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CONTENTdm Featured Collections: August 2013

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 collections from the CONTENTdm Collection of Collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for August are CITY 2000, the cARTalog, the Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia, and POP-UPS And Other Illustrated Books, Ephemera, and Graphic Designs of Vojtech Kubašta.

CITY 2000

University of Illinois at Chicago

On a quest to create a lasting record of life in Chicago In the Year 2000 more than 200 photographers spent 366 days canvassing the city and chronicling its people, places and personality. The project's eclectic mix of styles and approaches blended into an historical document that will inform those in the future long after it teaches us about ourselves. The photographers shot more than 500,000 frames and visited each of the city's neighborhoods. The resulting archive - which contains audio and video recordings as well - offers insight into everyday life, out-of-the-way secrets and cultural events.


University of Iowa

Collages, sculptures, artists' books, and textiles from a public art project using cards from The University of Iowa Libraries' retired card catalog.

Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia

Claremont University Consortium

The Coptic civilization is one of the most ancient civilizations still in existence, and has vibrant manifestations in Egypt and around the world. An invaluable reference tool for Coptic Studies is The Coptic Encyclopedia (Aziz S. Atiya, ed. NY: Macmillan, 1991). This monumental work, with approximately 2800 entries written by 215 scholars, covers treasures of Coptic language and literature; Copto-Arabic literature; Coptic art, architecture, archaeology, history, music, liturgy, theology, spirituality, monasticism; and biblical, apocryphal, social, and legal texts. In 2009 the Claremont Graduate University School of Religion acquired the right to develop an updated and continuously expanding and evolving web-based version of The Coptic Encyclopedia. Since then, the Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia has been gradually posting the articles of the 1991 Coptic Encyclopedia and will be continuously adding updates and new topics from the growing body of scholarship in Coptic studies at worldwide institutions.

POP-UPS And Other Illustrated Books, Ephemera, and Graphic Designs of Vojtech Kubašta

Broward County Library

In 2001, Broward County Library’s rare book department, the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, began collecting the works of Vojtech Kubašta (1914-1992), the Czech paper engineer, children’s book illustrator, and graphic designer. In 2005 the Bienes Museum organized one of the first major exhibitions of Kubašta’s works entitled: Pop-ups, Illustrated Books, and Graphic Designs of Czech Artist and Paper Engineer, Vojtech Kubašta (1914-1992). Since then, the Bienes Museum has accumulated the largest public institutional collection of Kubašta’s works in the United States. It includes approximately 315 advertisements, calendars, flat books, maps, models, pop-up books and greeting cards, portfolios, postcards, posters, prints, and stationery.