Lost and Found: Appropriated, Recycled and Reclaimed Images

Fall 2013

Listed in: , as FAMS-343  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-231; Adam R. Levine (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Sara Smith.

  • Overview
  • Media
  • Web Resources


Information on Copyright, Permissions, and restrictions

Slide presentation available at   http://tinyurl.com/otoa97h 


Digital images and media in ACDC, ARTstor, Naxos, and other subscription databases are provided for members of the Amherst academic community for use in teaching, study, and research. Amherst College students, faculty, and staff may use these images for in-class presentations, as well as papers, assignments, and some senior theses without obtaining permission. Media should always be cited. Unless a work is in the public domain, inclusion in a published or commercial work or a non-Amherst-password-protected website may require permission from the copyright holder.

Use of images is sometimes covered by the concept of "Fair Use." See the College Art Association's page on Intellectual Property and The Arts for more information.


American Music
Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.

Amherst College Digital Collections
Digitized art works, photographs, manuscripts, books, and other media from Amherst College Archives & Special Collections and the library’s Art & Architecture Collection.

Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Classical Music Library
Classical music recordings (14,000+ albums) including vocal, choral, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental music and opera.

Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
Scholarly resource of recordings including New World, Composers Recordings (CRI), Albany Records, Mode, Frog Peak and BMOP.

Music & Performing Arts
Cross-searches audio, video, scores, and full-text reference content from all Alexander Street Press music databases.

Naxos Music Library
Streaming music; listen to songs or the complete CD. Most extensive collection of classical music available, but also includes jazz, world music, spoken word, and more. Adobe Flash Player 10 is required for streaming.

Naxos Video Library
A performing arts video library that includes operas, ballets, documentaries, live concerts, and musical tours of historic places.

Smithsonian Global Sound
In partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.

Television News Archive (1968 to present)
Searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from 1968 to present (ABC, CBS, NBC), 1995 to present (CNN), selected content from PBS and FOX News.


See Web Resources tab for open source media online

Web Resources

Online resources for Public Domain video

Archive.org (includes Prelinger Archives & Library) 
Bottled Video stock footage
Creative Commons video site
Creative Commons on Vimeo
Getty Images Video
The Open Video Project

Online resources for public domain or rights-free images

Artsy Education - artworks from galleries, museums, and private collections
Digital Scriptorium - image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts
Flickr Commons - public photography archives from major institutions
Getty Open Content Images database - digitized materials from the Research Institute's collection
Art Project of Google Cultural Institute -  images of works from museums around the world
Library of Congress American Memory - open-access photograph collection
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection - digitized documentary photographs, architecture, design, and engineering materials, and prints
New York Public Library's Digital Gallery - images from the NYPL's collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, and photographs
Wikimedia Commons - database of freely usable images and other media 

Online resources for public domain and rights-free sound

Free Music Archive 
from WFMU
Open Source Audio at Archive.org