Millions of historical images at DPLA

(above, Brunswick stereoscope)

Could be very useful for Ken Burns-style montages in documentaries.

ArsTechnica describes the Digital Public Library of America and provides a good introduction:

The DPLA is best described as a platform that connects the online archives of many libraries around the nation into a single network. You can search all of these archives through the digital library’s website, and developers can build apps around the DPLA’s metadata collection using the publicly available API.

It’s easy to find historical documents, public domain works, and vintage photos online through a search on the DPLA’s website, although sometimes a library will merely offer the data about an item, and retain the actual resource at the library. Still, having that data accessible through a single public portal is more useful for a researcher than having to search for it library by library.

The fledgling library said today that one of its early partners, the New York Public Library, agreed to expand access to its digital collections in the coming year. It will increase from the initial 14,000 digitized items it lent the DPLA catalog to over 1 million such records.