PixPower: Photographic Resources

The purpose of this page is to provide links to image search engines and databases that access visual references on the Internet.

These resources provide excellent visual references when preparing illustrations or graphics for projects. Please note that most all the images are copyrighted. They may, in most instances, be used for reference only.

Please contact copyright owner for permission to use or alter an image.


AltaVista - Image Search. You can search image, video, and audio resources on Alta Vista. Images appear as thumbnails which are linked to the original web pages on which the images were located. The engine searches for jpg, gif, and other image formats. This site generates small thumbnails of found images with links to original source pages.

The Amazing Picture Machine. This unique search engine asks for keywords words and then creates a list of pictures from internet sites that match. Each picture has a clickable link and a short description to help you decide which pictures to access. Source: North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium. To search enter a phrase and click. Like other engines this provides thumbnail images linked to original sources. A search for elephants, as an example,will provide visual reference to elephant art prints and sculpture being marketed by commercial supporters of this search engine. Source:

Foto Search Stock Photo Search Engine. This search engine allows users to search from over fifty top stock photography and image sources all at one site. They can find royalty-free photography, clipart pictures, illustrations, video clips, vector maps, and background clip art imagery. There are over 700,000 images available as well as an "Advanced Search" function.

Claims to be the most comprehensive image search engine on the web. The engine provides large thumbnail images linked to original sources. Source: Google.

Lycos Multimedia Search. A web search engine that looks not only for image files but also video and sound. Source: Lycos

Picture Search and Finder. Contains annotated descriptions of both photo search engines and image databases. Source:Coronado Internet Consulting, Applications and Solutions.

WebLens. Lots of powerful and sophisticated tools are available for text searches, and great strides are being made in the area of image search technology. Some image search engines are just large databases. Other experimental work like the resources listed on this site are under R&D operate on the principle of sophisticated color and pattern analysis.

A web search engine that provides access to web based image and multimedia files. Source: Yahoo


Afghanistan: Images from the Harrison Forman Collection. An online exhibit that documents the life and culture of Afghanistan in the late 1960s (several years before the Soviet Union invaded the country). Consisting of 186 images selected from a set of 733 slides.

All Learn-Image Data Bases. An annotated listing of image collections including photographs, drawings, paintings and other visual resources.

Animal Picture Archive. Most of these images are from the newsgroups, especially from alt.binaries. pictures. animals and are intended for personal or educational rather than commercial use

An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life. Mexican Muralist David Afaro Siqueiros, (1), collected over 11,000 photographic images as research materials for his artwork, often sketching on top of photographs, and asking photographers to stage scenes that would later appear in his work. Siqueiros wanted this archive made available to other artists for inspiration, and wrote, "Nothing can give the [artist] of today the essential feeling of the modern era's dynamic and subversive elements more than the photographic document." The Siqueiros Photographic Archive at the Sala de Arte Publico follows Siqueiros' wishes by providing this web-accessible image bank. Approximately half of the archive is now online, organized according to Siqueiros' original categories, which include Architecture, Objects, People and Historical Figures, Models, Workers & Industry, and Personal Photography, the largest category, with over 1600 images. Source: Scout Report.

Ansel Adam's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar. Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar displays side-by-side digital scans of Adams's 242 original negatives and 209 photographic prints.

AP Photo Archive. Contains some 400,000 images, most of which are contemporary photos made since late 1995. Hundreds of spot news and feature pictures are entered into the Archive each day. A selection of historical images are scanned in weekly.

The Archive of Early American Images. Drawn from the holdings of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, the Archive of Early American Images is designed "to assist historians in their quest for contemporary images to illustrate their research findings and to facilitate the study of historical images in their own right and in proper context." This evolving image database (planned to eventually contain some 6,000 images) contains numerous images that have been culled from relatively obscure books printed in Europe that have visual documentation related to the Americas in the period before 1825. First-time visitors can browse the materials here by time, geographical area, or subjects, which include such headings as flora and fauna, industry, maps, and portraits. With such a wide array of images available, many visitors will be tempted to come back to this site numerous times, as they will definitely find materials that may help them in the classroom setting. Source: Scout Report.

