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Nov. 2014 . Vol. 20 No. 11

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Royalty Free Stock Photos and Images from US Government Sources

By Howard Berenbon

If you’re a graphics designer and frequently (or on occasion) buy stock photos for your projects, you should consider browsing the US government photo and image archives.  Many of the photos offered are in the public domain and free to use for your business or personal designs.   Before using any photo, check the requirements (Copyrights and Other Restrictions), if any. Below is the complete list of links subdivided by their topics from General Government; History, Arts, Culture; Health and Nutrition; Environment, Energy Agriculture; Science and Technology and much more.  The links are listed online at

General Government

Government Printing Office
Official Portrait of the President
State Photo and Multimedia Galleries
U.S. Capitol Photos
White House Photo Gallery

History, Arts, and Culture

America's Historical Documents - Images and Transcript
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Reading Room
National Gallery of Art Image
Smithsonian Images

Health and Nutrition

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Image Library
National Cancer Institute
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Eye Institute's Photo, Image, and Video Catalog
National Human Genome Research Institute Photo Gallery
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Image Library
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Image Gallery
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Picture Gallery
National Institute of General Medical Sciences Image Gallery
National Institute of Mental Health Image Library
National Institutes of Health
National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Collection

Environment, Energy, and Agriculture

Bureau of Land Management
Cascades Volcano Observatory
Earth as Art
Energy Department's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Photo Library
Energy Department's Energy Technology Visuals Collection
Environmental Protection Agency
Forestry Images
National Agricultural Library's Special Collections
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Park Photos
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Multimedia Gallery

Science and Technology

NASA – Great Images
NASA Photos
National Human Genome Research Institute Photo Gallery
National Institutes of Standards and Technology Laboratory Research
National Science Foundation Images


Department of the Treasury
U.S. Mint

Defense and International Relations

Air Force
Coast Guard
Defense Department
Defense Visual Information
National Guard
Peace Corps Digital Library
State Department

Public Safety and Law

Customs and Border Protection
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Emergency Management Agency Photo Library
Homeland Security
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Secret Service

Other Sources of Free Open Source Photos

Almost 100 Free and Freemium Stock Image Websites

You will need to spend time searching or browsing for photos or images that interest you, but you may find some gems that you can use in your advertising brochures, books or Website projects, and at no cost to you. It’s your own big and free stock photo archive supported by our US tax dollars and it’s a good idea to check first before looking for that perfect stock photo for a price from a New York stock photo agency. You’ll find tons of digital image collections on just about every topic.  Take advantage of the spectacular Hubble Space Telescope photos, browse images of volcanoes around the US, check the National Gallery of Art images, search the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases library, check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration images or the US Geological Survey Multimedia Gallery and a lot more. With the volumes of images available, you're bound to find many useful photos. HB.

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