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The historian David McCullough has described the New York Public Library as one of the five most important libraries in the United States; the others are the Library of Congress, the Boston Public Library, and the university libraries of Harvard and Yale. Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all. The New York Public Library releases high-resolution images for download when it believes that they are in “public domain,” meaning free of known U.S. copyright restrictions, copyright has expired or does not apply, and no permission from a copyright holder is necessary. The media in this archive was released in 2016.

The Holy Family at the Fountain

Flammans of St. Martin.

Russia, 960-1694 [part 1].

George Washington- The Munro-Lenox Portrait

Head of a winged figure wearing a diadem.

Façade n. Bas-relief 46.

Central park in 1862. [Collection of photographs in portfolio, without text] Published by special permission of the commission.

Sunset from the Battery (or Moonlight), New York, N. Y.

Public Library, Front View, Boston, Mass.

Fishing Schooners at T Wharf, Boston, Mass.

Nasby Building, Toledo, Ohio

[Title page.]

An Albanian woman wearing her native costume

Danish man.

Curtiss JN - a training plane.

The wreck of the Titanic : descriptive piece

Waterfront in New Orleans. French market sidewalk scene. Louisiana

Receiving a rehabilitation check. Dona Ana Co., N.M.

Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California

Sphinx at Gizeh

Junction of Canal & Walker Sts. Near Centre St.

Germany. Saxony. Knights

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