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All collections are accessible to the public, but may have limited image viewing properties.

* = viewable images and/or thumbnails

Institution - Department

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Art Museum Image Consortium:


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Banff Centre - Paul D. Fleck Library:

 Library Catalog

Limit the search by selecting "Slides -- ."

Brown University - Art Slide Library:


ANITA is a text-only catalog of slides and photographs in the collection of the Art Slide Library at Brown University.

University of California - Library of UC Images:


Search for images
University of California, Berkeley - Architecture Visual Resources Library


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University of California, San Diego - Art and Architecture Library Visual Resources Collection - Slide Collection:


Search for slides

California State University, Sacramento - Library:


Limit the search by selecting "Slide Collection."
Cleveland Museum of Art -
Ingalls Library:

*Search Collections

Select Image Catalog

Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts Slide Library Research Collections


Canadian Sculpture from the Hayward and Brault Collections 

Dartmouth College -  Hood Museum of Art:

*Search the Collection - Basic

Comprised of nearly 60,000 works of art and artifacts from a broad range of cultures and historical periods.

Dogon Niger Lobi -

*Photos out of Africa

More than one thousand photos out of Africa : Mali, Burkina Faso, Egypt & many more.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Art:

*Thinker Imagebase

Search over 75,000 From the collections of the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor.

G.E.M community:

*Photographic Libraries

The links are carefully chosen and monitored to assist visual communications, media studies course students researching Archive Collections historic images and commercial sections for comparable portfolios with the commercial workplace.

Getty Research Institute - Research Library:

 Photo Study Collection

The Photo Study Collection Database contains over 300,000 records that serve as a finding aid to approximately half of the photographic holdings. Collection level descriptions for all of the holdings are available in IRIS. 

Harvard University - Libraries and Museums:

* Visual Information Access (VIA)

Harvard Fine Arts Library, Visual Collections, Harvard University Art Museums, Loeb Library, Harvard Design School, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology; and more

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

*Search the Collections

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's online catalog provides a means for searching and retrieving information for collections in its current holdings.

Indiana University  - Fine Arts Library:

 Dido Image Bank

As of August 29, 2003 DLIB has enabled authenticated access to DIDO for users with non-IU IP addresses.

University of Iowa - University Libraries (InfoHawk):

International Dada Archive, International Online Bibliography of Dada 

Founded in 1979 as part of the Dada Archive and Research Center, the International Dada Archive is a scholarly resource for the study of the historic Dada movement. The Archive has compiled a comprehensive collection of textual documentation relating to Dada. Its partner institution, the Fine Arts Dada Archive, emphasizes the visual documentation of Dada. 

James Madison University


Demo for the he Madison DID©, developed at James Madison University, is a client/server application that allows instructors to search, retrieve, organize and teach with digital images and image data.

Kimbell Art Museum:


The Kimbell Art Museum's holdings range in period from antiquity to the 20th century ...  The museum is one of the few institutions in the Southwest with a substantial collection of Asian arts ...

Library of Congress:

*American Memory

American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

Los Angeles Public Library:

Public Art Index

This collection consists of inventory forms on outdoor sculpture found in Southern California.

Metropolitan Museum of Art:

*Works of Art

About 3,500 objects—fifty highlights from each of the Museum's curatorial departments as well as the entire department of European Paintings—can be searched by artist, period, style, or keyword. 

University of Michigan - Media Union Library:

*UI Image Source

Search various collections, including the Visual Resources (thumbnails only)

Minneapolis Institute of Arts:

*Artsmia Search

Search the collection

University of Minnesota - Visual Resources Center:

*Digital Content Library

The Digital Content Library (DCL) is a combined resource of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the College of Design (CDes). Together, there are almost 100,000 learning objects from many different disciplines in image, video, and audio formats.

Mount Holyoke - Archives and Special Collections:

*Post Cards

The collection consists of more than 400 individual cards. At this time more than half of the collection has been digitized and is available for viewing. Researchers can either view the post cards as thumbnails on proof sheets arranged in broad subject areas or search the collection by keyword.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:

*Search the Collections

The collection includes American art, European art, ancient art, Asian, African and Oceanic art, contemporary art, prints, drawings, photographs, musical instruments, and textile and fashion arts. 

National Gallery of Art - Slide Library:

*Mercury>>Slide Library Search

The slide collection of the National Gallery of Art is focused primarily on Western art from the Medieval period to the present but also includes antiquities and non-Western art.  The NGA Slide Library Manual for Classifying and Cataloguing Slides may be downloaded

University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Libraries:

*Digital Projects

Including images and materials from: Birds of Nebraska ...  Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition ... Nineteenth Century French Studies ... The Walt Whitman Archive ... and The Willa Cather Archive

New York Public Library - Digital Library:

*NYPL Digital Gallery

NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 550,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

University of Notre Dame - ItalNet Projects:

Ambrosiana Archive

The database currently contains 7,542 descriptive records (last updated 08/01/2003) and images of 4,843 drawings (last updated 12/19/2002).


*Digital Media Center Databases

Art and Architecture images restricted to OhioLink/residents only. Visitors can view: Historic & Archival Collections and Local Museum Collections.

University of Pennsylvania - Fisher Fine Arts Library:

*Online Image Collections Catalog

"...approximately 30,000 digital images and 100,000 searchable slide and photograph records from the Fisher Fine Arts Library Image Collection."

Pierpont Morgan Library:


CORSAIR is a single database providing unified access to over 200,000 records for Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, books, literary and historical manuscripts, music scores, ancient seals and tablets, drawings, prints, and art objects.

San Jose State University - School of Art and Design:

*World Art Database

WorldImages provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains over 50,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery.

Smithsonian American Art Museum:

*Search or Browse the Collection

Search the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection of 41,000 art objects. More than 20,000 works are illustrated online.

Smithsonian Institute Research Information System (SIRIS):


Search the Smithsonian Libraries, the Archival, Manuscript, and Photographic collection, the Smithsonian American Art Museum Research Database (600,000 records, including the Inventories of American Painting & Sculpture); the Specialized Research Bibliographies.

Temple University Libraries:

*Digital Diamond

Selections from the following collections are currently available in Digital Diamond: McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, Tyler War Poster, C. William Fox Architectural Slide, Worcester Art History Photograph, Housing Association Photograph and the Betancourt Slide Collections.

Tufts University - Department of the Classics:


Perseus is an evolving digital library, engineering interactions through time, space, and language.

Walker Art Center - Education and Community:


Search the collections of the Walker Art Center and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. 

University of Wisconsin-Madison - Kohler Art Library/UW Digital Collections Center:

*Digital Library for Decorative Arts and Material Culture - Images

Searchable image collections and virtual exhibits, including the Chipstone/Longridge Images, Image Collections, and Virtual Exhibits.
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 * = Viewable Images