Sources of images and
legal information for WPClipart
Terms of use
These images are public domain (PD), and that means they can be used and edited for whatever purpose you wish, personal or commercial. (You can even apply for Trademark status in the US starting with a PD image.) No attribution 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:
that said...
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:
  1. The electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner's behalf;

  2. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;

  3. A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located, such as the URL where it is posted;

  4. Your name, address, telephone number and email address;

  5. 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

  6. 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:
	Paul Sherman
	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.

Regarding trademarks and public domain images...
Much to my original surprise, you CAN take a public domain image and apply to use it (or a derivative) as a trademark in the United States. And although this may sound horrible to someone who wants the art to "stay free", there are two reasons this can actually be a good thing.
  1. Folks get to use public domain artwork for their business

  2. The rest of us can still use the same original public domain image for anything we wish, except to use to sell products which would compete with the product the person trademarked... in other words, the trademark is only good to protect the product/brand it is trademarked for, it does not otherwise limit the useage of the public domain image.

Image sources
 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 sources.

Paul Sherman
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
Photo Gallery

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)

National Park Service
Multimedia search
Photos tagged as wildlife:

National Human Genome Research Institute

Photographer Alexander Wild
has released into the public domain several excellent animal pictures:

University of Washington Digital Collection:
Materials in the Freshwater and Marine Image Bank are in the public domain. No copyright permissions are needed.

NOAA - Fishwatch.gov
U.S. Seafood Facts and illustrations

publication: "The Brain in Space"

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Regulatory Fish Encyclopedia

Fish stories alleged and experienced : with a little history natural and unnatural
by Charles Frederick Holder and David Starr Jordan
New York :H. Holt and company,1909

Notes on some Figures of Japanese Fish taken from recent
specimens by the artists of the U.S. Japan expedition
by James Carson Brevoort

University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection
Materials in the Freshwater and Marine Image Bank are in the public domain.

NOAA Ocean Explorer

Trout fly-fishing in America
New York,E. P. Dutton & company,1914

La Peche et les poissons
(Fishing and Fish)
Paris :C. Delagrave et cie,1868.

British Fresh Water Fishes
William Houghton

The American Cyclopaedia
George Ripley And Charles A. Dana
D. Appleton And Company

Fish and game of the State of New York [illustrations]
by S.F. Denton, J.L. Ridgway and L.A. Fuertes

Denton fish prints:

A History of the Fishes of the British Islands
by Jonathan Couch
Published in London, 1862-65

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

Some of the snakes:
USGS - Snakes of Southern California:

More snakes (and some lizards)
By Tim Vickers, posted as PD on WikiPedia:

CIA (US) - The World Factbook

United Nations Cartographic
Usage guidelines:
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

PAT Maps
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.

User:Sadalmelik on Wikimedia
A collection of Topographical maps

Algot Runeman, "Personal Education" website
Retired educator, fellow Linux user and open source advocate.

Symbol Signs:
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
http://phil.cdc.gov/phil/default.asp Material from the center for disease control and prevention
(Note: some pictures on the site are still copyrighted)

Publications available at:

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:

Deviant Art user:Viscious-Speed (Just Call Me Speedy!)
has a ersources folder all dedicated to the public domain.

Wikipedia:WikiProject Dinosaurs

Teaching Politics
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
ClipArt Index

National Agricultural library

Some optical illusions

Mine Safety

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

Universal newsreels:

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
Awesome cartoons.

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

Antique Clipart

Kansas City Metropolitan Library & Information Network

Site by George Rabe.

