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POSC 217: Monuments, Museums & Meaning

Professor Barbara Allen - Spring 2021

Creative Commons and Public Domain Image Collections

Strategies for Finding Creative Commons Images

In addition to the above aggregators of Creative Commons-licensed images, you can also consider searching the image collections of numerous institutions that make their images available for free use. The following links are just a snapshot of what is available. Note: Many of the examples below are skewed towards historical artifacts. 

Google Images Licensed for Reuse

In Google images, click on "Tools" and then "Usage Rights." Then select "Creative Commons licenses." This will search for images that match this license, primarily drawing from Wikimedia Commons and Flick Creative Commons. 

Free Stock Photos

These sites include thousands of stock images that have been made available for free, non-commercial use. The terms of use will vary from site to site, so be sure to understand the conditions before using.