Archival Photographic Files of the University of Chicago. The University of Chicago collection includes a wide range of subjects, ranging from zoning maps of the surrounding areas in the early 20th century to photographs of various buildings under construction from the 1890s to the 1920s. Source: Scout Report.

Bioimages: Vanderbilt University.This extensive website of southeastern U.S. plant images was developed by Dr. Steve Baskauf of the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. The site is part of a larger Bioimages website designed to "provide educational information to the public on biologically related topics, as well as a source of biological images for personal and non-commercial use." Site visitors can browse for excellent images of many trees and woody plants by common name, scientific name, or family. Notably, these species pages include close-ups of different tree and plant parts (e.g. flower, bark, leaf, fruit). The site also offers helpful comparison sections for oaks, hickories, maples, and hickory nuts. Other site offerings include a list of Common and Endemic Herbaceous Plants of Cedar Glades by Family, a list of non-seed plants (hyperlinked to images), and a section on Identifying Invasive Plants. Source: The Scout Report

Botany Photo of the Day. The motto of this fine site is simple: "In science, beauty. In beauty, science. Daily". A more pure expression could not be found to describe this lovely site offered by the University of British Columbia's Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research. The site focuses on a different high-quality photograph every day, complete with background information. Visitors can also view the site's archives, which date back to April 2005 and browse previously featured photographs, which are divided into categories that include conifers, lichens, mosses, and natural landscapes. Visitors will also want to check out some of organization's resources, including The Garden Weblog and the online garden forums. Finally, the site also affords visitors the opportunity to download desktop wallpaper for their own computer. Source: The Scout Report

Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1. For many people, the world of Depression-era photography in the United States can be characterized by the somber black-and-white images of rural poverty or by the vivid depictions of everyday struggles. Interestingly enough, there were a number of color images taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information from the years 1939 to 1943. The Library of Congress has created a delightful digital exhibition of these images to complement a current exhibition in their headquarters in Washington, DC. Visitors to the site can read an introductory essay on the collection, and then begin by perusing photographs of small children at the Vermont State Fair, homesteaders in New Mexico, and a street corner in Dillon, Montana. The site is rounded out with a link to the entire collection of color photographs hosted by the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project. Source: The Scout Report

Calvin Photographic Collection. Good source for late 1800 period clothing styles, machines, architectural references. This time period was one of exploration and documentation. Mass-produced dry glass plates with light-sensitive gelatin emulsion were introduced into the United States in 1879, enabling many to become a photographer. Samuel Calvin and his colleagues carried their cameras into the field and around the world. A portion of the Calvin Photographic Collection is accessible via the Internet with 800 photographs of the mills, mines, and other places in and beyond Iowa. Source: University of Iowa.

Chicago Daily News Photo Collection.This photo collection comprises over 55,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News , then one of Chicago 's leading newspapers, The photographs illustrate the enormous variety of topics and events covered in the newspaper, although only about twenty percent of the images in the collection were published in the newspaper. Most of the photographs were taken in Chicago ,Illinois , or in nearby towns, parks, or athletic fields. In addition to many Chicagoans, the images include politicians, actors, and other prominent people who stopped in Chicago during their travels and individual athletes and sports teams who came to Chicago.

China:The Hedda Morrison Photographs 1. This online archive holds over 5,000 photographs taken by Hedda Morrison while she resided in Beijing from 1933 to 1946. The photographs document various trades, professions, landscapes, and architectural structures of China that in many instances no longer exist.

Comer Archive of Chicago in the Year 2000. In the year 2000, more than 200 photographers "recorded the people of Chicago in every feature of their public and social lives as well as the buildings and landscape they occupied." With the help of the Comer Foundation and the University of Illinois at Chicago, their photographic musings on the Windy City and its inhabitants is now available online in its entirety.

