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Researcher's Toolbox

The resources below provide information and methods for exploring image history, processes, content, and meaning. Information about searching and using the Prints and Photographs Division collections can be found in the general documents: "Information for Researchers" and "Top Tips for Successful Research in the Prints & Photographs Division."

G. M. (George Moutard) Woodward, engraver, Caricature curiosity
G. M. (George Moutard) Woodward, engraver, Caricature curiosity, 1806.

Identifying and Interpreting Images

Staff member researching stereograph photos in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room
Staff member researching stereograph photos in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. Photograph by Cyndi A. Wood, 2008.

Researching Specific Prints and Photographs Division Collections

Resources for Learning More About Researching Images

From the American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning, Graduate Center, CUNY and the Center for History and New Media (George Mason University):
  • Making Sense of Evidence External link - Provides strategies for analyzing online primary materials, with interactive exercises and a guide to traditional and online sources. “Scholars in Action” segments show how scholars puzzle out the meaning of different kinds of primary sources, allowing you to try to make sense of a document yourself. Includes segments on photographs and political cartoons.
  • Picturing U.S. History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence External link - Provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classrooms.

Prepared by: Prints & Photographs Division staff. Last revised: Nov. 2011
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