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Week 5: Visual Sources


Web Gallery of Art

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

March of Time

Victoria and Albert Museum

Wellcome Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ashmolean Museum

Art UK

Tate Online

Getty Art

National Maritime Museum

Moving Archives at Modern Records Centre, Warwick

Maps at Cambridge University Library

British Museum Collection of Prints and Drawings

History of Work Information System


Early Modern

Grand Tour

Waddesdon Manor Trade Card Collection


Modern Britain and Europe

Great War Archive

Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003

Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

Testaments to the Holocaust

Women, War and Society 1914-1918

British Pathé

Screen Online

Sources Portal for the Weimar Republic

German History in Documents and Images

Images of the French Revolution

Wider World

China : Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980

Global Commodities

Latin America in Video

Race Relations in America

Royal Commonwealth Society Collections

Africa Through a Lens

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

Going to the Show: Mapping Moviegoing in North Carolina


Further Reading

Armstrong, Catherine, Using Non-Textual Sources: A Historian’s Guide (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Auslander, Leora, “Beyond Words”, American Historical Review 110 (2005): 1015-45.

Barber, Sarah, and Corinna Peniston-Bird, eds, History Beyond the Text: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources (Routledge, 2009)

Berger, John, Ways of Seeing (Viking, 1973)

Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction (New York: Knopf, 1979)

Burke, Peter, Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence (London, 2001)

Clark, Stuart, Vanities of the Eye. Vision in Early Modern European Culture (Oxford, 2007)

De Jongh, Eddy, 'Realism and Seeming-Realism in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting', in: Wayne E. Franits (ed.), Looking at Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art (Cambridge: University Press, 1997)

Gaskell, Ivan, “Visual History”, in Peter Burke (ed.), New Perspectives on Historical Writing (Cambridge, 1991)

Harley, J.B. et al, eds, The History of Cartography (1987 - ), 6 vols.

Harley, J.B., “Deconstructing the Map,” Cartographica 26 (1989)

Harley, J.B., The New Nature of Maps (Johns Hopkins, 2001)

Haskell, Francis, History and its Images: Art and the Interpretation of the Past (London, 1995)

Hunter, Michael, Printed Images in Early Modern Britain: Essays in Interpretation (Routledge, 2016)

Jordanova, Ludmilla, “Approaching Visual Materials”, in Simon Gunn and Lucy Faire, eds, Research Methods for History (Edinburgh, 2011)

Jordanova, Ludmilla, The Look of the Past: Visual and Material Evidence in Historical Practice (Cambridge, 2012)

Rose, Gillian, Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials (Sage, 2016)

Rosenstone, Robert, “History in Images/History in Words: Reflections on the Possibility of Really Putting History onto Film”, American Historical Review 93 (1988)

Rosenstone, Robert, History on Film/Film on History (Routledge, 2006)

Sangha, Laura and Jonathan Willis, Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources (London: Routledge, 2016), chapter 7 ‘Visual and material sources’.

Slide, Antonthy, Nitrate Won't Wait: A History of Film Preservation in the United States (Jefferson, MacFarland and Co, 1992)

Sontag, Susan, On Photography (Penguin, 1979)

White, Hayden, “Historiography and Historiophoty”, American Historical Review 93 (1988)