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Digital Resource of the Week: The Lively Morgue

The New York Times has started a Tumblr to showcase its extensive photo archive. Each week, The Lively Morgue will publish several photographs from the newspaper’s collection. Each photo has the date taken, explanatory caption, and photographer’s name.

Besides weekly updates, you can search The Lively Morgue by tags such as black and white photography, by decade (such as the 1970s), or by subjects like fashion and sports.

from an article about the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, 1993
from an article about the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, 1993

Additionally, The Times is posting images of the back-side of the photographs. David Dunlap, journalist for the newspaper, explains that this is where the life of the photograph is recorded. “In many cases,” he writes, “you’ll get to see how often the photo was used, in what context and at what size; the information provided by the photographer; and the information that made it into the published caption.”


Many of the photographs will also be posted on The Lens, The Times’ photography and videography blog. Essays accompany the series of photographs, providing more insight into the people and places depicted in the images.

If you have your own Tumblr account, you’ll be able to repost and like photos posted on The Lively Morgue, creating your own collection of cultural, political, and social history.


from a fashion report on paper dresses, 1968
from a fashion report on paper dresses, 1968


Digital Library of the Week: Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers is a free primary resource collection from the Library of Congress. It includes newspaper pages from 1880-1922 as well as information on newspapers published from 1960 through to the present. Local Pennsylvania papers included are the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, the Pittsburgh Dispatch, and the Scranton Tribune. See what your home state has to offer! Also, check out some UArts Libraries’ materials on newspapers and journalism to learn more about these invaluable resources.

These are high-resolution images, so you can zoom in for detail and even download pages. Here’s a page from the January 1, 1915 Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger titled “Figures and Floats Conspicuous in Brilliant Array of New Years Mummers Today.