Desktop Reference: Photograph Databases. Extensive gateway to Photographs and Photograph Search Engines -- Fine Arts --People, History, and Cultures -- Science and Technology -- Miscellaneous Topics. Source:Mount Mercey College.

Digital Librarian. An annotated listing of image collections including photographs, drawings, paintings and other visual resources.

Dinosaur Illustrations. Click on the Dinosaur name to see a small image preview. From there click the image to get to its Internet home.

Documenting History: Teenie Harris Archive. Charles "Teenie" Harris was a Pittsburgh photographer who spent more than 40 years documenting the city's black community, in part as the staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier from 1 (he had freelanced for the paper since about 1936). Harris died in 1998, never receiving the recognition he was due, and in 2001 the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh acquired his photographic archive, about 50,000 pictures. The Teenie Harris Archive web site is an exercise in community curation--currently there are 1400 unidentified images at the site, with space for visitors to add comments and information. The Museum will add images monthly until 3,600 are presented. Already there are fascinating pictures at the site: a young Dizzy Gillespie--you'll know him by his trumpet, with the bent bell--and many pictures of Pittsburgh's Hill District, before it burned in the riots following Martin Luther King's 1968 assassination. All Pittsburgh ex-pats should pay this site a visit, to identify the pictures. Source: The Scout Report

The Doris Ulmann Photograph Collection . Born in New York City in 1882, Doris Ulmann was a graduate of the school of the Ethical Culture Society, a socially liberal organization that was know for championing individual worth regardless of ethnic background or economic condition. Over her life, Ulmann documented the rural people of the American South and also created a series of prominent intellectuals of the day, including John Dewey and Lewis Mumford. Recently, the University of Oregon Libraries created this fine digital collection that provides access to 1,800 of approximately 12,000 images from the Ulman Photograph Collection. Visitors to the site can browse the collection or perform advanced searches utilizing such fields as title, description, and photo date. Source: The Scout Report.

The Eastman Project: Images of California Life. In 1921, one Jervie Henry Eastman set up a photographic studio with the intent of providing commercial photography services to residents of Northern California. Over Eastman’s long career he took photographs of logging camps, dam construction, the construction of the University of California-Davis campus, and numerous other subjects. While the online collection does not have a detailed finding aid, visitors can search the contents with a search engine offered here. Each photograph is accompanied by detailed information on its provenance, along with an image description, and subject headings. The collection is quite extensive, as it features over 13,000 images that may be of great interest to those in the fields of urban history, historical geography, and the Golden State in general. Source: The Scout Report.

File. An online photography magazine that specializes in "alternate takes, odd angles, unconventional observations". As its makers wryly note, "We leave the Kodak Moments to the family album, the glossy fashion spreads to Vogue, and the photo finishes to ESPN". While the site is relatively new, there is a good deal to browse through here, and visitors can start with a trip to the thematic galleries, and also stop by the contributors section to learn more about each individual photographer. One rather intriguing collection is called "Rustfetish" and features the work of Vince Stinson, whose artistic statement notes that "...these photos prove that by celebrating/the love of rust and all that rusts". The site also includes "Karaoke Camera", in which the editors of the FILE offer a photographic theme or trope, and visitors are encouraged to submit photographs related to that particular idea. Source: The Scout Report.

Florida Folklife Collection. With generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Florida State Archives has recently finished an ambitious two-year project to enhance access to a number of items in the Florida Folklife Collection by creating The Florida Memory Project website. No doubt the site will be of great interest to folklorists and the general public, as it contains an online index with descriptions of 50,000 photographic images and close to 5,000 audio recordings. Additionally, visitors can peruse over 10,000 of these photographic images by performing detailed searches. Visitors can also look through the audio section for a number of real finds, including a WPA recording of a work song performed by Zora Neale Hurston along with other folk song recordings. Source: The Scout Report. One of the largest collections of free photographs for noncommercial use on the Internet. This comprehensive, yet easy to navigate site, features 50 main sections with over 900 sub headings. The photographs are free to private non-commercial users and for sale to commercial users. contains over 27,000 images with new pictures being added every week. high quality resource of digital stock photographic images. All images are free to use on websites and printed materials. Terms for use apply.

