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  • This collection has been superseded by a combination of the Archivision Architectural Images Collection & the Saskia Art Images Collection, which together made up over 90% of the earlier collection.

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  • The Archivision Digital Research Library is currently comprised of 65,000 images of architecture, archaeological sites, gardens, parks and works of art with broad appeal in humanities teaching. The Library is divided into Modules and spans the globe and all time periods, with each Module offering a mix of historic and contemporary material.

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  • The Art & Cultural Heritage collection contains art history, historical, and cultural images from collections located at, or licensed by, the University of Kansas. It includes diverse images, such as art objects, architectural images, historical documents and photographs, and archaeological specimens. The images are intended primarily for teaching and research.

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  • The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a suite of software tools for teaching and research. Features include: searching, browsing, & organizing images; adding images; presenting images; and integrating with courseware. For more information on the collections contained in ArtStor, please see ARTstor's Collections information page.

    1,000,000 + images
    Licensed for all KU students, faculty and staff connecting to the Internet. For instructor level access, please contact Library EAID eaid@ku.edu to set up an account.
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  • The Classical Heritage Image Collection is an on-going project organized by the KU Department of Classics. The diverse subject matter of this collection explores the boundaries of the classical tradition in the humanities from Greek and Roman art history and archaeology to classical mythology to the reception of classical antiquity from the Renaissance to the Modern period. The images from this collection are intended for teaching and research. Please search the entire Luna collection for additional images.

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  • The Dole Institute houses and makes available the papers, photographs, artifacts and audio visual materials relating to the life and political career of Robert J. Dole, former U.S. Congressman (1960-1969), Senator (1970-1996) and Presidential Candidate (1996). This online collection, selected from 25,000 photographs in the Dole Archive, includes images relating to Bob Dole's childhood, youth, college experience, sports involvement, war-time service and recovery, early law career, Congressional, Senatorial and Presidential campaigns, family, staff and colleagues.

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  • Florence Nightingale letters held by the Clendening History of Medicine Library, University of Kansas Medical Center (a subset of the Art and Cultural Heritage Collection) .

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  • From the Ground Up is an on-going collaboration between artists living in Lawrence, and scientists and teachers from the the University of Kansas and the Kansas Geological Survey. The project seeks to capture the imagination of students of all ages who are interested in the landscape around them and exploring the connections between human history, art, geography, biology, and other disciplines. The collection is organized by content modules, each containing an archive of artworks which serve as a basis for, or a response to, work in other disciplines.

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  • Specifically developed in response to the teaching and research needs of the History of Art Department faculty, this collection is available to all members of the KU community who have a use for art, architecture, and cultural heritage images. It is a diverse collection of Western and Asian images from prehistoric to contemporary art.

    60,500 images
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  • Fossils from the collections of the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History and Biodiversity Research Center, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology. This is the beginning of what will become a much larger online collection. This collection is a subset of the larger Natural History collection.

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  • This collection of the large-format bird books published by John Gould (1804-1881) also includes several thousand pieces of pre-publication artwork produced by Gould and his artists. It is part of the Ralph Nicholson Ellis, Jr. natural-history collection in Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas. These manuscripts and prints exemplify the development of ornithological science, natural-history publishing, watercolor painting, and lithographic printing in 19th-century England.

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  • Aerial photographs of Kansas City and the surrounding area, taken in 2002 by Alex S. MacLean (a subset of the Art and Cultural Heritage Collection). The project was sponsored by the Kansas City Design Center. The Luna Insight images are hosted by the University of Kansas. The collection eventually will contain several thousand images. The photos in this collection also are included within the broader Art & Cultural Heritage Collection.

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  • The University of Kansas Archaeological Research and Center curates approximately 2000 cubic feet of artifacts recovered from investigations of 23 Kansas City Hopewell Archaeological sites, which represents the largest holdings of materials from this culture in the United States. The Kansas City Hopewell represents the westernmost regional variant of the Hopewell archaeological complex that dates to the Middle Woodland or Early Ceramic (100 B.C. - 700 A.D.) period.

    1,736 images
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  • Historical photographs from the Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas (a subset of the Art and Cultural Heritage Collection). The Kansas Collection is the regional history division of the University of Kansas Libraries. The Photo Collection consists of images documenting the history of Kansas, the region, and the people who have lived here. Currently, this online collection contains only a small sample from the Libraries' collection of over a million photographs, but will grow steadily as more photographs are digitized and cataloged.

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  • The Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Library, University of Kansas, houses and provides access to an extensive collection of Sanborn maps for 241 Kansas towns and cities covering a period from 1883 through the 1930s. With funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the maps from 1883 - 1922 are now digitally available to researchers everywhere through this website.

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  • The Kansas Biological Survey Kansas Wildflowers database includes images of common wildflowers of Kansas. Image descriptions include common and scientific names, as well as information one might expect to find in a field guide.

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  • This collection from University Relation's photo library showcases the best recent images of KU people, places, and events. Our goal is to reflect KU's beautiful, diverse, supportive, and resourceful nature rather than to provide news or historical photographs. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

    1,000 images
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  • The images provide an "inside" view of African American life rarely seen by the general public. They show family gatherings celebrating marriages, birthdays and graduations and reveal a vibrant community life comprised of a wide array of churches, schools and organizations. Together, these photographs suggest how African Americans, for centuries, refused to allow the nation's color line deny them experiences of love, faith, dignity, and grace.

    1,059 images
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  • Maps from the University of Kansas Libraries Map Collection, primarily USGS topo maps of the central plains region.

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  • Taking Special Collections outside the Library by Digital Repackaging: Primary Sources from the Spencer Research Library for the Study of Mediterranean Cartography, Navigation, Travel and Trade 1300-1800.

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  • Curators of the National Palace Museum in Taipei selected several thousand objects from their permanent collection to be included in this outstanding new digitized collection. It spans seven millennia of Chinese history and includes rare books, ceramics, paintings, bronzes, jewelry, studio accessories, costumes and more.

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  • The Pennell Collection consists of more than 30,000 glass plate negatives that represent the life work of Joseph J. Pennell, a successful commercial studio photographer who worked in Junction City, Kansas, from the early 1890s to the early 1920s. It provides a comprehensive view of life in a moderately-sized, Midwestern, army-post town on the Great Plains at the turn of the last century. The University of Kansas acquired the negatives, along with 10 ledgers of business records, in 1950.

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  • 32,111 digital images of architecture, paintings, and sculpture, licensed by KU from Saskia, Ltd., focusing on core images for the teaching of the history of art. Images from many important European and American collections and European and middle eastern archaeological sites are included.

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  • Maps published within the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980. The maps illuminate a wide variety of topics in U.S. and World history

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  • This collection of images documents works of art in KU's Spencer Museum of Art (a subset of the Art and Cultural Heritage Collection). With a permanent collection of more than 25,000 objects spanning much of world art history, the Spencer Museum of Art is one of the finest university art museums in the nation. Strengths include medieval art; European and American paintings, sculpture, and prints; Japanese Edo-period painting; 20th-century Chinese painting; photography; regional art; and more than 150 quilts.

    17,700 images
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  • The University Archives is the repository for the records documenting the history of the University of Kansas. Included are the official papers of the chancellors, records of student and faculty activities, and selected publications and papers of alumni and faculty. This collection contains a selection from their photograph holdings.

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