Selected Sites


Over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories - Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda - dated between 1911 and 1955. More...

Archive of classic print ads, collection of print advertisements dating back to the 1940s

The Advertising Archives
"The Advertising Archives was established in 1990 by Larry and Suzanne Viner and is the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind in Europe"

American Memory Project
Various photographs, maps, illustrations

American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922
This collection include books, pamphlets, graphic materials, and ephemera; among them are a large number of Southern imprints relating to the topic of American slavery.

American West
Collection of primary sources such original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources, that cover social, political, and economic aspects of the American West.

contains over 100,000 downloadable digital images of art works and other documents dating from BC to the present.

Annals of American History
Collection of 2,000 primary sources documents and 700 multimedia pieces searchable by timeline, author, topics or keyword on history and culture of the United States.

Archives Online at Indiana University
This site is a portal for accessing descriptions of Special Collections and Archives - ones chiefly containing materials other than books - from libraries, archives, and other units at Indiana University, Bloomington, and from other institutions around the state of Indiana.

AP Images
An electronic library containing the AP's current photos and a selection of pictures from their 50 million image print and negative library. International in scope with images dating back as early as 1826.

AP PhotoArchive
An electronic library containing the AP's current photos and a selection of pictures from their 50 million image print and negative library. International in scope.

Arts: Search
Arts: Search (formerly Designinform) consists of three databases: Design Abstracts Retrospective, ReVIEW, and Design Profiles.

ARTstor Images
A digital image library of over 1,000,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences.

Associated Press Collections Online
The Associated Press Collections Online makes content of the Associated Press Corporate Archives, AP Images, and AP Archive available to libraries worldwide.

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion
Explores, in 760 articles, the dressed and adorned body across cultures and throughout history. It is lavishly illustrated with over 2,000 images.

Civil War, Part I-IV
Various perspectives, including soldiers, generals, and newspapers, on the American Civil War from mostly primary sources.

"Coloribus is the biggest online archive of advertising materials. We carefully select creative works of the industry. In this section they are grouped by media types. A convenient searching system allows easily to find the necessary commercials. This archive will be useful for professionals of the advertising industry." [advanced searches require paid subscription]

Commercial Pattern Archive
Available in Fine Arts Library only (login details available from Fine Arts Library staff). The Commercial Pattern Archive database (CoPA), provides a unique tool for researchers and designers to recreate or date clothing.

Current Biography Illustrated
Provides access to the full text biographies, images, and obituaries from all of the volumes of Current Biography Yearbook.

Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection
15,000 Kodachrome slides by amateur photographer Charles W. Cushman (1896-1972) about his travels in the United States and abroad.

DIDO Image Bank
Contains approximately 30,000 images from the I.U. Fine Arts Slide Library collection encompassing the full breadth of art historical periods and media.

Digital Library of the Commons
A gateway to the international literature on the commons, common-pool resources and common property.

EBSCO Images
A searchable collection of images ranging from photographs and maps to illustrations and etchings.

Emergence of Advertising in America
presents over 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, include cookbooks, photographs of billboards, print advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs, and leaflets for a multitude of products. Together, they illuminate the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
Full text, primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries

Fashion Studies Online
This collection brings together over 1,200 hours of videos that retrace the history of fashion, clothing, and costume worldwide.

First World War: Propaganda and Recruitment
Primary sources covering various themes of the First World War providing insight into propaganda and recruitment throughout the Great War

Frank Leslie's Weekly
Frank Leslie’s Weekly, later known as Leslie’s Weekly, and originally titled Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, was an American illustrated literary and news publication. One of several such publications started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie, it ran from 1855 to 1922.

Frank M. Hohenberger Collection
The collection, dating from 1917-1960 and housed in the Lilly Library, consists primarily of photographs by Frank Michael Hohenberger, 1876-1963, Brown County photographer and newspaperman

Godey's Lady's Book
The most popular women's periodical of its day, with stories, poems, fashion, illustrations and music.

