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GEN: Great History Websites

General Purpose Guide

Historical images

  • American Memory, The Library of Congress
    Free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
  • Calisphere, University of California's digital primary sources
    The University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources— including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts.
  • Life Photo Archive hosted by Google
    Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive (1750s to today).
  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery
    Provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.
  • VADS - online resource for visual arts
    Over140,000 images from over 300 art and design collections across the UK covering the broad range of the visual arts including applied arts, architecture, design, fashion, fine art, and media