American Landscape and Architectural Design

From the Library of Congress, "This collection of approximately 2,800 lantern slides represents an historical view of American buildings and landscapes built during the period 1850-1920. It represents the work of Harvard faculty, such as Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., Bremer W. Pond, and James Sturgis Pray, as well as that of prominent landscape architects throughout the country. The collection offers views of cities, specific buildings, parks, estates and gardens, including a complete history of Boston's Park System. In addition to photographs, views of locations around the country include plans, maps, and models. Hundreds of private estates from all over the United States are represented in the collection through contemporary views of their houses and gardens (including features such as formal gardens, terraces, and arbors)." Like other LOC sites, the images are easy to search or browse, are very high quality, and are available for educational use.

Catena: Digital Archive of Historic Gardens and Landscapes

Sponsored by the Bard Graduate Center, Catena seeks 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 to provide images for teaching landscape studies, integrate images and educational materials, provide a supplement to textbooks, better stimulate the experience of landscape, and preserve existing slide collections. Images can be browsed and searched. The site uses pop up windows extensively, so make sure that feature is enabled in your browser. At the time of writing, there was a problem with viewing the image, so more information will be available later.

Harper's Ferry Center: NPS Historic Photo Collection

"The National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection is comprised of more than two million images which cover a wide variety of subjects: Park architecture, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Native American heritage, NPS personnel, roads and transportation, scenic views, and much more.There are presently 2000 images from the Collection available online. The collections of several eminent National Park Service photographers, including Jack Boucher, Arno B. Cammerer, George A. Grant, and Abbie Rowe, are also included in the Collection." Images are searchable and browsable through a number of fields, and are very high quality.

Hay in Art

The title says it all; this unique collection presents a variety of artworks depicting hay. In addition to the nearly 6,800 images in the collection, this site contains essays, poetry, bibliographies, and other resources regarding hay. The image quality varies greatly; some are completely unusable, while others look great. The database is highly organized, and contains extensive metadata. The database is a "free-for-all" web resource.

Flickr Groups

With thousands of Flickr groups already in existence, and many more on the way, it is hard not to find a specific group to match your image needs. These collections are maintained by Flickr users with a common interest, and so the quality of the images will vary between groups and users. Many artists choose to protect their images under a Creative Commons License, which allows the user access to images as long as the artist is credited. The following Flickr groups might be helpful for the purposes of this section:
Monet's Garden (Giverny)
Spiral Jetty
Site-Specific Art
Public Art

Landscape Architecture Image Resource

LAIR was developed for Landscape Architecture education, and is a collaboration between six different landscape architecture departments at colleges and universities across the United States. At the time of this writing, LAIR was experiencing functionality problems, and so more information will be available at a later date.