Collections of reproduced still images originally created in various formats.

Suggested resources

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.

Searchable image collection covering the visual arts, including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, and decorative arts.

College Archives Historical Photograph Collection
Coverage: 1858-present
Photographs documenting the history of Lafayette College.

Design Annual
Location: Skillman 741.6 G766
Coverage: 1952-present
International annual of advertising and editorial graphics.

Emergence of Advertising in America
Coverage: 1850-1920
Collection of print advertisements from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.

Coverage: 1857-1912
Full text of Harper’s Weekly with extensive indexing of articles, illustrations, and advertisements.

Illustration 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
Selective list of resources for locating images.

Research tools by subject: History
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)
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
Keyword type Examples
[ethnic group] african american*
hispanic american*
[event] holocaust jewish 1939 1945
tiananmen square incident
world’s columbian exposition
[gender] women*
[location] easton
north america
pacific northwest
united states
[nationality] american
[topic] race relations
[war] napoleonic wars
united states history revolution 1775 1783
vietnamese conflict