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Library Databases

Gallery of Images

Library of Congress Digital Collections

D.C. Women's Sufferage Demonstration, May 9, 1914

NYPL Picture Collection

A Christmas shopper

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Austin, Texas. State capitol, 1943

Wikimedia Commons

Durga, Burdwan, 2011

World Digital Library

Bucolics, Georgics, and the Aeneid