United Methodist Church

Christians Unite

Trumbell Center Fire Department

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - U.S. Deptartment of Commerce)
several sections, including:
JetStream - Online School for Weather

Newer photo library section:

Road Signs -US Dept of Transportation
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

U.S. Armed Forces sites:

NASA Drop Tower Facility

NASA publications:
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
and Plants

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."
Science/educational materials

Texture sources

Church Bullitin Resources

Pre-1923 vintage postcards by:
Ellen Clapsaddle
Frances Brundage

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: -----------------

Famous People

Sketches of many famous people are taken from:
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great
by Elbert Hubbard
(This is a 14 volume set published in 1916, processed by Project Gutenberg.
  • Volume 1: Good Men and Great: George Eliot -- Thomas Carlyle -- John Ruskin -- William E. Gladstone -- J.M.W. Turner -- Jonathan Swift -- Walt Whitman -- Victor Hugo -- Wm. Wordsworth -- William M. Thackeray -- Charles Dickens -- Oliver Goldsmith -- William Shakespeare -- Thomas A. Edison
  • Volume 2: Famous Women: Elizabeth B. Browning -- Madame Guyon -- Harriet Martineau -- Charlotte Bronte -- Christina Rossetti -- Rosa Bonheur -- Madame de Stael -- Elizabeth Fry -- Mary Lamb -- Jane Austen -- Empress Josephine -- Mary W. Shelley
  • Volume 3: American Statesmen: George Washington -- Benjamin Franklin -- Thomas Jefferson -- Samuel Adams -- John Hancock -- John Quincy Adams -- Alexander Hamilton -- Daniel Webster -- Henry Clay -- John Jay -- William H. Seward -- Abraham Lincoln
  • Volume 4: Eminent Painters: Michelangelo -- Rembrandt -- Rubens -- Meissonier -- Titian -- Anthony van Dyck -- Fortuny -- Ary Scheffer -- Francois Millet -- Joshua Reynolds -- Landseer -- Gustave Dore
  • Volume 5: English Authors: William Morris -- Robert Browning -- Alfred Tennyson -- Robert Burns -- John Milton -- Samuel Johnson -- Thomas B. Macaulay -- Lord Byron -- Joseph Addison -- Robert Southey -- Samuel T. Coleridge -- Benjamin Disraeli
  • Volume 6: Eminent Artists: Raphael -- Leonardo -- Botticelli -- Thorwaldsen -- Gainsborough -- Velasquez -- Corot -- Correggio -- Bellini -- Cellini -- Abbey -- Whistler
  • Volume 7: Eminent Orators: Pericles -- Mark Antony -- Savonarola -- Martin Luther -- Edmund Burke -- William Pitt -- Jean Paul Marat -- Robert Ingersoll -- Patrick Henry -- Starr King -- Henry Ward Beecher -- Wendell Phillips
  • Volume 8: Great Philosophers: Socrates -- Seneca -- Aristotle -- Marcus Aurelius -- Immanuel Kant -- Swedenborg -- Spinoza -- Auguste Comte -- Voltaire -- Herbert Spencer -- Schopenhauer -- Henry D. Thoreau
  • Volume 9: Great Reformers: John Wesley -- Henry George -- Garibaldi -- Richard Cobden -- Thomas Paine -- John Knox -- John Bright -- Bradlaugh -- Theodore Parker -- Oliver Cromwell -- Anne Hutchinson -- Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • Volume 10: Great Teachers: Moses -- Confucius -- Pythagoras -- Plato -- King Alfred -- Erasmus -- Booker T. Washington -- Thomas Arnold -- Friedrich Froebel -- Hypatia -- Saint Benedict -- Mary Baker Eddy
  • Volume 11: Great Businessmen: Robert Owen -- James Oliver -- Stephen Girard -- Mayer A. Rothschild -- Philip D. Armour -- John J. Astor -- Peter Cooper -- Andrew Carnegie -- George Peabody -- A. T. Stewart -- H. H. Rogers -- James J. Hill
  • Volume 12: Great Scientists: Sir Isaac Newton -- Galileo -- Copernicus -- Humboldt -- William Herschel -- Charles Darwin -- Haeckel -- Linnaeus -- Thomas H. Huxley -- John Tyndall -- Alfred R. Wallace -- John Fiske
  • Volume 13: Great Lovers: Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Osbourne -- Josiah and Sarah Wedgwood -- William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft -- Dante and Beatrice -- John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor -- Parnell and Kitty O'Shea -- Petrarch and Laura -- Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal -- Balzac and Madame Hanska -- Fenelon and Madame Guyon -- Ferdinand Lassalle and Helene von Donniges -- Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton
  • Volume 14: Great Musicians: Richard Wagner -- Paganini -- Frederic Chopin -- Robert Schumann -- Sebastian Bach -- Felix Mendelssohn -- Franz Liszt -- Ludwig van Beethoven -- George Handel -- Giuseppe Verdi -- Wolfgang Mozart -- Johannes Brahms --

