The Image Archives
Image Database Archive (IDA)
Use this tool to search for images that have been scanned and cataloged for you to
browse, research, study, and/or request prints. Images include photographs, tintypes,
carte de visites, cabinet cards, lobby cards, movie posters, film stills, sketches,
and numerous other graphic material.
The Center has described the types of materials available in the Image Database Archive
and items that are held in the collections. The image archives continues to grow, both
in the number of images added to the database and in the number of images added to the
Having trouble searching the Image Database Archive? This page explains the search process
and all its special features. It is not quite like searching Google or Yahoo, so the tips
here may prove very helpful in your searching!
Major Photo Collections
Here we have provided a list of our archival collections that focus on photographic images.
The Center continues to scan images from several of these collections. Some images may not
be in the Image Archive Database yet, but may available for preview or viewing at the Center.
Photo Process and Formats
Ever wanted to know more about the different photographic formats that have developed over the
years? This page provides a brief explanation of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, albumen
prints, wet plate collodion negatives, cartes de visites, cabinet cards, and stereographs.