These images are public domain (PD), and that means they can be used and edited for whatever
purpose you wish, personal or commercial. No attrribution or linking is required.
(although a link would be nice...)
I only make one request:
I don't want folks to copy the collection to repost online
(basically mirroring my site.) I spend a lot of time finding, researching copyright status and editing/retouching as well as
donating hundreds of my own images, so I believe that should warrant some consideration.
Allowed Usage Summary:
- You CAN modify any of the images in any way you wish.
- You CAN use the images in your own work, both personal and commercial.
- You CAN use the images, altered or not, for any printed work.
- You CAN use one or several of the images on websites
(for school, personal or even commercial use... see below.)
- You SHOULD NOT redistribute (as a collection) a lot of the images online.
If you wish to include the collection within a GPL-ed Linux
distribution or create a package for that distribution, you are more than
welcome to do so. I am a big proponent of Open Source and originally created
this collection for my kids to use on Linux with AbiWord.
(That's why, many years ago, the collection was originally called AbiClipart.)
First and foremost, the clipart was made as a resource for
school kids and others to use without fear of copyright infringement or
the risk of running into all sorts of "inappropriate" pictures when searching
the web for graphics.
No user generated content
Uploading of images by visitors is Not Allowed
There is a risk that uploads of this kind may not be appropriate or may not truly be public domain.
(Thus defeating the very purpose of the collection.)
Regarding possible errors in PD status
Wpclipart.com respects the intellectual property rights of others, and I ask our users to do the same.
If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied and is accessible on the wpclipart.com web site in a
way that constitutes copyright infringement, please send a notice providing the following information:
- The electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner's behalf;
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
- A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located, such as the URL where it is posted;
- Your name, address, telephone number and email address;
- A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
- A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
Send this information to:
628 N Main Ave
Erwin, TN 37650
This is in accordance with the The Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Any requests which do not adhere to these procedures will be ignored.
Section 512(c)(3) sets out the elements for notification under the DMCA. Subsection A (17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3)(A)) states that to be effective a notification must include: 1) a physical/electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the infringed right; 2) identification of the copyrighted works claimed to have been infringed; 3) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed; 4) information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party (e.g., the address, telephone number, or email address); 5) a statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material is not authorized by the copyright owner; and 6) a statement that information in the complaint is accurate and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner. Subsection B (17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3)(B)) states that if the complaining party does not substantially comply with these requirements the notice will not serve as actual notice for the purpose of Section 512.
Images at WPClipart are NOT taken from random sources or gleaned from newslists or random posts.
Any questions raised about PD status are taken VERY seriously, researched and removed if there is ANY doubt.
ALL SOURCES of images (not created by me) are listed below.
Another use of the links
is for those of you who may wish to use the clip art and photos for purposes more broad than just
pasting into a document. As mentioned on the frontpage -- the originals were often of much
greater resolution. So if you want to play with them in a graphics editor, try the original
Photography (hundreds of plant/flower images, dozens of animal shots),
clipart (original and edits -- every single image on site was
edited by me with GIMP), as well as mashups/designs (especially prevalent in
"page frames" section.)
Content converted from SVG and sometimes further edited.
OpenClipart (OCAL) is THE premier user-submitted clip art site. Over one-fourth of WPClipart content
was derived from OCAL. Some sites, (who will remain nameless, since I don't think I am able to name them all in one place...)
have no original/edited content but for OCAL images.
This is a great site, but don't blindly take Public Domain status of all images on faith when
dealing with unknown submitters. This warning goes for ANY site that has folks upload their images for them.
Natural resources Conservation Service
some of the Animal coloring pages and connect-the-dots
National Biological Information Infrastructure
National Wildlife Research Center
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Digtal Library System)
University of Washington Digital Collection:
Materials in the Freshwater and Marine Image Bank are in the public domain. No copyright permissions are needed.
