David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Website: http://www.davidrumsey.com

The David Rumsey Map Collection was started over 30 years ago and contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children’s, and manuscript maps. Items range in date from about 1550 to the present.


Images may be reproduced or transmitted, but not for commercial use. For commercial use or commercial republication, contact  mailto:carto@davidrumsey.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. By downloading any images from this site, you agree to the terms of that license. Users are expected to abide by all copyright laws. Distribution, reproduction, or other use requires the written permission of any copyright and other rights holders unless the materials are in the public domain or authorized by fair use or other statutory exemption. It is the user’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in this collection. For maps not in the public domain that we know are being sold by their makers, we do not allow downloading or printing and we attempt to provide a link to the maker’s site in our metadata for the map.

Source: http://www.davidrumsey.com/about/about

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Europeana Collections

Website: http://www.europeana.eu/portal/en

Conditions: Europeana is the digital platform for European cultural heritage. Many of the images have no use restrictions on them and are free to use for any purpose. To search for these, tick the Free Re-use box on the left side of the search filters.


The re-use conditions for free may be affected by the copyright conditions in your country:

Rights Reserved – Free Access

This rights statement has been RETIRED from use by Europeana and replaced with ‘In Copyright’.

This digital object is protected by copyright and/or related rights. This digital object is accessible without charge, but its use is subject to the licensing conditions set by the organization giving access to it.

Unless expressly stated otherwise in the licensing conditions, you are free to make any of the acts permitted by your national copyright and related rights act, including browsing, printing and making a copy for your own personal purposes.

All other acts of reproduction and communication to the public are subject to the licensing conditions attached to the digital object.

Source: http://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/rights/rr-f.html

Europeana Collections

University of Leiden / Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

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


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

The Royal Collection, Great Britain


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


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

WorldImages / California State University IMAGE Project

Website: http://worldimages.sjsu.edu


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


Website: https://pixabay.com


On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 as public domain.
You can copy, modify, distribute and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and without paying attribution. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights. Read more in our blog.

Understand “public domain” as the permission to freely use (display, modify, print, etc.) an image without asking permission from the image author. However, it is still your responsibility, to make sure the depicted content (persons, logos, private property, etc.) is suitable for your application and does not infringe any rights.

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/service/faq/


New York Public Library Public Domain Images

Website: full collections – http://digitalcollections.nypl.org

Public domain images – http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/search/index?utf8=✓&keywords=&filters[rights][]=pd

Conditions: Some free, some with minimal charge for publication

Even though we believe the images we have uploaded to The Commons on Flickr are in the “public domain” and thus not subject to copyright restrictions, these photos may be subject to other third party rights, such as rights of privacy and rights of publicity. In all instances, you are required to obtain all necessary permissions before using our photos. For example, if you find a photo from NYPL’s collections that includes a person, you would be responsible for obtaining the permission of the person in the photo before you use the photo. Please read the Terms and Conditions of our website for more detailed information about these issues: http://www.nypl.org/legal/

Fee Schedule below lists one-time fees per image to access high resolution TIFF files. The Library does not charge additional permission fees to use such material nor does it place restrictions on usage or any future usage. The Library also does not provide “permission” or “licensing” agreements for these images.

Existing File from Digital Collections New Digital Photography
Individuals $50 $50

Source: http://www.nypl.org/help/get-what-you-need/photographic-services/obtaining-images

New York Public Library Public Domain Images