Historical Association adds to online photo archive

Historic photography collection now totals over 3,000 online and 13,000 in print

The Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA), a nonprofit that collects and preserves historic information and materials for public use, has uploaded an additional 1,000 images of historic Palo Alto to its 2,000-piece online collection, PAHA announced in a release.

The newly archived photos, free to view on the PAHA website, include historic images of the Palo Alto Centennial, May Fete and other community parades, Stanford University, past community leaders, bygone local businesses and aerial views of the city.

PAHA's photo files are accessed frequently by students of all levels, local business people, city staff and other historians. The electronically accessible photos can be used with attribution for personal, non-commercial purposes, according to the PAHA website.

All newly digitalized images were researched and catalogued with the aid of Palo Alto historian Steve Staiger. First, original images were photographed and read into a server before being reviewed for visual accuracy. Then the digital photos were indexed by subject and historical background.

PAHA, established in 1948, encourages residents to add to their research.

"We're always happy to get additional information about a photo from the public as well as new contributions," board member Beth Bunnenberg said.

An additional 12,500 photos have been digitized and are waiting for upload into the online collection. PAHA also owns 2,000 images that have not yet been digitized.

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