Ducks at a Distance
A Waterfowl Identification Guide
By Bob Hines
Department of the Interior
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Washington, D.C. 1978
Available from Project Gutenberg atr:
Fifty Birds of Town and City
illustrations by Bob Hines
Department of the Interior
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
CIA (US) - The World Factbook
United Nations Cartographic
UN maps are open source material and you can use them in your work or for making your own map.
We request however that you delete the UN name and reference number upon any modification to the map.
And from Wikipedia OTRS:
The UN maps is an open source material. You can use them to make your own maps. You do not need our permission for that.
Please be advised that the UN name and reference number should not appear on any modified map.
DEMIS World Map Server
generates maps using public domain data with no usage restrictions
Ian Macky made these nice public domain country maps and let me know about them
in Feb. 2011. Excellent job! PAT scripts as well as the maps themselves are all also downloadable as a package.
This system of 50 symbol signs was designed for use at the crossroads of modern life:
in airports and other transportation hubs and at large international events. Produced
through a collaboration between AIGA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT),
they are an example of how public-minded designers can address a universal communication need.
United States Mint
Large denominations of United States currency
Large denominations of US currency at Wikipedia
Free Clip Art (Squidoo Site)
by Summer Fey Foovay
All her original clip art here was released into the public domain,
but only clip still viewable was "Santa Girl with Gift."
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
US Dept of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Research Services Branch National Institute of Mental Health
Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility
National Cancer Institute - Visuals Online
Eat 5 to 9 a day for better health
Water cycle diagram from USGS
(Includes prints available in many other languages)
PD Photos contributed by:
public domain images of American Political History
U.S. Library of Congress
Western Colorado Wildlife Habitat Association
raccoon (and some other animals)
The Science Education Resource Page
National Agricultural library
Some optical illusions
Project Runeberg (Plants)
US Dept of Agriculture: Rural Development
Association of British Counties
National Marine Mammal Laboratory
University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection
University of Texas at Austin
Historical Maps of the United States
GRIN (Great Images in NASA)
Informal Science Education Resources
from the home of NASAs Hubble Space Telescope
NASA educational materials:
The Space Educator's Handbook
Amelia Earhart just prior to last flight in 1937 (Universal newsreel):
New York World-Telegram & Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection
Federal Aviation Authority
Nicu's Clipart Collection
HEAVY contributer to OpenClipart
NATIONAL WAR COLLEGE - Military Image Collection
Nice printable maps in PDF format for US and states:
Air War College
AIGA - The professional association for design
Graphic Arts Guild
EPA - Water - Kids page
EPA endangered species coloring book
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
kids coloring pages
Ireland First - clipart archive
(nice clipart, no blarney)
Kelta Web Concepts
PD Photo - Free, Public Domain Photos
Celines Original Gifs
Kansas City Metropolitan Library & Information Network
Site by George Rabe.
United Methodist Church
Trumbell Center Fire Department
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - U.S. Deptartment of Commerce)
several sections, including:
JetStream - Online School for Weather
Road Signs -US Dept of Transportation
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
U.S. Armed Forces sites:
NASA Drop Tower Facility
Exploring Meteorite Mysteries pdf 15-Sep-1999
Our Mission to Planet Earth pdf 15-Sep-1999
Eyes on comet ISON (NASA)
Food Safety and Inspection Service
National Weather Service
Southern Region Headquarters
National Institute of Mental Health
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
"is one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science."
Church Bullitin Resources
Pre-1923 vintage postcards by:
Hansendo D3 Studio
Vectorized graphics from Japanese artists
bellazi holy cards
Wikipedia: aproved dinosaur images
(most by LadyOfHats)
ALSO: several other images from this artist,
mostly detailed biology-related, extremely high-quality
and colorful. Quite useful for presentation pages. Many
of the labeled diagrams have versions in several languages.
Large collection of donated lineart (donated Spring of 2007):
WikiVoc project, which plans to eventually provide
a large set of good and clear SVG images allowing
Illustrated Dictionary creation.
Tango icon theme. They get my standing applause.
"The people from the Tango Project"
release their creations into the Public Domain.
