ZolotarevArchives is a collection of original photos, glass plates, and film made by early amateur photographers.

These images offer a spontaneous look at the daily life, historical sites, and people at home, work, and travel. 

All images are free for download and non-commercial use. Just mention our website in credits.


Photo: Monument to Victor Emmanuel II on Riva degli Schiavoni. Venezia, Italy. Before 1908.

Meet The Folks


Mikhail has been collecting early photography since the mid-70s. His collection currently numbers over 30,000 items. He is the inspiration, the founder, and the director of the Archives.


Alice, a cataloger of Islamic Art and Architecture at Harvard Libraries, joined the Archives in 2006. She researches the collection, designs exhibitions, and develops website content.





Images from this site can be used free in any form for non-commercial purposes and with a reference to ZolotarevArchives by name or link.


If used for scholarly or news publication, we kindly request a courtesy link or a gratis copy of the publication.

Please contact us for suggestions on how our hi-res images can be used in your project.

Photos from our collection have been used in publications, for marketing, to decorate historic buildings and offices, and for other commercial purposes.

- Help us Identify places and people in the photos

- Let us know about the errors on our website

- Donate your original historic images, glassplates, or film, or

- Make a small contribution, which will help us do research, acquire new items, and continue offering our images free to the public.