The Visual Resources Association offers a handy web tool called The Digital Image Rights Computator to “assist the user in assessing the intellectual property status of a specific image documenting a work of art, a designed object, or a portion of the built environment. Understanding the presence or absence of rights in the various aspects of a given image will allow the user to make informed decisions regarding the intended educational uses of that image.” The interactive program guides you through a series of questions addressing five variables:
- The copyright status of the underlying work represented in the image.
- The copyright status of the photographic reproduction.
- The specific source from which you have obtained the image under consideration.
- The intended use(s) of the image.
The Maps of Africa to 1900 digital collection contains images of maps listed in the bibliography Maps of Africa to 1900: A Checklist of Maps in Atlases and Geographical Journals in the Collections of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Bassett & Scheven, Urbana: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2000). As such, this collection mines not only the University of Illinois Library’s map collections, but also its extensive collection of 19th century atlases and geographical journals, including the JournalGéographie de Paris (France), and Petermanns Geographische Mittheilungen (Germany).
Arrowsmith, Aaron. Africa, 1817.
Bassett’s and Scheven’s original bibliography lists 2,416 maps of which nearly 78 percent date from the 19th century. Africanists and historians of cartography are drawn to this century because the map of the continent changed so rapidly in the wake of European explorations, conquests, and colonization (Bassett & Scheven, p. iii). About a quarter of the collection dates from the sixteenth century, 9 percent from the seventeenth, and 13 percent from the eighteenth century.
The Library is digitizing as many of the maps as possible, condition permitting. Maps are added to the collection as they are completed.
Recently the University Library had ARTstor load the Saskia Image Collection into our institutional collections area of ARTstor. We have access to this wonderful resource through our membership in the CARLI Consortium. You will find the Saskia collection listed under “Institutional Collections” when you first enter ARTstor.
The collection contains 30,000 digital imagesof paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from many important collections: ThePrado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louve as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egype. The images can be displayed and downloaded in high-resolution format. Additionally, the descriptive data about the images includes references to the occurrences of these images in 19 major art history texts, including Garner’s Art Through the Ages, 12th edition; Understanding Art, 7th edition; Art and Ideas, 10th edition; and Discovering Art History, 4th edition.
(Images from ARTstor and CARLI)