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Picture This: New LibGuide – Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division
New LibGuide – Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division By Kristi Finefield
The following is a guest post by Hanna Soltys, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division.
Summer vacation is often associated with postcards as we share our journeys and memories with friends and family via snail mail. However, postcards get their moment in the sun all year long here in the Prints & Photographs Division.
A carload of mammoth navel oranges from California. Postcard copyrighted by Edward H. Mitchell, 1909. http://bit.ly/2X10c3K
"St. Andrews-by-the-Sea" – Rye Beach, N.H. Collotype published by Moore & Gibson Co., 190-. http://bit.ly/2Xukhn9
Greetings from Epworth Heights, Mich. The Heights. Postcard copyrighted by A. S. Lyndon, 1908. http://bit.ly/2X10dEQ
Collections Ripe for Research: A Sample from the Prints & Photographs Division. http://bit.ly/2Xs8t4T
This popular format is featured on our "Collections Ripe for Research" list (right) and is the focus of one of our newest LibGuides.
When creating LibGuides, we have a road map to guide us with various content sections, one being a search. I first looked through postcard-specific collections and the Prints & Photographs holdings at-large using different "postcard" and "post card" keyword searches as well as exploring subject headings used for this type of material. This search navigation course shaped the "Searching for Postcards" section. One search result is featured below:
From these searches, I discovered different collections in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Several are available online, others require a visit to the Prints & Photographs Reading Room, and some need advance notice to allow staff ample time to retrieve. By highlighting the methods of access to collections, it's a bit easier to see what you can do from home as well as better prepare for an in-person visit.
Selected Collections, Processed Materials in Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division. http://bit.ly/2WYrvvs
Selected Collections, Unprocessed Collections in Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division. http://bit.ly/2WYrvvs
While our postcard collection is vast, there are plenty of other places to search both online and in-person. Seeing what other Library of Congress collections and other institutions offer rounded out this journey, igniting a desire to visit a few other places! You can explore more of the postcard LibGuide content by using the main menu feature on the left-hand side.
Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division LibGuide. http://bit.ly/2Xs8vd1
The postcard LibGuide serves as your compass, while you drive the research. Happy trails to you!
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