Find Free Historical Jamaican Photos In The New York Public Library’s Digital Collection

The New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for more than 100 years. Founded in 1895, it is the largest public library system in the United States. With more than 51 million items – books, e-books, DVDs, renowned research collections and more, it is certainly a treasure trove of information, serving more than 17 million patrons a year, and millions more online.

Speaking of online, the NYPL gave the world a wonderful present on Wednesday, January 6, when it made more than 180,000 of its public domain images available as high-resolution downloads. Researchers, designers and general history buffs alike will enjoy browsing through the collection. In fact, the public has been encouraged get creative with the images, and many shared their edits on Twitter with the hashtag #nyplremix.

The Digital Collection also houses hundreds of historical photos, drawings and paintings of Jamaica. Take a look at some of these photos below, and be sure to browse the collection!

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This jail was burst open during the 1907 earthquake

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The cast iron bridge over the Rio Cobre in Spanish Town, St Catherine
The cast iron bridge over the Rio Cobre in Spanish Town, St Catherine

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