Database of the Week: Alinari Archives

The Fratelli Alinari (established in 1852) is the oldest firm in the world working in the field of photography. Its history is linked to the birth and evolution of the medium, and includes 5.5 million images which document the history, culture, customs, society, art, architecture, industry and landscape of both Italy and the world, from the mid-1800s to the present. The Alinari photo library also represents numerous national and international archives that offer a wealth of iconographic images, both historical and contemporary. 

To find Alinari Archives, or one of the other 390+ databases available from the library's online collection, go to All of our research databases are available in this alphabetical list. If you have any questions about using any database or on how to find more resources, don't hesitate to ask a librarian or contact the Research & Reference Desk.