mexico's early pre-Columbian antecedents down to its contemporary culture. The art unit for the colonial period (1521-1821) concentrates on the architecture of New Spain.
  • Museo National de Antropolgia
    http://www.mna.inah.gob.mx/coleccion.html
    A national museum of Mexico containing significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico, such as the Piedra del Sol (the Stone of the Sun, what has been incorrectly identified as the Aztec calendar) and the 16th-century Aztec statue of Xochipilli.
  • Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America (1520-1820)
    http://www.smith.edu/vistas/index.html
    This site profiles three centuries of Spanish American art, focusing on the hybridization process mixing European, native American, and even African and Asian visual cultures. The site's backbone is a gallery of images of manuscripts, paintings, religious objects, and furniture, each accompanied by a description of the items functions and implications.
  • WAYEB Image Links
    http://www.wayeb.org/resourceslinks/images.php
    The European Association of Mayanists collection of useful image databases.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
    Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content including images, sound and video clips.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Middle Eastern Studies
  • American Geographic Society Library, Photographic Collections
    http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/AGSL/phot.cfm
    Collections with Middle East photographs include the Roeming Collection and the Harrison Forman Collection. The latter includes 733 slides of daily life, historic sites and architecture in Afghanistan in the late 1960s, 195 of which are online.
  • Arab Image Foundation
    http://www.fai.org.lb/home.aspx
    The Arab Image Foundation (AIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of photography and other visual material from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab Diaspora.
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • CAMIO
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/16018
    OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online offers art images that are rights-cleared for educational use. CAMIO is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. Includes about 95,000 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. CAMIO is licensed for use by students, faculty, and researchers at subscribing institutions. Works of art may be used for educational and research purposes during the term of the subscription, if they are properly credited. Images may not be published or otherwise distributed.
  • Casselman Archive of Islamic and Mudejar Architecture in Spain
    http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/Arts/subcollections/CasselmanImageAbout.html
    Contains over four thousand color slides and black and white photographs of medieval Spain taken by the late Eugene Casselman (1912-1996) during his thirty years of travel throughout the Iberian peninsula. The images span over one thousand years of architectural history, from the seventh to the seventeenth century. The majority of the slides focus on the Mudejar style, an ornate court style largely inspired by Spanish Islamic architecture that was shared among Islamic, Jewish, and Christian cultures during the later Middle Ages in Spain.
  • Royal Geographic Society Picture Library
    http://images.rgs.org/
    Holdings include about 3,000 photogaphs of Iran, images from the Society's sponsored research expeditions, and special collections related to Arabia, incl. pictures documenting the 1932 crossing of the Empty Quarter, and early images of Mecca. A selection of about 1,200 photographs of the Middle East are available online.
  • TIMEA (Travelers in the Middle East Archives)
    http://library.rice.edu/collections/eresources/timea-travelers-in-the-middle-east-archive
    A body of literature and images documenting travels during the 18th, 19th and 20th century of Europeans and Americans. Collections include historical maps and plans, and other visual materials.
  • Williams Afghan Media Project
    http://contentdm.williams.edu/wamp/
    Three photo collections that document in image and sound Afghan history and society from the late 19th century through the Soviet occupation represent the heart of the WAMP website: * The Khalilullah Enayat Seraj (KES) collection of photographs taken between the late 19th century and 1930, * The Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree collection of slides taken between 1949 and 1987, and * The Afghan Media Resource Center (AMRC) collection of photographs and slides taken between 1987 and 1992.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Russian & Slavic Studies
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • George Eastman House: Collections Online
    http://www.geh.org/
    Thumbnail images of photographs, daguerreotypes, lantern slides arranged by photographer and collection from the vast holdings of the George Eastman House
  • Library of Congress: American Memory Project
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
    American Memory Project from the Library of Congress is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections
  • National Geographic Photography
    http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography?nav=TOPNAV
    Flickr-- Yahoo.com's image sharing website, 32 millions of images worldwide, under Creative Commons license. Best for architecture, popular culture, recent events, people in context; many images offered under a Creative Commons license.
