The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division.
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a landmark Civil Rights demonstration held on August 28, 1963 in Washington, DC. We have photographs in many collections that document this famous event. But the U.S. News & World Report Collection (USN&WR) offers the most extensive coverage—some 1,500 negatives from more than 50 rolls of 35mm film.
It’s often useful, in fact essential for historical research, to see what transpired before and after a published picture. So, to broaden the Library’s representation of the March on Washington, we digitized more than 30 USN&WR contact sheets in their entirety.
The magazine’s staff photographers covered the day from start to finish—the chief photographer, Thomas J. O’Halloran along with Warren K. Leffler and Marion S. Trikosko. Thanks to the generosity of the U.S. News & World Report organization, there are no known copyright restrictions on the use of photos taken by USNWR staff photographers.
Please let us know how you find the contact sheets helpful!
P.S. Do you recognize the initials “WHF”? One photographer present that day is unidentified — known only by the initials “WHF” typed on the contact sheet envelopes. He or she took 10 rolls of film at the March, which became part of the USN&WR Collection. (The USN&WR organization is already being consulted. So far, no record of the photographer’s name has turned up.)
- Look at March on Washington photos digitized from the USN&WR Collection in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
- View March on Washington photos digitized from all collections in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
- Explore the exhibition, “A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the March on Washington,” which opens August 28, 2013. Press release.
- Listen to a lecture given at the Library of Congress about photographs by Leonard Freed, This Is the Day: The March on Washington.
- See more pictures related to Civil Rights in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
- Discover other March on Washington resources through the Library of Congress blog posts.