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Blog Topic: Public collections

April 17, 2023

Our awe-inspiring earth:
26 open collections on JSTOR

Happy Earth Day! We’ve gathered 26 open collections on JSTOR that feature breathtaking documentation of our planet and its creatures by scientists, scholars, and artists across many eras, all free for everyone to enjoy. Microcosms: Sacred Plants of the Americas Confocal microscopy is a specialized optical imaging technique that provides contact-free, non-destructive measurements of three-dimensional […]

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January 27, 2023

23 freely accessible Black history collections

By Natalia Celine Arias, Senior Digital Designer
Happy Black History Month! A year ago we shared a selection of image and primary source collections on Artstor and JSTOR that focused on Black history. Today, we have more than 20 community-contributed collections to add to that list—all free to access and download on JSTOR. Black American Independent Voices (Reveal Digital) Independent Voices provides […]

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August 25, 2022

23 open collections for Hispanic Heritage Month

By Nancy Minty, Former Artstor Collections Editor
Artstor and JSTOR offer more than a million freely accessible images and other materials from library special collections, faculty research, and institutional history materials. The collections are constantly growing, and as we browsed for Latin American content in preparation for Hispanic Heritage Month, we were delighted by what we found. Here are some notable highlights:

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October 8, 2020

New: Open Artstor: Images from the History of Medicine (National Library of Medicine)

By Nancy Minty, Former Artstor Collections Editor
Artstor has published nearly 42,000 images from the U. S. National Library of Medicine’s Images from the History of Medicine, freely available to all for reuse under the Creative Commons Public Domain mark. Open Artstor: Images from the History of Medicine (National Library of Medicine) is part of an initiative to aggregate open museum, library, […]

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April 15, 2020

Free art backgrounds for video conferences

In this time of social distancing, it seems like everyone has turned to videoconferencing, from your teachers to your family. But perhaps you don’t want your grandparents to compare the size of your Brooklyn apartment to that of your cousin in Texas, or for your colleagues to see the dishes piling up in your kitchen […]

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March 19, 2020

New: Open The Cleveland Museum of Art

Explore one of our finest museums virtually In collaboration with The Cleveland Museum of Art and their comprehensive Open Access initiative, Artstor has published an expansive selection of works from this leading repository, freely available to all and with Creative Commons licenses in Open: The Cleveland Museum of Art.  Incorporating more than 10,000 years of […]

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