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Open Access Resources

A guide to free and public online resources covering a wide range of topics.


Punctum Books

  • An open-access publisher dedicated to unconventional scholarly work.


Rare Materials in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries

  • This collection contains rare, valuable, and important works held in the Thomas J. Watson Library and other curatorial department libraries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

RISM Online Catalog of Musical Sources

  • Contains 700,000 entries, mainly from Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600. Most of these originated between 1600 and 1850.


Smithsonian Archives Image Gallery

  • A single interface for the browsing and searching of the vast holdings of the Smithsonian’s many sub-institutions, including the National Museum of the American Indian, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and National Anthropological Archives.


  • Multidisciplinary journals.

Stanford University Electronic Theses and Dissertations

  • Over 25,000 digital theses and dissertations from Stanford University.


Thesaurus for Graphic Materials

  • A substantial body of terms for the subject, genre and format indexing of pictorial materials.