New Research Guide: Navigating for Images of Ships

The following is an interview with Jon Eaker, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division, about the subject of his research guide: Ships: Navigating for Images at the Library of Congress. Melissa: What is the most challenging thing about finding images related to ships in the collections? Jon: When searching the digitized collections in the Prints […]

New Research Guide: Latin America and the Caribbean in Photographs

A recently published research guide on Latin America and the Caribbean in Photographs by Curator of Photography Adam Silvia offered me a chance to take a virtual tour of a wide variety of collections I had not yet explored in detail as well as pointed out some of the hidden treasures in familiar collections. Through […]

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, but You’ve Got to Have One or Two to Start With

The following is a guest post by Taren Ouellette, Digital Library Specialist, Prints & Photographs Division. With 175,000 black-and-white film negatives, the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI) Collection was a U.S. Government effort to capture scenes of American life during the 1930s and 1940s with such topics as the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, […]

Geppi Gems Exhibit: Highlights from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection at the Library of Congress

The following is a guest post by Sara W. Duke, Curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Arts, Prints and Photographs Division. Popeye, Superman, Wonder Woman, Black Panther – some cartoon characters have become both instantly and internationally recognizable, but they didn’t get their start on television or in the movies, but rather on the pages […]

The Pentagon: Newly Acquired Construction Photos by Harold Lang

The following is a guest post by Gillian Mahoney, Technical Services Technician in the Prints & Photographs Division. On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four airplanes, crashing two into the World Trade Center in New York, one into a field in Pennsylvania, and the fourth, American Airlines Flight 77, into the western side of the […]

Women at Work: Glimpses through Time

Recently, while preparing to present a virtual orientation offering a sampling of Prints & Photographs Division collections for representations of work, workers and labor themes, I found myself selecting image after image that showed women working in a variety of industrial and office settings (at the same time recognizing that for centuries women have also […]

Ready for Research: Enhancing Access through Archival Finding Aids

The following is a guest post by Emma Esperon, Archivist, and Aliza Leventhal, Head, Technical Services, Prints & Photographs Division. Navigating large collections can be so challenging that archivists create finding aids–contextual and structured description documents—to lower barriers to research. We’d like to take you behind the scenes to see the ingredients that go into […]

Finding Clues in Civil War Photographs

The following is a guest post by Nina Iskandarsjach, Prints & Photographs Division Stanford in Government Liljenquist Fellow. As an intern at the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, I spent much of my summer researching images from the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs. Much of my work involved identifying […]