AKON is the postcard portal of the Austrian National Library. Over 75,000 digitised postcards with topographical image motifs can be found via the names of the places depicted or via a digital world map. The portal contains postcards from all parts of the world from the beginnings of the illustrated postcard at the end of the 19th century to the early 1940s. A large part of the collection comes from Eastern and Eoutheastern Europe. As an early form of mass communication, these illustrated postcards are an important source for the study of everyday culture.
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The portal ArtArchiv.bg offers free access to digitised paintings and graphics. The focus of the collection is art from the late 19th and 20th century with a special emphasis on Bulgarian modernism.
The Photo Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) houses around 2.2 million photographs and illustrations preserved in their original graphic techniques. Despite its focus on Bavaria, the collection also comprises a number of remarkable holdings with a reference to Eastern Europe – among them the photographic archive of Heinrich Hoffmann (1885-1957), known as "Hitler's photographer", who as a member of a propaganda company during World War II also documented the war on the Eastern Front for a time. Also included is the photographic estate of Baron Peter von Wrangel (Baron Pëtr Nikolaevič Vrangel), General of the White Army during the Russian Civil War. All digitised images can be purchased in high, reproducible resolution upon request; publication of the images requires permission and is usually subject to a fee.
The Image Index is a freely accessible image database containing around 2.2 million photographs of 1.7 million works of art and buildings in Germany and Europe. Russia, East and Southeast Europe are also well covered, especially Bohemia, Greece and Poland.
The database "FotoArchiv.bg" contains more than 45.000 historical photographies, that were taken in Bulgaria in the 20th century. The images can be browsed by location, date, topic or event.
The Graphikportal is an international network database in which graphic collections, picture archives, photo libraries and libraries publish their holdings of drawings and prints or their photographic reproductions together on the Internet. A large collection of digitised material is available, particularly on Eastern Central Europe.
In the online database of its image archive, the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg lists the digitised image materials from the Institute’s collections as well as additional image sources from joint digitisation projects with cooperation partners. These include some 6,300 vertical aerial photographs of Eastern Central Europe taken by the German Air Force in 73 image flights between 1942 and 1945.
The database "The History of Russia in Pictures" (original: История России в фотографиях), which is still in beta version, is an open and freely accessible Russian-language photo archive with over 100,000 photographs from the period 1840 to 1999.
The New York Public Library has a number of digitised image and photography collections related to Russia, East and Southeast Europe. The two most extensive of these are the following collections:
The project "PastVu: Retro View of Mankind's Habitat" collects, indexes and geo-locates historical photographs by a team of volunteers. The focus is on photographs from Russia; smaller collections exist on other European countries.
The portal "I write to you" offers more than 20,000 postcards from the Soviet Union and other countries in more than 30 languages. The oldest postcard dates from 1881, the most recent from 2022. All digital copies are freely accessible and provided with metadata.
Various libraries and institutions worldwide offer collections of digitised Russian and Soviet posters, such as Duke University and the Hoover Institution.
The Visual Archive Southeastern Europe is a freely accessible database containing more than 3.500 images, which originated in Southeastern Europe in various epochs. The collections focus on gender and family, cinema and everyday-life.
Further image databases and collections can be searched via the Database Information System (DBIS).
A large number of digital images and photos can also be found in OstNet, our catalogue of Internet resources on Russia, East and Southeast Europe. Use the browsing search function and filter the category “Collections of images” in the section “Publication Type”.