Digital Scrapbook: November 13

I often find items in my research that are interesting, but don’t quite fit into my current projects. Every couple of weeks, I’ll share my favorite creative public domain, online library and royalty free finds and information. Maybe they’ll help you with your current project, or inspire you to start one!

Recent Finds:

Public Domain Review is a great place to go and find not only public domain art, but also images and information about historic, archival and public domain art tools.

Versuch eines Farbensystems,” an archival color wheel study. Schiffermüller, Ignaz, 1727-1806; Landerer, Ferdinand, 1730 or 46-1795; Bernardi, Augustin. Publisher: Wien : Verlegts Augustin Bernardi, Buchhändler. Collection: Getty Research Institute, Internet Archive.
Richard Waller’s “Tabula Colorum Physiologica” (1686). A Catalogue of Simple and Mixt Colours with a Specimen of Each Colour Prefixt Its Properties.” Via WikiMedia Commons.
Illustrations from a 1708 artist’s manual, most likely Claude Boutet’s 7-color and 12-color color circles. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Library of Congress Crowdsourcing has added more than eleven thousand items to its Walt Whitman campaign!

“Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you.”
― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

“How American Consumers Embraced Color,” via JSTOR Daily

Tejano Genealogy in the Trans-Nueces Region at the Texas General Land Office,” Texas General Land Office via Medium

Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney, via


Wondering what to do with these great resources? Depending on their reuse designation, you might:

Create a mood board on Pinterest for a creative, interior design or event project.

Print out a public domain fine art image to frame and display in your home or give as a gift. Depending on the resolution, images can be enlarged professionally printed on heavy paper or even canvas, acrylic or another material.

Use a graphic design program to create coloring pages, games or digital puzzles.

Add unique music or video to a multimedia project.

Learn something new.

Or, you can always simply enjoy them!

Fine Print:

This list includes a mix of archival, limited/fair use and public domain resources. Please note the designation before use. I am not qualified to advise on detailed or specific legal considerations, so you have specific questions about copyright-free art, media or other information, please contact a legal professional.