1. Masterlist of Public Domain Images Resources

    Basically, you can use any images found on these websites to make graphics, textures, etc. without getting in trouble for infringement.

    General Collections

    Ordered by size of collection, largest first:

    • Wikimedia Commons hosts only freely licensed images, sound files, and other media. With over 15 million uploaded files, (as of December 2012), it is the largest free “images-only” repository. It contains many public domain images. Commons is the primary repository of media for all Wikimedia projects. Media on Commons can be used readily on all Wikimedia projects, just as if the media were uploaded to the projects directly. Media tagged with the Creative Commons Public Domain Mark can be found here: commons:Category:CC-PD-Mark
    • Public Domain Photos - PublicPhoto.Org - All photographs available on this site are 100% free for use, including private and commercial use. The site has more than 2,300 galleries consisting of over 23,000 unique photos (including the old gallery). At least three galleries—that is, up to 30-40 photos—are added to the site daily. Each image can be downloaded in at least four dimensional sizes: thumbnail, normal, large and very large. Photos are up to 4752 x 3168 maximum resolution. (old domain launched in 2008: moka.t2i.info - Moka Gallery; As of January 1, 2011, public-photo.net contents were moved to a new domain: publicphoto.org) !
    • Pixabay - Public domain images without any limitation (private and commercial use), available in 20 languages. For downloading forced captcha for unregistered user!
    • PD Photo - Large collection of mostly public domain photos. Read the license for each picture before use; also, model releases may not have been obtained for all photos.
    • Photos Public Domain Thousands of high quality public domain photographs free for any use, with no restrictions. Collections included are: textures, animals, nature, and a variety of stock images for any use, including commercial.
    • Picdrome - growing Public Domain picture collection: no copyright, licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All unique items are free to download and use, without restriction. No registration, no attribution required.
    • Alegri Photos - Public domain and Creative Commons images
    • Free Photo Gallery Public Domain Images - Free stock and recreational photos licensed under Creative Commons; may be used for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
    • Public-Domain-Photos.com
    • 4 Free Photos Public domain images.
    • Free Stock Image Site Collection of public domain stock images.
    • Public Domain Files Public domain pictures and clip art.
    • Montenegro Photo Free images of Montenegro (Former Yugoslavia).
    • BestPhotos.us Search millions of public domain photos or browse the best
    • PD Poster Public domain posters]
    • Ars Publik - A great collection of public domain images from around the web, hand-selected for use in web and graphic design.
    • RepublicDomain.com is a place for free public domain photos and desktop wallpapers.
    • Public-domain.zorger.com features scans of art from pre-1922 books and various photos, free for any use]
    • Phototeria.com The site presents a large Collection of Public Domain images only. It’s very easy to navigate Phototeria.com which benefits not so experienced users or young folks.
    • Reusable Art - An ever-growing collection of vintage drawings, illustrations and photographs from books, magazines and other printed materials. Original publication information is included with each image for copyright verification. All images meet or exceed the Berne Convention standard for a creative work to be in the public domain.
    • Karen Whimsy’s Public Domain Images - Scans of engravings and other artwork from a personal collection of old books, magazines, and post cards. Updated regularly.
    • Word Processor Clipart - Public Domain clipart optimized for use in word processors. Browsable via site treeview and thumbnail pages. Complete collection also downloadable from ibiblio.
    • Project Gutenberg - 12,000+ books, only a few illustrated, but the number of illustrated books increases from week to week. There are thousands of PD images available.
    • GIMP Archive - 32,000+ Royalty-free photos, organized by keyword.
    • Open Clip Art - This project is an archive of public domain clip art. The clip art is stored in the W3C scalable vector graphics (SVG) format.
    • clker - Easy to search public domain images, directly usable in openoffice.org
    • Open Domain - public domain images from various sources in one-a-day blog format.
    • Logo Design Web Stockphotos - Small but growing public domain stock photos released by photographer.
    • Free Photos - Small personal photographic collection dedicated to the public domain.
    • http://www.mathpuzzle.com/loyd/ Images of pages of a 1914 book of puzzles
    • Public Domain Spain Photo Gallery - Photo archive containing a collection of free, public domain images and photos of Spain.
    • Public Domain Footage - Public domain archival stock footage and newsreels.
    • Public Domain Clip Art- 25,000+ Public Domain Clip Arts (good for printing). Categorized & searchable.
    • Public Domain Depot A collection of public domain photos and resources with many original photos from the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
    • Free Images Collection A collection of free, copyright-free, high resolution images.
    • Open Galleries A community source of free photography, hosting several galleries with photos from all over the world.
    • Free Digital Photos Over 240 different categories each containing royalty free large photos and images that are in the public domain. Free to use for personal or commercial purposes.
    • Dated Images A blog with weekly postings of dated public domain images.
    • http://photo-sleuth.blogspot.com/ - Articles providing old photographs with sourced research as to their origins and history.
    • Vintage Pixels A collaborative database of found vintage photos. Free for use in amateur and commercial projects.
    • Free Public Domain Images on PlanetEarthForFree.com - PlanetEarthForFree free public domain images page
    • http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/links/clipart.html (a lengthy list of categorised links to other public domain image sources, many of those links don’t work though)
    • Clip Art/Public Domain at the Open Directory Project (a list of links to sites with public domain clip art)
    • XPASE Public Domain - A directory of various public domain resources.
    • Vacations.info - Travel related photos
    • The Public Domain Review - A Blog by the Open Knowledge Foundation to easily access public domain resources.
    • Public Domain Photo - Growing bank of a variety of free photos in blog format. All photos are taken by the site owner who has released them into the public domain.
    • Easy Stock Photos - Royalty free stock photos, pictures, images and information in the public domain - Collection of public domain photos organized by category in image galleries.
    • Project Public Domain Pictures[dead link] - A growing collection of amateur public domain photos. The images are free for any use, personal or commercial and does not require anything in return when you use their images.
    • Freetems - Public Domain images, graphics and more, free without registration.
    • Public Domain pictures - publicdomainimages.in
    • Public Domain Pictures A large collection of high quality pictures for free. Possibility to contact the authors for original files. (For some photo you have to be “premium membership” a.k.a. you have to pay !)
    • FreeStockPhotos.biz A large collection of Public Domain, GNU, Creative Commons & custom licensed stock photos and clip art. (Beware, CC images is not Public Domain)
    • Commons Treasures A growing collection of public domain pictures sorted according to subject. All images in this blog are free for use for any purpose. Members add around 25-50 public domain pictures daily.
    • Good Free Photos - All public domain pictures of mainly landscape but wildlife and plants as well
    • My Public Domain Pictures - A growing collection of amateur pictures released into public domain. You can use their pictures for any purpose and they do not require anything in return. Their collection includes travel pictures, pictures of animals and plants, background designs and many more being added everyday. They also include a collection of public domain pictures segregated according to topics including etchings of public domain pictures. Pictures are up to 2048 X 1361.
    • Public Domain photos of Venice - Many photos of Venice (Italy) in the public domain, free to use without any restrictions.

