The people at the Library of Congress have worked hard to provide access to materials from the public collections on their web site, especially through the wonderful American Memory.
Now they are reaching out even farther by posting more than 3000 images in flickr.
Based on a quick scan through their section, the pictures seem to be pretty high quality, most in color from the 40’s and 50’s.
More importantly, the images come with fairly detailed documentation about the subjects and origins of the pictures, are extensively tagged, and have no copyright restrictions.
Hopefully, this is just the start of the Library and other public educational institutions extending access to their materials by offering them through the common gathering places on the web like flickr.
I wonder when their video collection will start showing up in YouTube.