You Can Now Explore the Vaults of the Eastman Museum Online

The collection contains more than a quarter million photography artifacts

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A Pumpkin of "Powerful" Growth

1909, Gelatin silver print, Image/Overall: 8.7 x 14 cm (3 7/16 x 5 1/2 in.)William H. Martin/Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum

The Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, has one of the largest collections of photographs and photography-related objects in the world. And until now, much of it was inaccessible to anyone who couldn't visit in person.

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Spirit Photography

ca. 1865, Albumen silver prints, Overall: 16.5 x 14 x 6.5 cmCourtesy of the George Eastman Museum

But now the museum has launched a searchable online database, meant to be used by scholars, researchers, and anyone who loves photography. While only about a quarter of the collection is available online now, the museum will continually catalog its collection and add objects every week.

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Semionova, Premiere Ballerina, Great Theater, Moscow

1931, Gelatin silver print, 35.0 x 49.2 cm.Margaret Bourke-White/Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum

To see what you can find, visit the collections online and start searching. Input a keyword (say, pumpkins), a photographer (Lewis Hine, maybe) or an object type (try framed Dageurreotypes). You'll come up with all kinds of incredible things to look at.

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Marilyn Monroe

1952, Color print (Carbro), Image: 35.4 x 27.7 cmNickolas Muray/Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum
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President Lincoln's Hearse

1865, Albumen silver print, 4.6 x 9.1 cm.Henszey & Co./Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum
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Empire State Building with "The Ball"

ca. 1930-31, Gelatin silver print, Image and overall: 8.7 x 6.1 cmLewis W. Hine/Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum
Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum

Portrait of an Artist

ca. 1843, DaguerreotypeLouis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre/Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum
Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum

Taos Water Girls

1905, Platinum print, 40.3 x 29.8 cm.Edward S. Curtis/Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum