The University of Southern California Libraries have digitized roughly 1,300 rare photographs of midcentury modernism in the American West, as documented by two of its insiders.
Emile-Allain Séguy was enamored with the overlooked wonders of the natural world.
Tens of thousands of magic lantern slides, for decades hidden in the collections of museums and archives across Europe, are currently being digitized and released into the public domain.
Each whaling ship that departed the northeastern United States carried a logbook aboard, in which whale hunts, shipwrecks, weather conditions, and daily sailing life were recorded.
Aerial photography dates to the early years of the 20th century, when pioneers like George R. Lawrence launched cameras into the skies with kites.
“Globes have a very low survival rate,” explained Ian Fowler, director of the Osher Map Library (OML) at the University of Southern Maine.
Before the widespread use of photomechanical printing processes to illustrate books, original, hand-mounted photographs largely embellished the pages of printed matter.
This week, the New York Public Library announced the release of over 180,000 public domain images available in high resolution.
From cakewalks to carols, historic sounds of all kinds are preserved at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Cylinder Audio Archive.
In the early-morning hours in turn-of-the-century New York City, a photographer who was afraid of the dark took his camera out into the light.
In the 17th century, a gardener created a strange book of birds in which the illustrations were completely made of feathers.
The 17th-century Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu) is so fragile that until digitization no one was allowed to open it.