American Memory, Library of Congress: " The
Restriction Statement that accompanies each American
Memory collection provides known information regarding
ownership of materials in the collection. If known, we
include contacts for permission. In some cases the
Restriction Statement will indicate that material in a
particular collection may be used freely; in other cases
the Restriction Statement may only be a starting point
for your inquiry."
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Digital Images
Online: " The Library may be able to assist in
identifying the copyright holders. It is not necessary
to seek the Library's permission to publish texts or
images (unless the University is identified as the
copyright holder.) The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript
Library should, however, be cited as the source."
Best Copyright-Free Photo Libraries, by Coby Logen.
DotGovWatch. Photos taken by U.S. Government employees
as part of their official duty. Not a U.S.
Images of American Political History: " Posting
online by Dr. William J. Ball. All images are believed
to be in the public domain. Please do not
contact me for permission to use them."
Images You Can Use, Rod Library, University of
"Locating public domain images," by Lorrie A.
Knight, College & Research Libraries News,
January 1998, 11-13. Some of the links are now
defunct. Try Googling site titles.
Atlas of the United States
New York Public Library Digital Gallery: "Images may
be freely downloaded for personal, research, and study
Perry-Castaņeda Library, University of Texas at Austin,
Portrait Gallery (Historical Figures): " The images
in this collection are in the public domain. You do not
need to ask for permission to use these images."
Photographs Reading Room, Library of Congress: "Copyright
Images, Engravings and Pictures from Old Books:
"They are mostly public domain (copyright-free, out of
copyright) here in Canada, and often in other countries
too, unless otherwise noted..."
resources online; digital images of primary materials on
public Web sites," Annie Blecksmith,
College & Research Libraries News, vol. 69
no. 5, May 2008.
of Art: "... intended to be a free resource of art
history primarily for students and teachers."
Wikimedia Commons..."A database of
6,898,821 media files to which
anyone can contribute."
Wikipedia: Public Domain Image Resources.
World War II Posters, Northwestern University: "
Materials published by the U.S. Government Printing
Office are in the public domain and, as such, not
subject to copyright restriction. However, the Library
requests users to cite the URL and Northwestern
University Library if they wish to reproduce images from
its poster database."
California State University. Includes over
72,000 images that are available free of charge for
educational use. "The internationally recognized
WorldImages database provides access to the
California State University IMAGE Project. It has just
been selected by the Library of Congress
for inclusion in its historic collection of Internet
materials. It contains approximately 80,000 images, is
global in coverage and includes all areas of visual
imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its
images may be freely used for non-profit educational
purposes. The images can be located using many search
techniques, and for convenience they are organized into
800 portfolios which are then organized into subject