Where can you go if you want to peruse vintage travel posters, Civil War photography, or explore America via WPA imagery? The Library of Congress, of course. As the United States’ oldest federal institution, the Library Congress has become the de facto repository of all things associated with American history. Thanks to the institution’s large digital collection, it’s possible to gain access to millions of items right from your computer.
Bringing a bit of color to history, The Paper Time Machine is an incredible collaboration between Wolfgang Wild (the creator and curator...
Researchers from Australia’s Griffith University have made stunning discoveries that are changing the way we think about the history of...
Calligraphers today have multiple tools at their disposal, including digital means to preserve their beautiful work. Hundreds of years ago, they weren’t as fortunate. Technology wasn’t at enough of an advanced level until about 1440, when the invention of moveable type on the printing press forever changed the way that texts were published. Increasingly, instead of labor intensive hand lettering, texts were printed for widespread consumption.
Throughout history, cultures across the globe have adopted creative ways to deal with death. In ancient China, they crafted funerary sculptures.
For centuries, people young and old have reveled in the fun and frightening festivities of Halloween.
One of the largest buildings in America dedicated to rare books and manuscripts, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is a jewel box filled with history. Located on Yale University’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut, the Beinecke can hold 180,000 volumes in its central tower and more than one million volumes in its underground book stacks.
When you imagine a world map, what do you see?
If you love the New York Public Library as much as we do, you’ll enjoy this detailed tour of the...
To understand just how far photography technology has developed over the past 100 years, take a look at the incredibly large camera used to photograph a train in 1900. As the history of the camera tells us, it wasn’t always so easy to go out and document things we now take for granted.
Europe’s oldest intact book has been discovered after being closed inside a hermit monk’s coffin for over 400 years.
Imagine a room so special that it was dismantled, packed into 27 crates, and floated across the ocean.