Below is a brief list of digital repositories that contain high-resolution images available for public browsing and download. The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list of collections; rather, it presents archives, libraries and museums with searchable collection databases containing high-quality images in a browsable interface.
Use the open-access public collections below to browse images, manuscripts, and more. The Public Collections below typically have Creative Commons licenses, which means the creator has surrendered some but not all of their rights under copyright law. Take note of the copyright status for each image you reference in your research.
Access Creative Commons licensed images, videos, and more.
Google Images can be an easy way to begin your research but can be limiting for your scholarly needs. Internet search engines cannot find the highest quality digitized work in archives, museums, and libraries, and often reference external websites that are not the original source of the material. Use Google but don't rely on it for your scholarly work.
Below are tips on navigating Google's reverse image searching, rights-free filters, and museums that use the Arts & Culture feature.
Google Arts & Culture
Google partners with museums and cultural heritage institutions from across the world to provide high-resolution images and 360-views of galleries.
Google Image Search
Select "free to use" from the Usage Rights dropdown to find various rights-free or Creative Commons images.
Google Reverse Image Searching
Reverse image searching is a great way to browse images from a secondary source such as a press release, blog, or another website. Click on the small camera icon in the search bar in Google. This will give you the option to upload an image or you can paste an image hyperlink in the search field.