Many images from the following sites are in the public domain and can be used freely without permission. However, please read the information provided on these sites very carefully before using them.
American Broadsides and Ephemera
Art Images For College Teaching
The University of Michigan library provides free access to this collection for teaching purposes.
The Images for academic Publishing Program makes available a collection of high-quality images for scholarly publishing.
Provides free and restricted use of a wide array of artists and their works.
Contains free travel photos from around the world that anyone can use.
Digital Public Library of America
Provides access to a vast collection of images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States. Use policy from the DPLA website: "The copyright status of items in DPLA varies. DPLA links to a wide variety of different materials: many are in the public domain, while others are under rights restrictions but nonetheless publicly viewable. For individual rights information about an item, please check the “Rights” field in the metadata, or follow the link to the digital object on the content provider’s website for more information."
Diverse Stock: Sources of Stock Footage and Illustration
A collection of stock photos and images that are more diverse than usual collected by Rebecca Hedreen. All of these collections have free-to-use images under various licensing.
Frick Digital Collections
Free for personal use in education, teaching, academic study, and research.
Select tools,, then rights and then Creative Commons. If the tools search is missing, to to Google Images Advanced Search and there will be many options to narrow your search including usage rights.
Library of Congress Digital Collections
Access to artworks in the public domain for free. Rights evaluated by user. Contact relevant divisions for further information.
Life Photo Archive from Google
Add "source:life" to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive.
Over 380000 high quality, high resolution photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.
Contains beautiful high resolution photos of black and brown people for free.
National Gallery of Art
Users may download— free of charge and without seeking authorization from the Gallery— any image of a work in the Gallery’s collection that the Gallery believes is in the public domain and is free of other known restrictions. Check here for additional information. You can find out if an image is open access or not by contacting the NGA image staff at email@example.com
New York Public Library Digital Collections
This site contains a living database of prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming videos, and more.
Check the Library's policy for additional information.
Free icons and stock photos on just about everything.
All photos and videos on Pexels can be download and used for free.
This is an excellent site for freely usable images.