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Just as I could spend hours in a library, I can do the same with a great online database.

From The Getty’s Tumblr account, this wonderful collage made with Open Content materials:

Whispering Muse

Exploring The Getty’s Open Content database is a library lover’s dream.

The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.

Search or browse and find some wonders:

A Basilisk illumination

An 1874 photograph of Sarah Bernhardt

A William Henry Jackson photograph of “Old Faithful”.  You can’t get that close any more!

There are also sound recordings like:

Recording by Dr. Joe Kamiya of Alpha brainwaves

I don’t know why that would be useful, but I like knowing it’s there.