John Jacob Omenhausser, was a Confederate soldier imprisoned at the Union camp at Pt. Lookout, Maryland from June 1864 to July 1865. Here in this sketchbook, he documents prison life in vibrant watercolor drawings. Available through JSTOR.
"The Inventory of American Paintings and the Inventory of American Sculpture were created by the Smithsonian American Art Museum to assist researchers in locating American paintings and sculptures for comparative study. Together the Inventories reference over 400,000 artworks in public and private collections worldwide."
Digital collection of images relating to California, including architecture, art, historical photographs, etc. from California institutions. May be used freely for educational purposes, obtain permission for publication and other uses.
"Changing Chicago was conceived as one of the largest documentary photography projects ever organized in an American city." Now housed in the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago.
"Notable works from students and faculty at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Now in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago.
This collection contains lavishly illustrated early U.S. bicycle and bicycle parts manufacturers’ catalogs covering the period from 1890 through 1932, with the great majority published between 1890 and 1902. From Northwestern University Libraries Digital Collections.
"The NYC Municipal Archives Digital Collections website provides access to more than 1,600,000 items from the Municipal Archives' vast holdings, including photographs, maps, blueprints, motion-pictures and audio recordings." Prints may be purchased. Permission must be obtained and licensing fees paid for publication.
Tthis collection contains fine examples of printed and hand-colored taufscheins (birth and baptismal certificates), vorshrifts (writing examples), haus segens (house blessings), bucherzeichen (book plates), and drawings created by Pennsylvania Germans. From Franklin & Marshall College via JSTOR.
"The Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index (AECI) contains 136,494 records describing artworks exhibited in the United States and in Canada up through 1876 (the Centennial year). The Catalogue contains information from 1,057 exhibition catalogs, newspaper articles, and gallery notices."
"Provides free worldwide access to a wealth of scholarly research and documentation related to artworks by Robert Rauschenberg in SFMOMA's permanent collection." Includes downloadable images for educational use. Licensing fees and permissions are needed for publication and reproduction.
"Folk Figures : A Survey of Norwegian and Norwegian-American Artifacts in The Upper Midwest...virtual exhibit of objects ranging from the 17th century through the 1930's that depict animals, humans, birds, fish, or supernatural figures."
"American born Jewish cartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist. The collection includes book covers, magazine and newspaper illustrations, cartoons, manuscript materials, and images of printed and original art." From Syracuse University Libraries.
"Created by the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this freely-searchable online archive documents the lives, work, and products of Texas artisans and artists through 1900."