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Hardly Comprehensive, Hopefully Useful
A Combination of Licensed and Free Resources
The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University.
AdForum.com is an up-to-date resource on the international advertising industry. Partner with the leading trade press worldwide and with the industry's top award shows (Cannes Lions, Clio, One Show, etc.), this resource gathers information on over 20,000 agencies and 120,000 campaigns in more then 90 countries (including television ads, online ads, print, etc.). Use AdForum.com to keep on top of important creative work, to find company information and any other creative research/monitoring needs.
British online archive concentrating on British ads from the mid-19th century to the present.
This commercial company offers a rich online database featuring archival images of billboards, neon signs, and other building and outdoor advertisements. Focuses largely on Times Square.
Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
This collection presents over 3,300 items relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture. Freely accessible.
Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) Archives, 1885-1990s
The Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) Archives document the operations and activities of the OAAA, the primary professional organization throughout the modern history of the outdoor advertising industry in the U.S., 1885-1990s. More than 16,000 images of outdoor advertisements and other scenes from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, the primary professional organization in the field.