More than 180,000 images held in the archives of the New York Public Library were put online this week in what may be the largest web-based collection of photographs in the public domain.
The library announced on its blog that users of the NYPL Digital Collections would contain easier-to-use links and filters to find restriction-free content. Power users will also have access to the database’s Digital Collections API, as well as additional tools added to the NYPL’s GitHub account.
In addition to photographs, the collection includes historic maps, botanical illustrations, unique manuscripts, ancient religious texts, and more.
Some of the photography collections available include:
- Berenice Abbott’s iconic documentation of 1930s New York for the Federal Art Project
- Farm Security Administration photographs by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, and others
- Lewis Hine’s photographs of Ellis Island immigrants and social conditions in early 20th century America
- Anna Atkins’ cyanotypes of British algae, the first recorded photographic work by a woman (1843)
- More than 40,000 stereoscopic views documenting all regions of the United States
The collection also includes historic maps, botanical illustrations, unique manuscripts, ancient religious texts and more. Visit nypl.org/publicdomain for information.