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last updated: 8/27/2013

Image Resources

The Fine Arts Library provides image  reference and presentation services to support the academic needs of the needs the Indiana University Bloomington Campus and the Bloomington community. We assist faculty and students with image resources and reference and image-based PowerPoint or ARTstor OIV techniques. We also provide training and assistance in using subscription image databases.


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  • Image Databases at IUB

A digital library of approximately 550,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences.


AP Photo Archive
An electronic library containing the AP's current photos and a selection of pictures from their 50 million image print and negative library. International in scope.


CAMIO RLG's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online
CAMIO (Art Museum Image Consortium) contains over 100,000 downloadable digital images of art works and other documents dating from BC to the present.


Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection
Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater. The photographs in this collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries.


Digital Images Delivered Online (DIDO)

60,000 images of art, architecture and world cultures, from the former Fine Arts Visual Resources Center and licensed sources. Available system-wide. Some images are IUB only.


Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online is an innovative new gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference in one location. With the 2007 complete redesign of Grove Art Online, as well as the addition of substantial new Oxford reference content, Oxford Art Online offers access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images contained within Grove Art Online. Thematic timelines and learning resources also provide users with powerful tools for navigating the content, and context-sensitive help pages are available throughout the site to guide users through the features and functionality.


Index of Christian Art
Index to over 45,000 works of Christian art from early Christian period to A.D. 1400.

Indiana University Digital Library Program
Featuring digital collections and projects that "support the teaching and research of IU faculty, support the learning and research of IU students, and foster research about the digital library.

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  • Images on the Web

There are many open web resources that make images available for use. Please note their varying terms of use policies before downloading.   


Helpful guide to Finding Images on the Web.

Image Sites by Subject Area

General Art/Art History

American Memory
Digital collections from Library of Congress.
Art Images for College Teaching
Allan Kohl, Minnesota College of Art & Design. Includes images from Adams, Gardner, Hartt,

Janson, Stockstad and others.
Carol L. Gerten. Medieval to modern images.

Frick Digital Image Archive 
15,000 images of Art photographed in private homes, small public collections, throughout the United States and galleries in New York City.



The Tebtunis Papyri Project
                                                       Large images of papyrus documents.
Theban Mapping Project
Atlas of the Valley of the Kings and Atlas of the Theban Necropolis. Click on "Launch Atlas"

to start.


Christus Rex
Works of art preserved in churches, cathedrals and monasteries worldwide.
Amiens Cathedral
A major site with many different images; click on "Quicktime movies" to launch a virtual tour through

the cathedral.


A University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries website.
African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning
A University of Virginia website.
The Cape Coast Archive
"The Cape Coast Archive represents a collaborative effort by the University of Virginia Library, the

United States branch of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and

Ghanaian institutions to document the unique cultural landscape of the Cape Coast, Ghana

region for the purposes of preservation and education."
Look under African Art Galleries.
National Museum of African Art
Contains information on exhibitions, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, Warren M. Robbins

Library, conservation, and the museum collection.


African Masquerades (Interactive Map)


Architecture of China
A University of Virginia website.
Southeast Asian Monuments
100 slides of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, selected from the collection of

Marijke J. Klokke.


Islamic Art
A Los Angeles County Museum of Art website.

Native North and South American

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection
University of Washington Digital Collections.
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Resources relating to the American West.
Viewing Suriname
From the University of Virginia Library.
Inka's Empire Tours
Commercial travel site with very nice pictures of Incan sites and environs.  

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  • Authority Tools

Controlled Vocabularies and Authorities that help with Image Searching:


Art and Architecture Thesaurus


Library of Congress Name and Subject Authorities     


Native American Arts Classification Manual


Thesaurus of Geographic Names        


Union List of Artists Names

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  • Videos for Image Searching

  • PowerPoint Help

Quick guides to using Powerpoint presentation software:

Quick Guide to Powerpoint 2007
Download this Powerpoint presentation for a quick-tip guide for using images in Powerpoint.

Guide to Creating Effective Image Powerpoints

Another useful Powerpoint presentation on incorporating images into your presentations. By Eileen Fry

Need Powerpoint software? Get it for free with your IU network name and password at IUware Online.

Need more help with Powerpoint? Please contact the Fine Arts Library.

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  • Institution and Museum Links


The links below will take you to the local image databases of slide libraries at other universities. Image use may be restricted. Please note and adhere to their local policies.

SPIRO: Slide and Photograph Image Retrieval Online
Image database at the Architecture Visual Resources Library, University of California, Berkeley.

SILS Art Image Browser
Database of art, architectural, and museum object images from four collections provided by the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Michigan.

Database providing access to "a textual description of 233,000 interdisciplinary images" from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Slide Library Images Online
Image database from the department of Art History at the University of Chicago.


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If you find a dead link anywhere on this website, please email the Fine Arts Library, or notify a staff member at the Fine Arts Library. Thanks!

last updated: 8/27/2013