Public Domain
Media Sources

Public Domain and CC0 licensing do not require author attribution and may be used for personal and commercial purposes.

Resources for Creative Projects: blog, classroom, video productions, or business presentations.

At the time the website was included on the list below, Lisa reviewed the fine print, selecting only those sites with the most straight-forward navigation, search capabilities, and about pages. Please note – it is the user’s responsibility to verify licensing for its intended use.

Clip Art – Clip Art
(Free membership required)

clip art for creating a logo
(must give credit to ‘’ if used.)

Pixabay – Over a million high-resolution vector graphics
(Free membership required -Donations are solicited for use – optional)

Vector Icon Clipart


Font Squirrel

Google Fonts

Music & Sound Effects – a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more
(Requested $10 donation for a pack of 77 Royalty-Free songs.) – good search tools. Licenses require research. (Many music files on this site are not free.)

FreeSound – sound effects contributed by members. Registration required.

Library of Congress – collections with audio recordings

LibriVox – public domain audiobooks

Library of Congress Audio Recordings – must hunt for downloadable files

Moby Gratis – free music for independent filmmakers, nonprofits and students (application form required)

Musopenmostly sheet music for musicians – UK Public domain music

Public Domain 4 U – genre list, some are CCO licensed, oriented for music education

Public Domain Hymnsspoken song lyrics

Public Domain Review – searchable audio files housed at LOC

USGSAudio – Earth Science audio clips, podcasts, interviews

Vintage Worship Albums – preserving classic worship music from Harvestime organization

YouTube Music and Sound Effects Library
YouTube Audio Library Note: Click on “Attribution not required” to see media that has been released under a Public Domain license.

Professional sound effects, foley, and music.
Download three MP3 files at one time before a mandatory ‘rest’ period of 10 minutes.
Commit to monthly or weekly donations for unlimited downloads.

Photos & Illustrations

Art Institute of Chicago – 50K images – paintings, sculptures & illustrations

Biodiversity Heritage Library (Flickr)- 2,100,000 images – animals, plants, bugs, and ocean-related.

Calisphere – University of California Collections – libraries, archives, and museums. 1,700,000 images, texts, and recordings.

Europeana Collections – over 2,100,000 images from thousands of European archives, libraries and, museums.

EveryStockPhoto – good search tools

(Free membership required)

Flickr – British Library Public Domain Collection
Over 1 million historic images from the British Library

Flickr Commons
British Library
Library of Congress Galleries
Library of Congress Albums

Forestry Images – Trees & Plants, Invasive Species, Urban Forestry & Wildlife – free membership required, some use restrictions, read the fine print. – Animals, nature, people, food & vintage collection – Nature, Birthday, Animals, Science, Food & Holidays

The Met – Famous Art and Images (must search for Public Domain licensed)

Internet Archive on Flickr

Civil War Era Photographs
   Harpers Weekly – Victorian Era illustrations
  The Mark Lane Express Agricultural Journal – Victorian Era illustrations

Library of Congressmillions of items including images, books, newspapers, maps, musical scores, sound recordings, film, video, and more
 Lawrence & Houseworth historical photograph collection

Microlab – 7,000+ Images made with a microscope (medium-resolution)

New York Public Library

Old Book Illustrations

(Donations are solicited for use – optional)

Easy small and medium-size image download. Large images require a donation.
Time-period slider to pinpoint images for a particular year or era.

Large images & Public Domain Licensing

Pixabay – Over a million high-resolution images
(Free membership required -Donations are solicited for use – optional)

Project Apollo Archive (Flickr) NASA & astronauts & space

Public Domain Archive

Public Domain Review – images, books, film, and audio

Smithsonian Open Access – 2,800,000 images that you can download, share, and reuse.

StockSnap – High-quality, high-resolution images.
(No membership required)

Unsplash – over a million high-resolution photos

Wikimedia Commons Public Domain Images
(No membership required)
sorted by History by Subject

Video Clips

California Revealed – Historical archival materials from California Revealed in partnership with over 200 universities, libraries, and historical societies across the state.

Internet Archive – Books, Music, Videos & more

Pinterest – Video Clips

Pixabay – 6,000 + high-resolution videos
(Free membership required -Donations are solicited for use – optional)

USGS – Earth Science related videos

Videvo  – Stock Clips

Lisa’s Pinterest Boards

over 6,000 images and growing
(Free membership required)

Insects & Butterflies
Peculiar History
Outer Space
All Boards

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