Something I’ve discovered recently is ARTstor. It’s an online database whose main purpose is to provide images for teaching, but can also be used for other things. Images cover every topic across time from portraits of scholars to science.You can browse endless pictures without even starting an account. The benefits of having an account are great as well. You can download the pictures and keep them in organized folders in your account. For more information and to be updated on interesting collections, they also have a blog.
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1. Jessie Tarbox Dense crowd of people on the street watching horse-driven parade float decorated in an “Inferno” theme. A store selling artificial limbs is in the background, right. Date n.d. (circa 1904-1905) ARTstor Collection The Schlesinger History of Women in America.
2. Tarbox. Dense crowd of people outside on the street watching horse-driven parade float with mummers on board. Float is decorated with cast grapes, vines, and an arbor.
3. The Great Calvert [William Witaschek] on high wire Mardi Gras Carnival, Dansville, N.Y. Date 1922. ARTstor Collection George Eastman House.
4. Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de, 1864-1901. Confetti Description This poster was designed for the London paper manufacturers J. & E. Bella. It comes only a couple of years after confetti was outlawed in Pairs after the 1892 Mardi Gras, when a rage of confetti-throwing from balconies had injured passersby. Repository Musée Toulouse Lautrec.
Citizen Archivists Assemble!
One of my favorite ways to procrastinate is on the National Archives Citizen Archivist Dashboard. They have endless digital collections that they need help going through. You can tag photos, edit and contribute certain articles, or add pictures of your own. They also have a newly launched transcription page.
This is a great new tool to help speed up the never-ending process of digitization. My favorite are the tagging missions. The pictures are very interesting and include everything from World War II propaganda posters to written correspondence. There is also the Documerica project from the EPA and Flickr collections that include photos of all types from across the nation. Tagging is a good way to learn about how the internet works and search optimization which can make things so much easier to find.
And sometimes, when in the right mood, it can be strangely addicting, so those of you that have Pinterest or have managed to avoid it this long, try tagging instead, that fake wedding you’re planning isn’t going to be quite as instantly gratifying as helping the future search for their history.