This May Be the First Photograph of Los Angeles

Widely considered the earliest photograph of Los Angeles, the origin story of this image remains something of a mystery. Who took the photo, and when? Though the image and the historical record offer clues, they provide no definitive answers. What we do know is that some day in the late 1850s or early 1860s, a… » 4/09/14 2:20pm 4/09/14 2:20pm

15 of the Weirdest Images in the British Library’s New Digital Trove

Digging through the archives of old libraries is a blast. Depending on the library, you'll find everything from dated architectural drawings to snippets of old children's books. You can just imagine the treasures to be found in the British Library's ancient archive. And, now, you don't even have to get your fingers… » 12/17/13 9:00am 12/17/13 9:00am

11 Amazing Historical Snapshots From One of the World's Best Archives

The J. Paul Getty Museum is home to troves of fascinating historical artifacts. And last week, the museum announced a project to give the public unfettered access to it. The Open Content Program makes 4,600 high-resolution images available for free and for any use whatsoever. Here are 11 gems to help begin your… » 8/19/13 9:01am 8/19/13 9:01am

The Library of Congress Can't Quite Handle That Massive Tweet Archive…

A few years ago, the Library of Congress announced its plans to create an archive of every public tweet ever. If you thought that sounded a little bit optimistic, you'd be right; the Library of Congress released a white paper today explaining why they can't quite pull it off. » 1/04/13 11:26am 1/04/13 11:26am

Inside America's Secret Historical Tweet Vault

The Library of Congress announced this week that they'll be archiving every public tweet made since 2006, but they've been keeping track of some people's Twitter accounts way longer than that. We've collected some of the great tweets from yesteryear:
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