    Governmental Resources

    If any page or image seems missing, replace http://www.sru.edu/depts/cisba/compsci/dailey in its URI with http://srufaculty.sru.edu/david.dailey/

    Subject-based Collections

    Ordered by subject, alphabetically:


    Note: Accurate photographs of two-dimensional visual artworks lack expressive content and are automatically in the public domain once the painting’s copyright has expired (which it has in the US if it was published before 1923). All other copyright notices can safely be ignored.

    • http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/
    • http://siris-artinventories.si.edu/ - The Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) is an American art catalog compiled by the Smithsonian Institute. It has many reproductions of American paintings. However, it is known to have a number of factual errors, so it should be used with great care.
    • http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artistindex.php - Images of the works of more than 2,600 realist painters, many in the public domain; check catalogue for dates of works and artists. Note: Accurate photographs of two-dimensional visual artworks lack expressive content and are automatically in the public domain once the painting’s copyright has expired (which it has in the US if it was published before 1923). All other copyright notices can safely be ignored.
    • http://www.thefamousartists.com - Growing resource with biographies and selected works of artists whose works are all in the public domain.


    • The Crittenden Automotive Library. Not all are PD! The image detail page will state the status, PD images will be marked “Public domain” or by year of publication if before 1922.



    • http://ushistoryimages.com - Public domain images from United States history.
    • http://www.acliparthistory.com - Public Domain images of the History of the World. Also Natural History and Fancy letters suitable for school projects
    • http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ammemhome.html Library of Congress American Memory site (Check copyright information for the separate items before deciding to use them!)
    • http://www.exclassics.com/newgate/ngillus.htm Images from The Newgate Calendar. Mostly crimes and criminals from the 18th century. Also other works at http://www.exclassics.com
    • http://www.fromoldbooks.org/ Collection images scanned from various old books that are now in the public domain. Searchable. Used to be underhttp://www.holoweb.net/~liam/
    • http://www.john-leech-archive.org.uk/ John Leech sketch archives 1841 until 1864 from Punch magazine The page states they are long out of copyright and that they are believed to be public domain.
    • http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/ Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s online collection of digital images. Most will be {PD-art}. 90,000 images from rare books and manuscripts, search by keyword.
    • http://digitalgallery.nypl.org New York Public Library. Over 700,000 images scanned from books. Including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more. There is a per-image usage fee even for public domain images.
    • http://www.oldbookillustrations.com/ Images scanned from old books. States that images on the site are the works of artists who “…have been dead for over seventy years, which makes them part of the public domain in many countries”. Searchable by keywords.
    • America As It Was - a huge resource for vintage postcards in the U. S., organized by state. Any postcard first published in the U. S. before 1978 without an explicit copyright notice is PD. Lots of photos, aerial views, and maps of many U. S. locations.
    • "The Secret Museum of Mankind" - collection of anthropological photographs published in a 1935 book without copyright. Scanned and released under a CC-NC license, but images should be public domain, at least in the US, since they are faithful reproductions of PD images. (Warning: strong 1930’s racist P. O. V.)

    Specific periods


    Logos and flags



    New Zealand

    Postage stamps


    United States



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