Enhancing Access through Archival Finding Aids at the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division (P&P)
Over the past year, archivists in the Prints & Photographs Division (P&P) converted 45 documents available only at the Library into online finding aids that represent more than 2 million photographs, architectural drawings, and graphic artworks. These documents, created in the 1980s through the 2010s, were available on paper in the P&P Reading Room. P&P staff have also published finding aids for recently processed collections in order to describe the scope of collections, to outline the major sections, and to list the folders or items for keyword searching. As a result, access has increased for a total of over 3.5 million visual materials. Finding aids have become a major access tool for P&P collections and are well worth learning more about.
To become better acquainted with the world of archival finding aids, please take a look at some favorites among P&P staff members:
- Balthazar Korab Collection
- Diana Denny caricature and illustration drawings collection
- Frances Benjamin Johnston Photograph Collection
- Heaton Architectural Drawing Archive (Library of Congress)
- New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection: Subject/Geographical, Biographical A-L, Biographical M-Z
- Peter Sekaer photograph collection : architecture, housing and urban conditions in the United States
- Prints and bookplates by Sidney Lawton Smith
- U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.