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This month, four collections from the CONTENTdm Collection of Collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for February are the Seattle Neighborhood History Project, the Black Student Union Periodical Collection, the Olga Reifschneider Collection, and the Western History Subject Index.
Seattle Public Library
The Seattle Public Library's Seattle Neighborhood History Project provides a starting point for accessing historical information about Seattle neighborhoods from the Library's special collections and elsewhere. Many of the sources available on Seattle neighborhood history can be found by navigating to the individual neighborhood pages on this site. A few of the resources in this collection include: digitized photographs, maps, menus, oral histories and publications related to Seattle neighborhoods from the Seattle Public Library's Special Collections; a list of general sources particularly useful for neighborhood history research; the HistoryLink.org online encyclopedia; historical newspapers; and the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project.
University at Buffalo
The Black Student Union at the University at Buffalo was founded in 1967. Twelve periodical publications have been issued by the BSU and are the primary record of the activities and history of the organization. Most of the material was issued on newsprint and is now extremely fragile as a result of heavy use.
University of Nevada, Reno
This collection contains 1580 color slides of plants and trees taken in the northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe region. The slides were taken by Olga Reifschneider from the 1940s to the 1970s. An indexed, numbered, and labeled collection of 850 slides of plants created for scientific study and classroom use is part of the collection and is the basis of what is presented on this website. This collection presents an expansive view of the botanical life of this region and is exclusively devoted to native plants.
Denver Public Library
One of the unique treasures of the Denver Public Library Special Collections Department is the Western History Subject Index card file, which contains more than seven million entries on four million cards. Developed over the last century, it provides access to newspapers, local histories, biographical works, newsletters and journals. The Western History Subject Index includes an every-name index of The Rocky Mountain News from 1865-85 (a WPA project) and a partial index to other Denver newspapers from the late 1800s to the early 1990s.