Forestry Images. A source for forest health and silviculture images. In the mid-1990's a need for quality photographs of forest insects and disease organisms to use in information technology applications was recognized. The overall objective of Forestry is: to provide an accessible and easily used archive of high quality images related to forest health and silviculture, with particular emphasis on educational applications.

Framing Canda: A Photographic Memory. Culled from over 22 million images in the holdings of Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the Framing Canada web site "presents a searchable database of digitized photographic images from 1843 to the mid-20th century" that illustrates the history of photography in Canada. Within the Photographic Collections section of this site, the Introduction subsection is the most complete. Included in this section are views of Canadian businesses, such as the ruins of the Molson brewery after a fire in 1858. Also included are newsworthy scenes of domestic life, such as the Dionne Quintuplets photographed in bed with their mother in 1934. Eventually a series of thematic essays will be available, with such topics as Nation Building, The Canadian Mosaic, Portraiture, and Aboriginal Peoples. A glossary of photographic terms is also being built; already including examples of a cyanotype, Carte-de-visite, and hand-colored glass lantern slide .(Source: Scout Report)

Fugitive Images. Parks, buildings, sidewalks, dumpsters, and other pieces of the urban fabric offer a canvas for some to express their artistic side, and in many cases, also allow individuals the opportunity to offer a visual reminder of different social and cultural struggles within different urban communities. While certain cities have yet to document these various expressions, New York City is a place where many have sought to create a record of these different murals, drawings, and stencils. As a statement on the homepage announces, “Fugitive Images exposes conversations held on city surfaces that begin to describe the stylistic, social, cultural, and political perspectives of New York’s neighborhoods”. The site utilizes a rather user friendly and visually pleasant interface that allows users to search the city’s many neighborhoods to view some of the hundreds of pieces they have documented thus far. Additionally, visitors may leave comments and additional information on each piece, if they so desire. So far, most of the images contained within the site are located in Manhattan, but with any luck, the project should continue to grow exponentially in the future. (Source: Scout Report)

Greetings from Milwaukee: Selections from the Thomas and Jean Ross Bliffert Postcard Collection. For close to 80 years, Milwaukee was home to two rather prodigious postcard publishers, the L.L. Cook Company and the E.C. Kropp Company that together produced thousands of cards that detailed the city's built environment. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Special Collections department created this compelling digital archive of 200 images, taken from the Thomas and Jean Ross Bliffert Postcard Collection, which consists of close to 12,000 postcards. Visitors can search or browse the archive. Source: The Scout Report.

Hiroshi Sugimoto. This Web exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum features series of photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto, from 1976 to the present, the entire span of his career. The majority of the photographs are black and white, with the exception of the series Colors of Shadow, which reveals, in the artist's words, "sublime variety in shadow hues." Another series in the exhibition is Architecture, which are photographs showing Sugimoto's "erosion-testing" of exceptional examples of modern architecture, such as the Chrysler or Seagram Buildings. This is accomplished by photographing the buildings using a large-format camera, so that the images are blurred; only the best examples of architecture hold up. Also fascinating is the Portraits series, recreating 16th century portraits of Henry the 8th and his wives in black and white photography. Although the digital images of Sugimoto's photographs are not presented in a particularly high-tech way, they are still worth a look. Visitors can also listen to Hiroshi Sugimoto podcasts, including an exhibition tour and meet the artist events. Source: The Scout Report.

