Today’s guest post is from Tracee Haupt, a Digital Collection Specialist in the Digital Content Management section at the Library of Congress.
On the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, I asked four individuals who were part of the creation of the September 11, 2001 Web Archive to reflect on their experience documenting the tragedy and the unique contents of the collection.
In addition to the archive’s historical significance as a record of how a variety of individuals and organizations responded to September 11th, the collection is also important as an example of an early web archiving project, when both the internet and the Library of Congress’ (LC) efforts to preserve it were still relatively new.
In this post, current and former Library employees describe how the collection came to be, what they learned while creating it, and why preserving this aspect of internet history was crucial to fully understanding the impact of September 11th.
It’s been expanded here. Some of the Library’s most popular Free to Use and Reuse photographs and prints are the travel posters from the golden age of the art form, the 1920s to the 1960s, when artists used graphic design, bold lines and deep colors to render destinations more as a mood than just a place.
Take, for example, that image above. The massive scale of the stalagmites and stalactites, the huge cavern opening — they combine to dwarf the man and woman in the foreground. The blueish/purple geologic formations, lit softly from the right, are offset by the shadows in deep black. She appears to be dressed in a skirt, blouse and (one hopes) sensible walking shoes; he, his hat at a jaunty angle, is clad in a coat, jodhpurs and riding boots, complete with a gentleman’s walking stick. They appear not just to be enjoying a day’s hike so much as contemplating the immense passage of time itself.
Update: February 10, 2021 ..I’ve archived and retired the Trumpfiles blog, and that is the reason for the gap in my archives.. I was away working on the Biden-Harris election as best I could and the site to get out the truth about Trump.. I resumed working on my main blog, DrWeb’s Domain in February, 2021…
Editor’s Note: I’ve been away from my blog a while; apologies.. life, quarantine, coronavirus have intervened.. I’ll be back, to quote Arnold.. meanwhile, see below for my new blog for the 2020 Presidential Election in November, 2020.. please take a look, follow, like, etc.
I have a new blog, started in April, 2020, in support of Joe Biden, and telling the truth about Trump.. You can view and follow the blog at: https://trumpfiles2020.com/