Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has a rich Flickr presence with more than 8,500 photographs. Everyone loves to go on and on about how the internet has changed the world. Nothing is a better example of that than the migration of museum collections to the online world. The Library’s collection was once only available to scholars willing to travel to Washington. Now at least a large part of its collection can be viewed from the comfort of your living room and may be copied and used without restriction.  Here’s how the Library describes itself:

We serve as the national library for the United States, based in Washington, DC. With more than 142 million items preserved on some 650 miles of bookshelves, we’re also the world’s largest library. In addition to books, we have photos, maps, databases, movies, sound recordings, sheet music, manuscripts, and information in many other formats. Millions of items are online, and the full array of collections is available in DC, right across from the U.S. Capitol building.

I’ve linked below to some of the more interesting of the Library’s Flickr sets. I’ve also posted a few of my favorite images from the collection. Enjoy…

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SETS:

Great CommentsBaseball in AmericaAbraham Lincoln – – Photocrom Travel  Views

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