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Image Resources from PCC: History Images


images courtesy: Britannica ImageQuest and ArtStor

History Images from Museums and Libraries

Digital Public Library of America

  • Images organized by topic.
  • Copyright varies. See individual items for details on obtaining permissions.

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division and Library of Congress Photos

  • Images organized by collection.
  • Copyright varies. See individual items for details on obtaining permissions.

World Digital Library (joint project from the Library of Congress and UNESCO)

  • Primary sources including documents, images and audiovisual materials
  • Check copyright with the institution owning the object.

World History Encyclopedia

  • All content on this site is protected by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license unless otherwise stated. You will find a copyright notice under any material protected by copyright (or other licenses) on this site.

The Metropolitan Museum Collection Online

  • 400,000 high-resolution digital images from the Metropolitan Museum collection.
  • Browsable via artist, maker, culture, object type, material, geographic location, era, and department.
  • Downloadable.
  • For non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee.

National Archives, Photograph Collections

  • Images organized by topic and date.
  • Most images are in the public domain.

New York Public Library Digital Collections

  • Copyright on NYPL digital images varies.  See individual item for more details.
  • For permissions and information on use contact: permissions@nypl.org.

Smithsonian Collections Online

  • Images may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.

Smithsonian Open Access

  • Images, information and other materials which can be used freely in educational settings.

National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian

United States Holocaust Museum

Life Magazine Photo Archive (powered by Google)

  • Most images will have copyright restrictions, but may be usable under Fair Use

Memorica (Mexican Ministry of Culture)

  • Use online exhibits to find images related to the history and culture of Mexico.
  • Free non-commercial use.

British Museum Images

Political Cartoons

Today's Political Cartoons

Image Database Subscriptions at PCC


PCC's History Databases: use advanced search and filter search results to photos/images