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This month, four collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for November are the David A. Hanson Collection of the History of Photomechanical Reproduction, the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, 1920-1961, the Oral History Collection / Oral History Videos at Ohio Memory, and Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
This collection documents the history of photomechanical printing from its development in 1826 through the perfection of three-color printing at the beginning of the twentieth century. All major intaglio, planotype and relief printing methods are represented. The collection includes examples of virtually all categories of photographically illustrated books, reports, accounts, treatises, catalogues, pamphlets and ephemera. Pioneering firms and individual innovators are represented in equal numbers. Of note are impressive examples of color reproductions that predate the invention of actual color photography. The collection includes approximately 4,500 digital images in 340 objects.
University of Southern California
The Los Angeles Examiner Collection consists of approximately 1.4 million prints and negatives from the Los Angeles Examiner newspaper. It was a daily newspaper, published in the afternoon on weekdays (Herald-Express) and in the morning on weekends (Examiner). The afternoon and morning papers merged in 1962 (Herald Examiner). Almost every event and individual receiving news coverage in Los Angeles from the 1920s to 1961 is represented in the collection. Coverage is broad including crime, sports, society, art and entertainment. The collection forms part of the Hearst Collection and was a gift from the Los Angeles Herald Examiner Division of the Hearst Corporation in 1978.
Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio - Ohio Memory
The Ohio Historical Society, in partnership with the Ohio National Guard, seeks to preserve the history of Ohio’s soldiers through In Their Own Words, an oral history project. In previous conflicts, soldiers wrote letters home to family and friends. Researchers, students and genealogists have come to rely on these letters as primary sources. Now, however, soldiers and family members use e-mail and the telephone, which leave no written record. In many cases, oral histories are the only way to capture the stories of Ohio soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the stories of their spouses, children, neighbors and co-workers on the home front.
Southern Methodist University
The goal of the Texas Artists digital collection is to provide access to a wide range of digitized copies of works by Texas artists. It is comprised of 1,786 digitized paintings, sculptures and works on paper that are held by the five institutions:
- Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper, a joint digital collections project between Southern Methodist University’s Central University Libraries' Bywaters Special Collections and Norwick Center for Digital Services
- The Dallas Museum of Art
- The Dallas Public Library’s Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division and Fine Books Division
- The Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
- The Meadows Museum (SMU).