Most of the resources listed under Non-Harvard Sources of Online Full Text include images.

Visual materials, i.e., drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, films, videos, etc. are to be found in many Harvard libraries. Records for many, but by no means all, individual Harvard University Library images are available in HOLLIS Images, an online catalog of images. Records include subjects and a thumbnail image.

Numerous photograph archives, including the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian, are contributing images to Flickr.

Digital Collections at Harvard. Digitized versions of Harvard University Library collections.

Harvard College Library Digital Collections

A selection of online major institutional and subject collections is listed here. Many more can be found using the Search Engines and Link Collections (below).

Major Institutional and Subject Collections

AP Multimedia Archive (AccuNet) is a searchable database of over 700,000 Associated Press photographs, charts and other graphics from the 1840s to the present.

ARTstor is a database of digital images serving art history and the humanities.

British Library Images Online

Corbis Images (commercial site)

John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera (18th-20th centuries). Collection, housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, documents everyday life in Britain.

NYPL Digital Gallery offers over 700,000 images from the New York Public Library.

Posters at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives includes a searchable database of around 33,000 of their 100,000 item worldwide political poster collection.

Science & Society Picture Library offers over 50,000 images from the Science Museum (London), the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television and the National Railway Museum.


Sources for television and radio ads are available on the Radio/Film page of this guide.

Searches can be limited to advertisements in Proquest Historical Newspapers and American Periodicals Series Online - More Search Options, then Document Type.

Ad*Access (1911 and 1955) world's largest searchable database of classic print ads (individual subscription)

Advertising Archives has both American and British ads.

Ads Through the Ages

Early Advertising Collection (1790-1910) contains European and American printed advertisements, largely late 19th century trade cards. Dates often approximate.

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920

Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History

John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera (18th-20th centuries). Collection, housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, documents everyday life in Britain. Includes section on advertising.

Medicine & Madison Avenue (1850-1920)

Additional links:
Advertisements Online and University of Washington libraries images guide

Search Engines and Link Collections

Digital Images Collections Wiki offers links to collections of Free- and Fair-Use digital images arranged by subject.

Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) offers images of art, design, and posters.

Visual Collections: Images of Art, History and Culture hosts collections from several museums, universities and private collections. Many free, some by subscription.

Visual Resources Research Guide (Yale University) offers list of Image Resources by Subject

Wikimedia Commons is a database of over 5 million freely usable media files.

World Digital Library offers primary source materials.

Further Information

Directory to Photographs at Harvard

Photographica: Research Guide for Photography@Harvard