Summer 2021 Fellows: Nina Iskandarsjach, ‘24 (International Relations) and Anastasia Sotiropoulos, ‘23 (Undeclared)

Office Description:

The Prints and Photographs Division is the cultural heritage steward for more than 16 million photographs, drawings, and prints from the 15th century to the present day. International in scope, these visual collections represent a uniquely rich fund of human experience, knowledge, creativity, and achievement, touching on almost every realm of. One of the strongest research areas is the history of the American Civil War. For more information, please visit the Prints and Photographs Division’s official website: https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/.

Background: Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and the largest library in the world, with more than 147 million items in diverse languages, disciplines, and formats. As the world’s largest repository of knowledge and creativity, the Library is a symbol of democracy and the principles on which this nation was founded. The Library seeks to spark the public’s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on site, in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill, and through its award-winning website.

Potential Projects::

Experience the digitization and description of Civil War photographs being added to the collection including inventory, scanning, cataloging, and possibly conservation. The work is done in collaboration with a Library of Congress team that includes a cataloger, curator, digital library specialist and others.

  • Conduct original research on topics inspired by photographs in the Liljenquist Collection of Civil War Photographs. Research may be conducted in the Library’s newspaper and manuscript collections and/or online.
  • Publish results of the research in the form of a LibGuide, on the Picture This blog, or on the Library’s Instagram or Flickr social media channels.

Desired Skills

  • Curiosity about people in the past
  • An interest in the complexities of cultural heritage
  • Enjoyment of analysis and writing
  • Knowledge of research methods and ability to analyze primary and secondary sources, including photographs and associated records, historic newspapers, manuscripts, and online databases
  • Interest in 19th century photography or the U.S. Civil War
  • Ability to read and analyze photographs to write clear descriptions for catalog records
  • Ability to write engagingly on historical topics for a general audience on current social-media platforms

Main Fellowship Disciplines: History, Art History

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