Posters on the Move

In a previous Picture This post, Poster Parade: Free to Use-and Animate!, we introduced an exciting collaboration with New York City’s Poster House, the first museum dedicated to the design and history of posters. The Library of Congress provided a selection of Free to Use and Re-Use posters from our extensive, international collections for a […]

What’s So Brutal about Brutalism?

The following is a guest post by Vyta Baselice, Architecture, Design & Engineering Programs Assistant, Prints & Photographs Division. Brutalism is an architectural style that emerged first in Great Britain in the 1950s and soon gained popularity in the United States. It is easily identifiable by the buildings’ large scale, rectangular shapes, and extensive use […]

A Poster Revolution

All students of American history – as well as fans of the hit Broadway show Hamilton – know that the victory at the Battle of Yorktown by a combined French and American force was the turning point of the American Revolution. British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered his troops and ships at Yorktown, Virginia on Oct. […]

New LibGuide – Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division

The following is a guest post by Hanna Soltys, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division. Summer vacation is often associated with postcards as we share our journeys and memories with friends and family via snail mail. However, postcards get their moment in the sun all year long here in the Prints & Photographs Division. This […]

A Look at Graduation Time

Every year, June brings change for thousands of students across the United States as they mark the end of a chapter in their educational life and, possibly, the start of a new one. The Prints & Photographs Division’s collections include a number of high school and college graduation photographs. Some aspects of these images seem […]

Donuts in the American Visual Landscape

The Prints & Photographs Division’s collections include a fair number of donut-related images that collectively demonstrate the sugary treat’s long-standing presence in American culture. These rich indulgences can be seen in such varied areas of American life as roadside architecture, military history, and even public affairs. A search of the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog […]