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Interior Design Reference Resources
Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design
"The Chicago Athenaeum is an International Museum of Architecture and Design, appropriately based in the world's first city of modern architecture and design—Chicago".
Design Museum (London)
"The Design Museum is the only place in the UK where the design industry, education and the public can come together to change the way people think about themselves and the future".
Museum of Architecture
"The Museum of Architecture (MoA) is a charity dedicated to finding new ways for the public to engage with architecture and to encourage entrepreneurship within architectural practice to stimulate learning, collaboration and action."
An online encyclopedia organized by the Society of Architectural Historians and the University of Virginia Press that includes buildings, landscapes, infrastructure, monuments, artworks, and parks in the U.S.A.
These resources are a mix of open access, Creative Commons licensed, and stock image collections. Therefore copyright status, attribution requirement, and use restrictions vary. If you are interested in reusing any of these images in your own work, you are responsible for reading the license information on that content and following the terms and conditions for use.
Art Institute of Chicago - Open Access Collection
"The Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to offer free, unrestricted use of over 50,000 images of works in the collection believed to be in the public domain or to which the museum otherwise waives any copyright it might have. Such images are made available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and the Terms and Conditions of this website".
Biodiversity Heritage Library Image Collection (Flickr)
"The BioDivLibrary Flickr collection is specially curated by book, subject, and contributor to make it easier for you to find images related to specific research needs."
Google Arts & Culture
Stories and other visual content about cultures and art collections around the world, curated by Google. "Use tools to explore by time and color, zoom to view artworks in amazing detail, tour famous sites and landmarks, and more".
Library of Congress Historical Photo Collection (via Flickr)
"The Prints & Photographs Division takes care of 14 million of the Library's pictures and features more than 1 million through online catalogs. Offering historical photo collections through Flickr is a welcome opportunity to share some of our most popular images more widely."
Smithsonian Open Access
"Welcome to Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come".
Interdisciplinary Reference Resources
Black Freedom Struggle in the United States
A selection of primary sources, hosted by ProQuest.
Digital Commons Network
Free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide.
Digital Public Library of America
Free, primary source images, texts, videos, and sounds from institutions across the United States.
Directory of Open Access Journals
Online directory that provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
The Food Timeline
Created and maintained by librarian Lynne Olver until 2015 (now archived on the Internet Archive), this website compiles a chronological history of food and recipes, along with their origin, history, related food, and recommended reading. Foods are also indexed alphabetically and by topic.
Search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions.
Open access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals.
Internet Archive - Open Library
A catalog of digitized books contributed by libraries for users to borrow for free. An account with Internet Archive is required.
Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse Sets
Items from the Library's digital collections that are free to use and reuse. Content is either in the public domain, has no known copyright, or has been cleared by the copyright owner for public use.
Free, public domain audiobooks.
New York Heritage Digital Collections
Over 350 libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural institutions in New York make their collections of primary source materials (photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, and more) available in this digital repository.
NY Public Library Digital Collections
Primary source prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, video, and more.
NYS Historic Newspapers
Free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York's history.
Developed by SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library, OASIS searches open content from 98 different sources.
Search the Smithsonian Institute's digital collections.
Statistical Abstracts of the United States
From the U.S. Census Bureau, the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organizations of the United States of America.
Taylor & Francis: Open Access eBooks
Open access books and chapters with subjects in the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences, published by Taylor & Francis Group.
Government information and services on a variety of topics, including the environment, education, health, law, business, immigration, and federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Office of Publications & Special Studies
Articles, reports, graphs, and more. Includes the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Handbook of Methods, and other government statistical reports.
U.S. Department of the Interior
Provides scientific and other information about natural resources and hazards.
Search the collections of other libraries, in your community and thousands more around the world.
Biographies of celebrities, politicians, criminals, historical figures, and other famous people
Brief biographies of American president's spouses.
The New York Times - Obituaries
Brief biographies of notable people from around the world.
Facts, documents, videos, and trivia about the Presidents of the United States of America.