Resources to help you find images and artifacts for curating your own museum.
Find Images and Artifacts
Listed Alphabetically by repository, The following resources should provide you with a variety of images, maps, manuscripts, and other ephemera that could be used for curating your museum project. If you need assistance, contact Ms. Covintree.
Digital image bank that covers many time periods and cultures. ARTstor documents many art fields as well as anthropology, ethnographic and women's studies, and many other forms of visual culture.
Image database containing over 1 million images from art, architecture, music, world history and more. Collections are made up of contributions from museums, libraries, artists' estates, photographers, and scholars from all over the world.
Registered users are able to save images as well as download them into a presentation slide format.
For home access, contact the library staff.
One of the world's largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts and is Yale's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The Beinecke Library's robust collections are used to create new scholarship by researchers from around the world.
Except in a few special circumstances, listed here, the Beinecke does not hold the copyright to its materials and, hence, cannot grant or deny permission to use them. Accordingly, you are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of any materials you may wish to use, to investigate the owner of the copyright, and to obtain permission for your intended use. In all cases, you must cite the Beinecke as the source with the appropriate credit line that corresponds to the appropriate collection.
Some of the original materials reproduced on the site may be protected by copyright. It is your obligation to determine and follow all copyright or use restrictions of the material presented here. Digital Commonwealth provides access to copyrighted materials strictly for noncommercial educational and research purposes and places no restrictions on public domain material.
The participating institutions are not aware of any U.S. copyright or any other restrictions on the original materials digitized for the Digital Scriptorium. However, some of the content may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (title 17, USC) and/or by the copyright or neighboring rights laws of other nations. For the purposes of research, teaching, and private study, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) materials from this collection without prior permission of the owning institution, on the condition that proper attribution of the source is provided in all copies.
Most are connected to colleges including Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, and UMass, Amherst. This searchable database contains information about catalogued objects from the collections of seven museums in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. This is a working database and is constantly being updated as new information becomes available. Not all of the records have images.
"The Metropolitan Museum of Art implemented a new policy known as Open Access, which makes images of artworks it believes to be in the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation.....You are welcome to use images of artworks in The Met collection that the Museum believes to be in the public domain, or those to which the Museum waives any copyright it might have, for any purpose, including commercial and noncommercial use, free of charge and without requiring permission from the Museum."
Images provided through the Music Manuscripts Online Web pages may be printed or downloaded for personal, educational, or noncommercial use. For example, images may be printed out for study, or downloaded for classroom presentations, dissertations, or non-commercial Web sites or blogs. The images must remain unaltered. The accompanying description (e.g. "Front matter, p. [i]; title page. Chopin, Frédéric, 1810-1849. Allegro de concert. Allegro de concert : manuscript in the hand of Julian Fontana, 1841? Heineman MS 42B") must be included without alteration, and the citation should include the manuscript URL (e.g. http://www.themorgan.org/music/manuscript/114337)
When possible, a Download option is available for images. Many WDL items contain links to partner web sites, which contain information about intellectual property and re-use. This site is a project of the Library of Congress with support from the United Nations.