The History of Woman Suffrage
by Anthony, Gage, Stanton and edited by Ida Husted Harper
National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1922 in a true democracy every citizen has a vote
volume I:
volume II:
volume III:
volume IV:
volume V:
volume V1:

Story-Lives of Great Musicians
by Francis Jameson Rowbotham
Frederick A. Stokes Company, NY 1908

Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work
by Stephen S. Stratton
Charles Scribners Sons, NY 1907

Library of the Worlds Best Literature Ancient and Modern
edited by Charles Dudley Warner

Modern European history
by Front Cover Hutton Webster
D. C. Heath & Company, 1920

Great Britain and Her Queen
Anne E. Keeling
Second Edfition, 1897

Cartoon Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Men of the Day
drawings by Frederick Waddy
Tinsley Brothers, London 1873

The Loves of Great Composers
by Gustav Kobbé
Copyright, 1905, by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.

Child's Own Book of Great Musicians (Bookshelf)
by Thomas Tapper
Theodore Presser Co., PA 1917

American History

History of the United States
by E. Benjamin Andrews
Charles Scribners Sons, NY, 1912
Volume 1:
Volume 2:
Volume 3:
Volume 4:
Volume 5:
Volume 6:

History of the United States
by Charles and Mary Beard
the MacMillan Company, NY 1921

The model history; a brief account of the American people, for schools
by Edward Taylor
Scott Foresman and Co., Chicago 1897

Discoverers and Explorers
by Edward R. Shaw (603)
Gutenberg EBook #22116
at gutenberg.org

Stories of Later American History
by Wilbur F. Gordy
copyright, 1915, by Charles Scribner's Sons
at gutenberg.org

The Story of American History for Elementary Schools
by Albert F. Blaisdell
Boston, U.S.A. Ginn & Company, Publishers, 1902
at gutenberg.org

Daniel Boone - the Pioneer of Kentucky
by John S. C. ABBOTT
Dodd & Mead, NY 1872.

Patrick Henry
Stipple engraving by Leney, after Thomas Sully
Published by J. Webster, 1817

David B. Scott
A School History of the United States
American Book Company, New York 1884

Johnny Appleseed
History of Richland County, Ohio
Author: Graham, Albert Adams
Publisher: Mansfield, O. : A. A. Graham & co., 1880

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
at openlibrary.org/books

Exploration of the World
by Jules Verne
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London 1882
at gutenberg.org

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
at gutenberg.org

Hero Stories from American History
by Albert F. Blaisdell
Ginn and Company, 1903
at gutenberg.org


Brehm's Life of Animals
by Alfred Edmund Brehm
third edition published 1893

The Natural History of Marsupialia or Pouched Animals
Waterhouse, G. R.
Publisher: Edinburgh : W.H. Lizars, 1841

The American Cyclopaedia
George Ripley And Charles A. Dana
D. Appleton And Company

The Hand Book of Illustrated Proverbs
by John W. Barber

The Ridin Kid from Powder River
Author: Henry Herbert Knibbs
Illustrator: Stanley L. Wood and R. M. Brinkerhoff

The Life of Animals: the mammals
Ingersoll, Ernest, 1852-1946
published in 1906

The Animal Kingdom;
based upon the writings of the eminent naturalists, Audubon,Wallace, Brehm, Wood and others
New York: Johnson and Bailey, 1897

Mammals of the Soviet Union
V.G.Heptner and N.P.Naumov
Vysshaya Shkola Publishers, Moscow
Volume 1, 1961
Volume 2, 1967
Part 1a
Part 1b
Volume 2, Part 2, 1972
Volume 2, Part 3, 1976

