The Library of Congress goes social

Mme. Currie and 4 students (LOC)
Mme. Currie and 4 students (LOC)

Originally uploaded by The Library of Congress

There’s been lots of buzz around the new joint project between the Library of Congress and flickr, the photo sharing site we blogged about last year.

The Library of Congress has uploaded several thousand photographs from their collection and invited the public to help tag the photos, to leave comments, and to otherwise enjoy a color photo collection from the 1930s & ’40s as well as a black and white collection of news photos from the 1910s. There has already been an amazing response to the photos–over 1 million views in just two days!

These photos are just a small sample of the many fabulous LOC digital collections like the American Memory Project and the Veterans History Project, but the social features made possible by flickr make this project into something else entirely.  It’s beautiful when history meets technology!

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