April 15, 2014

Acquisitions: Library of Congress Will Acquire 4,000 Digital Images of California by Carol Highsmith

From LC: The Library of Congress is acquiring 4,000 digital images documenting present-day California from distinguished photographer Carol M. Highsmith, who is traveling throughout the Golden State. Highsmith is photographing California during the next several months, in cities large and small, from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration to El Centro’s vegetable fields […]

Emory University Acquires African American Photo Collection Containing More than 10,000 Images

From the Emory News Center: A rare collection of more than 10,000 photographs depicting African American life from the late 19th and early 20th centuries has been acquired by Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) from photo collector Robert Langmuir of Philadelphia. The images range from the 1840s – the beginning of […]

The Lively Morgue: A New Tumblr Page Featuring Images from The New York Times Photo Morgue

The Tumblr page will feature a steady stream of curated images (several each week) from The Times photo morgue on The Lively Morgue page. The Times has also scanned the reverse side of each image so you can read notations that were written by editors and others. Important info that is often lost when images […]

Research Guide: Newspaper Photograph Morgues

The guide was compiled by Librarians in the Prints and Photographs Division at The Library of Congress. From the Research Guide: The following list cites public institutions with custody of at least one newspaper photograph morgue in the United States and Canada. Researchers should contact directly the institutions listed for current information on policies and […]

Archives: A New Online Photo Collection Provides Glimpses Into Delaware's Past

From the Newark Post: Over 2,000 images of Delaware life in the 1920s and 1930s are now only a couple of clicks away, thanks to an initiative by the   to digitize its entire Board of Agriculture glass negative collection. This collection includes much more than just agricultural photos, however. By visiting, you can also […]

Maine: Digitized Images: "Picturing Portland in the Digital Age"

From The Portland Press Herald Stored in the city tax assessor’s office for nearly 90 years, a remarkable collection of historic photographs of more than 10,000 Portland buildings is now being digitized so they can be readily accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. The three-year project, involving thousands of hours of work, is expected […]

Article: The Library of Congress Stops Selling Darkroom-Made Prints

From a Washington City Paper Article: “The Library of Congress Turns the Light Out on Darkrooms” From the end of the Great Depression until this year, anyone could order a silver gelatin reproduction, printed from negatives, of any image in the Library of Congress’ collection, most recently for about $100 a print. Not any more: […]

Cool and Online! Smithsonian/Archives of American Art Donates 285 WPA-Era Photographs to Wikimedia Commons

From Smithsonian.com: Wikipedia, the most widely used encyclopedia on the world, consistently ranks among the web’s top sites and garners instant recognition among nearly all internet users. A related project—Wikimedia Commons, a source of free-use, public domain photos, video and other multimedia available to anyone—is less widely known, but essential for supplying multimedia content for […]

Infographic: Facebook's Huge Trove Of Photos In Context & How Many Photos Have Ever Been Taken?

Direct to Infographic From a Summary on Silicon Alley Insider: Facebook hosts 140 billion photos, and will add 70 billion this year, according to the blog of photo-sharing site 1000memories. Putting this in context, 1000memories made the following visualization which shows how big Facebook’s library of photos are in comparison to other photo sharing sites, […]

College Press: "Government Photos Take New Form Online" (Yale Daily News)

From the Yale Daily News: With the help of Yale students and faculty, Depression era government photographs are gaining new accessibility, 21st-century style. In early September, a Yale team received a $50,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to construct an innovative online archive of government-owned photographs taken during the Great Depression. When the grant, […]