Web & Journalism Resources:
I. Articles:
Ben Ratliff, “A Fly on the Wall of Jazz: W.Eugene Smith’s Tapes Eavesdropped on an Era,” 
The New York Times, Thursday Arts March 10, 2005: 1, 6.

Barnett Wright, “From Negatives to Positives: Discovery in News archives leads to publication of unseen photographs tracing progress of civil rights movement through Birmingham,”Sunday, February 26, 2006. http://www.al.com/unseen.

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog Home Page http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/pphome.html


2. African American Photographs Assembled for the 1900 Paris Exposition, more than 360 Photographs assembled by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1899.

17. Curtis (Edward S.) Collection (1890-1920), about 1000 photographic prints selected from the collection of images of Native Americans across North America.

21. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black and White Negatives—about 171,000 negatives: includes all FSA, OWI, and OEM negatives, 1935-1945.

22. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs, 
about 1600 images, 1939-1944. U.S. Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.

For both of these two last collections, there are substantial numbers of images of interest to those who are looking for black images previously unseen, or images relevant to others of color including Asians, Native Americans, Latin Americans, and hyphenated Americans of all walks of life. There were many fascinating things into which the WPA poked their cameras, all of it relevant to the lives of ordinary Americans.

The color images, which are Kodachrome, are particularly less well known and often extraordinary. One may search these collections by topic or by photographer. My recommended list would include Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Esther Bubley, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, Gordon Parks.

In addition there are online at the Library of Congress a series of essays entitled Documenting America with chapters devoted to the black images of Ben Shahn in Pulaski County, Arkansas, Arthur Rothstein in Gee’s Bend, Alabama and Gordon Parks in Washington, D.C. at tbe following URL: http://memory.loc/ammem/fsahtml/fadocamer.html.

33. Frances (Johnston Benjamin) Collection, Selections from collection of 1500.

35. Lomax Collection. 1934-1950. Snapshots documenting recording trips by John Avery Lomax, Alan and Ruby Terrell Lomax to document African American and Latino Folk Culture primary in the Southern U.S. and the Bahamas.

39. The National Child Labor Committee Collection, 5000 prints mostly taken by Lewis Hine, some of which document the working practices of children of color.

43. Photochrome Prints in North Africa and the Middle East.

Other resources of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs are:
Defining Moments: A Chronology

The Library of Congress's Prints & Photographs Division is pleased to announce that all the negatives in the George Grantham Bain news photograph collection (nearly 40,000 glass negatives in all) have now been digitized and are available for searching in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. The collection, which represents the archive of one of America's earliest news picture agencies, features an array of personalities, news events, sports coverage, and sites, particularly in New York City, for the period 1900-1931.

< http://memory.loc.gov/pp/ggbainhtml/ggbainabt.html >

The Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) < 
http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html > provides access through group or item records to about 65% of the Division's holdings, a portion of which are accompanied by digital images. The records represent the variety of materials held in the nearly 14 million items in the Division's collections. In addition to photographs, these include fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. The collections are international in scope and are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

Other collections that have recently become available in PPOC include:

-World War I Posters: All of the posters are now cataloged online with accompanying digital images. The nearly 1,900 posters feature strong representation of U.S., Canadian, British, German, and French posters.

To search and view the posters, go to the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog , select the blue button labeled: "Search the Catalog," and then scroll down the alphabetical list of collections and select "Posters: World War I Posters."

-Photographs from the Carol M. Highsmith Archive: 
The Archive features photographs of landmark buildings and architectural renovation projects in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States. Other photo assignments show President Ronald Reagan meeting with Republican Senatorial candidates, as well as historic sites in Lexington, Virginia. The first 23 groups of photographs contain more than 2,500 images and date from 1980 to 2005, with many views in color as well as black-and-white. The archive is expected to grow to more than 50,000 photographs covering all of the United States. More information about the collection is available at: < http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/highsmhtml/highsmabt.html 

Vaudeville and Motion Picture Theater Drawings by Anthony Dumas.
A collection of more than 250 pen and ink drawings of theater facades from across the United States can now be retrieved in PPOC. Dumas created these theater "portraits" at a time of transition (1916-1934), when vaudeville was yielding to the movie palaces of the 1920's and '30's. In addition to documenting the theater architecture in some detail, marquee text often names vaudeville performers and film titles and stars. To search and view the drawings, go to the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog , select the blue button labeled: "Search the Catalog," and in the search box, type "Anthony Dumas"

-LOT (Group) Catalog Cards Converted: Old card catalog descriptions for almost 12,000 groups of pictures containing more than 1.5 million photographs and prints are now available as brief online records in a set called "Groups of Images in High Demand." To search these records, go to the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog , select the blue button labeled: "Search the Catalog," and then scroll down the alphabetical list and select "Groups of Images in High Demand." Rely on keyword searching for best results and use the "Check for online items from this group" link to see if any images from the group display online.

For information on new collections and recent and upcoming activities in the Prints and Photographs Division, see the division's "What's New" page .

For questions about the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog or the holdings and services of the Prints and Photographs Division, consult our Ask a Librarian service.

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