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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:48:47 +0000
Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos
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Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:52:07 +0000
Celebrating Eleven Years in the Flickr Commons
Eleven years ago today we posted our first sets of photos in the Flickr Commons, which was created to share treasures from the world’s public archives. Thousands of pictures, views, and comments later, we’re celebrating with a new album of pictures with an “eleven-ish” connection and an invitation to participate in a tagging activity in […] [ + ]
Wed, 02 Jan 2019 15:45:21 +0000
Profiling Portraits: Family Groups in Pictures
In this latest entry in our occasional series, Profiling Portraits, I was inspired by an attempt to take a group photo during a recent family visit, as well as time spent looking through photo albums at previous years’ similar efforts. Family photos tend to evoke memories, elicit questions about older ancestors and of course provide […] [ + ]
Wed, 26 Dec 2018 16:00:19 +0000
Caught our Eyes: Knitting Pictures
When Digital Library Specialist Anne Mitchell isn’t wrangling digital files and managing metadata, she can often be seen with her fingers flying as some beautiful new creation emerges from her knitting needles. It’s no wonder that she was particularly adept at finding images of knitters and other practitioners of textile crafts in our collections. Here, […] [ + ]
Thu, 20 Dec 2018 14:46:43 +0000
The View from Above: Newly Added Photos from Carol M. Highsmith
Today we take to the air with photographer Carol M. Highsmith and journey up and down the Eastern seaboard. Over the last year, photos of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia have come to the Library of Congress to be added to the ever-growing Carol M. Highsmith Archive. Highsmith’s […] [ + ]
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:01:28 +0000
A Century of Air Travel in Pictures
It’s that time of year when many of us are getting ready to head to the airport and hop on a plane en route to family and friends for the holidays. Air travel, like many modern conveniences, is a perk easy to take for granted despite its relatively short history. A visual trip through the […] [ + ]
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:44:37 +0000
Renaissance and Baroque Color: Researching Chiaroscuro Woodcuts at the Library of Congress
The following is a guest post by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, Prints & Photographs Division. Among the Library’s treasures is a special collection of Italian chiaroscuro woodcuts made during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by such master artists as Domenico Beccafumi, Ugo da Carpi, Bartolomeo Coriolano, and Niccol Vicentino. Although the chiaroscuro technique […] [ + ]
Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:09:43 +0000
Double Take: A Trip to Toyland
If you are a regular reader of the Double Take series, you’ll know that I often come across photos that pique my curiosity while in the course of looking for something else. Today’s entry started much the same way. Within a search for images of Abraham Lincoln, I hit upon an unexpected photo. The caption […] [ + ]
Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:11:22 +0000
Caught Our Eyes: Tapping Out a Giant Message
In the era before the development of social media, how did you get a big message across? Type it out on a giant typewriter! Reference Librarian Jon Eaker ran across this photo while browsing the Harris & Ewing negatives online. It came with very little information. As with many images that catch our eyes, however, […] [ + ]
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:44:00 +0000
Looking Beyond the Photo Finish: Women Racers
The following is a guest post by Hanna Soltys, who arrived at the Library of Congress in June 2018 as a Librarian in Residence, making wonderful contributions and observations while working as a reference librarian in the Prints & Photographs Division. When getting acclimated to a new place, you’re encouraged to “get lost.” I pleasantly […] [ + ]

New LibGuide for Finding Native American Visual Resources
Library of Congress staff members compile subject guides to help researchers get a better sense of the contents of the collections on a particular subject — and to find those resources. The Library of Congress recently launched the first batch of guides in a new format, utilizing the LibGuides platform, which we hope will make […] [ + ] USA
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