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(Mostly) Free (with attribution)
For more places to search for images, see the Finding Images guide.
All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.
The collections below focus on more historical images, and are mostly free with attribution. Remember to always check the Rights Statement for the individual image you want to use prior to using it.
Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
New York Public Library Digital Collections
Over 600,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities--illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, fashion plates, and...