I constantly hear from teachers and students working on multi-media projects that it’s difficult to find good history related images. If that’s you, you need to check out Pictorial Americana by the Library of Congress. It’s an online database of images from early America up to 1899. The best part?

Images are presented for educational and research purposes. The Library of Congress is unaware of any copyright or donor restrictions on the use of the images.

So . . . be sure to cite your use but otherwise, go crazy!

You might also check out:

Multimedia Presentation Resources for Teachers
Access to a wide range of copyright free resources
Nations Illustrated

Over 7,700 pictures from around the world
New York Public Library Photo Collection
An image resource site of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards / Be sure to also go to NYPL’s Digital Gallery – tons of historical documents!
Copyright-friendly images for educators
Find the pictures you need in this easy to use digital library illustrating more than 200 years of history
Picsearch – The Search Engine for Pictures
Pictures of Places
A directory of links to websites providing pictures of geographical places and sights
History Image Bank
A series of images through history by Brooklyn College

(While most of these sites are designed for teachers, not all of them are as copyright friendly as Pictorial Americana so be sure to check the terms of use.)

Have fun!