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Art Images for College Teaching (AICT) is a personal, non-profit project of its author, art historian and visual resources curator Allan T. Kohl. AICT is intended primarily to disseminate images of art and architectural works in the public domain on a free-access, free-use basis to all levels of the educational community, as well as to the public at large. The images displayed on this site have been photographed on location by the author, who consents to their use in any application that is both educational and non-commercial in nature.

The Athenaeum:
The Athenaeum is building a set of online tools for studying the humanities.

ArchNet is a growing global community of scholars, students, and professionals concerned with architecture, planning, and landscape design. ArchNet provides these individuals with: Comprehensive architectural resources, new perspectives on the built environment, insights into Islamic design and culture.

Created and maintained by Mark Harden.  Contains artwork from over 200 artists.

Artcyclopedia has compiled a comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources. Artcyclopedia started out by covering the biggest and best sites around, and have links for most well-known artists to keep visitors surfing for hours. As of January 2006, they have indexed over 2,100 art sites, and offer over 75,000 links to an estimated 180,000 artworks by 8,200 renowned artists.

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA):
Over 13,000 records describing the permanent art collection of BAM, including some 1,300 images.

Birds-eye-view Images:  
This site showcases fifty-nine Texas views, documenting forty-four different cities. Some of the cities are represented by a series of images executed over a number of years; presented together, these multiple views open a fascinating window onto the early development of these cities. The zoom-in capability of the site enables Web visitors to enjoy fascinating details in the views, as though the objects were being seen through a powerful magnifying glass. Each view is accompanied by a brief essay, pertinent links, and supporting illustrations. Those cities for which there are multiple views receive more in-depth information and interpretation.

Bluffton Art/Architecture:
13,000 digital images offered by Mary Ann Sullivan of Bluffton University.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts (BMFA):
Approximately 330,000 of the MFA’s 450,000 art works/objects are available online.

Catena: Digital Archive of Historic Gardens & Landscapes:
Catena, the Digital Archive of Historic Gardens + Landscapes, contains nearly 2,000 images focused on the villa as a landscape type that may be searched and browsed on a variety of terms.

Center for American History (UT Austin):
The Digital Media Repository is a collection of over 7000 digital items searchable by keyword or subjects.

Non-profit site created and maintained by Carol Gerten-Jackson.

Collecting Britain: Putting History In Place:
The British Library presents over 90,000 images and sounds from the UK and beyond.

Cornell Image Collection:
Collections for public use outside of the Cornell University system are marked with “CU.”

Digital Archive of American Architecture:
This archive, currently consisting of nearly 1,500 digitized images of American architecture (280 buildings) plus explanatory material, was originally constructed as a supplement to Boston College's Prof. Jeffery Howe's course From Saltbox to Skyscraper: Architecture in America. This class surveyed the development of architecture in America from the 17th century to the present, with particular emphasis given to local architectural monuments.

Digital Archive of European Architecture:
Boston College's Prof. Jeffery Howe's personal slide collection of European Architeture.

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (FAMSF):
The ImageBase is a searchable image and text database of objects from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor). The collections (110,000+ objects) belong to the people of the City and County of San Franciso. The ImageBase is an expression of the Museum's mission to provide meaningful public access to the collections and behave more like a resource and less like a repository.

Five Colleges Collection:
Welcome to the searchable database of the art collections of the Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield, a consortium of museums in Western Massachusetts. This collaborative resource, online since 1998, provides access to information and images of over 60,000 objects held in the collections of Smith College Museum of Art, Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hampshire College Art Gallery, and Historic Deerfield.

Great Buildings Collection:
This gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents more than a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures of all kinds.

Library of Congress: American Memory Project:
American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congress’s vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Comprising more than NINE MILLION ITEMS that document U.S. history and culture, American Memory is organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, their subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to the Library. Collections may be browsed individually, searched individually (including full-text searching for many written items), or searched across multiple collections.

Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs Online Catalog:
The Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) provides access through group or item records to more than 50% of the Division's holdings, as well as to some images found in other units of the Library of Congress. Many of the catalog records are accompanied by digital images--about one million digital images in all.

London Churches:
The New York School of Interior Design Library presents a virtual tour of some of Nicholas Hawksmoor's London Churches. Includes: St. Alfege/Grennwich, Christ Church/Spitalfields,
St. Anne Limehouse, St. Mary Woolnoth, and St. George's Church/Bloomsbury.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA):
Approximately 70,000 artworks available online (about ½ their collection).

Minneapolis Institute of Arts:
Minneapolis Institute of Art has a huge number of high quality images available online from around the world.  Visit collections here.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery:
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 520,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

New York Public Library Picture Collection Online:
A collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923.

Olga's Gallery:
Collection of over 10,000 images of art.

Photographic Portraits of American Artists
The Smithsonian American Art Museum Photograph Archives is pleased to announce a new digital resource, Photographic Portraits of American Artists from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection. Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS).    

Victoria & Albert Museum:
Over 20,000 works and over 26,000 images from the V&A collections. The database covers a wide range of objects, including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles. Many have been selected from recent publications but also included are less well known items and objects that cannot be permanently on display.

World Art Kiosk (California State University):
The WorldImages database contains almost 50,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images can be freely used for non-profit educational purposes. The images can be located using many search techniques, and for convenience they are organized into some 440 portfolios.

World's Columbian Exposition of 1893:
Created by the Illinois State Library to provide world-wide access to thousands of illustrations and full-text images of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 for purposes of teaching and research.

Sites that contain lists of links to art history related material...

Art History Resources on the Web:
Site containing hundreds of links to art history resources on the web. Created and maintained by Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe, Professor, Dept of Art History Sweet Briar College, Virginia. Online since 24 October 1995.

Art on the Web:
1,200 links to art and architectural history related sites on the web. These pages created and maintained by Prof. Jeffery Howe of the Fine Arts department at Boston College.

Other Helpful Links...

University of Florida Homepage

College of Fine Arts

UF Architecture & Fine Arts Library

UF Libraries Home Page

UF Academic Technology Photography Services

Getty Vocabularies Pages:
    Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)
    Union List of Artist's Names (ULAN)
    Thesaurus of Graphical Names (TGN)

CIA World Factbook

Copyright Information....

UF Libraries Copyright Information Page

Visual Resources Association Compilation

The Pacific Film Archives, University of California, Berkeley, has mounted a semi-final version of its Copyright Resource Project. Because they are working with motion picture films, the permissions are quite tricky. They have assembled many resources in the hopes that these will be useful for others seeking digital permissions.

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