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Resources to support research in art & architecture at Milner Library and beyond

Open Access and Copyright Free Images

Images labeled as open access, copyright free, or public domain can be used without getting permission and restriction. However, some images cannot be sold or used in commercial products or for commercial purposes. Read the use licensing when available and for projects, cite the images.

Creative Commons Images on Flickr

Flickr contains millions of photographs and many photographers have licensed their images under a Creative Commons licenses.

Several overlays to Flickr offer enhanced search functionality and additional features.

  • Flickr Creative Commons
    Flickr's Creative Commons portal. Browse by license type or choose Advanced Search to search across license types.
  • Compfight
    An image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research using the flickr™ API. Last updated 2011.

Photographs and Historical Images

  • Archives of American Art 285 digitized photographs from the Federal Art Project's Photographic Division Collection. Most of the photographs date between 1935 and 1942, the active years of the Federal Art Project,
  • Art Images for College Teaching
    Art and architecture images photographed by art historian and visual resources curator Allan Kohl.
  • Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online
    Images from the Library of Congress, now in the public domain.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    Historical and contemporary images contributed by participants. Millions of high-resolution images of art, architecture, design, people, historical events, diagrams, maps, and more.
  • World Images
    Primarily historical images organized into 18 categories, including Women, Science, Cities, Natural World, Science, and more.

Clip Art

Stock Photos & Vector Graphics

  • FreepikGraphic resources for everyone - Find Free Vectors, Stock Photos, PSD, and Icons
  • PixabayOver 1.8 million+ high quality stock images and videos shared by the community.
  • PexelsThe world's first inclusive free stock photo & video library.
  • UnsplashPhotos for everyone - Over 1 million free high-resolution images by the world’s most generous community of photographers.
  • morgueFile
    Search image tags or browse by category. MorgueFile license clearly explained. Affiliated with dreamstime stock photo.
  • Free Stock Photos
    Over 10,000 images, browsable by category. Lots of clip art and clear photographs.
  • stock.xchng
    Stock photography contributed by members. Owned by Getty Images & affiliated wtih iStockphoto.

About Creative Commons

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Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works "to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing." (

Creative Commons licenses provide a way for people to share their work and make it available for others to build on and reuse.

Check out the Creative Commons website for more information and details about CC licenses.