Public Domain Media

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  • The mere fact that visual media is posted on the web does not mean it's in the public domain.
    Unless you have permission or know the media is free to use, do not use it
    American Memory – Provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience
    Galaxy of Images – Smithsonian Institution Libraries Includes animal world, bones, natural world, science and Invention, scientific instruments, society and culture, technology and transportation

    Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog Includes photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. Particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests, achievements of the American people.

    Library of Congress Photostream on Flickr
    Sets include: Child Labor, news in 1910, Civil War, Jazz photos, Farm Security Admistration, Women Striving Forward, Abrahma Lincoln, WPA Posters, World War I panoramas and more
    The vast majority of images, audio and video published by NASA are not copyrighted and may be reused. Includes: universe, solar system, earth, aeronautics, astronauts and spaceflight timeline and videos.
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Includes illustrations and videos. Permission is granted to use these images for educational, news media or research purposes, provided the source for each image is credited.

    U.S. Department of Defense
    Includes multimedia from the Pentagon Channel, Lead Photo Archive, Photo Essays, Week in Photos, Videos.

    U.S. Government Public Domain
    Some of these photos are in the public domain or U.S. Government works and may be used without permission or fee. However, some images may be protected by license or copyright. You should read the disclaimers on each site before using these images.  Find more multimedia resources to the US Government Works on Flickr, Official U. Government Photostreams on Flickr, State Photo and Multimedia Galleries, Channel on YouTube

  • Creative Commons
    Content includes images, media, music and video you can share, use and remix.  CC is a  nonprofit organization for sharing and use of creativity through copyright licenses. Give permission to share and use your creative work - on conditions of your choice.

    Creative Commons Audio - legal music for videos.
    Freesound – CC Music download and use media.

    Flickr The Commons
    Through fair use with public domain, Creative Commons licensed or copyright-friendly images.  Perform a search, click on Advance Search located in the upper right corner of the page; check the box 'Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content. A number of government image collections provide access with limited restrictions: .

    Flickr Public Domain
    Notre Dame Architecture Library Latern Slide Collection
    Visual Resources Association Flickr Photostream

    Google Images
    Perform a search, click on the OPTIONS icon located in the upper right corner of the page and select ADVANCED SEARCH; narrow your results by USAGE RIGHTS: and select free to use and share
    Google Art Project
    This is an online platform through which the public can access more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works from the initiative’s partner museums.
    Google Art Project on YouTube.
    Use Google street View to explore interiors of landmarks such as the White House.

  • This site provides you with resources to public domain material in the United States.
    Be sure to read through the contents page on the main page which introduces each section.


    Some of these resources have a mix of public domain and copyrighted photos. Also, some of the owners of the physical photos (which, are in the public domain) have placed use restrictions on copies.  In this case, you must credit and/or cite the photo source!
    include US Census Bureau, Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, Map History/History of Cartography, Military Battles & Campaigns from the Library of Congress, American Memory Collection, National Park Services and many more.
      Sheet Music
    When sheet music is in the public domain, you can record, remix, copy, distribute and perform
      Sound Recording
    list of places includes resources that offer spoken word recordings and music recordings.  Includes the Internet Archive audio collection and the Library of Congress American Memory collection, Wikipedia Sound/list, to name a few.
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    large free photo collection of images
    and textures for personal and commercial use
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