Last month the Smithsonian removed copyright restrictions on about 2.8 million images of its digital collection. What can medievalists find among this collection?
The Smithsonian Open Access has removed copyright restrictions, which means people everywhere can now download, transform and share this open access content for any purpose, for free, without further permission from the Smithsonian. They will continue to add items on an ongoing basis, with more than 3 million images designated as open access by late 2020.
“Open access is a milestone for the Smithsonian in our efforts to reach, educate and inspire audiences,” said Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III. “Through this initiative, we are empowering people across the globe to reimagine and repurpose our collections in creative new ways.”
The vast archive of images includes objects, manuscripts and artwork from around the medieval world. Here are some of the images now available for medievalists to use.
To learn more, please visit the Smithsonian Open Access website.