Shanghai Collection: Crowdsourcing
Identify Images Project

The Shanghai Project: Identify Images


The William H. Hannon Library is conducting a crowdsourcing effort that seeks to gain new insights into The Werner von Boltenstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection as well as expand upon, improve and correct the information we have. The Shanghai Collection, as it is known for short, captures a wide variety of cultures that coexisted in the city from 1937-1949. Images illustrate the lives of Chinese citizens, Jewish Holocaust refugees and members of other Jewish communities, French and British nationals and the Japanese military presence. Undoubtedly, this is a collection of historical significance but it is also a collection about which we have little information.

For more information please contact Melanie Hubbard, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

How to Participate

The Shanghai Collection, as it is known for short, has been uploaded to Flickr in order to allow users to comment directly on the images.  The option to email information is also available (see further instructions below).  To see the images in a larger format, view the collection in the Hannon Library’s Digital Collections.

We are looking for all kinds of information.  Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Anything that gives us context and backstory
  • Names
  • Specifics about events/activities
  • Experiences in a particular place or at a particular event
  • Locations (If you can, let us know based on a 1935 map or a modern map.)

Flickr Instructions: If you are a Flickr member, you may leave information in the comments box, which is just below the image.  If not, you may click the “email” link and send your information via email.  (see example)

If you use email, please make sure to provide the web address (URL) for each image. We need to be able to trace the info back to the exact image you are describing.  (see example)

If you wish to use the comments box and are already a Flicker member, you just need to sign in and then you will be able to comment. If you are not a Flickr member but would like to be, you will need to create an account.  This requires a Yahoo email address.  (see example)

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