Public domain and copyleft images
Finding Creative Commons images on Flickr:
Images in articles
Articles are sometimes good sources for images. Many article databases allow you to limit your search to articles containing images or to sort your search result to highlight articles containing images.
Humanities Abstracts is an example of a multi-disciplinary database that allows you to search specifically for articles containing images. Enter your search terms and then enter 'illustration,' selecting 'Physical Description' in the dropdown menu. Here's a sample search.
Images in books
When searching the library catalog for collections of images in books, the following strategies are good to try:
- search for 'ill' or 'illus' as a keyword (both are abbreviations for 'illustrations')
- search for 'pictorial' or 'illustrations' as a subject term
Reed Digital Collections Includes licensed images and primary source material (photos, cultural objects, historic maps, manuscripts, etc.) from Art & Classics, Reed College Archives, Special Collections, and beyond.
Library of Congress American Memory Collections relating to American history and culture. Maps, advertising, images of significant events and places, etc.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection Online access to much of the Prints and Photographs Division's holdings, including architecture, design and engineering.
Europeana Digital collections from Europe's galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
Flickr: The Commons Access public photo collections from institutions worldwide.
WikiMedia Commons A repository for public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips).
News & pop culture
AP Images Contemporary and historical (to 1800s) news and culture photographs from Associated Press. Also available are audio files from the 1920s to the present, Associated Press news stories from 1997 on, and a collection of graphics (e.g., maps, charts/graphs, logos, illustrations).
Life Photo Archive Photographs from the Life Magazine photo archive (most of which were never published) from the 1750s to today.
Duke Digital Collections The Advertising and Consumer Culture collections cover American advertising from the 1850s through the 1950s.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers This database contains scanned images of historical newspapers, and allows you to limit your search to display advertistements and classified ads.
Victorian Popular Culture This database covers popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe in the period from 1779 to 1930, including magic shows, vaudeville, and circuses. Includes posters, illustrations, flyers, and other ephemera.
Fashion & design
VADS Art, fashion design and textiles.
Berg Fashion Library Includes the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion as well as content from other electronic books and journals related to dress and fashion. Also includes images from V&A Museum's internationally renowned fashion collection and other sources.
Victoria & Albert Museum: Fashion, Jewellery and Accessories European fashion from the 17th century to the present.
Vogue Archive Index to articles, images and advertisements in Vogue.