Cornelius Conway Felton with His Hat and Coat, Daguerreotype by John Adams Whipple, early 1850s; courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Rubel Collection, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg, and Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gifts, 1997; accession 1997.382.4 1
Today, some information I recently came across that I hope you can use in your research, and/or share with others. First, the unusual, rare daguerreotype diptych above, a portrait of a man and that man reaching for his hat and coat, is only one example of the wonderful images now available for our use. A growing number of major repositories are making many images in their collections, those they consider in the public domain, open for use. Although these images are there for you to use in your research, your blog, or whatever – when you use one never forget to properly cite your source!
By the way, this gentleman, Professor Felton, was the Eliot Professor of Greek Literature at Harvard University when the daguerreotype was made, and he became president of Harvard in 1860. Here is a link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections Online, search box in the upper right. http://tinyurl.com/luyur7e
There are other repositories with open source images you are probably familiar with, several are on Flickr. You may like to look at LACMA (Los Angeles Museum of Art), The Getty Open Content Images, the New York Public Library, and/ or the many other museums, archives, and libraries now offering “free” image use.
Lastly, speaking of the miscellaneous images we use, the Getty has released their AAT (Art & Architectural Thesaurus), as Linked Open Data. All of us can now easily refer to this resource, and we no longer must be connected to a university or other repository to do it.
If you are researching, writing about, or using images in some other way, you will want to make use of this vocabulary, this thesaurus of terms, and find out if the words you are using to describe your image and what it consists of, are adequate. This is only the first of the four Getty vocabularies, their “resource for cultural heritage terms, artists’ names, and geographical information,” that they plan to release. tinyurl.com/n5my4j2
Now, closer to home are some new-to-me sources I was very happy to hear about. One of those is the Savannah College of Art and Design’s “Images of Savannah.” This site is a great source of postcard, stereo views, cabinet cards, and some slide images of the city of Savannah. The images are primarily made by Savannah photographers, and biographical information on these photographers is given.
The images are divided into categories – Aerial Views, Churches, Downtown Buildings, Hotels, and Schools – and they can be sorted by either Title or Date, either of those in Ascending or Descending order. http://tinyurl.com/5w2ufot
My thanks to Deborah Rouse, archivist and special librarian at the Jen Library, SCAD, for contacting me about this resource. I am so glad I was able to help her solve her J. D. Ryan mystery — his middle name is Daniel, not David. Together we have “nipped it in the bud” and not repeated that piece of misinformation, as others have. So, Hooray for our side!
Another source related to Georgia is a blog that Traci Rylands does called “Adventures in Cemetery Hopping,” which is at www.adventuresincemeteryhopping.wordpress.com It is full of information and photographs on cemetery sites hither and yon.
While she was working on a post on Rome’s Myrtle Hill Cemetery, she found my post on Charles Jacques Warner (posted on July 1st, see it at http://wp.me/p3wX4F-3E ). Traci had been to Rome and photographed the Myrtle Hill graves of Charles and his wife “Bittie” and she contacted me and shared the photos. Here they are below. We can’t read Charles’s marker very well, but Bittie’s (Elizabeth) is clear. Thank you Traci, it was so good to “virtually meet” you!
One more nod to our state of Georgia – we have a new addition to the list of South Georgia Newspapers at the Digital Library site, Georgia Historic Newspapers. The latest newspaper added is the Vienna Progress, 1893-1904. I am still keeping my fingers crossed and waiting for the addition of the Savannah newspapers! Access all the South Georgia newspapers at http://tinyurl.com/d97gdnp
Staying with the subject of images related to Georgia, Kenneth Marks, of The Ancestor Hunt at http://www.theancestorhunt.com has started another series, similar to his fine one on Using Newspapers, called “Historical Photos Research.” This new series highlights photo sources in the various states of the USA.
In addition to Georgia, as far as the South goes (as related to the list I used for my series on Researching Photographers in the South) thus far Kenneth has done one on Alabama, Tennessee, Maryland, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Add in Florida and Louisiana (and he will), and that just about covers the South!
From his main site, click the link above called “Photos!” and you are taken to a page with links to general sites for historical photo research, links to miscellaneous collections, and links to each state on his list. On this main page of lists, and on his lists for “Online Georgia Historical Photos Research” http://tinyurl.com/pctpgv8 Kenneth has kindly included the site for this blog, my own Hunting and Gathering.
I only hope to make him proud of that choice! I have some interesting, fun posts upcoming so I hope I will do justice to my inclusion. So, until next time, happy hunting, and enjoy the gathering!
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