A Small Texas Town on a March Afternoon in 1940

The following is a guest post by Mary Jane Appel, photo historian and author of the recently published Russell Lee: A Photographer’s Life and Legacy (Liveright, in association with the Library of Congress, 2021). When Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographer Russell Lee drove through the small town of San Marcos, Texas on a sunny afternoon […]

Behind the Scenes: Arranging and Describing Visual Resources

The following is an interview with Maya Reid, Technical Services Technician in the Prints & Photographs Division. Melissa: Could you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to work in the Prints & Photographs Division? Maya: I majored in English as an undergraduate student and didn’t know what I wanted to […]

Ready for Research: the Anthony Angel Collection

The following is a guest post by Eric Peich, Archivist, Prints & Photographs Division. The Angel of New York Candid views of people and formal views of buildings abound in the Anthony Angel Collection, which offers a diverse and lively representation of one of the most well-known cities in America in approximately 60,000 photographs taken […]

Flickr Commons: A 13th Anniversary and the COVID-19 American Experiences

The following is a guest post by Adam Silvia, Curator of Photography, Prints & Photographs Division. Thirteen years ago, on January 16th, 2008, Flickr announced The Commons, a space where libraries and museums can share photographs with the public, and the public, in turn, can share its collective knowledge with these cultural heritage archives. The […]