- Works in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- Works in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth
- Works in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
- Prints and photographs of Parisian interior design from the New York School of Interior Design
- Architecture photographed by the scholars William L. MacDonald and John Pinto
- New images have been also added to the collection of the American Institute of Indian Studies
A new collection in Flickr assembles millions of images from copyright-free (pre-1923) books that had previously been digitized and placed online. The story of the technology behind this project is maybe even more interesting than the images themselves, as you can read about here.
You can also explore the Internet Archive Book Images photostream in Flickr.
New images have recently been added to the Artstor Digital Library:
- More than 5,000 additional images of works in the J. Paul Getty Museum
- More than 800 additional images of works in the Saint Louis Art Museum
- Nearly 3,000 more images of Cyprus and the Mediterranean world from Allan Langdale
- More than 60 images of community murals and public art from San Anto Cultural Arts in San Antonio, Texas
- Also, there are now more than 100,000 images in Shared Shelf Commons, including thousands from the University of Delaware Library
Here are a few recent stories of interest from the museum world:
- The Morgan Library and Museum in New York has digitized its entire collection of Rembrandt etchings. A new online collection of about 500 images lets you explore nearly all of the prints made by Rembrandt during his lifetime. These are not Open Access images, so you cannot do whatever you want with them, but you are permitted to download them for personal, educational, or noncommercial use.
- The late Richard Mellon Scaife, who died earlier this month, has left roughly half of his art collection to the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The rest of his collection will go to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh). There are few details about the nature of the collection itself, but it is said to consist mainly of American works.
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington has made over 30,000 images of works from its collection available for free download. Over 14,000 of these are released under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND license that requires attribution and prohibits any commercial use or the making of derivatives. The remaining 17,000 images have no known copyright restrictions, and are available for any use.
Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum, and its collections include art as well as history, natural history, and Maori and Pacific cultures. You can read more about this image initiative on Te Papa’s blog, or begin exploring the Collections Online.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made more than 400,000 images of public domain works in its collection available for non-commercial use through its new Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) initiative. You may now download images from its website and use them for scholarly purposes–including print and online publication–without having to request permission or pay a fee. The Museum is letting users decide if their own projects qualify as “scholarly” or “non-commercial”; you can find definitions and examples on the Met’s OASC FAQ page. You may also want to consult the fine print in the Terms and Conditions for the Met’s website. Commercial use of these images is not permitted.
This is not the first time the Metropolitan Museum of Art has made its images available for free. You have been able to download large images for personal use since its website was redesigned a few years ago, and its collection has been the cornerstone of Artstor’s Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) since that program’s creation. OASC gives users yet another avenue for accessing and using the Met’s images.
UDaily has just published an article about Artstor and Shared Shelf at UD that may answer some of your questions. The Visual Resources Center has been working with Artstor and the UD Library for years, so please feel free to contact me anytime if you need more information about any of these services!
A number of new online sources for images, text, and video are now available:
- Getty Research Institute - 77,000 historic photographs of tapestries and Italian monuments are now part of the Getty’s Open Content Program
- American Museum of Natural History – 7,000 archival photographs in Digital Special Collections, the new image database of the museum’s Research Library
- Bodleian First Folio - a digital facsimile of Shakespeare’s First Folio at Oxford, now releasing digital editions of each of the plays, beginning with Henry V
- British Pathé - 85,000 newsreels chronicling events of the 20th century are now available on its YouTube Channel
New images have recently been added to some existing collections in the Artstor Digital Library:
Visitors to the Delaware Art Museum‘s website can now search for works in its newly launched online collection. So far, this includes more than 1,000 works of art; the museum’s entire collection is expected to be online by 2018. You can read more about this new feature in the museum’s press release.
Located in Wilmington, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its important collections of Pre-Raphaelite art; Howard Pyle, the Brandywine School, and American illustration; and John Sloan and the Ashcan School.