Digital Images Collections

Access more than 100,000 digital images from historical photographs of Western Michigan University to illustrations of mid-18th-century dress.


  • African Beaded Necklace (video)

    QuickTime video featuring 72 separate photographs of an African beaded necklace, giving you a view of the piece from almost every angle.

    Original illustrations can be found in four books in our Special Collections at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center.

    African Beaded Necklace video

  • Beer, Food & Home Comfort: Domestic Collections

    Recipes and directions for brewing and cooking for the home from the 18th century through the early 20th century, mainly from Great Britain.

    Domestic Collections

  • Costume History Collection

    Illustrations of various aspects of dress from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century.

    Costume History Collection

  • Instructional Image Catalog

    Art, architecture and other visual images for classroom use.

    Restricted to WMU faculty, staff and students.

    Instructional Image Catalog

  • Pages from the Past

    Leaves or pages of examples of “The History of the Written Word," including a Babylonian cuneiform tablet, leaves of handwritten manuscript codices and leaves of incunabula.

    Original items can be found in our Special Collections at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center.

    Pages from the Past

  • Ward Morgan Photography Collection

    Photographs reflecting the people, industries, built environment and commercial activities of the Kalamazoo area from 1939 to 1980.

    A selection of the nearly 27,000 original black and white photographic negatives located at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center.

    Ward Morgan Photography Collection

  • WMU Archives Photograph Collection

    Images from WMU’s history including faculty, staff, students and views of the campus from its origin to more recent times.

    A selection of the thousands of original photos located at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center.

    WMU Archives Photograph Collection

  • WMU Libraries Portfolio Collection

    Diverse items that demonstrate the digitization capabilities at University Libraries.

    WMU Libraries Portfolio Collection

  • World War I POW Camp Photos

    Photographs, drawings, paintings, maps and other images from Austrian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, German and Turkish prison camps during World War I.

    World War I POW Camp Photos

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