According to various news sources, and the Google Blog page -- Google will host the thousands of images in the Life Magazine archives, making available some of the most poignant and influential photographs of the 20th century.
According to Google - "Only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings, and prints. We're digitizing them so that everyone can easily experience these fascinating moments in time. Today about 20 percent of the collection is online; during the next few months, we will be adding the entire LIFE archive — about 10 million photos."
Ten million photos. Holy smoke. That's a lot of images. From one archive. I have to hand it to Google -- they think big. Their search engine and image banking ought to reap rewards for researchers and educators. I did a quick search today, and the selection of images brought up under my searches was astounding.
I leave you with this screen capture of my search of "Ansel Adams" -- only one page of 5 pages of results from thee Google-Life archive:
I'm sure that this will get a LOT of use.