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View of the Yellowstone River from the Veterans pedestrian bridge in Livingston, Montana. Digital photograph by Carol M. Highsmith, 2022. //

Ready for Research: A Wide Range of New Pictures

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The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division.

The Prints & Photographs Division typically has more than ten processing projects underway at any given time. Like the peaks of a mountain range, the most visible images that come out of the processing backlog (the arrearage) are the additions to the online collections. Over the last six months, we also made a lot of progress with several large, complex collections. We organized, described, and provided archival housing for 175,000 pictures—listed below as “Coming Soon.”

Carol M. Highsmith’s America Collection, 1980-present. The states of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Utah are represented in close to 2,000 rights-free photographs taken in 2022.

View of the Yellowstone River from the Veterans pedestrian bridge in Livingston, Montana. Digital photograph by Carol M. Highsmith, 2022. //

Letterpress Posters by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., 2002-2022. More than 250 of Kennedy’s dynamic posters are now online. Kennedy inspires both action and reflection through layers of words and color. The “Proceed and Be Bold” poster honors Samuel Mockbee—an architect who focused on rural housing in the South. Quotations from Rosa Parks and reminders to vote appear frequently in Kennedy’s work. Humor is also visible in such phrases as “We demand the very best from our clients” printed over a background of red roosters and “To drink is human. To drink coffee is divine.” A Creative Commons license allows you to download the images and share them with others as long as appropriate credit is given to the artist. The images cannot be used commercially or modified.

Proceed and be bold! Architecture is about shelter for the spirit. — Sambo Mockbee. Poster by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., 2005-2007. //

Paul M. Rudolph Archive—the color slide series. You can browse the 20,000 slides online to see architect Paul Rudolph’s modernist designs from the 1940s to 1990s as well as images used in his lectures. Many of the slides have no known restrictions on publication, including the pictures of models that bring to life his design goals and the building details. For a geographic perspective, check out place names, like Florida, New Haven, New York, Boston, and Singapore.

[Boston Government Service Center]. Model designed by Paul Rudolph, 1962. //
Coming Soon. Processing projects due to wrap up in the next few months include the following significant collections. All quantities and dates are approximate.

We’re well underway with these major collections, too.

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