Archive for March, 2011

US National Archives interviews creative Commons user

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News

In its blog NARAtions, the US National Archives interviews Flickr member (and Indicommons contributor) Penny Richards:

Why do you think sharing historic photos on a social media site, like Flickr, is important?

It’s an amazing resource for folks who use images, and for users to give back stories, links, tags, comments, and context.  People like to learn, to tell stories, and to help–that’s the basis of any good crowdsourcing project.

Read the whole post — Suffragettes, Wearable Art, and Flickr — for more of Penny’s thoughts on Flickr, the Commons, and things that can be done with historical archives.

Portrait of Marie Curie (1867-1934), Physicist

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Portrait of Marie Curie (1867-1934), Physicist<br />

creator: Transocean (Photographic company, Berlin)
Portrait of Marie Curie (1867-1934), Physicist
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creation date: Prior to 1934

Smithsonian Institution: SIL14-C6-05

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Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2001

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Uncategorized

In memory the late Elizabeth Taylor, SMU (Southern Methodist University) Central University Libraries has uploaded a set of photographs of a visit she made to Dallas, Texas, in 1987:

Helen M. Hierholzer

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Helen M. Hierholzer

creator: Johnson Studios
Helen M. Hierholzer,
creation date: unknown
Smithsonian Institution: SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA-SIA2008-3852]

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Flickr Commons Fans Shine in the New York Times

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News
Elizabeth Sabin Goodwin (1902-1980)

Elizabeth Sabin Goodwin (1902-1980)

An article in today’s New York Times shines a light on the difference that social media is making today to an institution as venerable as the Smithsonian Institution, highlighted by Commons fans’ identification of Elizabeth Sabin Goodwin. Find out how many more ways social media is increasing the knowledge possessed by the Smithsonian, in “Smithsonian Uses Social Media to Expand Its Mission.”

Women’s History Month Set, Center for Jewish History NYC

Posted by Penny in Uncategorized

More Women’s History Month content from Flickr Commons — this time, a diverse collection from the Center for Jewish History NYC: Meet baseball players and judges, actresses. and “the Angel of Ellis Island”:

Hästholmen and Omberg, Östergötland, Sweden

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Hästholmen and Omberg, Östergötland, Sweden

creator: Carl Curman
Hästholmen and Omberg, Östergötland, Sweden,
creation date: c. 1890
Swedish National Heritage Board: cc000507

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Happy International Women’s Day 2011!

Posted by Penny in Articles

March 8 is International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day was first observed in the 1910s, in various countries, and 1911 has been chosen as the recognized starting year — which means this year is the centenary of the first widespread observance. Flickr Commons happens to be especially rich for public events of the 1910s, so here’s a suffragette slideshow with images from across the Commons, just for the occasion:

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Italians taking possession of Tripoli (LOC)

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Italians taking possession of Tripoli (LOC)

creator: Bain News Service, publisher.
Italians taking possession of Tripoli (LOC),
creation date: [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]
Library of Congress: LC-B2- 2311-11

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