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Digital Image Collections Wiki

The Digital Images Collections Wiki, compiled by the Visual Resources Department of Wellesley College, is a wiki-formatted index of Free- and Fair-Use online digital image collections relevant to the study of the visual and decorative arts and architecture. The wiki overlaps with the BGC’s list of image resources and is ultimately more extensive, though less topically relevant and less rigorously edited.

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture is an excellent decorative-arts-centric, early-American-leaning online resource. They make available a number of classic texts (such as Owen Jones’ Grammar of Ornament and Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses) as ultra high quality jpegs and also offer a small, focused digital image database representing two of their special collections. Even further, they include a list of online resources that, though there is some duplication, extends the range of our list. Thanks to Karyn in the Library for finding this!

Digital Resources from Libraries, Museums and Archives

Digital Resources from Libraries, Museums and Archives features descriptions of and links to digital media resources developed by IMLS grantees (a few notable examples include “Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project” and “Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books”). Collections range in focus widely, from oral histories of rural farmers to historic costume to rock art, but users can search or browse to access specific collections. Media types and quality also vary from collection to collection (and sometimes within collections) but may include transcriptions, still and moving images, or sound files.

Museums in the USA

Museums in the USA is a comprehensive listing, with links when available, of virtually every museum, art or otherwise, in the United States. Users can browse museums by name, state, or “type”, or search within those fields or by keyword.

Wikimedia Free Image Resources

Wikimedia’s Free Image Resources page features links to sites exclusively or primarily hosting freely usable digital images. These links are categorized by subject and briefly described. While similar in form and concept to Wikimedia's Public Domain Image Resources page the links themselves are generally unique.

Wikimedia Public Domain Image Resources   

Wikimedia’s Public Domain Image Resources page features links to sites exclusively or primarily hosting public domain digital images. These links are categorized by subject and briefly described. While similar in form and concept to Wikimedia's Free Image Resources page the links themselves are generally unique.


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