May 27, 2022

California Historical Society and Royal Australian Historical Society Newest Members of Commons on Flickr

Both organizations were welcomed to the Commons on Flickr during the past month or so.

Re:  California Historical Society

The CHS Collection represents the environmental, economic, social, political, and cultural heritage of the entire state, including materials from outside California that contribute to a greater understanding of the state and its people. Collection materials include: 50,000 volumes of books and pamphlets; 4,000 manuscript collections; 500,000 photographs; printed ephemera, periodicals, posters, broadsides, maps, and newspapers; the Kemble Collection on Western Printing and Publishing; 5,000 works of art, including paintings, drawings, and lithographs; and numerous artifacts and costumes, of which you can now see a portion in the society’s Flickr account.

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Re: Royal Australian Historical Society

Since inception and from 1918 when the Society was granted the right to prefix the title Royal, RAHS members have collected, researched, written and communicated on all aspects of Australian history. Early members recognised the importance of photographs in recording and capturing history early on and took photos on glass plate negatives, some of which were then used as lantern slides for history lectures. From these pioneering origins, the Society has evolved to reflect the changing ways in which we engage with history in the 21st century.

In particular the Kodak set within the RAHS’ account calls for your assistance. As the description outlines, the photos shown were contained in a suitcase that was rescued during the closure of the Kodak factory in Victoria and arrived at History House this year. Why were these images selected? Were other historical photograph presentation series prepared in different countries? Where did the presentations take place?

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