Harper's Bazaar Archive
Searchable archive of every page, advertisement, and cover of every issue of Harper's Bazaar from its first appearance in 1867 to the current month.

Harper's Weekly: 1857-1912
A fulltext archive of the important 19th-century American publication Harper's Weekly, with faceted search functionality.

Historic Map Works
Map Images of the United States.

The History of Advertising Trust
"During the past four decades HAT’s remit has spread to embrace all forms of brand communications including retail marketing, traditional and new media, direct marketing and public relations. Due to the vision and foresight of HAT’s founders and Trustees, as well as the continued financial support from industry bodies and individuals over the years, HAT’s unique resources have been continually updated to meet the research needs and new technologies of the 21st century."

Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003
Archive of the British pictorial weekly, full text and illustrations

Image Collection
A searchable collection of images ranging from photographs and maps to illustrations and etchings.

Image Collections Online
Image Collections Online showcases image collections curated by libraries, archives, and other cultural-heritage institutions of Indiana University.

Imperial Russia's Illustrated Press
Provides access to five illustrated weekly magazines of late imperial Russia: Iskry, Russkaia illiustratsiia, Sinii zhurnal, Vseobshchii zhurnal, & Zhivopisnaia Rossiia.

Index of Christian Art
Index to over 45,000 works of Christian art from early Christian period to A.D. 1400

India, Raj and Empire
Provides access to digitized diaries, journals, official papers, letters, sketches, paintings, and original documents containing histories and literary works

Jewish life in America, 1654-1954
The American Jewish Historical Society has rich holdings of archival materials documenting the life of Jewish communities in America, from their first arrival in New York in 1654 into the middle of the 20th century

Liberty Magazine 1924-1950
Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950 provides users engaged in research of the 20th century a range of art, stories, articles and advertisements offering valuable insight into Depression Era and World War II America. It offers a perspective of the everyday lives of working-class and middle-class America.

Library of Congress
Searchable catalog of items in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Reading Room.

Marchand Archive (UC Davis)
The Marchand Archive is a collection of more than 15,000 images and a growing number of document-based lesson plans.

MAS Ultra - School Edition
For high school audiences. Over 500 popular interest and current events publications from 1975 to date. Includes 100,000 biographies, and 116,000 photos, maps, and flags.

National Museum of American History - Smithsonian
"The Museum has preserved advertising campaigns for several familiar companies, such as Marlboro, Alka-Seltzer, Federal Express, Cover Girl, and Nike." And More.

National Portrait Gallery
"It’s always face time at the National Portrait Gallery. We tell the diverse story of America through leaders, rebels, artists, entrepreneurs, and other prominent personalities who shaped our culture."

National Portrait Gallery (U.K.)
"The Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of famous British men and women. Explore 200,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day."

New York Public Library Digital Collections
This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.

Old News
Newspapers and periodicals from the past

Oxford Art Online
Online version of award-winning Grove Dictionary of Art contains the fulltext of all 41,000 articles of the 34-volume print edition, including scholarly bibliographies.

Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957
Popular British photojournalism magazine, full text and images

Product Launch Analytics
The world's largest database of new consumer packaged goods with well over one million new products spanning more than two decades. Pictures of commercial products

Punch Historical Archive, 1841-1992
This collection includes the complete run of Punch magazine and features search functionality across years on the Gale Newsvault platform.

Sanborn Maps
Online access to Sanborn maps for all fifty states, large-scale plans containing data that can help estimate the potential risk for urban structures.

Smithsonian Photographic Database
Smithsonian Archives, Manuscripts and Photographs - search images

Time Magazine Covers
Covers of Time from 1923 to the present

U. S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection, 1906-1971
Collection of photographs of the Gary Works steel mill and the corporate town of Gary, Indiana.

VADS: Visual Arts Data Service
An online collection of more than 120,000 images of rare and unique library, museum, and archives collections across the United Kingdom.

The Vogue Archive
Searchable, full text of Vogue magazine

Women's Magazine Archive
Contains the full backfiles of leading women’s interest consumer magazines

last updated October 25, 2017

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