Primary sources: Images

Collections of reproduced still images originally created in various formats.

Suggested resources

This selective list includes some general bibliographies, gateways, and indexes along with some of the more extensive primary source collections available at Lafayette College. For more subject-specific resources or individual titles, consult the library's annotated list of research tools by subject, and follow suggestions for library catalog searches below.

Ad*Access     Collection 
Coverage: 1911-1955
Collection of advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines. Focus is on radio, television, transportation, beauty and hygiene, and World War II.
ARTStor     Collection 
Searchable image collection covering the visual arts, including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, and decorative arts.
College Archives Historical Photograph Collection    Collection 
Coverage: 1858-present
Photographs documenting the history of Lafayette College.
Design Annual     Collection 
Location: Skillman 741.6 G766
Coverage: 1952-present
International annual of advertising and editorial graphics.
Emergence of Advertising in America    Collection 
Coverage: 1850-1920
Collection of print advertisements from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.
HarpWeek     Full-Text 
Coverage: 1857-1912
Full text of Harper's Weekly with extensive indexing of articles, illustrations, and advertisements.
Illustration Index     Index 
Location: Skillman Ref N7525
Coverage: 1950-1996
Multi-volume index to illustrations appearing in several popular periodicals and some books.
Research tools by subject: Images     Gateway 
Selective list of resources for locating images.
Research tools by subject: History     Gateway 
Selective list of online history resources evaluated by Lafayette's reference librarians. Includes many sites with substantial collections of digitized images.

Library catalog searches 

Use the table below to develop search strings for locating primary source bibliographies and collections in library catalogs.

Searching for . . . Enter this phrase + modifier(s)
[see examples]
general topics pictorial works and [artist name]
[ethnic group]
social life and customs
advertising art commercial art and catalogs
indexes pictures indexes    
paintings painting and catalogs
photographs photography artistic and [artist name]
posters posters and [artist name]

Sample searches:

  • pictorial works and (social life and customs) and new york
  • painting and dutch and exhibitions

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