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CONTENTdm Featured Collections: August 2012

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This month, four collections from the CONTENTdm Collection of Collections are featured on the OCLC Web site. The featured collections for August are Store-Front Churches in Buffalo, the Fashion Plate Collection - 19th Century, Spalding's Soccer Foot Ball Guide and the La Crosse County Historical Society.


Store-Front Churches in Buffalo

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Milton Rogovin, born December 30, 1909 in New York City, was trained as an optometrist at Columbia University, where he received his degree in 1931. He moved to Buffalo, New York, in 1939, where he established his own optometric practice on Chippewa Street near the city's Lower West Side. The photographic series on storefront churches was followed by other series that documented the lives of workers and people living in poverty. These series included more work in Buffalo's Lower West Side, where he was able to photograph the same people over the course of three decades of their lives. The collection consists of seventeen black and white photographs of storefront churches in Buffalo, including interior shots during services and exterior shots of the buildings. This small collection chiefly focuses on the musical activities during the church services. It was with this series that Rogovin began his career as a photographer.


Fashion Plate Collection, 19th Century

Claremont University Consortium

The full-color fashion plates in the Kirby collection were culled from a variety of women's periodicals and other mass-circulating works published between 1789 and 1914. The images are primarily from France, Britain, America, and Spain, and depict scenes of nineteenth-century middle- and upper-class life with an emphasis on the leisure practices of bourgeois women, men, and children. A number of plates also derive from trade journals for tailors, who used the images to create made-to-order garments for fashionable men. Prints from the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century were often colored by hand until the mid-1800s, when lithographic techniques allowed for colored illustrations to be reproduced quickly and at low cost to printers. By the middle of the nineteenth century, many images in fashion periodicals were being mass-produced as full-color lithographs, a trend that continued through the early years of the twentieth century. Fashion-plate images are fascinating archival documents that give us insight into the dressing habits and tastes of middle class women and the high society lifestyle to which they often aspired.


Spalding's Soccer Foot Ball Guide

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The Henry D. "Hap" Meyer Collection of soccer materials was donated to the Louisa H. Bowen University Archives and Special Collections, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in 1974 by Meyer's daughter, Mary L. Depen. A life-long St. Louis resident, Henry D. Meyer was born on February 23, 1889 and died on October 14, 1974. Hap Meyer fell in love with the game of soccer as a young player and retained his passionate interest in the evolution and history of the sport throughout his life. He became an avid collector of soccer literature and documentation. This digital collection consists of fourteen issues of the Spalding's Soccer Foot Ball Guide from the first decades of the twentieth century. The guides include statistics for United States soccer leagues, the rules of the game, information about the United States Football Association, and some information about international soccer. The collection also includes a volume from the Spalding's Athletic Library series covering the 1912 Olympic Games.


La Crosse County Historical Society

La Crosse County Historical Society

The Brekke Collection at the La Crosse County Historical Society represents the things that one man saved as mementos of his service in World War II. Kermit Brekke was raised on a farm outside of Blair, Wisconsin to parents of Norwegian descent; he was 23 years old when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. While stationed in Oregon his fiancee came to see him and they were married there. Kermit served in North Africa and Italy as a rifleman and a radio operator and repairman. All of this is recorded in the scrapbook he filled with photos, telegrams, newspaper clippings, menus, leave passes, greeting cards from family and friends, ration cards, newsletters of the 363rd Infantry, and his handwritten notes on radio operation. Kermit also saved uniforms, including his wool great coat and work dungarees, and souvenirs from Italy such as silk scarves produced for sale to tourists.