Research Guides

Beyond Wikipedia: Background & Reference Sources


As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Follow the links on this page to find images in library collections, printed sources, subscription databases, and on open access sites.

Library Databases

Photograph Collections

Search ArchiveGrid to find collections of photographs, drawings, posters, or other graphic materials in archival repositories.

Illustrations in Books

When searching OneSearchWorldCat Discovery, or other library catalogs, add the word "illustrated" to your search to find works with images. 

Illustrations in Periodicals

Photographs, drawings, maps, reproductions of artworks, advertisements, and other illustrations and images can be readily found in newspapers and magazines.  Microform and reprint editions will likely be in black and white. 

See our Newspapers Research Guide for tips on finding current and historical mainstream and alternative serials in print, on microfilm, and online.

Photographs of New York City

Getty Research Institute

The Getty's Search Tools and Databases include a wide range of resources for studying art and art history, including the Getty Research Portal, Collection Inventories and Finding Aids, Research Guides and Bibliographies, Digital Collections, Photo Archive, the Getty Vocabularies for fine art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and other material culture, and more.

NYPL's Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse

More than 180,000 of the items in The New York Public Library's Digital Collections are in the public domain and freely available to use and share however you like.  Read more.

Images from the Library of Congress

Online Sources - Libraries & Museums (Selections)