Historic Photos. A source of visual references dating from the mid1800's of Oregon architecture, landscapes, people, fashions, machines and tools. Thousands of photographs of Oregon are included with special focus on the City of Salem and other Western Oregon communities are available online. Source: Salem Public Library.

History of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Images and text detail the story of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from the inception,construction, collapse and reopening of a reconstructed bridge in 1950.

The Internet Picture Dictionary. Includes especially prepared colored illustrations. The site can be searched by categories or alphabetically. Good reference for illustrations that would appeal to children.

King County Snapshots.This fine photographic archive serves as a repository of visual historical documentation of the King County area (which includes Seattle) in the state of Washington with over 12,000 items. Visitors may search across each distinct collection, or elect to browse through each one individually. To get visitors started with using the archive, a number of sample searches are provided here as well.

Library of Congress Color Prints & Photographs Online Catalog . The Library of Congress (LC) recently announced the availability of early color photographs and prints in its online catalog, including the Prokudin-Gorskii Collection, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Transparencies, and British Cartoon Prints. Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii photographed the Russian Empire between 1905 and 1915, using an early color process, producing about 1,900 glass plate negatives, all of which have been digitized by LC. The FSA/OWI Color Transparencies collection includes about 1,600 color transparencies, taken between 1933 and 1949, showing work and home life, culture, and the war industry in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands, such as a view of a woman working on an airplane motor at the North American Aviation plant in California in 1942. Also available are about 500 British satirical prints dating from ca. 1621 - 1853, including, for example, "The horse America throwing his master" a print that shows a bucking horse throwing its rider, King George III.

McCormick-International Harvester Collection. Cyrus McCormick was one of the great successes of the American Industrial Revolution, as he was the inventor of the first commercially successful reaper. While he invented the machine in Virginia, his real triumphs began when he moved to Chicago and formed what would later become known as the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. Over the company's long history it produced thousands of various publications, advertising materials, and short industrial films. This particularly strong online collection created by materials donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society includes thousands of images that date from the 1840s to the 1980s. Visitors may view these images by perusing a list of topics, such as farm equipment, railroads, trucks, and women at work. One topic heading that is definitely worth a look is the one dedicated to providing images for the 1931 Reaper Centennial Celebration. Here one may view images that include a re-enactment of the first McCormick reaper and a placard with a painting by N.C. Wyeth that celebrates the first reaper test, which took place in Steele's Tavern, A. Source: The Scout Report.

McVicar/Stein Photo Copy Service Collection.The Wisconsin Historical Society continues to create interesting and valuable online digital collections that document various aspects of local and regional history, and this collection is now exception. Angus McVicar and George Stein were two local commercial photographers who spent much of their lives taking photographs of street scenes, the built environment, businesses, and public events, in and around Madison from the 1920s through the 1960s. In 1999, Stein donated the negatives and prints from the pair's work to the Wisconsin Historical Society, which proceeded to place 2,000 of the 10,000 images into this online collection. Visitors to the site can view a list of some popular searches on the site, including browsing through areas that include "Service Stations", "Banks", Wisconsin State Capitol", and "Railroad Cars and Employees". Overall, this fine collection will be of great interest to historians and those with a penchant for local history. Source: The Scout Report.

Nagasaki University Photo Archive. The photographs in this collection were mainly taken in Japan from the 1860s to the 1890s, and colored by professional painters. They show foreigners' settlements, urban and rural scenery, tourist spots, customs and people in Nagasaki, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and elsewhere. As of the end of March 1999, items in the collection numbered 5,414, making it one of the largest collections in Japan. Source: Nagasaki University.

NASA Image Data Base. This NASA image database is a collection of over a thousand images of significant historical interest scanned at high-resolution in several sizes. This collection is intended for the media, publishers, and the general public looking for high-quality photographs. Downloading these image files may take some time, although searching and browsing should be relatively quick. Source: NASA

NASA's Visible Earth.This is an excellent resource for 1,800 visual references of images, visualizations, and animations of earth. Source: NASA. A searchable database of images, visualizations, and animations.