(It's why I use their icon theme on Absolute Linux!)
The Tango website is located at:
fist by loogieart
--------------- Out-of-copyright books: -----------------
The Hand Book of Illustrated Proverbs
by John W. Barber
by Edith Brown Kirkwood
Drawings by M.T. Ross
1913 - P.F. Volland & Company
George Routledge and Sons,
London and New York.
Kronheim & Co., London
The Life of Animals
by A. E. Brehm
translation by V. S. Vernon Jones
and illustrationsb by Arthur Rackham
Coloured figures of the birds of the British Islands
issued by Lord Lilford
Published in London by R. H. Porter
1885-1887 (7 volumes)
Birds by Louis Agassiz Fuertes appearing in:
National Geographic Magazine
Plant illustrations by Mary E. Eaton appearing in:
National Geographic Magazine
Life-histories of northern animals
New York City : Scribner
Ernest Thompson Seton
The story of a cat
by T. B. Aldrich
designs in silhouette by Hopk
Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston 1906
Their Causes, Characteristics and Applications
by M. Luckiesh
Copyright, 1922, by
D. Van Nostrand Company
Eight Warren Street, NY
Studies from the laboratory of experimental psychology
of the University of Wisconsin
by Joseph Jastrow
Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous.
edited by Julius A. Palmer, Jr.
Published By L. Prang & CO., Boston.
copyright, 1885. By L. Prang & CO.
Tales and Christmas Verse
by Eugene Field
illustrations by Florence Storer
Charles Scribner's sons, New York 1912
Grimm Tales Made Gay by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Stories of Ohio
By William Dean Howells
Copyright, 1897, by American Book Company
On the Trail, An Outdoor Book for Girls
by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
With Illustrations by the Authors
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1915
Truth Made Clear Through Eye and Ear
Ten-Minute Talks With Colored Chalks
B. J. Griswold
Meigs Publishing Company
1913, First Reprint 1918
Lloyd's Natural History:
A hand-book to the Carnivora. Part 1, Cats, civets, and mungoose
Illustrated by Richard Lydekker
Wyman & Sons Limited, 1896
Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon
Robert A. Sterndale
Harry's Ladder to Learning
David Bogue, 86 Fleet St. and Joseph Cundall, 21 Old Bond St.
Ward, Lock, & Tyler
Ten American Girls From History
by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
illustrated by George Alfred Williams
Copyright, 1917, by Harper & Brothers
Printed in the United States of America
Published October, 1917
Natural history of the birds of central Europe
by Johann Friedrich Naumann,
Some American History from:
Discoverers and Explorers
by Edward R. Shaw (603)
Gutenberg EBook #22116
Stories of Later American History
by Wilbur F. Gordy
copyright, 1915, by Charles Scribner's Sons
The Story of American History for Elementary Schools
by Albert F. Blaisdell
Boston, U.S.A. Ginn & Company, Publishers, 1902
The History of Cuba
by Willis Fletcher Johnson
B.F. Buck and Company, Inc. New York 1920
Elemental History of the United States
Allen C. Thomas, 1900
History of the United States
From the Earliest Discovery of America to the Present Time
by Benjamin Andrews
Charles Scribner's and Sons, NY 1912
Exploration of the World
by Jules Verne
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London 1882
The Beginner's American History
D. H. Montgomery, 1893
The North American Indian
Edward Sheriff Curtis
Publish 1907, 1908 (volumes 1 aqnd 2)
Most retrieved and edited from:
Northwestern University Digital Library Collections
Bill Nye's History of the United States
illustrated by F. Opper
Thompson & Thomas, Chicago.
copyright, 1894, BY J. B. Lippincott Company
Hero Stories from American History
by Albert F. Blaisdell
Ginn and Company, 1903
FROM: National Library of Medicine--
Author: Cheselden, William (1688-1752).
Title: Osteographia, or The anatomy of the bones.
Publication Information: London: [William Bowyer], 1733.
