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  • AP Images [via EBSCO]  Icon
    This site is an ever-changing collection of over 700,000 photographs from the Associated Press news service, historic images. Most of the images are contemporary and date from 1995 forwards and all include descriptive captions and source information.
    Coverage: 1844-present; current file contains 1995-present
  • Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
    The Los Angeles Public Library's History and Genealogy Department's Photo Collection emphasizes the history of Los Angeles, Southern California, and California
  • American West: Sources from the Everett D. Graff Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago [via Adam Matthew]  Icon
    The Everett D. Graff Collection is one of the major special collections on the American West. This database contains a full-text selection of original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources from that collection. It also includes such supplementary materials as scholarly essays and data maps. It is a rich resource to explore almost any aspect of the history of the American West.
  • Chinese in California, The, 1850-1925 [via the Library of Congress]
    This site illustrates nineteenth and early twentieth century Chinese immigration to California through about 8,000 images and pages of primary source materials. Included are photographs, original art, cartoons and other illustrations; letters, excerpts from diaries, business records, and legal documents; as well as pamphlets, broadsides, speeches, sheet music, and other printed matter. These documents describe the experiences of Chinese immigrants in California, including the nature of inter-ethnic tensions.
    Coverage: 1850-1925
    (Sources: The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley; The Ethnic Studies Library, UC Berkeley; and The California Historical Society in San Francisco.)
  • New York City Municipal Archive Online Gallery [New York Department of Records]
    This extraordinarily rich image database of over 870,000 photographs, maps, motion picture and audio recordings is divided into 30 distinct collections. Collections are organized in numerous ways; most of them are either by the administrations of city mayors and borough presidents, or by municipal department, or by material or subject type.
    Coverage: 19th and 20th centuries
  • Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive
    This is an online collection of 19th and early 20th century photographs of the Mississippi Valley along the Iowa/Illinois border. They are selected from the collections of several libraries, museums and colleges in the area.
  • Forest History Society Photograph Collections
    Photographs from the Twentieth Century on a surprisingly wide range of subjects including the San Francisco Earthquake, the Boy Scouts and Farming.

    See also their Photo Galleries, to browse selected subject collections.
  • Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
    This image archive features numerous maps, images, and photographs depicting the slave trade and African culture in the Americas. Most are drawn from sources between the 17th and 19th centuries.
  • 1789-1939 L'Histoire par L'Image
    This growing collection of historical images from France is a collaborative project of several academic and cultural institutions and the French government. The images are carefully selected and fully described.


  • Ad*Access Project
    A database of 7,000 images and advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.
    Coverage: 1911 to 1955
  • LIFE photo archive [hosted by Google]
    This is a collection of millions of digitized photographs drawn from the LIFE Magazine archives. Many have never been published. A joint project of Life Magazine and Google, it is searchable through the standard Google interface.
    A "museum (and gift shop) of mid-century illustration," this site has a large collection of 1950s commercial art.
  • Vogue Archive, 1892-present [via Proquest]  Icon
    The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. Search by advertisement, article, editor, and more or browse each issue by date.
    Date: 1892 to present


  • American Memory Map Collections [via Library of Congress]
    Online images of maps in the Library of Congress's collection. The emphasis is on Americana and Cartographic treasures. Categories of maps include: Discovery and Exploration, Transportation and Communication, Military Battles and Campaigns, Cultural Landscapes, and Conservation and Environment. Many of the maps represented are historical maps and most are not covered by copyright protection.
    Coverage: 1500 - present
  • California Historic Topographic Map Collection
    Special Collections at California State University, Chico's Merriam Library has a fine collection of scanned historic topographic maps of California.
  • David Rumsey Map Collection
    The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 11,000 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens and manuscript maps.
  • Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations (beta) [via Harvard University]
    "The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC) makes freely available on the internet the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. DARMC allows innovative spatial and temporal analyses of all aspects of the civilizations of western Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era, as well as the generation of original maps illustrating differing aspects of ancient and medieval civilization. A work in progress with no claim to definitiveness. . ."
  • Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
    Over 50,000 online map images from the University of Texas's Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection. Maps are of all sorts, some reflecting current issues others are historical. The site also links to other major map collections.

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