The illustrated natural history
J.G. Wood

Cambridge Natural History Mammalia
by Frank E. Beddard

Animal Children
by Edith Brown Kirkwood
Drawings by M.T. Ross
1913 - P.F. Volland & Company

Tame Animals
George Routledge and Sons,
London and New York.
Kronheim & Co., London

Aesop's Fables
translation by V. S. Vernon Jones
and illustrationsb by Arthur Rackham
1912 edition

Four-footed Americans and Their Kin
by Mabel Osgood Wright
illustrated by Ernest Seton Thompson
New York, the Macmillan Company,1898

The Quadrupeds of North America
by John James Audubon and the Rev. John Bachman

Wild Animals at Home
Ernest Thompson Seton
Doubleday, Page & Company 1923

The Animal World
A Book of Natural History
by Theadore Wood
University Society Inc., NY, 1909

Extinct monsters
a popular account of some of the larger forms of ancient animal life
by Rev. H. N. Hutchinson ... with illustrations by J. Smit and others
London :Chapman & Hall,1896

The Natural History of Animals
Carl Vogt and Friedrich Specht
London, Blackie & Son, ~1889

The Biography of a Grizzly
Ernest Thompson Seton
Copyright, 1899, 1900, by The Century Co.

Two Little Savages
Ernest Thompson Seton

Monarch the Big Bear of Tallac
Ernest Thompson Seton
Charles Scribners Sons. New York, 1919

Lobo, Rag, and Vixen
Ernest Thompson Seton
Charles Scribners Sons. New York, 1908

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
April 1917

Chip the Dam Builder
Jim Kjelgaard
illustrated by Ralph Ray
Holiday House, New York
Project Gutenberg ebook

Burgess Animal Book For Children
Thornton Burgess

Life-Histories of Northern Animals
New York City : Scribner
Ernest Thompson Seton

Animal Life of the British Isles
by Edward Step
photos by W. J. Stokoe

The Story of a Cat
by T. B. Aldrich
designs in silhouette by Hopk
Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston 1906

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

Natural history of the birds of central Europe
by Johann Friedrich Naumann,

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

Iduns Kokbok
cookbook by Elisabeth
(fish and meats)
published in 1911

Visual Illusions
Their Causes, Characteristics and Applications
by M. Luckiesh
D. Van Nostrand Company
Eight Warren Street, NY, 1922

Studies from the laboratory of experimental psychology
of the University of Wisconsin
by Joseph Jastrow

Plant illustrations by Mary E. Eaton appearing in:
National Geographic Magazine
June 1917

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

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

FROM: National Library of Medicine--
site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov
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
Project Guttenberg:

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
Charles Dickens
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

Holiday Plays for Home, School and Settlement
Illustrations of costumes for plays, used in Halloween section
by Virginia Olcott, 1925
Public Domain, Google-digitized.

A Child's book of holiday plays
Illustrations of costumes for plays, used in Halloween section
Wickes, Frances Gillespy
Publisher: New York, MacMillan,1916

New Gresham Encyclopedia
volume 1, part 2
The Gresham Publishing Company Limited

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

Lion skull
Author: Vimont, Joseph (1795-1857).
Title:Traité de phrénologie humaine et comparée
Publication Information: Paris

The Brain in Space
A Teacher's Guide with Activities for Neuroscience
(published by NASA)
dell support drivers http://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/The_Brain_in_Space.pdf

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
copyright 1884.

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)

griffin lineart

Schoolgirl sprites

Schoolboy Sprites

Horse sketches by Allicorn

PD brushes

Hootie owl brushes

Vintage horses from photoshop brushes

Angel photoshop brushes

Dinosaur 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: -----------------

Larabie 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
rames: CornPop by Intellecta Design


No longer suggested

Corvette images:
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

Office Diversions
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.
Not suggested

Probert Encyclopaedia
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.

Summary and Further Reading
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 (most are.)

Concerning Paintings: The following is quoted from the WikiPedia Public Domain page -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain_image_resources

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...
Berne Convention 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.