January 25, 2022

Fun with History: National Archives (NARA) Introduces Collection of Animated GIFs

From a NARA Post on the DigitalGov Blog:

We’ve opened our vault to reveal dozens of animated GIFs ready to share and use. All of our GIFs link back to the original National Archives catalog records, so you know you’re getting the real deal.




Come find animated history of all flavors including major historic events, celebrities, National Parks, newsreels, animated patents, dancing sailors, and more from the holdings of the U.S. National Archives. You can use our holdings to create or share animated GIFs to communicate a reaction, offer a visual explanation, or even create your own works of art!

You can even access our GIFs directly from Twitter! Just tap or click the GIF button Twitter GIF button/icon. in the Twitter tool bar, search for “ArchivesGIF” and all of our GIFs will appear for you to share in your tweet!



If creating animated GIFs are up your creative alley, check out the Digital Public Library of America’s (DPLA) annual GIF IT UP challenge! Submissions will be accepted starting October 1.

Read the Complete Blog Post
Direct to NARA’s New Animated GIF Channel on Giphy

See Also:  A Handy Guide To Using The New GIFs From The National Archives (via DCist)

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.