Ad*Access

"The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University." The site is easy to navigate and find images, and I am very impressed with the quality of the images.

Art Crimes - The Writing on the Wall

This site features Graffiti art from all over the world. Organized by location (city), artist, subject, and location (train, blackbook), the images are decent quality. If you're looking for something specific, it may take you a while to sort through. Otherwise, it is enjoyable to browse through. Copyright information will be available soon.

Emergence of Advertising in America

"The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920 (EAA) presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture." Similar to Ad*Access, this site is also well oranized with high quality images.

Farber Gravestone Collection

The Farber Gravestone Collection is an unusual resource containing over 13,500 images documenting the sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones, most of which were made prior to 1800, in the Northeastern part of the United States. The images look great in the Luna Insight browser, though it may take a while to load.

Folk Figures: A Survey of Norwegian and Norwegian-American Artifacts

From the University of Wisconsin, "Folk Figures: A Survey of Norwegian and Norwegian-American Artifacts brings together, in digital form, a virtual exhibit of objects ranging from the 17th century through the 1930's that depict animals, humans, birds, fish, or supernatural figures. These figures provide unique insight into the folk beliefs, social, religious, cultural, and political influences present in the lives of their crafters. Folk art constitutes the largest part of the survey but it is juxtaposed with a smaller grouping of professionally or commercially produced objects. These objects demonstrate characteristics of the national romantic movement, or the Viking revival period, which occurred around the turn of the 20th century. Unlike other Norwegian folk traditions such as chip carving and rosemaling, figure making tends to be an art of individual expression. However, these artifacts do suggest long held figure associations with certain household objects, such as the horse (a fertility symbol) serving as the handle on mangle boards, which were known to be given as betrothal gifts. The collection is an expanding project. Currently, there are over 80 objects and 200 images. Each entry includes a full image of the artifact, detail images, and is accompanied by basic artifact information." This unique collections offers high quality images and an easy to navigate site.


Google Patents

All patents available through Google Patent Search come from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patents issued in the United States are public domain government information, and images of the entire database of U.S. patents are readily available online via the USPTO website. The patents are mostly text with some illustrations describing the patent, and are available for download as .pdfs. Unfortunatly there is no browse feature, but one can still sort by date.

The History of Advertising Trust

The HAT is the largest collection of UK advertising archives in the world. This extensive site offers an easy to navigate collection with high quality images. They are available for educational use, however, they are watermarked. Contact the Trust with questions on downloading images without the watermark. In addition, the Trust makes clear that the images available in the gallery are only a sampling of what the archive has to offer. If you can't find what you are looking for, contact them with more details.

New Media

The New Media encylcopedia is a collection of contemporary artists's works. They are mostly videos of performance art, and are sorted by artist. Videos are available through Realplayer or Quicktime, and must be viewed through the website. The videos are small in size.