Sonoma County Library


Photos & Pictures

Note on Copyright

Local Sonoma County sources

Local History Photos at the Library
Search the Sonoma County Library catalog for photos in the Petaluma Regional Library and Santa Rosa Central Library. Type a search word, then select Photograph from the Limits menu below.

North Bay Digital at Sonoma State
Featuring the Gaye LeBaron Digital Collection, Lime Kiln photos, 1906 earthquake photos and letters.

Photo from the Sonoma County Library collections

National and worldwide sources

American Memory
From the Library of Congress. Over 9 million items including photographs, documents, and more, plus video and sound recordings from American history. Includes Curtis collection of photos of Pomo, Miwok, and other Native American tribes and lands.

From the California Digital Library, search for pictures from art exhibits, photo collections, and other materials from libraries, parks, universities, and museums in California.

Dreamstime and morgueFile
Free photo images can be used for most purposes. Also includes commercial images available for purchase.

The European archive of copyright-free materials from the Louvre, the Rijksmuseum, the British Library, and other European museums and cultural institutions.

Flickr Commons
Featuring photos with no known copyright restrictions. Thousands of images contributed by the Library of Congress, with Flickr tags contributed by you.

Google Images
Search for pictures that are on other people's web sites. Pictures vary in size and quality. Not a good source for copyright-free images to use in projects.

Internet Archive
Entire books, movies, sound, live music archive. Because the books are generally older works that have fallen out of copyright, images may be copied from them without restriction.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Catalog
Historical posters, maps, photos. From the collections of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Search by topic, or select from the list of collections.

Microsoft Office Clip Art & Media
May be used in homework and reports. For other uses, see the Microsoft Copyrights page.

NYPL Digital Gallery
New York Public Library collection of historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, and more. Includes images from art, science, and history.

Wikimedia Commons
Public domain contemporary photographs donated by photographers; historical photographs; art historical photographs.

Map showing the California and Nevada Railroad and its extensions and connections, from American Memory


America's Library
Children's area from the Library of Congress. Sections include: Explore the States, Meet Famous Americans, Jump Back in Time. Songs and games to play, along with pictures and information useful for homework.

Dorling Kindersley clip art
For personal, home and school use.

Homework databases
Pick from several resources for maps and pictures of famous people, California missions, wildlife, and a variety of topics in the World Book encyclopedia.

Maps & pictures
Other sources of clip art, maps, and photos for homework projects. From our Homework pages.

WPA poster from Prints & Photographs 
          showing Pomo basket