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ARTstor provides over 1 million digital images drawn from every culture and nearly every country. Categories include architecture and city planning, decorative arts, paintings and watercolors, fashion and jewelry, film and digital art, landscape architecture, graphic design and illustration, manuscript illuminations, maps, performing arts, prints and photographs, and sculpture. Register for an account to be able to access the site's personalized features as well as its version for mobile devices.
- AP Images (Associated Press)
A source of over 500,000 current and historic photo images, graphic images, audio files, and publicity. Content may be used for educational purposes in papers, presentations, and secure Web spaces (e.g., in Desire2Learn pages). Approximately 1,000 photo images are added daily.
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- HarpWeek: The Civil War Era
"The HarpWeek Civil War database consists of the pages of Harper's Weekly for the period 1857 through 1865, scanned as images, together with a series of controlled-vocabulary indexes, which are interactively linked." "Harper's was aimed at the middle and upper socio-economic classes, and tried not to print anything that it considered unfit for the entire family to read. In addition to the importance of illustrations and cartoons by artists like Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast, the paper's editorials played a significant role in shaping and reflecting public opinion from the start of the Civil War to the end of the century." SCSU, in partnership with Winona State University, provides access for the period covering the Civil War.
- Digital Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries
Find graphics from image collections ranging from African-American Literature Cover Art to World War I and II posters. The poster collection from both world wars contains 8,000 posters from the U of M and Minneapolis Public Library. They are from government, commercial, and charitable sources.
- Minnesota Historical Society Visual Resources Database
Collections from the Minnesota Historical Society visually represent Minnesotans, their lives, landscapes, leisure and occupations from the pre-territorial period to the present. Images consist of photographs, art, posters, and fine art photographs.
- Minnesota Digital Library: Minnesota Reflections
Minnesota Reflections provides access to more than 25,000 images, along with historic plat books, maps, texts, diaries, and laws from 80 libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums around Minnesota.
- NYPL Digital Gallery
NYPL Digital Gallery 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. "NYPL provides free and open access to its Digital Gallery and images may be freely downloaded for personal, research and study purposes only."
- TerraServer USA
An online database of maps and aerial photographs of the United States. This resource is operated by Microsoft with maps and images supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey.
- Time & Life Pictures
A collection of imagery from renowned photojournalists, documenting past and present political and cultural events, as well as celebrities and the American experience.
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