LoC posts Civil War photos on Flickr

A post on the Library of Congress blog reports that the organization recently posted a collection of Civil War-era photos on the social media site Flickr as a way to share these photos with a much wider audience than will be able to see them in person as a part of their exhibit “The Last Full Measure.”

Additionally, the Library is using their Flickr page as a way to crowdsource information about the photos from the general public. (Crowdsourcing is defined by Wired Magazine as “everyday people using their spare [time] to create content [and] solve problems.”) The Library knows very little about the people in the photographs, and asks people viewing them on Flickr to please let them know if they recognize “a face from your family, a regiment, or a photographer’s painted studio backdrop.”




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