January 24, 2022

Guide: "Collections Ripe for Research: A Sample from the Prints & Photographs Division"

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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…

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.