Sometimes we want to illustrate our texts with something more interesting than what Google images gives us. Sure, Google can be a great brainstorming or exploratory tool, but what if we want something specific? Something local? Something from a particular decade? Or, what if we want one great, compelling historical image to base our writing around?
Online visual image archives provide catalogs of images with their original source cited (making it easy for us to cite, too.) These archives can be searched and browsed by keyword, subject matter, or date, and often contain information about the event or person photographed and the maker of the image. Not only are these images well documented, but they also are laden with multiple histories and inspire compelling ideas for one’s project.
Here’s a list of a few archives to get you started:
ALA Digital Collections Guide Giant list of other online archives. Scroll down for a large menu of disciplines.
Kentuckiana Digital Library Local!!
Prelinger Archives Public domain moving images.
Moving Image Archive News List of links to many archives of moving images. However, not all have films available online.
For a stylish PDF of this list, click the link below.