Why make a crowdsourcing website?

Grinnell College Special Collections and Archives hosts a crowdsourcing table at the annual Alumni Reunions. With a virtual event in 2021, we adapted to a ‘virtual crowdsourcing table’, which you can add to anytime. Stop by as more photos are added as this project continues.

How can I find more photos?

You can browse the front page and past pages as they were posted or search through a decades page, listed under the “Decades” tab on the menu.

Why aren’t these photos identified? 

For each image, we share what we know so far–we may know an event, building, or year, but many faces were not identified by the photographer and are unknown to us today.

How do I post comments? Do I need to log in to post or give my email? 

To add information, use “Leave a Reply.” Not seeing that underneath a photo? Click on the item title to go the image page. At the bottom of the screen, use “Leave a Reply” to submit what you know. If you’re an alum, we’d love to know your class year!

You do not need to make a WordPress account to comment or leave your email address. If you would like, you can set WordPress to remember your name and information for future comments or opt into email notifications if others comment on the same image.

Where will crowdsourcing information be used by the Archive?

In addition to our physical photograph collection, many images can also be located on Digital Grinnell, the college’s institutional repository. We will update Digital Grinnell records as we learn more information about specific images.

There is a photo of me I would like taken down. What do I do? 

Please email us at archives@grinnell.edu and include the URL in your message.

Grinnell College Archives staff are moderating posts and will remove any comments which violate campus policies.