Picture Collection Subjects
For many years The Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago had one of the few remaining collections of clipped photos from magazines and books that library patrons could use for research or even check out and take home.
The Picture Collection was dismantled and discarded in late 2015. In October 2016 I became the owner of the Picture Collection subject heading file cards. A librarian had alerted me that they were going to be thrown away so I rushed to the library with a suitcase. It wound up taking two trips to rescue about 130 pounds of index cards but I was able to save all of them. I have begun posting scans of them at this Instagram account which will serve as their new public home: @picturecollectionsubjects.
Please feel free to use the scans as you wish (for example, to make a Haiku-like construction as above, about the conditions surrounding immigration and asylum seekers in the US). The subject heading cards will be presented in various sequences subject to my own choosing, in no particular order, on no particular schedule. For users of Instagram, you may wish to see these posts as invitations to visualize photos of each subject as the subject headings appear in your feed. The pictures associated with each file are gone so we'll just have to reconstruct them mentally or through other means.