The Night Sky In The World. Satellite monitoring of the artificial night sky.

NYPL Digital Gallery. Lovers of historical and cultural ephemera should prepare themselves for this website, which has been years in the making and is an absolute gem for anyone interested in the potential of large-scale digital galleries. The NYPL Digital Gallery is The New York Public Library's new image database, which currently contains over 275,000 items for online viewing. Just to give users a sense of what they might find on the site, some of the items include Goya's Disasters of War, George Caitlin's North American Indian Portfolio, and of course, some lovely cityscapes of New York City's Fifth Avenue. Given the staggering number of images here, it is not surprising that there are a broad range of thematic collections that will help users navigate the database's holdings. The site also contains a "Curator's Choice" section, which features hundreds of American posters printed from 1893 through the early years of the 20th century. Overall, this site will warrant many return visits and is both elegant and easy to use. Source: Scout Report

Oregon Picture Tour. These are scans of some of the 1200 slides of Oregon plus some shots from Mt. St. Helens and San Diego. You can retrieve the pictures in 3 resolutions. Source: Bern Mohr.

Picturing Modern America, 1. This fine site contains a number of interactive exercises (drawing on the vast collections of the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress) that will help deepen ones' understanding of common topics in the study of modern America from 1880 to 1920 and to build their skills in analyzing primary sources. Through the exercises, visitors will be asked a variety of questions that draw on the visual materials contained within each thematic section, such as "What brought people to the prairie?" or "Why might people have left the prairie?". Visitors also have the opportunity to build their own exhibits by choosing their own theme or question about modern America, and through choosing their own images and documents for their exhibit. Sour: Scout Report

Pittsburgh City Photographer.The Archives Service Center and the Digital Research Library at the University of Pittsburgh have made over 1,200 pictures of Pittsburgh taken by the Pittsburgh City Photographer between 1901 and 1969 available online. Included are views of Pittsburgh parks and recreation facilities, athletic and mayoral events, general street scenes and traffic, as well as interior and exterior shots of familiar Pittsburgh buildings, including some that have been demolished. There are also interesting depictions of home life, and the famous and not so famous people of Pittsburgh. For example, a search on Highland Park retrieves 20 images dating from 1901 - 1968, and includes families at the Childrens' Zoo in the 1960s; various views of the entrance to Highland Park; an early image of the Highland Park Reservoir (1907); and DeLucca's market on Bryant St. It is also possible to search the Pittsburgh City Photographer's Collection along with 26 other image collections at the Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections. Source: The Scout Report.

Plane Pictures.Net. German picture database for air plane and aviation photos. Source:

THE 1 Breasted Expeditions to Egypt and the Sudan: The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago hosts this online exhibition devoted to the photographs taken by Professor James Henry Breasted and his colleagues in Nubia during the years 1. Breasted focused on preserving and documenting the historical treasures found above ground before they became too weathered. Breasted's excursions resulted in the printing of 1,055 photographs, which are now displayed digitally (high or low resolution .gif) at this fascinating Website. a catalog and map are also featured. A collection of close to 7000 photographs of Sheffield, located in the South Yorkshire region of England. Know for centuries for the making of cutlery and heavy manufacturing. More recently known as the location for the movie,The Full Monty, and the singer Joe Cocker.

Pictures of the Year. This is one of the world's oldest, largest and most prestigious photojournalism competitions. Today, nearly 2,000 magazine and newspaper photographers submit over 32,000 slides to be considered in the annual POY. The Missouri School of Journalism and the National Press Photographers Association with educational grants from CANON, U.S.A., INC. and Fujifilm Professional sponsor POY. Source: University of Missouri School of Journalism

Public Health Image Library. An extensive collection of still images, image sets, and multimedia files related to public health. If this is your first visit, you are encouraged to glance through the PHILTM FAQ's before proceeding.

