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------------------------------------------------------------- The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division is celebrating a new landmark: one million images from its collections are now available in digital form online. The millionth image, appropriately, suggests the wealth of insights the Division's collections offer about both historical subjects and the processes of making images. The photograph depicts Washington Senators baseball player Herman A. "Germany" Schaefer using a camera during a visit to play the New York Highlanders in April 1911. (The image can be seen at: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09131>). It is from one of the Division's strong photojournalism collections, the George Grantham Bain Collection-an archive of more than 50,000 photographs from the first syndicated photo news service in the U.S. More than half of the images in that collection are now available online. (For more information on the Bain Collection, see <http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/ggbainhtml/ggbainabt.html>) Digital images from the Prints & Photographs Division are available through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)<http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html>. The catalog provides access through group or item records to about 65% of the Division's holdings, a portion of which are accompanied by digital images. The records represent the variety of materials held in the nearly 14 million items in the Division's collections. In addition to photographs, these include fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. The collections are international in scope and are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people. In addition to the growing pool of digitized images available through PPOC, recently added records make it possible to search several categories of material more comprehensively and to expand searches in new ways: - American fine prints: Almost 10,000 American fine prints by more than 1,200 different artists now have online records in PPOC containing information compiled in the 1960s for the book American Prints in the Library of Congress by Karen Beall. About 4% have digital images for online viewing. To search the fine prints, go to the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog <http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html>, select the blue button labeled: "Search the Catalog," and then scroll down the alphabetical list of collections to "Fine Prints." - PH Filing Series photographs: More than 2,500 selected individual photographic prints of special aesthetic, technical, or historic importance and similarly significant sets of unbound prints in published or unpublished portfolios, ca. 1841-2001. About 30% have digital images for online viewing. For more information, see <http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/phhtml/phabt.html> - Third Reich Collection: More than 450 presentation albums, scrapbooks and groups of photographs related to the Third Reich in Germany (1933-1945) described through group records, with some links to selected digitized items. Images in the collection portray Nazi leaders; political events after World War I and the rise of the Nazi Party; the 1936 Olympics; World War II scenes; art and architecture; and industries. To search for these materials, go to the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog <http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html>, select the blue button labeled: "Search the Catalog," and then type into the search blank "Third Reich Collection." - Thesaurus for Graphic Materials in PPOC: The standardized subject, genre, and image process terms and their cross-references have been integrated into the online catalog. Links enable researchers to look up related terms or to look for pictures indexed with the term, offering a new means for exploring topics and types of images represented in Prints & Photographs Division collections. To search or view the thesaurus terms, go to the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog <http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html>, select the blue button labeled: "Search the Catalog," and then scroll down the alphabetical list of collections to "Thesaurus for Graphic Materials." For information on new collections and recent and upcoming activities in the Prints and Photographs Division, see the division's "What's New" page <http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/whatsnew.html>. For questions about the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog or the holdings and services of the Prints and Photographs Division, consult our Ask a Librarian service: <http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-print.html>. >>>>>>>>> Laura Gottesman Reference Librarian Digital Reference Team The Library of Congress --- H-MUSEUM H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies E-Mail: email@example.com WWW: http://www.h-museum.net