Friday, January 11, 2008

Public Domain Resources

General Public Domain Resources
Center for the Study of the Public Domain (
The Creative Commons (
The Internet Archive (
The Electronic Freedom Foundation (
Public Knowledge (
The Free Expression Policy Project (
Center for Arts and Culture (
The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School (

Copyright Resources
Copyright Office (
List of copyright renewals for books published during the period 1923--1963. (
On-Line Books Page (
Foreign Copyright Laws (

Writing Resources
Below are some useful websites for locating public domain writings and libraries:
Yahoo Internet Directory (;
Library of Congress (
The University of Idaho links (
The Internet Public Library (
Project Gutenberg (
Project Bartleby ( )
Public Domain Links(
The Universal Library (
Wikipedia (
The Internet Archive (
Government Depository websites (
Federal government materials (

Music Resources
Public Domain Info (

You can download public domain sheet music at these sites:
Werner Icking Music Archive: (
My Sheet Music: (
Historic American Sheet Music (
The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection (
Library of Congress Music for the Nation— American Sheet Music, 1870-1885 (
Sheet Music Online (
Sheet Music USA (
University of California at Berkeley California Sheet Music Project (
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Sheet Music Library (

Music libraries in the United States where you may research public domain music:
Berklee College of Music (
Columbia UniversityMusic Library (
Eastman School of Music of the Universityof Rochester (
Free Library of Philadelphia (
Harvard University (
Indiana University William & Gayle Cook Music Library (
Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory of Music (
Library of Congress Music Division (
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (
University of California, Berkeley Music Library (
University of California, Los Angeles Music and Arts Library (
University of Chicago Music Collection (
University of Michigan Music Library (
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives (
Yale University Irving S. Gilmore Music Library (

Museums Resources
Yahoo Directory ( .
Gallery Guide Online (
Other helpful art websites are:
Art History Resources on the Web (
World Wide Art Resources (

Art Reproductions Resources
Art History Resources on the Web (
World Wide Art Resources (
Dover Publications (

Photography Resources
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Reading Room (
Library of Congress Public Domain Reprint Service (
Price list for Public Domain Photo Reprints (
The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film (
New York Public Library Photo Collection (
National Archives and Records Administration Archive Research Center (
Tulane University Index of Archival Indexes (
University of Idaho Archives ( )
Public Domain Pictures (
Wikipedia public domain images (

Film Resources
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) ( has a website for film and video holdings (
The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film (
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (
Museum of Modern Art Department of Film and Video (
UCLA Film and Television Archive (
Cinema Web (
Silents Are Golden (
Kino International Corp. (
Movies Unlimited (
Video Oyster (

Architectural Resources
Columbia University Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library (
Harvard Design School (
University of Florida, Architecture & Fine Arts Library (
University of Nevada Las Vegas Architecture Studies Library (
Dover Publications (

Map Resources
University of Minnesota Links to Map Libraries (
Oddens’ Bookmarks (
Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress (

Choreography Resources
Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Library for the Performing Arts (


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