Images are a critical part of any documentary. Listed below are several sites where you can find images to use in your documentaries.
Selected Sites – Images for Documentaries
|Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog – Visitors can quickly search the entire catalog of images or by specific collection. These collections cover a wide variety of topics, including Cartoon Drawings, Civil War Photographs, Fenton Crimean War Photographs, and Wright Brothers Negatives. If available download the image as a TIFF file for best quality.|
|Library of Congress Map Collection – Visitors can search the entire collection or by specific map type (i.e. Cities and Towns ; Discovery and Exploration ; Military Battles and Campaigns ; Transportation and Communication , etc) .|
|New York Public Library Digital Gallery - Over 700,000 images from the New York Public Library’s collections are available through this digital gallery. One can search the entire gallery, by category (Cities & Buildings, Industry & Technology, etc) , or by a specific collection (Civil War Medical Care, Early Landscape Photography of the American West, etc)|
|Flickr Commons Over 50 institutions, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, have added images to this collection. Click here to see a list of institutions that have participated in Flickr Commons. All of the images in this collection have “no known copyright restrictions.”|
Flickr Commons – Civil War Era Images
Listed below are
several institutions that have Civil War era material available on Flickr Commons.
|Cornell University Library – Political Americana This collection contains a variety of material (including artifacts, photographs, prints, posters) related to US politics.|
|Library of Congress – Abraham Lincoln While only a small set, curators have selected images of Abraham Lincoln from different periods of his life as well as photographs of family members.|
|SMU Central University Libraries – Civil War Photographs . This collection includes cartes-de-visite of Civil War soldiers and generals. The full digital collection is available here.|
|U.S. National Archives – Mathew Brady Civil War Photographs Over 6,000 images from this collection have been digitzed. You can browse the images by subject, including Appomattox, Camp Scenes, Richmond, and Washington, DC.|