Library of Congress Photos on Flickr
View summary report (PDF - 128 kb) | View full report (PDF - 1.3 mb)
Offering historical photograph collections
through Flickr gives the Library of Congress
a welcome opportunity to share some of our most
popular images with a new visual community.
invite you to tag and comment on the photos,
and we also welcome identifying information—many
of these old photos came to us with scanty
To view the photos on Flickr, go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/Library_of_Congress.
You do not need a Flickr account to view the
images; you would need to sign up for a free
account to add comments or tags.
are offering sets of digitized photos:
the 1,600 color images from the Farm Security
Administration/Office of War Information,
1,500+ images from the George Grantham
Bain News Service, selected panoramic photographs, portraits of jazz musicians and personalities by William P. Gottlieb from the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room, and other photos from the Library of Congress collections that possess these qualities: they have
long been popular with visitors to the Library;
they have no known restrictions on publication
or distribution, and they have high resolution
scans. The Library's Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room is offering historic newspapers on the Library of Congress Flickr account.
We launched the pilot in January 2008. We have prepared a report on the results of the first nine months of the pilot. [ View summary report (PDF - 128 kb) | View full report (PDF - 1.3 mb). We look forward to continuing to see what types of tags and comments the images inspire.
With the launch of the Library of Congress pilot, Flickr began a new initiative called "The Commons." Cultural heritage institutions that join The Commons are sharing images from their photographic collections that have no known copyright restrictions as a way to increase awareness of these collections with the general public. For more information on The Commons, see: http://www.flickr.com/commons.
For more information:
see Library of
Congress Photos on Flickr: Frequently Asked
View postings relating to the project on the Prints and Photographs Division's "Picture This" blog: January 16, 20012 (4th anniversary!) | July 11, 2012 (Photography Meetup)
View postings and comments relating to the
project on the Library of Congress blog: January
16, 2008 | January
18, 2008 | March 20, 2008 | April 3, 2008 | December 11, 2008 | February 6, 2009 | May 22, 2009
View a webcast about the project, "Opening
the Photo Vaults: A Web 2.0 Pilot Project
to Enhance Discovery and Gather Input for
the Library's Photograph Collections" (presented
Jan. 29, 2008)
For information on the Library of Congress Newspapers on Flickr, see: Library of Congress Newspapers on Flickr.
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Photos displayed in left
column: Woman aircraft worker (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a34456);
Going to town, Georgia (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a33874);
C&NWR, Chicago yard, snow (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a34680).
Photos displayed in right column: Germany
Penn. Delegation (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.10588);
Mast of Maine (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09355)