Werner von Boltenstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection
Just recently, an unexpected email message led me to discover a new collection of photographs on wartime Shanghai. The William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University has released a very rich series of photographs taken in the late 1930s and early 1940s, presumably by Werner von Boltenstern (1904-1978), the initial donator of a million postcard collection to the university.
The collection covers a wide variety of topics, including the everyday life of the refugee Jewish community, Western schools, street scenes, Chinese shops, etc. The collection is available on the web site of the library.
Although the librarians have already enriched the photographs with useful metadata, they are striving to further improve and correct the metadata through crowdsourcing. The whole collection is available on Flickr where readers can leave messages and add information. This is a very welcome initiative that will hopefully attract a lot of feedback.