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Following the lead of our friends at other cultural heritage institutions, we’re excited to share our content with the Flickr community and to engage users in order to learn more about our collections. We have several goals for this project. Primarily, we’re interested in hearing back from the community about this collection. Many images lack detailed descriptions. We hope that Richmond residents, past and present, will be able to enhance our understanding of these wonderful views of mid-twentieth century life in Virginia’s capital.
With over 3,000 Virginia titles and literally millions of pages from all over the Commonwealth, Fit To Print was created by the Virginia Newspaper Project to provide an informal gateway to the varied newspaper collections at the LVA. The collections range from 18th century newspapers published on fine rag paper to very elegant broadsides from the 19th century to the information packed dailies of the 20th century.
With more than 500,000 items, the Prints and Photographs Collection at the Library of Virginia provides an astonishing visual account of the commonwealth-from its beginnings to the present-through single items, such as one-of-a-kind daguerreotypes, to sprawling collections with many thousands of photos and related documentation, and everything in between: 19th- and 20th-century family albums, posters, scrapbooks, mixed ephemera, bookplates, postcards, lithographs, etchings, engravings, drawings, all manner of photographic prints, film and glass-plate negatives, 35mm slides, and images digitally inscribed onto compact discs.
Every box of records that arrives at the Library of Virginia (LVA) is full of possibilities. We never know what we are going to find in even the most seemingly mundane record series. A joy of our work is sharing with colleagues and friends the images, documents, and stories that pique our interest as we process the collection. The LVA's archivists want to share these discoveries with those outside our professional circle.
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