The Magic of Images

posted Jul 2, 2014, 12:09 PM by Randall Stow   [ updated Jul 17, 2014, 2:43 PM ]
    As an artist (yes...I did have a life before library school)   images mean a lot to me. The old saying a picture speaks a thousand words has certainly held true in my life, so I was thrilled to find the new free online image database from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) research library. This new database includes more than 7,000 archival images from the museum's research library collections. With an easy to use search feature, online patrons can get access to stunning images that illustrate diverse cultures, paleontology, botany and zoology from places all over the world. Looking for an image of a "sea scorpion" or fabulous images of immigrants landing on "Ellis Island" or doing research and need an image of a" Navajo hogan"? Just type in those words and view what comes up. Better yet, feel free to browse using the the collections, exhibits or item search tabs at the top of the screen.

My favorite search was when I pulled up an image of "Dutch Women on Ellis Island" and then searched by subject (right hand side of the screen) under "identifiers" and browsed under "subjects" then "portraits".  The wealth of beautiful images of people, from around the world whose  portraits were captured in a brief, long forgotten moment in time were breathtaking. It is a poignant reminder of our connections to the past, and the fragility of time.

The database can be found at