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Around the World in the 1890s: Photographs from the World's Transportation Commission, 1894-1896
Library of Congress, American Memory

This photo archive contains nearly 900 images made by American photographer William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) during an 1890s tour of North Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. The World's Transportation Commission, an organization formed to aid American business interests abroad, commissioned... [more]

Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
Jerome S. Handler, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Michael L. Tuite, Jr.

This collection provides more than 800 images from the period of the Atlantic Slave Trade depicting slave life in the United States, the Caribbean, and South America. The images include maps, photographs, newspapers, portraits, and a few short written accounts. Together, they showcase all aspects... [more]

Chinese Propaganda Posters
Stefan Landsberger, Leiden University, The Netherlands

This site showcases hundreds of Chinese propaganda posters in Landsberger's large collection. The posters span five decades--though the majority are from 1970 or later--and represent many facets of Chinese political, social, and economic movements. Posters are organized by theme and time period,... [more]

Guildhal Library, Guildhall Gallery of Art, and Corporation of London

This site presents more than 20,000 images depicting London topography and life from the 15th century to the present. Materials include paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings, as well as 1,000 maps, 1,000 caricatures, and some sculptures and watercolors. The images can be browsed by people,... [more]

Fine Arts in Hungary
Emil Kren and Daniel Marx, KFKI Computers Systems Corporation

This gallery presents paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by Hungarian artists from the early 18th century to the present day. Roughly 275 Hungarian artists are represented by between one and 40 digital images each, for a collection of roughly 3,500 images. The images can be browsed by... [more]

Images Canada
National Library of Canada

This site contains more than 75,000 images held by Canadian museums, libraries, universities, and foundations gathered to showcase Canadian culture and history. The images are drawn from the 19th and 20th centuries. Most are photographs, but there are several paintings, cartoons, newspaper images,... [more]

Japanese Old Photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Period
Nagasaki University Library

Photography was first introduced in Japan at the end of the Edo period in about 1860, and the pictures taken between 1860 and 1899 represent the earliest stage of Japanese photography. This database contains about 5,500 digital images of these early photographs, which include portraits, landscapes,... [more]

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands

This database uses roughly 8,000 images drawn from 500 illuminated manuscripts found in Medieval Bibles and books to showcase Medieval life and culture. Images cover a range of subjects. Christian history is well represented, with a large image collection of Catholic saints and Christian holidays.... [more]

Pathe Newsreel
British Pathe Limited

The British Pathe media company was founded in the 1890s. During the next 80 years, it produced more 3,500 hours of filmed history for the Pathe Gazette, the Pathetone Weekly, the Pathe Pictorial, and Eve's Film Review. This commercial site presents all of this video... [more]

National Library of Australia

Twenty-five archives, libraries, museums, galleries, and universities around Australia and New Zealand have donated their digital image collections to this site, which provides access to over 600,000 images documenting Australia's cultural history. Images are primarily from the 19th and 20th... [more]

The WorldArt Database
The California State University IMAGE Project

This image database contains more than 24,000 images of artwork throughout the world and across time. The collection ranges from 15th- to17th-century European painting and sculpture to biblical images, from Byzantine art objects and architecture to a large collection of Chinese painting, sculpture,... [more]

Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris between the Wars
Michele Greet, George Mason University

This website includes two searchable databases and two interactive maps, which detail the activities of more than 300 Latin American artists living and working in Paris between 1918 and 1939. The database of artists chronicles the country of origin, residency, schools attended, group and individual... [more]

Visual Arts Data Services
Surrey Institute of Art and Design, University College

This site's 36 image collections come from libraries and archives from around the world. Three are of particular interest for studying world history. First, the African and Asian Visual Artist Archives site contains contemporary visual art by artists of African and Asian descent working in the... [more]

World Art Treasures
Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation

This site, created in honor of French art collector Jacques-Edouard Berger, contains 100,000 images--from paintings and prints to photographs and architecture--from all time periods and all corners of the world, though its strength is in European Baroque and Renaissance painters. La Tour, Vermeer,... [more]

World Digital Library
U.S. Library of Congress and UNESCO

This website makes available close to 6,000 images from libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world—from the Abu Dhaabi Authority for Culture and Heritage to the Yeltsin Presidential Library. These include full-text manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings,... [more]

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