Organizations worldwide are using CONTENTdm digital collection management software to create thousands of outstanding digital collections and to provide easy access to their unique holdings.
This month, four CONTENTdm collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for April are Texas Spring Palace, Kansas Basketball and the 1936 Olympics, Girl Scout Council of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, and Thomas Moore Music Project.
Texas Spring Palace
Fort Worth Public Library
The Texas Spring Palace opened in May 1889 as a regional immigration and agricultural fair. It was intended to advertise Texas by displaying all the products of the state under one roof. A second season was scheduled for May 1890, but the building was destroyed by a fire during a dance with several thousand people in attendance. One person, Al Hayne, died in the fire when he returned to the burning building to rescue others.
Wichita State University Libraries
This image collection celebrates the historic connections of basketball in Kansas to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This was the first time basketball was played as an Olympic sport. The U.S. team won the gold medal, and Kansas and Wichita State University were well represented. The images in this collection are mainly from the Wichita State University student yearbook and two local newspapers.
Minnesota Digital Library
The Girl Scout Council of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys serves girls in 44 Minnesota counties, as well as four counties in Wisconsin and one in Iowa. This collection shares their history through very early photographs, programs and music, as well as original correspondence from Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts USA.
Queen's University Belfast
Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was one of the most prolific and versatile authors of the Romantic era. A study of the original series of his Irish Melodies with Symphonies and Accompaniments was undertaken by Dr. Sarah McCleave (School of Creative Arts) in 2013, focusing on Moore's working method (he was a tireless reviser and improver of his own work) and its effect on the publishing process. This collection illustrates Dr. McCleave's research.