RESEARCH & RESOURCES
Online Image Resources
Art Images for College Teaching (AICT) began as a personal project dedicated to the principle of free exchange of image resources for and among members of the educational community. While the AICT site is maintained and distributed under the general auspices of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD), this institution is not responsible for content or use thereof. All work on the AICT project has been voluntary, and MCAD-affiliated personnel have contributed innumerable hours of research, clerical, and design effort on a pro-bono basis. Use of the images displayed on this website has also been contributed on a non-royalty basis for the public good.
"American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. This site, which is sponsored by the Library of Congress, offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections."
The Government of Canada's one-stop web access to government Culture, Heritage and Recreation services. Created as part of the Treasury Board Secretariat's Government online initiative, CultureCanada.gc.ca is based on the GOL principles of "organizing information around the needs and expectations of Canadians", as well as "taking a whole of government approach" in providing information.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection contains to date over 8,000 maps online and focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America cartographic history materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. The online collection is an expanding cross section of digital images designed to highlight the depth of the collection.
Digital Library for the Decorative Arts
The Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture collects electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America. Included are electronic texts and journals, image databases, and information on organizations, museums and research facilities. Made possible by the Chipstone Foundation, the site was created and is maintained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Digital South Asia Library
The web presentation of the AIIS photographic archive is a joint venture of the AIIS and the Digital South Asia Library project. The data included has been collected and edited by AIIS staff in Gurgaon. Programming and database design have been undertaken by DSAL project staff in Chicago.
New York Public Library: Picture Collection Online
The Picture Collection Online is an image resource site for those who seek knowledge and inspiration from visual materials. It is a collection of 30,000 digitized, public domain images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923. It consists of images of York City, Costume, Design, American History and other subjects.
The directory contains links to websites with more than 20.000 panoramas. These panoramas are both with Java and QTVR panoramic images. QTVR is short for QuickTime VR and to see them you will need to have QuickTime installed on your computer. It is free for both PC and Mac.
Theban Mapping Project
Since its inception in 1978, the Theban Mapping Project (TMP, now based at the American University in Cairo) has been working to prepare a comprehensive archaeological database of Thebes. With its thousands of tombs and temples, Thebes is one of the world's most important archaeological zones.
ArtImage: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Art Gallery of Ontario
Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal)
Canadian museum of contemporary photography (Ottawa)
Design exchange (Toronto)
Gardiner Museum (Ceramics) (Toronto)
McCord Museum (Montreal) Canadian History
MOCCA (Museum for Contemporary Canadian Art) (Toronto)
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Anthropology at UBC (Vancouver)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Montreal)
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa)
Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)
Textile Museum (Toronto)
Vancouver Art Gallery
Art Institute of Chicago
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Gallery, London
National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
National Portrait Gallery
Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art
The ccca.ca project was established by William (Bill) Kirby in 1996 and first appeared online the following year. Its purpose continues to be to introduce and showcase the careers of Canada's professional artists and art writers to a global audience. The project consists of an ever-growing image/text database presenting information on Canadian artists and writers, and their work. It also includes an extensive directory of links to other Canadian art Web sites.
Getty Information Institute
"The Getty Information Institute (formerly the Art History Information Program) was established in 1983 as an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, with the mandate to explore ways of applying computer technology to improve scholarly access to and use of art-historical information."
Great Buildings Online
"More than 800 great buildings from around the world and across history are listed below and illustrated at this web site with photographic images, architectural drawings, discussion, bibliography, architect info, and live 3D walkthrough computer models."
Grove Dictionary of Art
"The Grove Dictionary of Art. Encyclopedic coverage of every aspect of the visual arts in one convenient source. Art Lovers and Collectors: from Impressionist paintings to stained glass, from Persian miniatures to period furniture, from antique glassware to contemporary sculpture—fuel your passion for art with the Dictionary."
"ICONCLASS is a subject specific international classification system for iconographic research and the documentation of images. It was developed by Henri van de Waal (1910-1972), Professor of Art History at the University of Leiden, and completed by his staff. ICONCLASS is a collection of ready-made definitions of objects, persons, events, situations and abstract ideas that can be the subject of an image. ICONCLASS organizes iconography into 10 'main divisions' in which the definitions are ordered hierarchically."
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress "preserves a collection of nearly 121 million items, more than two-thirds of which are in media other than books. These include the largest map, film and television collections in the world. In addition to its primary mission of serving the research needs of the U.S. Congress, the Library serves all Americans through its popular Web site and in its 22 reading rooms on Capitol Hill."
Library of Congress Flickr Project
These photo sets are from the 30's and 40's as well as news items from the 1910's.
"We picked two sets of popular images, for which no restrictions on publication or distribution are known, and for which high quality files are available. Because we are also interested in tags and comments on the photos, we picked one set (George Grantham Bain Collection) for which we have minimal identifying information, and another (Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information color photographs) that has some subject indexing."
Library of Congress Authorities
Using Library of Congress Authorities, you can browse and display authority headings for Subject, Name, Title and Name/Title combinations. You can also download authority records in MARC format for use in a local library system. This service is being offered on a trial basis so that we can assess its usefulness and impact.
"a free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information."
National Library and Archives (Canada)
Library and Archives Canada is an innovative knowledge institution that combines the collections, services and staff expertise of the former National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada. Our objective is to provide all Canadians with easy, one-stop access to the texts, photographs and other documents that reflect their cultural, social and political development. Working closely with other archives and libraries, we will continue to acquire and preserve Canada's documentary heritage in all its forms.
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