Monday, 1 September 2014

New Resource for the Family Historian

As you may have noticed, we love photos! We’re proud of our 1,399 mainly historical photos that we have put on flickr. I’m pleased to say though, that the Internet Archive has put 619,833 photos on flickr and they all appear to be copyright free!

Each photo is well referenced, giving the title of the book, year of publication, authors, subjects and publisher. You can click through to their website to read the entire book. There is also some text from the book on each flickr, helping you understand the context the image was used in.

If you are a professional or an amateur family historian this will be a great resource for illustrating reports and websites to help tell your family story.

Included are photos of places and people (including Scotland) but also machinery from around the world, maps, graphs and much, much more.

The Internet Archive on flickr


  1. How do you confine a Flickr search to just the Internet Archive's photostream? Sorry if I'm being thick but I can't find the way to do it.

    1. It's not you, this used to be much easier but they changed the way the site works.

      When on either the the archive's photostream or an individual photo start typing in the search box at the top right of the page. You should see a drop down appear. The second option should be to search the 'Internet Archive Book Images' photostream.

      Another way is to add them as a contact (obviously you need an account), go to the advanced search page ( and select the archive where it says 'Search in'.