Hands up on the beach at Atlantic City, N.J. Dry-plate negative by the Detroit Publishing Co., publisher, [between 1900 and 1920]. Prints & Photographs Division.
Today the Library of Congress added another way of sharing some of its timeless collections with new audiences on diverse social media channels. We’ve joined several other cultural institutions to make selected rights-cleared images available on the Unsplash free stock photography website. Founded in 2013, the Unsplash site contains more than 1 million free high-resolution curated photos furnished by a community of more than 150,000 photographers.
In July, the channel launched Unsplash for Education to reach out to the student and teacher community. Several other cultural institutions besides the Library have joined in the effort—from federal agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Geological Service to fellow libraries like the British Library and New York Public Library, to other exhibitions spaces such as Birmingham Museums Trust and Museums Victoria.
Here’s a blog post from Unsplash describing Unsplash for Education and its partnering institutions. And you can visit the Library’s new presence on Unsplash here. In our first day, Unsplash reports that our page received 920,707 views and 2,000 downloads — check it out!
The recently digitized records of the AFL in the Library’s Manuscript Division reveals the complexities of the organization as it struggled with race and ethnicity, often in deeply problematic ways.
Filmmaker Rocky Lang talks about how he recently teamed up with film historian Barbara Hall to publish “Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking,” drawn on correspondence from several collections, including from the Library of Congress.
The Library’s collection of more than 35 U.S. Supreme Court justices make up the largest Supreme Court documents collection in the nation.
A small collection in the Library’s Manuscript Division preserves drawings created by children who survived Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
Exploration into the unknown — when much of the world’s surface was not accurately mapped — is the theme of this month’s edition of the Library’s Free to Use and Reuse sets of copyright-free material.
The Library of Congress houses a multitude of papers, blueprints, recordings, drawings, images and artifacts that document the dazzling era of American invention, from the 1850s to the 1910s.
The Alan Lomax papers at the LIbrary of Congress are now available for transcription at By the People, www.crowd.loc.gov.