  • NYPL Digital Gallery
    http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/
    Provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
  • Semyon Fridlyand Archive Collection (University of Denver)
    http://adr.coalliance.org/codu/fez/collection/codu:22
    digital archive of over 10,000 photographs of daily life in the Soviet Union (1940s-1980s) by photojournalist and photo editor of Ogonek (the Soviet Union’s version of Life magazine). During his 40-year career, Fridlyand photographed every major theme in official Soviet history, from industrialization and collectivization, to the building of a Soviet empire stretching from the Pacific to the Baltic, and from the Arctic to the Black Sea. Fridlyand also covered the battlefields of WWII.
  • Stalinka
    http://images.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/i/image/image-idx?c=stalinka
    "Stalinka is intended as an online resource for students, teachers, scholars, and anyone conducting research on Stalin/ism."
  • Visual Information Access (Harvard University Libraries)
    http://via.lib.harvard.edu/via/jsp/AdvancedSearch.jsp?_collection=via&message=timeout
    union catalog of visual resources, focusing on artistic and cultural materials. including Slavic (e.g. images of costumes from Ballets Russe).
  • Visual Media Collections at Duke (formerly MDID@Duke)
    https://imagine.aas.duke.edu/
    Image collections developed by Duke academic departments including Art, Art History & Visual Studies; Classical Studies; Information Science + Information Studies: Nasher Museum of Art; Music; Theater; the School of Nursing (only SoN); and the Visualization Technology Group; as well as commercially licensed art and architecture collections.
  • World Digital Gallery (Library of Congress)
    http://www.wdl.org/en/search/gallery?ql=eng&l=Russian
    includes hundreds of free, high-quality images from prints, books, and historical maps related to Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
South Asian Studies
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • Birla Academy of Art & Culture
    http://www.birlaart.com/
    The Birla Academy of Art & Culture at Calcutta was established in 1966 with the principal objective of fostering the growth of art and culture with emphasis on visual and performing arts.
  • Digital Himalaya project
    http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/
    A project to develop digital collection, storage and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region -- collections include * Census of Nepal 2001 * Fürer-Haimendorf Film Collection * Films * Journals * Maps * Music * Naga Videodisc * Rare Books & Manuscripts * Thak Archive * Thangmi Archive * Williamson Collection * Wutu Collection
  • Images of Asia
    http://www.imagesofasia.com/srilanka.php
    Many old images of South Asian countries.
  • Imperial War Museum
    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/search
    Photographs from the Imperial War museum in London. Can search by place and time period. Example India and pre 1914.
  • Resources of Indian Cultural Heritage
    http://www.ignca.nic.in/dlrich.html
    Sponsored by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, this site includes digital images, online audio collections, and online books.
  • Royal Geographic Society (Asia)
    http://images.rgs.org/search.aspx?regionID=2
    Large image database. Can search by keyword and limit searches to time periods.
  • Williams Afghan Media Project
    http://contentdm.williams.edu/wamp/
    Three photo collections that document in image and sound Afghan history and society from the late 19th century through the Soviet occupation represent the heart of the WAMP website: * The Khalilullah Enayat Seraj (KES) collection of photographs taken between the late 19th century and 1930, * The Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree collection of slides taken between 1949 and 1987, and * The Afghan Media Resource Center (AMRC) collection of photographs and slides taken between 1987 and 1992.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
African American Studies
  • African-American Odyssey
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/
    This Online exhibit showcases the incomparable African-American holdings at the Library of Congress. It includes links to Library of Congress collections including the Frederick Douglass Papers, "From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909," and "Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860."
  • African-American Women (Duke University)
    http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/collections/digitized/african-american-women/
    Photographs and primary sources of African American women related to slavery (Duke)
  • Africana & Black Hisotry (NYPL)
    http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?collection=AfricanaBlackHistory&col_id=147
    Browse more than 11,000 items ranging from prints and photographs to historical documents relating to African and African Diasporan history and cultures from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
  • Africans in America
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/home.html
    This companion site to the PBS television series "Africans in America" examines the history of slavery in America in four chronological parts. It offers historical narratives, a resource bank of images and documents, and a teacher's guide to using the site and series in the classroom.