Red Color-News Soldier. The world is a richer place for the efforts of those who have sought to document the various social and cultural transformations that have taken place around the globe during the twentieth century. One must only think of A.J. Liebling’s dispatches from Europe during the World War II or Robert Capa’s images of the Spanish Civil War to be reminded of the importance of such materials. This website pays homage to the work of another such dedicated individual, Li Zhengsheng, who took it upon himself to document the Cultural Revolution in China through photographs. This fine online exhibit includes some of the thousands of images Zhengsheng took from 1964 to 1976. The contents are divided into five chronological sections, such as “Revolution is Not a Dinner Party”. Within each section, visitors can view a number of images, including photographs of peasant women at work on an irrigation project and a gathering of Communist party officials who met to mourn the death of Chairman Mao. Source: Scout Report.

San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection The San Francisco Public Library has placed a number of their historical photo holdings online. In total, the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection contains over 250,000 photographs, approximately 30,000 of which are available here. Visitors should begin their voyage through these images by using their search engine, which allows them to search by photographer, subject index, or by date. Perhaps the most novel way to search the images is to look through the photos by using an interactive map of the entire city. Here visitors can find photographs of the historic Moulin Rouge nightclub in the historic Barbary Coast area, or move on over to Sutro Heights over on the Pacific Ocean. For those who might be feeling a bit less adventurous, there are a number of thematic collections, including “Picture This: Family Photographs of Everyday San Francisco”

Science and Photography Through the Microscopy. Over the past thirty years, Dennis Kunkel has worked in the field of microscopy, and along the way, he has developed a number of exhibits, publications, and other such materials on the subject. For those looking for such material online, this site provides both a fine image bank for general use and general information about the art and science of this interesting field of scientific endeavor. The first stop for most visitors should be the education image library area of the site. Here they can search the database of micrographs in its entirety, or browse the contents by category, which includes such areas as crystals, insects, or protozoa. One rather fun feature on the site is the “Most Wanted Bugs” section, which contains twelve “bug mugs” and "bug body" shots taken through the process of photomicrography. The site is rounded out by the "Zoom In" area, which allows users the opportunity to zoom in on a black ant, a fruit fly, or a mosquito. Source: Scout Report.

Seattle Power and Water Supply Collection The western United States has been the site of some of the most ambitious public works projects in the country’s history. One only need think of massive structures such as the Hoover Dam or the Grand Coulee Dam to be reminded of the strong human desire that compels various groups of individuals to harness and control water. This latest digital collection from the University of Washington’s Digital Collections group showcases images of hydroelectric power and water supply facilities built in the state of Washington from the 1890s to the 1950s. Among its 695 images, visitors will find construction photographs of the Snoqualmie Falls Power Plant, plans for the “Seattle Water System”, and the Lower Baker River development, which was built with steam donkeys and dynamite. Understanding of these developments in public works (and the photographs themselves) is greatly enhanced by an accompanying essay on the construction of these edifices by noted local historians Paul Dorpat and Genevieve McCoy. Source: The Scout Report

September 11 Digital Archive. There are currently 65 images in the archive. These are related in one way or another to events of September 11, 2001.

St. Petersburg 1900: A Photographic Travelogue. Since 1995, Bob Atchison has been creating interesting Web exhibits and collections, and he has also been responsible for maintaining the Alexander Palace Russian History homepage. The site features a number of specific exhibits that deal with such topics as the Romanovs and Siberia. His most recent creation is this photographic travelogue of St. Petersburg, which was the capital of Imperial Russia in 1900. Atchison had the idea for such a project as he looked over a copy of the Burton Holmes Travelogue for Russia from the period. All told, the travelogue contains 50 photographs, some of which are drawn from this original travelogue, and the remainder of which are drawn from Atchison’s personal collection. The collection is rounded out by a selection of links to other online works and several maps of St. Petersburg which are provided for reference purposes. Source: The Scout Report.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The US Bureau of Reclamation has an extensive collection of still dating from 1902. These collections include photographs related to the economic and social life of the western United States. Source: US Bureau of Reclamation.

