Digital Library Image Collections

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I've been looking around for sites with prints and photographs NML could use and found these sites at major libraries.


  • Library of Congress Digital Prints & Photographs Online collection. (Search the collection now.) The good news here is that they have done the rights search for these items and explicitly tell you whether there are any restrictions on copyright, publication, etc. They also have various sized images, from smaller images suitable for use on a web site up to tens of megabytes in archival size such as would be suitable for creating posters by a commercial printer. The search site is keyword searchable within the bibliographic entries of the images.
  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery provides access to their digital photo collection. They don't seem to have poster-sized replicas, but do seem to have more coverage than the Library of Congress collection for things like illustrations from books in the public domain. From what I can tell, all the photos are available as public domain digital images.