Here are some good places to start looking for exhibition material, if you don’t already have something in mind:

  1. Gould Library Special Collections: Maps, rare books, artists’ books, and more!
  2. Gould Library General Collections: Search the stacks or the online catalog for unexpected gems (and don’t forget Government Documents, on the first floor!).
  3. Carleton College Archives: Doing an exhibition related to Carleton’s past? No better place to start than Carleton’s archives.
  4. The Art Image Collections Lib Guide: An incredibly useful page compiled by Carleton Librarians. If you have questions about using any of these images in an exhibition, check out the Copyright at Carleton website.
  5. Flickr Creative Commons: Another option for finding images and also educating yourself on Creative Commons licensing (good to know for uploading your own photos!).
  6. Yale Digital Content: Much of Yale University’s museum, library, and archive collections are available online under the University’s Open Access Policy.
  7. The Victoria & Albert Museum: Offers a robust online collection protected under these terms and conditions.
  8. The Walters Art Museum: The Walters’ online collection features thousands of high-quality images. Read about the Walters’ Terms of Use. Much of the collection is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
  9. Wikimedia: A database of over 13 million freely usable media files.
  10. If you are looking into other image resources and have questions about whether or not you can use those images for your project, you might want to check out Carleton’s Copyright Information Website.
  11. Columbia University Libraries Guidelines for Lending Materials for Exhibition: Interested in borrowing objects/material from other institutions, but don’t know where to start? Contact Steve Richardson to ask about the process of borrowing artwork from other institutions and check out Columbia University’s guidelines.