Here are some websites from major cultural institutions that feature digital collections within the public domain. Be sure to check each individual institution’s requirements for attribution and use of their digital images.
A smorgasbord of photos, images, works of art, artifacts, audio recordings and books from museums and archives throughout Europe. Not all the works of art and images featured are in the public domain, so double-check the copyright information before using.
Flickr Commons is chock-full of images in the public domain. These images are made available by libraries, museums and archives around the world, such as the Internet Archive, the British Library, the UBC Digitization Centre and the Smithsonian Institute.
Features digital images of artifacts from the French Revolution, including maps, letters, coins and paintings. Images found in this site are no longer protected by intellectual property rights and can be used for non-commercial purposes. See the “About” page for details.
Digital images from the Paul Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute are made available to the public free of charge. Information on how to properly attribute images can be found on the homepage. While scholars are free to use open-content images in their publications, Getty appreciates receiving a gratis copy of the publication.
The Open Collections of OpenGLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) contain digital images of works of art, maps, manuscripts, illustrations and objects. Many images found in the site are in the public domain or have Creative Commons licenses. Double-check the licensing information before using images.
The University of the Fraser Valley is situated on the traditional territory of the Stó:lō peoples. The Stó:lō have an intrinsic relationship with what they refer to as S’olh Temexw (Our Sacred Land), therefore we express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in this territory.