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This month, four collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for April are The Maps Collection at the Denver Public Library, the Historische VU films en videos collection, the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project collection, and the New Hampshire Sanborn Maps Collection.
Denver Public Library
This digital collection contains a range of maps of Colorado and individual towns, including Denver, Central City, Colorado Springs and many others. Many bird’s-eye views are included.
The digital collections also feature two Denver real estate atlases of great benefit to building and neighborhood history researchers. The Robinson Atlas of 1887 and the Baist Atlas of 1905 show building footprints and basic construction information of structures in the city.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Bibliotheek
The VU University Library has digitized all of the ‘VU films’ and a large number of videotapes, which can be viewed in this collection. The items include a range of resources from the first propaganda film dating to 1935, an impression of the centenary celebrations in 1980 and interviews with prospective students in 1999. More than 60 years of VU history are available on film: unique shots of the savings scheme and the “VU-penny bank,” D. Nauta receiving his PhD, the building plans at the time of the 75th anniversary and Dr. Martin Luther King receiving his honorary doctorate. There is also a film of the opening of the academic hospital and of one of the sit-ins held in the early 1970s when the VU made tentative steps toward modernization.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP), established at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 1998, documents the contributions of women in the military and related service organizations since World War I. The WVHP includes a wide range of source material, including photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories, military patches and insignia, uniforms and posters, as well as published works. Through active acquisition and educational outreach, the WVHP continues to expand its research collection to explore the cultural, social and military changes in American society that have been fueled by the gender integration of the armed forces.
This collection contains maps of New Hampshire towns and cities, giving detailed information on building location and structures for insurance purposes. Produced by the Sanborn Map Company, these maps also hold a wealth of information and can be used as primary sources in historical research.