LOC Acquires Archive of Library Photos, Will Digitize and Put Online

This is nice and meta: The Library of Congress has acquired a collection of pictures of public libraries and will digitize it and put it online. “From 1994 to 2015, Dawson photographed 526 of the 16,536 public libraries in 48 states and the District of Columbia, often traveling more than 11,000 miles at a time on summer “road trips” with his son Walker Dawson. The images provide documentation of the wide range of architecture of public libraries in America, from those on small-town streets, in shopping malls, on Indian reservations, in national parks and in large cities. The photographs show the role of public libraries, not only as a source for information and knowledge but also as a public commons.”

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