Architecture and Design: Selected Image Databases

  • Academic Search Complete (Indexes scholarly publications covering all academic disciplines and the EBSCO Image Collection (more than 180,000 images). Select ‘Images’ from the dropdown menu under “More” on the toolbar. Focus your image search by using the categories: Photos of People, Natural Science Photos, Photos of Places, Historical Photos, Maps, and Flags. Results can also be limited by image type and coloration.)
  • AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive (Over 4.6 million photographs from the Associated Press dating back to 1826 and as current as a few moments ago. Tens of thousands of graphics, more than 4,500 hours of audio files dating from the 1920’s, and news stories and headlines from 1997 to the present.)
  • American Memory (A digital record of American history and creativity, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions. Includes still and moving images, prints, maps, and other documents that chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.)
  • Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America, American Memory Project, Library of Congress (Photographs by Samuel Gottscho and William Gleisner, 1935-1955.)
  • Archivision (A repository of 53,000 high-resolution images covering architecture, landscape architecture, and public art, available via Luna Imaging)
  • ARTstor (More than a million digital images from many time periods and cultures, documenting architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture.)
  • AUD Digital Image Collection (UCLA's Architecture and Urban Design Departmental image collection.)
  • Bridgeman Art Library ("The world's leading source of fine art with images from over eight thousand collections and twenty nine thousand artists." The Bridgeman Art Library represents museums, art collections and artists throughout the world and provides a central source of fine art images, available for licensing.)
  • Built in America, Achives of the Historic American Buildings Survey, American Memory Project (Library of Congress.)
  • Cities and Buildings Database (Nearly 10,000 images ranging from New York to Central Asia, from African villages, to the Parc de la Villette, and conceptual sketches and models of Frank Gehry's Experience Music Project, assembled by the University of Washington.)
  • Emergence of Advertising Art in America: 1850-1920 (Presents over 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. Drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.)
  • Great Buildings Collection (Documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects with photographic images and architectural drawings, integrated maps and timelines, 3D building models, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more.)
  • JSTOR (Archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Searches retrieve images found in JSTOR and in ARTstor, accessed from separate display tabs.)
  • LIFE photo archive hosted by Google (Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.)
  • Luna Insight Collections (Digital image collections provided by The University of California Image Service; includes collections of images of architecture, fashion, gardens and landscapes, historical maps, posters and more.)
  • Oxford Art Online (An encyclopedia covering artistic traditions worldwide, from prehistory through the present. Provides web links to important art and architecture images and links to Art Resource, one of the largest art stock photo archives.)
  • S*P*I*R*O (Online catalog & image database of the College of Environmental Design Visual Resources Center, University of California, Berkeley.)
  • Treasures of the New York Public Library (Over 685,000 images from illustrated manuscripts, maps, posters, prints, and photographs in the New York Public Library. Search by keyword or browse over 15,000 names (artists, authors, collectors, publishers) or over 58,000 subject terms.)
  • UCLA Library Digital Collections and UCLA Library New Digital Collections Portal (Thousands of images, texts, and sound recordings from UCLA Library collections, including the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive.)
  • VADS: the Online Resource for Visual Arts (An online resource for visual arts developed for use in teaching, learning and research in the UK. Comprised of over 100,000 images as well as links to advisory services and additional image sources. Content strengths include design, crafts, textiles, photography.)
  • WorldImages (A California State University IMAGE Project that contains almost 75,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery)