Major Research Tools

ARTstor Digital Library

Visual Resource

Searchable image collection covering the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Includes access to the Archivision collections and Lafayette's own collection of images. Capabilities include: user-created image groups that can be easily shared with others, export to Powerpoint and OIV (Offline Image Viewer) presentation tools, image citation export, and mobile device accessibility.

Flickr Commons

Visual Resource

Includes public image collections from cultural institutions around the world. Images with no known copyright restrictions are available for download in high resolution. Some of the contributing institutions include the: UK National Archives, U.S. National Archives, New York Public Library, George Eastman House, Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, and the Dutch Nationaal Archief.

Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Online Catalog

Visual Resource

Includes photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings digitized and available as high resolution downloads. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States.

LUNA Commons

Visual Resource

Provides access to thousands of high resolution digital images from various institutions to download. Users can also create their own image groups, presentations, and upload their own images.

Other Suggested Research Tools


Visual Resource

Images depicting world architecture and related arts via specially licensed collection accessible through ARTstor.

Art & Architecture ePortal

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Curated collection of scholarly art and architecture eBooks that can be browsed, or searched by topic or by image. Particular strength is finding scholarship based on a particular work of art or artist.


Visual Resource

Artsy provides one of the largest collections of contemporary art available online. Search over 125,000 contemporary works by over 25,000 artists from leading art fairs, galleries, museums, and art institutions.

College Archives Historical Photograph Collection

Visual Resource

Photographs documenting the history of Lafayette College.

East Asia Image Collection

Visual Resource

The East Asia Image Collection is an open-access archive of digitized photographs, negatives, postcards, and slides of imperial Japan (1868-1945), its Asian empire (1895-1945) and occupied Japan (1947-52). Images of Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea, Manchuria, and Indonesia are included.

Getty Images

Visual Resource

Getty Images is one of the largest providers of contemporary and archival stock imagery and footage. Users can embed images without the watermark by clicking the "Embed this image" icon.

Google Image Search

Gateway, Visual Resource

Broadly searches captions, adjacent text, and other descriptive elements for relevant images. Users can limit the results by time period and subject, as well as image size, reuse permissions, and composition.

Images from the History of Medicine (IHM)

Visual Resource

Includes 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division of the U.S National Library of Medicine. The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dating from the 15th to 21st century.

Lafayette College Archives Image Collection

Visual Resource
Coverage: 1858-present

Over 1,100 searchable images highlighting buildings, people, and events important to the history of the College.

Library of Congress: Digital Collections

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Collection of primary sources relating to the history and culture of the United States from the Library of Congress.

Marquis de Lafayette Prints Collection

Visual Resource

Includes hundreds of digitized prints of the Marquis de Lafayette depicting his involvement in the American and French Revolutions, French politics, and his Farewell Tour of America. Many of the prints were created contemporaneous with Lafayette's life (1757-1834).

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Visual Resource

Includes almost 500,000 high-resolution images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. Users can download these images for non-commercial use.

National Geographic Virtual Archive

Coverage: 1888-2015

Full text, full page archive of National Geographic from the first issue through 2015. Pages have been digitized in color, including advertisements, and has features to browse search by image or browse by issue.

NGA Images

Visual Resource

Digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. You can search, browse, share, and download images of works in the public domain. More than 50,000 downloadable open access digital images are available free of charge for both commercial and non-commercial uses.

NYPL Digital Collections

Visual Resource

Provides access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs, and more.

Political cartoons

Visual Resource

Collection of contemporary political/editorial cartoons. Most arranged chronologically, but some arranged by theme (e.g. immigration, climate change). Not searchable.

Smithsonian Open Access

Visual Resource

Large collection of 2D and 3D images from the Smithsonian museums and libraries, covering the arts and humanities as well as science and engineering. Images are available open access and can be freely reused.

VADS: The Online Resource for Visual Arts

Visual Resource

Over 120,000 images freely available for educational use. Features digital collections from numerous UK educational and cultural institutions with examples of fine art, textile design, industrial design, graphic design, and architecture.