1. African American Photographs
African American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris ExpositionGladstone Collection of African American Photographs
African American Images
African American History (pictures on Pinterest from many different collections)
Black History (pictures via Pinterest)
Vintage Black Beauty & History! A collection by Angela Williams via Pinterest.
Celebrating Black History: 50 Cultural Giants. A photograph collection courtesy of Time magazine.
Teenie Harris Archive (Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh)
Quoted from this site: "Charles 'Teenie' Harris (1908-1998) photographed Pittsburgh's African American community from c. 1935 to c. 1975. His archive of nearly 80,000 images is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today."
Documenting our past: the Teenie Harris Archive Project. (the Catalogs of the photographs in the above archive.)
The Church in the Southern Black Community (University of North Carolina)
Part of the project "Documenting the American South). Includes biographies, autobiographies, church documents, sermons, histories, etc
Getty Images Inc. Time & Life Pictures: Defining Visions of an Enduring History
Google LIFE Photo Archive
New York Public Library Picture Collection
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture -- Images and Illustrations
New York Public Library Web Gallery of Images
Africana & Black History
Several thousand items ranging from historical documents and rare visual materials to contemporary photo-journalism, relating to the entirety of African American history from the 16th century to the present; selected in the course of developing the NYPL website "African American Migration Experience."
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
2. 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
3. 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:
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
(The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Brooklyn Museum Costumes collection
Or, search by keywords: brooklyn costume.
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."
4. Documentary and Family Films
e.g Chicago Film Archives