Image Collections


* New Zealand


* Ad*Access
over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Covering five categories - Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II - Ad*Access provides a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies preserved at Duke University. Brief histories of the industries and timelines of world and national events help put the ads in the context of their times.
* ALMA - art meets artefact
ALMA links these depictions of pre-industrial objects, dating from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, in paintings and prints to examples of similar material objects. The ALMA database can be searched extensively for the relation between object and depiction. Research results are published in the ALMA showcase.
* American Memory Project: Library of Congress
Gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers millions of digital items from more than 100 historical collections.
* Australian War Memorial Collections Search Canberra
Collections include over 4,000 works of Art, 203,000 Photographs, 3,500 Films, 350 Sound recordings, and 8,200 Private Records.
* Charting the Nation: Maps of Scotland, 1550-1740
Over 3,500 maps taken from a host of atlases and other books, covering Scotland during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
* Collect Britain
Showcases thousands of items from the British Library. Browse their collections, tours and exhibitions, or search the site in many different ways.
* David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 12,600 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented.
* Defence image database
United Kingdom Ministry of Defence database holds thousands of images which have been contributed by the Army; Royal Navy; RAF and MoD photographers.
* Digital Imaging Project
Contains more than 9,000 art historical images of sculpture and architecture from pre-historic to the present day. Search by artist, period or location.
* Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
Over 9,000 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920, illustrating the rise of consumer culture, and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States. The project organizes the materials into eleven categories, including advertising cookbooks, early Lux ads, J. Walter Thompson Company "house ads" and tobacco promotions.
* Endeavour botanical illustrations
The voyage of HMS Endeavour (1768-1771) was the first devoted exclusively to scientific discovery. This site presents most of the botanical drawings and engravings prepared by artist Sydney Parkinson before his untimely death at sea, and by other artists back in England working from Parkinson's initial sketches. From the Natural History Museum, London.
* Europeana
Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of around 1500 of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.
* Gallica
Digitised collections of books, manuscripts, maps, images, sound recordings and much more. From the National Library of France and partner libraries.
* Getty Collections Los Angeles
Browse many of the works of art on display at the Getty Museum
* Imperial War Museum Collections On-line Database
Over 3,000 photographs, works of art, "soundbites", and other visual artifacts. Includes a number of thematic categories as a way of introducing some of their more prominent materials. Some of these categories include "War in the Air", "Truth & Propaganda", and "Burial & Remembrance".
* International Dunhuang Project
More than 50,000 manuscripts and paintings from ancient caves and temples along the Silk Road.
* John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
Browse or search Kennedy’s speeches and photos, video and audio from his historic presidency.
* La collection du musée national d'art moderne (Centre Pompidou) Paris
* LACMA collection online Los Angeles
The collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
* Library of Congress Maps Collection
* Mapping Gallipoli
Online exhibit of a small portion of the Australian War Memorial's Gallipoli map collection. The collection includes maps used at the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at ANZAC Cove on 25 April 1915, Turkish maps made during and immediately after the campaign, trench maps, operational maps, artillery maps, and ANZAC cemetery plans.
* Maps of Scotland
Hundreds of zoomable maps of Scotland for the period 1560-1928, digitised by the National Library of Scotland.
* Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
From the the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National library of the Netherlands) and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum. You can choose to browse the subject hierarchy, be shown highlights or search through the database of around 10,000 items.
* Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections New York
Thousands of items from the Museum's extraordinary collections including clothing, arms and armour, musical instruments and of course art works.
* National Portrait Gallery Search London
A search facility with 60,574 portraits from the Gallery's collections, 40,288 of which are illustrated.
* NICE Paintings: The National Inventory of Continental European Paintings
Nearly 8,000 paintings from around 200 museums and other public collections across the UK.
* Online maps and views
View rare maps and find out about one of the largest map collection in the world at the British Library
* Pacific treasures database
The Auckland Museum has a world-class collection of Pacific treasures. This database, a work in progress, hopes to enrich your understanding of both the treasures in our collections, and the cultures from which they have come.
* Picture Australia
Primarily aimed at revealing Australia's cultural heritage through images, this site is also well worth using if searching for pictures of New Zealand's past. A single access point for searching the distributed image collections of many significant Australian cultural institutions.
* Portable Antiquties Scheme Database
Records of artefacts and coins found by the UK public, whilst pursuing a wide range of activities (the majority from metal detecting).
* Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource
“Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery has an unrivalled collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. This includes some 2000 fine and decorative art works ranging from oil paintings, tapestries, drawings, sketchbooks, stained glass and related cartoons, to prints, illustrated books, watercolours, ceramics, and archive material. ”
* Science & Society Picture Library
From the collections of the Science Museum, National Railway Museum and Museum of Photography, Film & Television
* Tate Collection London
Explore the online database of 50,000 works
* University of Washington Digital Collections
The Libraries' central location for rare materials and a major centre for the study of the Pacific Northwest, Photographs, Travel and Exploration, Architecture, Book Arts, 19th-century American Literature, 20th-century American and English Literature.
* Victoria and Albert Museum Images Online London
"You may search here for over 16,000 works and over 20,000 images from the V&A collections. The database covers a wide range of objects, including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles."
* WallaceLive
A database that will eventually contain information on every work of art in the Wallace Bequest.
* Art @ the Walters Art Museum
Search or browse thousands of artworks from around the world and across the centuries. You can download high-resolution images under a Creative Commons license.
* The Digital Walters
Nearly all of the Walters’ collection of 128 Islamic codices and 60 loose leaves are available on the Digital Walters. Every element of each manuscript is digitized, including text folios, blank folios, flyleaves, later additions, stubs (whenever possible), and bindings (inner and outer boards as well as spine, fore-edge, head, and tail).
* Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical and Romantic periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 13,500 reproductions.
* World War II Military Situation Maps
Beginning with the D-Day Invasion, the maps provide information about troop positions throughout Western Europe, along with important graphical representations of various landmarks within the military landscape. From the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress.
* York Archaeological Trust Online Picture Library
Photographs of archaeological items from Roman times to present day York.
* Your Paintings
Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the United Kingdom.