National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich

Website: http://images.rmg.co.uk/en/page/show_home_page.html

Conditions: Getting images free from the NMM requires fulfilling certain conditions. They give a 100% academic discount for runs below 1000 editions, as below.

‘Discounts on reproduction fees are available for images used on interior pages of scholarly and not-for-profit publications, see the table below. This discount does not include supply fees. A minimum £50 spend applies per order.’

PRINT RUN DISCOUNT N.B. MINIMUM FEE £50 + VAT
UP TO 3000 30%
UP TO 2000 50%
UP TO 1000 100%

The £50 minimum fee is a cost but the images available for this cost if the conditions are fulfilled makes this offer a bargain. File under ‘nearly free’.

In addition:

‘Conditions of free images

As long as low resolution files are already available on the Picture Library website:http://images.rmg.co.ukyou can download these files for free under the following conditions:

  • Academic Press publications, scholarly journals and self-published family history books with a print or e-book run under 500.
    (this does not include front or back cover use which does incur a fee).
  • Academic thesis and student essays, which are not being published.
  • Free educational lectures or classes.
  • Private websites and blogs with a primarily informational purpose.
  • Low resolution files are 72 dpi and 800 pixels maximum length.
  • A maximum of 15 low resolution images can be used in any single project.
  • If you re-print the project at a later date, then a fee would need to be paid for the re-print.

High resolution files are subject to a fee.’

Source: http://images.rmg.co.uk/en/pages/pricelist_page.html

National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich

The Lewis Walpole Library

Website: http://images.library.yale.edu/walpoleweb/

Collection: The Lewis Walpole Library Digital Images Collection (commonly referred to as the “DL”) presents images of visual materials from Library’s collection. The majority of the Library’s world-renowned collection of English caricatures and political satirical prints from the late-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries are presented in the Digital Image Collection, including works by Gillray, Rowlandson, Woodward, Bunbury, and Newton, among others as well as the Library’s extraordinary collection of works by William Hogarth.

Prints, drawings, and watercolors related to Horace Walpole’s collection and house at Strawberry Hill are also represented, including several extra-illustrated editions of Walpole’s Description of the Villa, once owned by William Bawtree, Richard Bull, Thomas Kirgate, and Walpole himself as well as other volumes formerly in Walpole’s library such as his A Collection of Prints Engraved by Various Persons of Quality, and albums of drawings by his friends Richard Bentley and John Chute, as well as an Album of Drawings with natural history illustrations by Maria Sybilla Merian. Recent additions include selected portraits, including ones by George Vertue, and topographical views, several groups of prints known as the Cries of London (both those by Marcellus Laroon and those by Paul Sandby), and a selection of ephemera: trade cards, advertisements, invitations, and bookplates, ballads and broadsides, and many playbills from Londona and regional British theatres.

Conditions:

As per Yale in general. Free to reproduce if Yale/Lewis Walpole Library holds the copyright. Permission must be sought for material for which Yale does not hold the copyright.

Source: http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/research/rights_reproductions.html#per

The Lewis Walpole Library

University of Leiden / Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

Website: https://socrates.leidenuniv.nl/R/?func=search-simple&local_base=gen01-disc

Conditions:

The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) has brought in more than 2,400 photos to Wikipedia. Leiden University Libraries (UBL), which manages this photo collection, has made this donation possible together with the Working Group on Special Scientific Libraries (WSWB). Imports of these images in Wikimedia Commons (the “Image Database” of Wikipedia) was done by Special Wikipedian in Residence, Hans Muller. The importance of the donation is the improvement of access to the history of Indonesia and India. The photos may be used in articles in Wikipedia, but are also now easily accessible for research and use in articles, blogs and various other applications.

Due to this donation to the Wikimedia Commons, the historical photos are also available for the public domain. This means that everyone is allowed to use the pictures for free and thus this photo collection has a much more global audience. The worldwide public also has an opportunity to improve and supplement the captions of the photographs when needed.

Source: http://www.library.leiden.edu/news/wikimedia-commons-english.html

(via @icpetrie)

University of Leiden / Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

Openn, Primary Digital Resources (University of Pennsylvania)

Website: http://openn.library.upenn.edu

Conditions: OPenn contains complete sets of high-resolution archival images of cultural heritage material from the collections of its contributing institutions, along with machine-readable descriptive and technical metadata. All materials on OPenn are in the public domain or released under Creative Commons licenses as Free Cultural Works. Please see specific collections and documents for applicable license terms.

Source: http://openn.library.upenn.edu

(via @SIMS_Mss)

Openn, Primary Digital Resources (University of Pennsylvania)

The Royal Collection, Great Britain

 

Website: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/search#/page/1

Collection:

The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. Comprising almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts and running to more than a million objects, the Collection is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of kings and queens over the past 500 years.

Following the execution of Charles I in 1649, the greater part of the King’s magnificent possessions was sold by order of Oliver Cromwell, and the Royal Collection has largely been formed since the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.

The Royal Collection is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the nation.  It is not owned by her as a private individual.

Conditions: Images may be free to use upon personal application to the Picture Library detailing the academic project.

Source: Personal communication. Contact the Picture Library via https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/picturelibrary

The Royal Collection, Great Britain

Livrustkammaren / The Swedish Armoury

Website: http://emuseumplus.lsh.se/eMuseumPlus?service=ExternalInterface&module=literature&moduleFunction=search&lang=en

Collection: Here you can search in the Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle and Hallwyl museum collection online database. You can find information on museum collections, images of objects and museum environments and the people who have made, owned and used the objects. These include paintings, weapons, furniture and costumes but also the accounts, books and everyday objects.

Conditions:

The images are free to download and use. The photos are tagged with Creative Commons licenses and copyright information, see the connection to each image.

Since March 2013  our entire image archive is available on the Internet. All 40,000 images are published under open licences, about a third of them in high resolution. Now you can use all our images, free of charge.

Source: http://livrustkammaren.se/en/node/1739

Livrustkammaren / The Swedish Armoury

WorldImages / California State University IMAGE Project

Website: http://worldimages.sjsu.edu

Conditions:

You are free to use these images for non-profit educational purposes, but we ask that you give credit to the copyright holders who retain rights to the images. These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 License.

You are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Source: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/

WorldImages / California State University IMAGE Project