Yale Makes Its Vast Collection of Images Available FREE

“A True Description of the Naval Expeditions of Sir Frances Drake” ca. 1587

Looking for the perfect image for your paper, study, blog, or article but just not finding what you need on Google? Help is here. Yale University recently made over 250,000 of its images available for free. Even better, Yale is allowing  unlimited and licensing-free usage.  Eventually, the entire catalog will be available to users but it will take several years to digitize the millions of items in its collection.

Yale is the first Ivy League institution to allow such uninhibited access. In a statement to the New York Times, Mariët Westermann, vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, applauded Yale’s decision and hopes Yale will only be the first of many universities to make their collections available to the public.  In the past, she argued, the “(h)igh costs of reproduction rights have traditionally limited the ability of scholars, especially ones early in their careers, to publish richly illustrated books and articles in the history of art, architecture, and material and visual culture.”   Now, much of that has changed.

What can you find among the quarter-of-a-million images? Everything from paintings, to sculptures, to musical scores, to artifacts, and fossils. Click on the link below and enjoy a 90 second slideshow which samples fifteen of the accessible works, set to the music of Haydn. What will you do with this treasure trove of images?