  • AP Images
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/18089
    AP Images is one of the world's largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery, with a 50 million-image print and negative archive. As an essential source of photographs and graphics for professional image buyers, AP Images strives to meet the needs of today's global customer through superior image quality, selection and service.
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
    http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/index.php
    The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record. This site provides a collection of images related to American slave trade and slave societies. The images were compiled from a variety of sources and are comprised primarily of visual documents dating to the period of slavery. The exhibit is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and by the Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia.
  • Digital Durham
    http://digitaldurham.duke.edu/
    The Digital Durham website offers students, teachers, and researchers a range of primary sources with which they can investigate the economic, social, cultural, and political history of a post-bellum southern community
  • Documenting America (Library of Congress)
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/fsowhome.html
    Presents more than 160,000 images from the Library of Congress collections. A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture.
  • Documenting the American South
    http://docsouth.unc.edu/
    "Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes fourteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs. "
  • Jackson Davis Collection
    http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/small/collections/jdavis/
    Jackson Davis, an educational reformer and amateur photographer, took nearly 6,000 photographs of African American schools, teachers and students throughout the Southeastern United States.
  • Library of Congress African American Mosaic
    http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
    A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture. Includes several collections of images/primary sources related to African colonization, migration, and the WPA.
  • Michael Francis Blake Photographs, 1912-1934
    http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/blake/
    he collection consists of the contents of a photographic album entitled "Portraits of Members," containing 117 photographs of men, women, and children, both singly and in groups.
  • VCU Libraries Digital Collection
    http://dig.library.vcu.edu/cdm4/index_cook.php?CISOROOT=/cook
    Through the Lens of Time: Images of African Americans from the Cook Collection is a digital collection of over 250 images of African Americans dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth century, selected from the George and Huestis Cook Photograph Collection at the Valentine Richmond History Center.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Chicano Studies
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • Latin American Pamphlets
    http://vc.lib.harvard.edu/vc/deliver/home?_collection=LAP
    Harvard University's collection of 19th and 20th century pamphlets
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Native American Studies
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
    http://www.americanart.si.edu/collections/search/
    American art, craft, and design from all regions, traditions, and cultures. Searchable and browsable by artist, work type, and subject.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.
Gender & Women's Studies
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • Library of Congress: American Memory Project
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
    American Memory Project from the Library of Congress is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections
  • LIFE Photo Archive
    http://images.google.com/hosted/life
    Millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
  • NYPL Digital Gallery
    http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/
    Provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
Political Science
  • American Memory Images
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?format=Photograph
    Provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
  • AP Images
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/18089
    AP Images is one of the world's largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery, with a 50 million-image print and negative archive. As an essential source of photographs and graphics for professional image buyers, AP Images strives to meet the needs of today's global customer through superior image quality, selection and service.
  • ARTstor
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12387
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
  • Flickr Commons
    http://www.flickr.com/commons
    Search and use hundreds of images with "no known copyright restrictions." A joint venture of Flickr and the Library of Congress, Flickr Commons was designed to increase access to publicly-held photography collections.
  • Illustrated Newspaper Supplements (Flickr Collection)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/sets/72157619452486566/
    Illustrated newspapers (starting 1909) from the Library of Congress's Historical Newspapers image collection, displayed on Flickr. Contains many public domain images.
  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery
    http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm
    NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 600,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library.
  • Visual collections: images of art, history and culture
    http://www.davidrumsey.com/collections/
    Includes Cartography, Fine Arts, Architecture, Photography, and other image. Digital image collections from Museums, Universities and private collections throughout the world - by Cartography Associates (David Rumsey)
  • Wikimedia Commons
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
    Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content including images, sound and video clips.
  • World Digital Library
    http://www.wdl.org/en/
    Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.


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