USC Digital Archive Universities and colleges have been involved in creating digital archives for the web-curious public for over a decade, and successful projects have been launched at institutions such as the University of Wisconsin and the University of Pittsburgh, among others. The University of Southern California (USC) has created their own digital archive, which draws on their own archival holdings, along with those of other collaborating institutions. Currently, the USC Digital Archive provides access to over 100,000 photographs, maps, and texts. Within this archive, there is a distinct emphasis on materials that relate directly to the Southern California region, particularly the city of Los Angels. Additional materials are related to the western United States more generally, and the Pacific Rim region as well. Visitors can perform a basic or advanced search within this archive, or they can also browse through one of the thematic collections. These collections include a clutch of land use maps of Los Angeles created by the Works Progress Administration and the Sea of Korea map collection.Source: The Scout Report.

USDA Photo Collection. The Center's mission is to acquire and make available, to the people of the United States, useful photography depicting general agriculture, health, economics, resource conservation, forestry, and other programs administered by the agencies of the Department of Agriculture. Source: United States Department of Agriculture

US Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection. A series of more than 2,200 photographs of the Gary Works steel mill and the corporate town of Gary, Indiana held by the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest. In images of compelling diversity, historians and the general public can view all aspects of this planned industrial community: the steel mill, the city, and the citizens who lived and worked there. Source:Indiana University.

Vintage Maine Images. The Main Historical Society makes available historic images from over 100 collecting institutions in Northern New England. Purchase prints or digital files for publication. All proceeds will benefit local history projects. Source: Maine Historical Society.

Virtual Motor City: Images from the Detroit News. To some, Detroit stands as a symbol of the failed promise of the American urban condition. While the city has shown signs of new vitality in the past several decades, the city remains synonymous with so-called "white flight", disinvestment, and a general feeling of post-industrial malaise. This lovely photograph archive from the Wayne State University Library System and the Walter P. Reuther Library brings together 15,000 images that trace the city's development through its structures, its activities, and its people. The project draws upon over 800,000 negatives from the Detroit News which were donated by the paper's outgoing editor and publisher, Robert Giles. The project was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and on the site, visitors can browse the collection by topic, decade, or by performing their own keyword search. There are hundreds of fine photographs here, including images of the first Oldsmobile, dramatic evidence of the race riots of the 1960s, and the glorious Fox Theater. Source: Scout Report.

When They Were Young: A Photographic Retrospective of Childhood.The pictures in this exhibition recall the spirit, vulnerability, playfulness, unpredictability, restlessness, and dignity of children throughout generations and in diverse parts of the world.

The Wright Brothers in Photographs. A digital collection containing over 408 entries, provides coverage of the Wrights' early inventive period (documenting their experimental gliders and flight testing in both North Carolina and Ohio), and offers accounts of their home and camp life. Source History and Archival Collections database of the OhioLINK Digital Media Center (DMC)

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party. This new addition to Library of Congress' American Memory makes 448 images culled from approximately 2,650 photographs in the Records of the National Woman's Party, and held by the Manuscript Division at Library of Congress, available online. The National Woman's Party was the militant wing of the suffrage movement, whose members engaged in public protests, such as picketing, pageants, parades, hunger strikes, and demonstrations, often resulting in arrests and imprisonment, all to bring publicity to the cause of women's right to vote. Pictures reflecting this broad range of tactics, dating from 1875 to 1938 (the majority from 1913 and 1922) are showcased at the website. The gallery entitled Suffrage Prisoners presents portraits of roughly 60 National Woman's Party activists who were jailed for their role in suffrage protests. Source: Scout Report.

Wyoming Scenery. Provides resource of images of Wyoming wild life including big horn sheep and buffalo. Limited number of images but good reference for specific species. Source: Wyoming Department of Family Services.



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