The National Archives has joined Historypin. A relatively new website, Historypin allows users to view and share and compare historical photographs and present-day locations through Google Maps and Google Street View.
I wrote about Historypin recently. And I’m still impressed. So combining visual images from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) with Google Maps opens up some big history horizons.
National Archives on Historypin
Visit the National Archives on Historypin here.
NARA launches with a selection of Mathew Brady Civil War photographs. Images from Documerica, the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1970s photo surveys are included. Also look for photographs of streets, buildings, and historic events in Washington, DC. Future monthly updates include Brooklyn Navy Yard images, among others.
The National Archives is the first U.S. Federal Executive Branch agency to partner with Historypin and joins the New York Public Library, Library of Congress, and over 100 archives, libraries and museums in the United States and Europe in reaching a new locally minded and globally active community.
NARA encourages you to
“[P]in your history to the world” at Historypin. This new media/map mashup site allows users to overlay photographs, videos and audio recordings on Google maps. Come help us put NARA on the map! Upload your digital files, add descriptive information and personal narratives to these items, and experience how familiar environments have changed over time in front of you. You are also encouraged to share your own memories and stories related to the records as well.