Kays Catalogues

JISC and the University of Worcester have collaborated in producing a fascinating website of over 1500 images celebrating Kays Catalogues from the 1920s through to the 1990s.  It will interest social historians and researchers interested in advertising, fashion, body image, health and social behaviour. For example along with images of 1930s fashion, there is information on the new material of the decade, rayon (marketed as artificial silk), which allowed clothes to be cheaper and easier to clean.  Women were encouraged to be more active, and for men there was a growing variety of clothes for sport. 1990s images show the commercialisation of childhood and the desire for expensive designer clothing. The website has a video accompanying each decade, a blog and an opportunity for members of the public to submit their own stories.

British Library Historic Photographs

Much of British Library’s large photographic collection remains uncatalogued, but with funding from the Jerwood Charity its holdings will progressively be made available through an Integrated Catalogue. This is a three project but the Catalogue is already searchable.  For an introduction to the Library’s holdings click on Historic Photographs.  You will find a link to the Catalogue and also information on Photographic processes,The world in focus, Exploration and archaeology, The images of war, Making of the modern world and In the public eye.

Corpus Vitrearum Medi Aevi (Medieval Stained Glass)

The Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi  (CVMA).  There is the international research project dedicated to recording medieval stained glass in Great Britain.  There is free access to a picture archive of over 23,000 images most of which are in colour. There is a section on the conservation and restoration of stained glass and links to other conservation websites. There is a free online magazine called Vidimus.  described as the only online magazine dedicated to medieval stained glass.  The archive goes back to 2006.  There is also an archive spanning three decades of CVMA newsletters and abstracts

The Advertising Archives

  • The Advertising Archives was established in 1990 by Larry and Suzanne Viner. The Collection spans the years from the mid 19th Century to the present day. Image types include, British & American Press Adverts, British & American magazine covers and artwork including story illustrations,  rare French & Spanish magazine art,  British TV advertising stills,  mail order catalogues, posters, postcards, menus, theatre programmes & other ephemera and a  wide selection of vintage magazines.  If you register, you may access over 50,000 images. Please note “the thumbnail and preview images available on the site are for research purposes only and may not be reproduced without prior permission from AA”. See also:
  • The Library’s John Johnson Collection of printed ephemera including book trade and advertising material.
  • The Library’s JISC MediaHub which provides search results for video, media and audio resources.
  • The Royal College of Art Collection of over one thousand works that represent significant developments in British painting from the middle years of the previous century to the present.

Vogue Magazine Archive Trial

The University of Ulster Library is trialling the Vogue Archive.

The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names.

The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

The trial is available until the 10 March 2012.

Bibliothèque nationale de France Virtual Photography Exhibition

Bibliothèque nationale de France has produced a virtual photography exhibition.  The exhibition includes Photographic Treasures of the Geographical Society, Michael Kenna, Eugéne Atget, Roger Ballen, The Universal Expositions in Paris 1867-1900, Agence France Presse 1944-2004, Photographers for the Emperor, Portraits / Faces, Gustave Le Gray, Travelling in Orient, Magnum: Essays on the World and Short Photographic Poems. This superb exhibition will be of interest to all students of photography.

Visuwords, WordNet and ImageNet

Visuwords is an online graphical dictionary and thesaurus. It’s useful for students and researchers. It’s also fun!  Visuwords uses Princeton University’s WordNet,  an open source database built by Princeton university students and language researchers. Within WordNet there is also ImagetNet which is organised according to the WordNet hierarchy (and currently based on nouns). Researchers and educators may use the images if they meet certain conditions. Go to the ImageNet overview for more information.


SpringerImages is part of the Springerlink database subscribed to by UU Library. It has an archive of over 2.5 million images. There is a charge for many of these images but almost 300,000 of them are free.  Of these free images over 52,000 are in computational biology/bioinformatics; approximately 100,000 in life sciences; and 100,000 in medicine and public health. Images are contextualised with links to the source article. Sample searches: gaming produces over 500 results; dementia over 700 results; and human computer interaction over 600 results.  Open access images are available for non-commercial purposes. For more information on what you are allowed to do with them see the Creative Commons page.

Yale University Announces Digital Image Archive

Yale University have announced a new open access policy to online images of millions of objects housed in Yale’s museums, archives, and libraries . Yale is the first Ivy League university to make its collections accessible in this fashion, and already more than 250,000 images are available through a newly developed collective catalog.

The goal of the new policy is to make high quality digital images of Yale’s vast cultural heritage collections in the public domain openly and freely available.