From the Introduction:
Primary sources sometimes trigger the curiosity that grows into a research project. The following collections and thematic groups of pictures, selected because they merit scholarly attention but have so far received relatively little, may offer such inspiration. Prints and Photographs Division staff members are happy to assist researchers to become familiar with the materials and their arrangement and to discuss other research topics. Contact us through Ask a Librarian. We’ll put you in touch with the staff member who is most familiar with the collection in which you have an interest.
Learn More: Barbara Orbach Natanson from LC has posted an intro to the guide on the “Picture This” blog.
Topics range from Civil War images to photographs from the Civil Rights era. Suggested collections run the gamut of formats we hold (photographs, postcards, product labels, posters, engineering drawings, and European historical prints known as “Bilderbogen”) and reflect perspectives from many parts of the world.
Naturally, with a collection that is just about to top 15 million items, the sampler represents merely the tip of the research-worthy iceberg. We hope the “Ripe for Research” sampler triggers new questions and launches others on the thrilling path…