The collections below are freely available web resources. Additionally, the Library subscribes to many periodicals databases that contain access to illustrations.
For example, the American Periodicals Series (available through ProQuest) is a full-text-/full-image resource containing 1000 magazines published between 1741 and 1900. Titles include Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine, the first American professional journals, and several consumer magazines still in publication, such as Vanity Fair, Harper's, and Ladies' Home Journal.
A digital collection from Duke University of over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.
An online searchable collection of over 50,000 images of press and TV advertising, magazines, cinema posters, ephemera, and comics.
Another digital collection from Duke University of over 9,000 images from the United States' early history of advertising.
A large archive of UK adversiting history. Currently, every entry to the British Television Advertising Awards from 1977 to the present are available online (Arrows Archive). Although there is not an online database of images, they welcome research requests.
Over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research
Selected resources contributed by Ian McDermott, formerly Assistant Librarian at the Yale Center for British Art.