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Digital Image Collections

Digital Images Provided by Augustana College


ARTstor is a non-profit digital library with a collection of approximately 500,000 images covering art, architecture and archaeology. ARTstor's software tools enable viewing and analyzing images through zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.


A sampling of the historical photos of Augustana's campus, students, and faculty held in Special Collections.

Grove Art Online

Grove Art Online presents the entire text of The Dictionary of Art (published in 1996), updated and fully-indexed, searchable and browsable, with over 45,000 articles and more than 40,000 links to important art images in galleries and museums around the world.


ImageQuest includes approximately three million rights-cleared images for educational use. Perfect for finding images for your projects, assignments, newsletters, and more!

Saskia Digital Art Images

This collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt. The images are displayed in both high resolution and thumbnail format. Additionally, the descriptive data about the images includes references to the occurrences of these images in 19 major art history texts. Access to Saskia is provided by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). More information about the Saskia collection may be found at

Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive

The Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive is a collection of digitized historic images showcasing the Mississippi River region along the Iowa/Illinois border. The photographs and other materials in the collection primarily date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and are from libraries and other organizations throughout the region, including Augustana College and Davenport Public Library.

CARLI Digital Collections

The CARLI Digital Collections was established in 2006 as a repository for digital content licensed or created by the member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).

Digital Images on the Internet

AICT - Art Images for College Teaching

AICT is a personal, non-profit project of its author, art historian and visual resources curator Allan T. Kohl. Images in the collection primarily include ancient, medieval, and Renaissance European art and architecture, though some examples of post-Renaissance and non-Western works are included as well. The images are organized by time period and genre, but cannot be searched by subject, artist, keyword, etc. All content on the site is freely available for use in any educational or non-commercial context.

American Museum of Natural History

The Digital Special Collections of the American Museum of Natural History offers free online access to more than 7,000 archival images from the museum’s collection.

Catena, the Digital Archive of Historic Gardens and Landscapes

The primary mission of Catena, the Digital Archive of Historic Gardens and Landscapes, is to fill a void in American higher education by assembling a searchable collection of historic and contemporary images that include plans, engravings, paintings, and photographs.

CORSAIR (Pierpont Morgan Library) Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

Thousands of digital images from the Pierpont Morgan Library's renowned collection of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts are now available in CORSAIR. The collection spans some ten centuries of Western illumination, and contains manuscripts from all the major schools, including some of the great masterpieces of medieval manuscript art. CORSAIR currently offers more than twenty thousand medieval images, and the number is constantly growing.

Galaxy of Images

Galaxy of Images provides digital reproductions of images from books owned by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Point to "Explore the Collections" on the upper left-hand corner of the page, then select from the searching and browsing options.

IDEAS Image Database to Enhance Asian Studies

The Image Database to Enhance Asian Studies [IDEAS] focuses on the generally underrepresented area of Asia in an attempt to make multi-media materials more widely available for specialists and non-specialists alike. IDEAS is the first multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, pan-Asian searchable database in the country.

InscriptiFact, An image Database of Inscriptions and Artifacts

The InscriptiFact Project is a database designed to allow access via the Internet to high-resolution images of ancient inscriptions from the Near Eastern and Mediterranean Worlds. The target inscriptions are some of the earliest written records in the world from an array of international museums and libraries and field projects where inscriptions still remain in situ. Included are, for example, Dead Sea Scrolls; cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia and Canaan; papyri from Egypt; inscriptions on stone from Jordan, Lebanon and Cyprus; Hebrew, Aramaic, Ammonite and Edomite inscriptions on a variety of hard media (e.g., clay sherds, copper, semi-precious stones, jar handles); and Egyptian scarabs.

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.

LIFE Photo Archive

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE (magazine) photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

Maya Civilization

This web site from Reed College provides some 250 19th and early 20th century drawings, prints, and photographs of the Maya cities Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil and Labna as they were were imaged by early explorers and scholars. There are also over 1000 recent photographs with descriptive captions, many recording information not previously available in print or on the web. These may be opened side-by-side, making possible comparison of these sites before and after the extensive restoration campaigns of the 20th century.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

This collection of nearly 400,000 hi-resolution digital images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art are available for download for non-commercial purposes.

National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art provides digital images of a significant portion of its collection. On the collection's main webpage, search by a variety of parameters (title, author, subject, provenance, accession number, etc.) or scroll down to browse.

National Park Service Photographs

This site includes over 2000 photographs of national parks, many dating back to the 19th century or early 20th century. Click "Search the Collection" to begin.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

This is a searchable database of 275,000 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, and printed ephemera. Materials represent the applied sciences, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences.


The Perseus Project is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world and beyond. It consists of a large, heterogeneous collection of materials, textual and visual, on the Archaic and Classical Greek world.

Web Gallery of Art

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 12th to mid-19th centuries. Intending to present Renaissance art as comprehensively as possible, the scope of the collection was later extended to show its Medieval roots as well as its evolution to Baroque and Rococo via Mannerism. More recently the periods of Neoclassicism and Romanticism were also included.


WorldImages is the online gateway to the California State University IMAGE project. It contains over 50,000 images, is global in coverage, and includes all areas of visual imagery. The images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes. Images can be can be browsed by using one of the 16 main subject groupings--such as Art & Architecture, Natural World, and Religion, Myth, & Magic--or may be searched using categories such as "art form," "keyword," and "artist."