First of all, you need to keep track of the origins of source materials, the same way you would create a bibliography for a research paper. In creating a project for this class, any imagery not in the Public Domain that you use will be legal via the policy/doctrine of Fair Use, or through the fact that you are creating this work for educational reasons.
Still, you should keep a list somewhere of your sources – nothing too systematic, but just enough to back yourself up if challenged. Get into the habit of staying aware of what you are using, especially if you are using copyrighted material.
If you use scanned photos for this project, just try to keep in mind that we want to think more about the photos as objects than as images. For example, a scanned photo of your great-grandfather will read more as an object, where a scan of a photo you took and printed out in the lab is likely to read as simply a digital image (unless the print has been distressed in some way before scanning.)
The best sources for this project will be images that you scan from books, magazines, or other printed matter. If there are particular subjects you are looking for, go to the library stacks and poke around – especially in the OVERSIZED shelves, where the big picture books tend to be.
Our library has some good, scan-nable books for clip art, which sometimes means simply old engravings that are in the Public Domain. Sometimes you have to scan these in the library, because they are non-circulating. Dover’s book series is especially good. For future reference, most any public library has many of the Dover books, as do most Borders and Barnes&Noble stores.
- Search for books on Clip Art on the Library catalog
- Search for books from the Dover Pictorial Archive on the Library Catalog
Most artists, designers and illustrators who work in collage keep massive amounts of clipped material around, and archive it. If you think you’re gonna work from such things in the future, start a collection! (Even better, SHARE IT!)
These are sources for online scans from print material. BE CAREFUL about resolution here, much of this may not be usable:
- Vintage ads – http://community.livejournal.com/vintage_ads/
- Haeckel illustrations – http://draves.org/pix/kdn/
- Vintage radio magazines – http://www.antiqueradio.org/literature.htm
- Paleofuture – http://www.paleofuture.com/
- Vintage illustrations – http://www.grandmasgraphics.com
- Library of Congress – http://www.loc.gov/pictures/
- Library of Congress Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/
- Archive.org – http://www.archive.org/details/texts
- Clip art – http://karenswhimsy.com/public-domain-images/
- More clip art – http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/index.htm
Many universities now have publicly-accessible digital archives, including scanned books with illustrations. Check these out, or search for “Digital Library” or “Digital Collection” on Google.