Over the last few months quite a bit has been written about the Library of Congress and their joint project with Flickr. The purpose of the project was to make about 3,000 photographs, which had no known copyright restrictions, available to the public via Flickr in order to provide better access, raise public awareness of the library’s resources, and enlist the public’s help in identifying some of the people, places, and events in the photographs. I think it is safe to say that to date the pilot project has far exceeded the expectations of both the staff at the Library of Congress and Flickr.
The project has had the added benefit of encouraging other libraries and archives to explore the possibilities available via Flickr and various Web 2.0 tools. Several groups, like our own Non-Textual Materials Unit, are now also experimenting with Flickr – to quote our Flickr profile:
Through this site, we hope to provide a glimpse into some of the unique collections available in the State Archives and to engage you in helping us put names and dates to some of our unidentified and poorly identified photographs.
So why don’t you take a look? Kim Cumber, our Non-Textual Materials Archivist, has just begun loading photographs related to Raleigh in the early 1900s (although some date from before that time) and the Dunn area during the 1930s. And since it is time for March Madness, I’ll finish by linking to my favorite among the photos she’s uploaded so far. I can’t be sure, but this looks like a girl’s (high school?) basketball team; at least we know from the writing on the ball sitting on the trophy that they were “Champs ’29.”
Enjoy! And should you ever want to get back to our Flickr site quickly, I’ve added a Flickr badge on our blog sidebar.