American Memory:  Technical summary

Taking  the Long View: Panoramic Photos, 1851-1991

Collection Overview

Cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits, focus on the start of the 20th century. Subjects include: agricultural life; beauty contests; disasters; engineering work such as bridges, canals and dams; fairs and expositions; military and naval activities, especially during World War I; the oil industry; schools and college campuses, sports, and transportation. Scenes in all 50 states, DC, foreign countries, and territories. Panoramas average between 28 inches and 6 feet in length; average width of 10 inches.
Source collection
Panoramic Photographs, Prints and Photographs Division.
LCCN 93-845487 [Link to catalog record (z39.50 query) will not work when main cataloging system is not available.] .
Technical features
Relatively high resolution images, may be used in pattern analysis, written captions on most images, most made with Cirkut camera permitting reconstruction of "in the round" perspective.
Original material formats
Number of original items
ca. 4200
Status of collection
Available online as of November 1997.
Public access
The Library is not aware of any restrictions that inhibit public access to almost all items in this collection. For about 5 items the Library has obtained special permission from rightsholders for dissemination through American Memory. The Library will identify the owners of rights associated with items in this collection. See notes on rights and restrictions provided by the Library to users of this collection.

Aids to intellectual access

Type & granularity
MARC bibliographic records. Each bib. record describes a single item.
Sample bibliographic display in American Memory.
Linking to digital reproductions
Bibliographic record contains identifier used in filenames for all versions of image. Last character of filename indicates image type.

Digital reproductions

Total file-space for digital reproductions: 29 Gbytes

Photographs Archival image Service image Inline thumbnail Additional thumbnail
Marker Filename ends "u" Filename ends "r" Filename ends "t" Filename ends "t"
Tonal resolution 24 bit 24 bit 8 bit 8 bit
Spatial resolution (approx) 700x4500 pixels 420x2200 pixels 100x550 pixels 100x550 pixels
Quantity (approx) 4200 4200 4200 4200
Sample Sample archival Sample service Sample thumbnail Sample thumbnail

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