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Author Archives: Donna Thompson Ray

NGA Winslow Homer

The NGA Winslow Homer website was developed by the National Gallery of Art as a companion to its 2005 Winslow Homer exhibit. The site features 35 high resolution versions of Homer€™s oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings, many of them tagged with zoom buttons. The art appears in chronological order and contextualizing text and video clips […]

Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Portraits

The Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Portraits was donated to the Smithsonian in 2010, and used in the museum€™s April 2011 exhibition commemorating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.  These portraits show the young men who fought as Union and Confederate soldiers in the Civil War.  Seen together, the ambrotypes […]

Scene in Pleasant Valley, Maryland (October 1862)

Of the 100 U.S. Civil War images found in volumes one and two of Alexander Gardener’s Photographic Sketch Book (1866), one image depicts a black woman: Scene in Pleasant Valley, Maryland.  Why might this be a surprising fact? The answer lies in how you respond to the question: What caused the Civil War? When educators […]

click! photography changes everything

Sponsored by the Smithsonian Photography Initiative, click! photography changes everything contains commissioned and user-submitted essays and images on photography€™s role in shaping six aspects of human behavior, both historically and at present: who we are, what we do, what we see, where we go, what we want and what we remember.  Along with contributions by […]

1. Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Centennial

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition Centennial website houses the University of Washington€™s digital collection on the 1909 exposition, along with links to relevant collections housed at the Seattle Public Library and elsewhere. Originally scheduled to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1907, the A-Y-P Expo was deferred until 1909 in order not […]

Transcontinental Railroad Exhibits

The Transcontinental Railroad Exhibits website documents all aspects of the transcontinental railroad, completed in 1869 with the joining of the Union Pacific (from Omaha) and the Central Pacific Railroads (from San Francisco).  Contained on the site are both visual and text-based documentation of the transcontinental railroad.  These materials take a variety of forms, including original […]

Century of Progress World’s Fair, 1933-1934

This website highlights nearly 1,500 artifacts from the University of Illinois-Chicago Library€™s A Century of Progress Records, 1927-1952.  The images document the Chicago€™s World Fair of 1933-1934, which focused on science and technological developments in the hundred years from Chicago€™s founding in 1833 to the opening of the fair in 1933.  The images are browsable, […]

David Rumsey Historical Maps Collection: Featured Maps

The David Rumsey Historical Maps collection features more than 27,000 maps out of a total print collection of more than 150,000 maps.  The site was developed and is maintained by Cartography Associates, Rumsey€™s map digitization company.  The physical maps, themselves, have been committed to the Stanford University Library.  The maps are primarily from the eighteenth […]

History, Art and Biography: National Agricultural Library

The National Agricultural Library is maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture, and houses catalog information for the library network€™s more than 3.5 million holdings. Though only a slim portion of these are available online as scanned documents or images, the entirety of the catalog is available to users. This catalog can be searched […]

National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collections

The National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collections come from the collections of the University of Maryland Libraries.  Only a small portion of the 20,000 postcard collection is available online, but postcards are being added over time.  The postcards are searchable by state and by keyword.  Most states are represented, though the collection is particularly strong […]