Archive for Photos
The Los Angeles Public Library has put more than 60,000 photos (and the collection is still growing) online depicting LA, California, and the Southland. Many photos date to before 1900. A keyword search on the “Rose Bowl Parade” turned up twelve photos, one dating to 1902. The photos have been assigned linked headings to ease your exploration; they are accompanied by informative summaries as well. Under “other search options,” you can search by photograher’s name(if you know it), or browse by subject or title.
The New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery features almost 1,000,000 photos from its various collections. There are numerous collections from which one can select; among the largest repositories are the tax photos of every property in the city. These are updated photos used for tax appraisals and were taken in the 1980s. A word of caution here: we looked up our parents’ house in Brooklyn and the house photographed is not where we grew up. Close but not the place we spent our formative years. Another great source is contained within the Cities & Buildings section of the New York Public Library. Several of the collections in this section ( At Home in Brooklyn; Changing New York; and Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s) explore New York City.
Almost 100 photos are available courtesy of The Star-Ledger.
Entitled Greetings from Bergen County, this series of individual videos on the county’s 70 communities (as of this writing, 65 are online) consists of historic postcards, most from the “Golden Age” of postcards. The truly rural nature of Bergen County is captued in these snapshots, some almost 100 years or older. Living as we do in one of these towns, it is a window into our past. The videos, set to music, range from 1:16 minutes for Elmwood Park to over 10 minutes for Hackensack (the county seat). As a bonus, there is a delightful video of the Palisades Amusement Park! These videos featuring postcards reinforce the fact that postcards must themselves be viewed as historical artifacts, to be used as another type of primary source and subject to the same scrutiny that any source would be. An informative newspaper article on this series is available for perusal. To learn more about the “Golden Age” of postcards, please read this oft-cited article: Rogan, Bjarne. “An Entangled Object: the Picture Postcard as Souvenir and Collectible, Exchange and Ritual Communication,” Cultural Analysis, 4(2005): 1-27. Examples of other collections are: Propaganda Postcards of the Great War (1400 postcards); Old Postcards from Brazil; Library Postcards: Civic Pride in a Lost America (annotated, with a separate section on New Jersey public libraries); Chicago Postcard Museum; Albuquerque Historical Postcards; Route 66 Postcards; Joplin Historical Postcards; and New Jersey Postcard Collection.
This site from The Atlantic is comprised of twenty installments ranging from “Before the War” to “After the War” with special sections dealing with “Women at War” and “The American Home Front.” Each installment is prefaced by a brief essay; there are 900 photos in this feature. Other sites to consider: Pictures of World War II (The National Archives); and America from the Great Depression to World War II (contains over 160,000 photos, from the Library of Congress).
As was mentioned in 1855: “The wealth of New Jersey lies in her lands, in the happy and convenient location of her territory, in its capability of improvement, and its proximity to markets.” (Jacob Miller. An Address Delievered before the New-Jersey State Agricultural Society.) And this can be proven by the recent release of over 2000 digitized images from the NJ Department of Agriculture held by the State Archives. You can search by full text, pre-selected subjects or corporate names, location, photographer, or year. (If you type “1899″ in the “latest year” box, you’ll retrieve 165 images predating 1900.) All the images have linked subjects as well. For those wishing to know more about farming in this state, a great place for statistics is the Historical Census Publications site of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Starting in 1840 and lasting until 1950, the Census Bureau included various and numerous questions on farm production and value. A one-volume compendium of statistics, with a separate narrative chapter on native American and colonial farming is New Jersey Agriculture: Historical Facts and Figures (1943); while more current numbers can be found here. Also, the Statistical Abstract of the United States has a separate section centered on agriculture; New Jersey is mentioned in some of the tables contained therein. Additional information can be found in: Kimberly Sebold. From Marsh to Farm: the Landscape Transformation of Coastal New Jersey.(National Park Service, 1992); New Jersey Agriculture: A Bibliography (Rutgers, 2008); New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station; and books on New Jersey agricultural history.
Some photos are here courtesy of nj.com (the online home of the Jersey Journal and The Star-Ledger among others). Over 200 photos are available thanks to our own Lou Tiscornia. Here is a link to a story of NJCU’s oldest graduate, an eighty-four year old great-grandmother.
Life has just released photographs of President Kennedy that have never be seen before. The 30 plus photos are from the 1960 presidential campaign. Hundreds of additional JFK photos from Life are here.
Thanks to Lou Tiscornia, Director of Television and Multi-Media Productions at the University, here are almost 350 photos of the ceremony. In addition, a batch of photos and a news report are available courtesy of The Jersey Journal. Flickr also features a nice selection.
This first batch is courtesy of the Jersey Journal. Here is a YouTube video of the event. And thanks to Mr. Lou Tiscornia, NJCU’s Director of Television and Multi-Media Productions, we can present you with almost 300 photos of the graduation.
Ultimately, all ten million photos from Life will be searchable in Google Image; at the present, about 20% are online, with the rest to be loaded in the upcoming months. You can access this collection here, or you can just add “source:life” to any Google Image search and limit the search just to Life images. The pictures available now stretch back to the Civil War.
This librarian has taken hundreds of photos and categorized them using the Dewey Decimal System. Take a look and have a good weekend!
Steve Weintraub is writing a book about the architects who built Hepburn Hall. He has posted some interesting photos on flickr. Also take a look at his blog, for more info on Bettelle, one of the architects.
Flickr really is becoming quite an interesting way for people to meet. Just this week, we were invited to join a group called NJCU Flickerites and our flickr site has also drawn attention from alumni, who remember the NJCU campus fondly.
In addition to attending programs, exhibits, committee meetings and socials during ALA Annual, I also had the chance to take some photos in DC. See them here. Enjoy!
(And stay tuned for librarian conference reports.)
Those of you who have not graduated yet might want to take a look at some of the library’s instructional resources. Pay special attention to how to access the databases from home and tips for searching Academic Search Premier. Also see these EBSCO videos on basic and advanced searching using their databases. Knowing how to use the library will help you get better grades, and we all know that’s what really matters, right? ;=)