The Botanical Magazine (or Flower-Garden Displayed)
Published in London - 1793
Author: William Curtis
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll
Copied and edited from Gutenberg book:
Moby-Dick [or, The White Whale]
Author: Herman Melville
(1892). Boston: L.C. Page & Company.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
By Mark Twain
illustrations by E.W.Kemble, 1885
Myths and Legends of All Nations
Author: by Various
edited by Logan Marshall
The Firelight Fairy Book
by Henry Beston
illustrations by Maurice E. Day
Little, Brown, and Company, Boston
Copyright, 1919, by the Atlantic Monthly Press, Inc.
Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories
Hamilton Wright Mabie, Edward Everett Hale, William Byron Forbush
copyright, 1919, by The University Society Inc.
The Arabian Nights Entertainments
illustrated by Milo Winter
Rand McNally & Company, 1914
on project Gutenberg:
The Water Babies
by Charles Kingsley
Dodd, Mead & Co., 1916
A Christmas Carol
illustrations by John Leech
Chapman & Hall 1847
Nonsense books by Norman Lear
(published in 1800s
The Peter Patter Book of Nursery Rhymes
by Leroy F. Jackson
pictures by Blanche Fisher Wright
Copyright 1918 by Rand McNally & Company
MANY BOOKS available at:
Gutenberg Christmas Bookshelf
Twas the Night before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas
Clement C. Moore, Pictures by Jessie Willcox Smith
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1912
A Little Book for Christmas
By Cyrus Townsend Brady
With Illustrations and Decorations by Will Crawford
G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York and London
The Knickerbocker Press, 1917
Yule-Tide In Many Lands
by Mary P. Pringle and Clara A. Urann
illustrated by L. J. Bridgman
Lothrop. Lee & Shepard Co., Boston, 1916
The Merryvale Boys Christmas
by Alice Hale Burnett
pictures by Charles F. Lester
American Authors Publishing Co. 1916
A Visit From Saint Nicholas
illustrated By F.O.C. Darley
James G. Gregory, publisher. New York, 1862
The Night Before Christmas
and other Popular Stories for Children
W. B. CONKEY COMPANY, Chicago 1903
A Defective Santa Claus
by James Whitcomb Riley
With Pictures by C. M. Relyea and Will Vater
the Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers, Indianapolis, 1904
The Goblins' Christmas
by M. E. Anderson
Illustrated by Alexander Sharp
Segnogram Publishing Co. Los Angeles, 1908
The Lancashire Witches
A Romance of Pendle Forest
Creator Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882
Illus. by Peter Newell
New International Ecyclopedia
(Mostly animal images, several on each page
separated and edited for contrast and color)
Mead and Company 1914
Author: Vimont, Joseph (1795-1857).
Title:Traité de phrénologie humaine et comparée
Publication Information: Paris
Author: Quain, Richard (1800-1887).
Title: The anatomy of the arteries of the human body, with its applications to pathology and operative surgery.
Publication Information: (London: Printed for Taylor and Walton, 1844).
Author: Eustachi, Bartholomeo (d. 1574).
Title: Tabulae anatomicae.
Publication Information: Rome: P. Junchus, 1783.
Great African Travellers
From Mungo Park to Livingstone and Stanley
by W.H.G. Kingston
Some of the religious images
The Story of the Bible by Charles Foster
From Old Books
Scouting for Boy
Author: Lieut. Gen. Baden Powell C.B.
Publication Information: Horace Cox, UK - 1908
Some stuff from deviantart:
lineart wolf by Almirah (on deviantart)
Horse sketches by Allicorn
Hootie owl brushes
Vintage horses from photoshop brushes
Angel photoshop brushes
Glasses photoshop brushes
--------------- Other Books: -----------------
World Regional Geography: People, Places, and Globalization
Licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa 3.0 license.
However, the publisher has asked that both their name and the authors
names be removed from this copy. See
--------------- Make from PD fonts: -----------------
made images from free dingbat fonts using FONTpage then manipulated
More fonts used, one from Alan Carr.
Freeware font, no homepage.
