New York Public Library Makes 180,000 High-Res Images Available Online
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New York Public Library Makes 180,000 High-Res Images Available Online

New York Public Library Makes 180,000 High-Res Images Available Online

“Ferry and river men. Vicksburg, Mississippi,” a 1936 photo by Walker Evans, is one of many images in the NYPL’s collection from the Farm Security Administration’s Depression-era photography projects. Forget journeys into the stacks or stints at a library scanner: For more and more of the New York Public Library’s collections, access is just a click away. On Wednesday, the library released more than 180,000 of its public-domain items — including maps, posters, manuscripts, sheet music, drawings, photographs, letters, ancient texts — as high-resolution downloads, available to the public without restriction. A lithograph of New Orleans, by the artist Henry Lewis and the lithographer Arnz and Co., is among the more than 180,000 public domain items now available for high-resolution download from the New York Public Library. It’s the latest push by NYPL Labs, the library’s Internet-oriented tech and outreach team, to make the library’s holdings more accessible to the public. Before the release, many of the items were available to view for free through the library’s Digital Collections site, and some could be downloaded at lower resolutions. But in most cases, for a high-resolution image, users would have to make a request and pay a processing fee, a […]

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