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Fri, 21 Jun 2019 19:05:21 +0000
Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos
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Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:23:10 +0000
New LibGuide – Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division
The following is a guest post by Hanna Soltys, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division. Summer vacation is often associated with postcards as we share our journeys and memories with friends and family via snail mail. However, postcards get their moment in the sun all year long here in the Prints & Photographs Division. This […] [ + ]
Thu, 06 Jun 2019 17:22:26 +0000
A Look at Graduation Time
Every year, June brings change for thousands of students across the United States as they mark the end of a chapter in their educational life and, possibly, the start of a new one. The Prints & Photographs Division’s collections include a number of high school and college graduation photographs. Some aspects of these images seem […] [ + ]
Thu, 30 May 2019 14:48:29 +0000
Donuts in the American Visual Landscape
The Prints & Photographs Division’s collections include a fair number of donut-related images that collectively demonstrate the sugary treat’s long-standing presence in American culture. These rich indulgences can be seen in such varied areas of American life as roadside architecture, military history, and even public affairs. A search of the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog […] [ + ]
Tue, 21 May 2019 12:40:29 +0000
Summer Search: A Plum Assignment
A few years ago, I tried out a summer “looking” challenge in an attempt to parallel the clever ideas my local public library uses to encourage summer book club participants to pick out volumes they might not have otherwise sampled (“Summer Looking Challenge–Touring the Collections with Azure Allure“). It’s getting to be that time of […] [ + ]
Wed, 15 May 2019 16:09:56 +0000
Art in Action: A Further Look at Socially-Engaged Contemporary Artist Prints
The following is a guest post by exhibition co-curator Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, Prints & Photographs Division. Writer James Baldwin observed that “An artist is a sort of emotional or spiritual historian.” The Library of Congress exhibition Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times explores the role of artists […] [ + ]
Tue, 07 May 2019 19:33:51 +0000
Profiling Portraits: Dodging the Camera
In this newest installment in the occasional series, Profiling Portraits, we take a look at the type of portraits taken when the subject wishes to avoid the camera! Few smiles appear, mostly scowls or attempts to hide. Just like in modern times, news photographers decades ago sought their subjects with dogged determination. The photos of […] [ + ]
Fri, 03 May 2019 14:36:43 +0000
A Visual Salute to Nurses
The following is a guest post by Karen Chittenden, Cataloging Specialist in the Prints & Photographs Division. National Nurses Week recognizes the contributions of professional nurses, and this year we’d like to do the same by highlighting recently acquired photographs of wartime nurses who marshaled resources, medical skill, and courage to offer help in dire […] [ + ]
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 17:39:16 +0000
Frances Benjamin Johnston Puts Her Stamp on Documenting Work at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Finding written documentation to provide context for images in the collections is not something we can always bank on, but when that information does exist it can be a real luxury. Happily, soon after Frances Benjamin Johnston took photographs of work in the Stamp Division at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, she wrote “Uncle […] [ + ]
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:14:15 +0000
Documenting our American Places
In his November 1933 proposal to create the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)  in partnership with the Library of Congress and the American Institute of Architects, the National Park Service’s Charles E. Peterson sounded this call to action: “Our architectural heritage of buildings from the last four centuries diminishes daily at an alarming rate. The […] [ + ]

Notre-Dame de Paris in Pictures
Many of those around the world watching news coverage of the terrible fire at Notre-Dame in Paris likely either reflected on a visit to the cathedral in their lifetime or felt a pang of regret at having not made it there before the fire. I personally thought back on my trip to Notre Dame as […] [ + ]
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