(Carr Xmas Dingbats)
Another font from Vivek Kambli (he released as PD):
Sakabe People fonts
A lot of corner designs used in Page F
CornPop by Intellecta Design
No longer suggested
images of an identify-able products were removed
(such is copyright law, at least in the Unitred States)
KamsArt's collection of free clipart (WMF format)
Site no longer maintained, but available via webarchive.org
[PLEASE NOTE - a copyright infringement accusation was made
concerning this site to WPClipart, but no documentation was
offered and no legal proceedings took place.]
All images cited, despite lack of proof, were removed from WPClipart.
Part of Webarchive section
Claim all PD but the status of several images was questioned.
Although no proof of copyright was ever submitted I removed what was cited
along with other images I found there.
free for all pictures section
NOTE: Some of the images there would be considered Fair Use,
not Public Domain. For example, pictures of actors from movies.
(These by their nature are copyrighted.)
The integrity of textual content is also suspect...
(They state as fact that the 2000 presidential election was rigged.)
free vector clipart
(Converted and edited from wmf format)
I had started editing some of these but the sources were
Undocumented and therefore images were not used.
All clipart in the collection
was obtained exclusively from the sites listed above,
or created/photographed personally by me, or gleaned from Wikipedia
when properly documented and released into the Public Domain.
A lot came from OpenClipart.
Most maps and flags came from The World Factbook.
teachpol.tcnj.edu (Teaching Politics) accounts for many images in the US History Section.
A few items each are from Celine's and Watton.
A few paintings, so far, are from the WebMuseum (A great site hosted by Ibiblio).
I also like playing with the photos Jon Sullivan puts into the Public Domain
at pdphoto.org. (Although I don't include much due to size.) If you use
something from Jon's website, make sure there are not recognizable people
in the picture and that the particular photo is marked as Public Domain
The following is quoted from the WikiPedia Public Domain page --
Accurate photographs of visual artworks lack expressive content
and are automatically in the public domain once the painting's copyright
has expired (which it has in the US if it was published before 1923).
All other copyright notices can safely be ignored.**
Remember, the two sentences above are about photos of paintings.
For more detailed information regarding paintings and Public Domain status see
the legal case from 1999:
Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.
And for a good discussion of paintings, museums and copyrights see:
Photographs of Public Domain Paintings
by law professor A Reese.
** The absolute part about "published prior to 1923, Public Domain in the U.S."
-- turns out not to be completely true.
Recently (2013) I had an inquiry concerning a painting (the Scream) by Edward Munch.
It was painted in the 1800s, so it clearly (I felt) fell into the United States public domain status.
However, due to international treaties, think again. In Norway copyright for the paintings extend 70 years
after artist's death (in the case of Munch, he died in 1945, so copyright in Norway runs until 2015.)
I read third paragraph in "Traps and Pitfalls" section by the lawyer Lloyd J. Jassin on this page:
I teased some info out of a WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) publication
Learn from the Past, Create the Future - The Arts and Copyright
which pointed me to Berne...
for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
I finally had to break down and read much of the Berne Convention (as the summary was a bit confusing --
especially the part I had read elsewhere concerning the "rule of shorter term",
which did not mean what I had previously thought...) Article 5 is the pertinent section.
So after my research I came to the conclusion that since Norway was the country of origin,
and a signee (as is the US) of the Berne Convention, then it follows that the United States must respect the
copyright evaluation of Norway. That Edvard Munch works are NOT Public Domain in the United States until the 70th anniversary
of his death in 2015.
So if you go by the copyright laws in the Unitd States, you could be wrong about the PD status in the United States.
And what's worse is that many works that once WERE of public domain status, have been
taken OUT of public domain status. -- Frustrating!
One last note
Many, many sites claim "free" clipart, but most require accreditation,
or a link, or at least that the images NOT be redistributed without
permission. NONE of the images from such sites are included here at WPClipart.
I also do not accept user-uploaded submissions, because this would risk
having inappropriate images, as well as images that might not be PD.