Digital Images Online
Photographs and Digitized Museum Collections, International

In general, many libraries, museums, univerisities and historical societies have searchable indexes or images from their collections available online.  Check your regional area university and museum libraries for regional archival collections. 
  • Tip:  If you need an image, shop around!  Different institutions charge different use fees.  If you find an image you like, check with local archive and reference librarians to see if they also have that image in their collection, and if it is available less expensively.

Art & History, International Image Collections:
  • The British Museum's World's Knowledge for researchers, the British Museum has extensive collections on very research friendly pages.  Homepage: http://www.bl.uk  In addition, the British Library's collection of Early Photographically Illustrated Books online are wonderful.  These books were among the first to use photographs as illustrations.
  • La Bibliotheque's Picture Collection, primarily in French, but much of it includes English translations.  Homepage: La Bibliotheque http://www.bnf.fr
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum's Exhibitions, especially their Explore Art link, offers many digitized, searchable collections. Homepage: http://www.getty.edu  Their Digitized Library Collections included historic photographss of Mexico, and images of tapestries.
  • The Royal Commonwealth Society Library, or RCS Photograph Project through Cambridge University in England boasts "70,000 images from around the world," historical and contemporary.   Cambridge University Library Homepage: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/
  • The BBC's Interactive Content Galleries are geared toward providing general information, and so a great introductory tool for researchers and schools.  Galleries provides good information about each image, Galleries span history from Ancient Eqypt to contemporary information for genealogists.  Homepage: http://www.bbc.co.uk
  • The Art and Archeology Library through Perseus showcases, "523 coins, 1548 vases, over 1400 sculptures, 179 sites and 381 buildings" from numerous university and national museum collections.  Though papyrus is textural, Perseus's collection of papyri is worth mentioning here. Homepage: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/
  • Ancient History Sourcebook, one of many sourcebooks available through Paul Halsall's amazing and unparalleled history texts and images available on the web.  Texts primarily, but also images are available on this site, including a number from Byzantium.  Homepage: http://www.fordham.edu/HALSALL   Hosted by Fordham Jesuit University in New York.
  • Ancient Rome: Images & Pictures from Felix Just through catholic-resources.org.  This page also has a number of terrific links to other good Roman antiquity sites on the net. 
  • The Vivarium at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at Saint Johns University in Minnesota offers searchable digital collections for researchers.  The Arca Artium is also on the Hill site, and though it is primarily a collection of books, it is worth mentioning here.  Homepage: http://www.hmml.org/
  • World Images, Image Project through California State University.  A wide variety of images from art to daily life. http://worldimages.sjsu.edu/ Roman period through the 19th Century. 

Sites concerned primarily with photographs of illuminated manuscripts will be listed under digitized text and manuscript libraries. 

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