William Henry Fox Talbot, A Scene in a Library, c. 1844, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Retreived from http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/283066. Image in the public domain CC0.
Authoritative Online Image Resources
Listed below is a selection of digital image resources from museum, archive, and library collections. These types of image collections provide trustworthy metadata, in-depth information, and high quality images. Most of these collections are available for educational use, but please note image rights vary from site to site.
- Europeana is a multilingual cultural heritage portal with images contributed by European libraries, museums, archives, and multi-media collections. Rights are clearly indicated and vary by contributor. Check out Europeana Terms and Policies.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection spans over 5,000 years of art from around the world. See Terms and conditions for details.
- VADS (Visual Arts Data Service) is an online resource for art and design that offers a portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching, and research in the UK. Check out VADS Terms: Common Access Agreement for Individuals.
- Washington University Libraries Digital Collections features materials such as photographs, maps, newspapers, posters, reports, and other media from the University of Washington Libraries, University of Washington Faculty and Departments, and organizations that have participated in partner projects with the UW Libraries. See UW Libraries Digital Collections Ordering and Use Terms.
- Wellcome Library is the world's major resources for the study of medical history. The Library's digital collections cover a wide variety of topics, including asylums, food, sex and sexual health, genetics, public health and war. See the section Using the Library's Digital Content for more details.
- WorldImages provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project and contains approximately 100,000 images, is global in coverage, and includes all areas of visual imagery. These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 License.