My latest edition of Archival News is available here. One of the most interesting projects I stumbled upon this time around was Yale’s Photogrammar, a web-based tool for organizing, searching, and visualizing the images produced between 1935-1945 as part of the Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) photographic project. The Photogrammar platform gives you the ability to search the images by photographer. It also offers an interactive map that lets you gather geographical information about 90,000 photographs in the collection.

The Photogrammar project was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Directed by Laura Wexler, the project was undertaken by Yale’s Public Humanities Program and its Photographic Memory Workshop. You can learn more about the genesis of the project and its technical challenges here and here.

In other interesting archival news, over 1,300 videos from the collections of the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland are now searchable through the European Film Gateway. [Above: Arthur Rothstein, 1939. New Madrid, Missouri]


Typical Figure, British Library

Typical Figure, British Library

Last month, the British Library released more than one million images from 17th, 18th, and 19th century books to Flickr commons. They would like the images to circulate widely–and, to this end, have invited the public to “use, remix, and repurpose” them–but they have also invited the public into a kind of collaborative preservative-historiographic relationship. It seems that the library does not know a whole lot about the images that they have scanned. From the press release: Continue reading