While researching historical photography through the Library of Congress, we came across a un-digitized collection of images that appeared to be old images by Harry Whittier Frees.
Frees was a famous photographer in the early 1900's who specialized in creating cute portraits of animals, dressed and posed in human situations.
With no way to visually confirm what the images were, we put in a request to the LOC’s Archivists to delve into their records and find the corresponding originals. Due to the sensitive nature of the original images, the archivist could only send snapshots of the images by mail.
Researchers determined the images to be from Frees, and at our request the LOC scanned the originals to produce high-resolution digital files of these lost images. These historic images were then made available to the public, and went on to be featured in The Atlantic’s In Focus blog, as well as other national media outlets.