Art and Architecture
Artstor Public Collections
- What can you find: Approximately 1 million freely accessible images, videos, documents, and audio files from library special collections, faculty research and institutional history materials, as well as hundreds of thousands of open access images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- How can you use it: Anyone can view and download these items. No login or subscription is required.
- What can you find: The internationally-focused art collection includes objects in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, drawings, sculpture, decorative arts and more. The advanced search options include searching by collection, medium, artist nationality and time period.
- How can you use it: Some rights reserved ( Copyright © 2004–2015 the Brooklyn Museum). Use of text and images in which Brooklyn Museum holds the copyright is permitted, with attribution, under the terms and conditions of a Creative Commons License. The advanced search also allows you to filter your search by copyright status (Creative Commons licenses or no known copyright; Copyright status unknown, Copyright status unknown - orphaned work).
Metropolitan Museum of Art
- What can you find: Museum collection reflects over 5,000 years of art from around the world and includes paintings, decorative objects, drawings, sculptures, etc. Collections cover additional subject areas, such as history and archeology.
How can you use it: The Museum has implemented Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) policy, and if an image has an OASC icon the museum believes it to be in the public domain and free from restrictions. All of these images are available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Search over 375,000 hi-res images of public-domain works from the collection (search filtered by Open Access limiter). They can be downloaded, shared and remixed without restriction.
||In the Style of Ogata Kenzan, 1663–1743
Camellia by Water, 1741
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
12 x 17 3/4 in. (30.5 x 45.1 cm)
From the Collection of H.O. Havemeyer
Metropolitan Museum of Art
NGA Images (National Gallery of Art)
- What can you find: Over 51,000 open access digital images (up to 4000 pixels).
- How can you use it: The museum's open access policy applies to digital images of artwork that the Gallery believes be in the public domain. Each image is available free of charge for download and use (commercial or non-commercial). Users do not need to contact the Gallery for authorization.
- What can you find: OAI API Collection is a set of more than 110,000 object descriptions and digital images from the museum collection
- How can you use it: Images can be downloaded or shared for non-commercial use. Must create a personal account.
American Memory Collection: Photos and Prints (Library of Congress)
- What can you find:: Links to photography and print collections, grouped by theme (such as Civil War maps, baseball cards, etc.).
- How can I use it: Most images are in the public domain in the US, but make sure to check the “Copyright and Other Restrictions” page of each collection. Also, be aware of privacy and publicity rights if you intend to use images for trade or advertising purposes.
National Archives Digital Photography Collections
- What can you find: List of public domain photography collections dating from the 19th century. Collections include the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library.
- How can you use it: Search by collection. Most images are in the public domain.
Public Domain: Making History
- What can you find: Over 1,000 government-produced photographs
- How can you use it: These images are believed to be in the public domain and available for all uses.
Schlesinger Library on the History of Women: Flickr Photostream
- What can you find: Schlesinger Library (part of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University) documents the history of women in America. Collection strengths include Women's rights and feminism; Health and sexuality; and Culinary history. Almost 5,000 images (photographs, illustrations, images related to manuscripts)
- How can you use it: Many images are in the public domain. If the Library owns the copyright, they do provide permission and in most cases, the Library does not require researchers to request permission. There are fees for ordering reproductions but no charge for image use.The rights statement provides additional information.