1. Clothing, Costume and Fashion
National Museum of American History, Clothing and Accessories (from the 1700s to the present day)
ARTstor (images from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from all over the world.)
Browse by collections; for example:
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
(The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Brooklyn Museum Costumes collection
Or, search by keywords: brooklyn costume.
Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Documentary photography)
Berg Fashion Library Online
A unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more. For a full list of content click here.
The Costume Institute at the MET
Five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.
Costume Society of America (check out the Regional Sites on this page)
The Costumer's Manifesto
Created by costume designer and professor, Tara Maginnis, the Costumer's Manifesto is one of the World Wide Web's largest, and most eclectic, costume sites. Of note is the Historical and Social aspects of costume section with links for various time periods and genres.
The Costume Gallery
The Costume Gallery has 15 websites dedicated to the history of the fashion / costume / textile industries. They have over 40,000 web pages, 85,000 images, and two databases.
Contains 885 content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Fashions and Social History.
Fashion Resources: Clothing & Costume History (Kent State University's fashion library)
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (browse the collections by decades, e.g. 1920s, 1930s.)
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, All Sewn Up: Millinery, Dressmaking, Clothing and Costume
This digital collection includes millinery, dressmaking, clothing and costume books from the UW-Madison collections. These books from the first half of the 20th century (1907 – 1940’s) include the history of clothing, styles of dress, fashion drawing, and design and construction of hats, clothing and costumes.
Texas Fashion Collection
Currently, over 500 items are available for browsing by decade, country of origin, and other themes.
"An apparel industry directory providing members of the fashion industry with links to virtually every aspect of apparel, fashion, textiles, and clothing."
Commercial Pattern Archive
"A unique tool for researchers and designers to recreate or date clothing from 1868 to 2000."
Getty Images Inc. Time & Life Pictures: Defining Visions of an Enduring History
Google LIFE Photo Archive
New York Public Library Picture Collection
New York Public Library Web Gallery of Images
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
3. Culture and History Museums
Image Quest (two million rights-cleared images from some 40 image collections
American Association for State and Local History
The American Association of Museums
This is the largest and most important museum organization in the world.
Note: You might need to identify artists creating art during a certain time period and search for their art works when other types of visual materials are not available.
Selected Painters for Costume Design Research. (Source: Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey, The Costume Designer's Handbook (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, c1992), 61-62.
Art Museums and Art Images
Art Project (museums from around the world by Google)
4. Documentary and Family Films
e.g. Chicago Film Archives