Images may appear in many formats, including but not limited to: postcards, graphs, cartoons, advertisements in newspapers and magazines, artwork, posters, photographs (especially staged/propaganda photographs), illustrations in children's books and medical or other scientific texts, and government materials.
Potential sources for the images include: collections identified as propaganda in books, on websites, and in institutional repositories; or images in their historical context, such as The Nazi Primer (shown in class) or a medical textbook of the era that covers genetics (eugenics).
Use combinations of keywords and phrases to search for images. Some potential keywords:
antisemitism / anti-semitism
"wandering Jew"
"national socialism"
"human body"
"master race"
All Resources

Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic resources made available through the Grinnell College Libraries are governed by license agreements with publishers which may impose greater restrictions on use than does copyright law. The user is responsible for observing these agreements as well as the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), including the fair use guidelines that protect scholarship and research.

When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Tony Lewis.


ARTstor Resource contains images
Searchable database of images applicable to many different times, cultures, and disciplines. Also includes local Physics and Botany image collections. Use individual log-in for off-campus access.
Bundesarchiv: Digital Picture Archives of the Federal Archives
The Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv) keeps approximately 11 million still pictures, aerial photographs, and posters from modern German history. The earliest photographs date from the 1860s. Most of the pictures show events and/or persons, in particular from the Weimar Republic, Nazi Reich, GDR, and the Federal Republic of Germany.
Das Bundesarchiv (Federal Archives)
From the website: "We are a modern provider of services for the general public as well as research and administration bodies. We document, and save as archives, testimonies to, and evidence of, modern and contemporary German history and make this information available to everyone." Also available in English.
Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

From the website: "The DDB is Germany’s central, national portal for culture and science. The portal, wholly organized and funded by the public sector, has the ongoing aim of linking up the digitised inventories of Germany’s cultural and scientific institutions and making them available to the public.

The DDB is the national data aggregator for Europeana.

The DDB is a network of the cultural and scientific institutions in Germany. It enables and encourages them to network, cooperate and to develop and use together services and innovative tools. These make possible, in particular, new and more effective forms of presenting, managing and processing digitised contents."

Europeana Resource contains images Resource contains audio links you to more than 50 million digital items, including images, texts, sounds, and video. Some of these are world famous; others are hidden treasures from Europe's museums and galleries, archives, libraries, and audio-visual collections.
German Propaganda Archive (Calvin College)
From the website: "The German Propaganda Archive includes both propaganda itself and material produced for the guidance of propagandists. The goal is to help people understand the two great totalitarian systems of the twentieth century by giving them access to the primary material."
Holocaust Research Project: Image Gallery
A collection of images from the Holocaust Research Project, a project of the Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team (H.E.A.R.T.). From the website: "The aim of H.E.A.R.T is to inform and educate people about the Holocaust and the extermination programs conducted by the Nazi regime throughout Europe during the Second World War."
Internet Archive: Images Collection
This library contains digital images uploaded by Archive users which range from maps to astronomical imagery to photographs of artwork. Many of these images are available for free download.
New York Public Library – Public Domain Collections
More than 180,000 of the items in the NYPL Digital Collections are in the public domain. Everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from the Digital Collections website.
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
1801–1900. Database containing over one million pages of periodicals published in Great Britain, including titles on women, children, sports & leisure, and humor.
Wikimedia Commons Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Online repository of image, sound, and video files in the public domain or freely licensed for educational use, maintained by volunteers. Fully searchable.
Yad Vashem Photo Archive
From the website: "As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter." The photo archive contains over 90,000 images.

Web sites

Center for Research Libraries: German Colonial Archives
The Center for Research Libraries holds a number of resources relating to Germany’s foreign affairs and colonial operations. These primary and secondary sources illuminate the German experience of colonialism.
German History Society
This website provides links to other websites of particular relevance to scholars with interests in German history, broadly defined. These include links to the websites of archives which hold materials on aspects of German history.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
From the website: "A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors." Images are available on the website.

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) MLA Guide
A guide to MLA style and formatting created and maintained by Purdue University. Note APA and Chicago style and formatting details and for creating annotated bibliographies are also available.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) Style Guides: Chicago/Turabian Style
This style guide contains information on the Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation. These resources follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September 2010.
Chicago Manual of Style (online) Restricted Resource
Completely searchable and easy to use, providing quick answers to your style and editing questions. The Chicago Manual of Style Online also provides convenient tools, such as sample forms, letters, and style sheets, along with fully searchable Q&A content.
Citing Sources (from Doing Research)
Collection of links to guides on various citation styles.

Resources at Grinnell

Grinnell College Libraries: Library Lab
Request a one-on-one research appointment.
Grinnell College Writing Lab
Email:; Phone: 3117
Other Subject Guides
To explore other Subject Guides that may be helpful for this assignment, click on the links below:
Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Political Science
Subject Specialist
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