The following post by Neely Tucker originally appeared in the Library of Congress Blog as part of its Pic of the Week series (July 19, 2019).
The Library has featured some of its best historical photographs on a Flickr page for years, with more than 34,000 images in more than 45 albums. If you haven’t checked it out before, we hope you’ll take a minute now. Delights abound. Readers have flocked to see the 1930s-40s in Color album, with more than 3.9 million views. The 23,824 pictures in the News of the 1910s album have drawn more than 1.04 million views. There are also albums as specialized as Japanese Prints: Seasons & Places; Bridges; and WPA Posters. New pictures and albums go up all the time as more collections are digitized.
But starting today, there’s a new Flickr in town, and “Library Life” will take a decidely more contemporary approach, chronicling the Library’s exhibitions, events and happenings. Shawn Miller, the Library’s photographer, spends his days (and often nights) chronicling life at the world’s largest library, and his work will give you close-ups and behind-the-scenes access to some of the Library’s productions. The page goes live today, but Miller already has posted albums of the 2018 National Book Festival, Cinderella’s magic visit to the Great Hall and the Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote exhibit.
Albums and events will be updated continually, so be sure to hit the “Follow” button. It’s your passport to seeing the Library like you never have before.
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- Revisit some of our earlier blog posts about activities with the Library of Congress Flickr account where the Prints & Photographs Division shares pictures from its collections and good conversations.