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Image shows cased daguerreotype. Red velvet visible on inside of case, and portrait of Christiana Williams Freeman visible in image on right side, inside gold frame.

Ready for Research: Three Photography Archives

Posted by: Melissa Lindberg

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. The extensive photography archives of Ralph Ellison, Robert McNeill, and Bob Adelman are now ready for your attention! We also offer you a new and detailed finding aid to the Tobacco Cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection and more rights-free …

Sailors look through the viewfinders of their handheld cameras near a group of people standing in St. Peter’s Square.

Vatican City, Israel, and Other New Additions to the David “Chim” Seymour Photograph Collection

Posted by: Melissa Lindberg

The following is a guest post by Adam Silvia, Curator of Photography in the Prints & Photographs Division. The Prints & Photographs Division is pleased to announce a gift of 173 additional photographs by the distinguished photojournalist David “Chim” Seymour. Donated to the Library of Congress by the photographer’s nephew, Ben Shneiderman, the pictures reflect …

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The Lincoln Memorial at 100

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

At the end of the month, we mark the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial. This monument to our 16th President was dedicated on Memorial Day (then Decoration Day) in 1922 and its one hundred year birthday falls on Memorial Day this year. The Lincoln Memorial is visited by millions every year in Washington, D.C., and …

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A Peek at Family Trees, Records & Registers

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

Like many people, I enjoy researching my family history, exploring my genealogy and collecting interesting facts, images, and records. As you can imagine, I sometimes come across visual materials in my work that make me think about my hobby.  In our collections, we have many examples of commercially printed and sold family trees, records and …

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African Americans in the Military: In Pictures

Posted by: Melissa Lindberg

Images from the Prints & Photographs Division’s collections help to illustrate the sustained contributions of Black Americans to the United States through military service over the course of the nation’s history. We hope you can join us for one of two “Finding Pictures: African Americans in the Military” webinar sessions this month (details at the …

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Remembering Researcher Joe Manning, Who Helped Us Remember So Many Others

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

The world lost an inspired and inspiring researcher last April, when Joe Manning died. Manning devoted many years to researching people depicted in historical photographs, especially those found in National Child Labor Committee and Farm Security Administration collections. He leaves, however, a rich legacy, not only of his findings but also of his techniques for …