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CONTENTdm Featured Collections: December 2012

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 December are the Florence Nightingale Letters Collection, the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum Collection,Everyman's House Collection and the Larry Oglesby Collection.

Florence Nightingale Letters Collection

University of Illinois at Chicago

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was a pioneer in the field of nursing and a reformer of medical sanitation practices. She developed a model of statistical gathering and reporting for medical data, distinguishing herself as a professional statistician. The Florence Nightingale Letters Collection highlights aspects of Nightingale's work throughout her life. The correspondences exemplify her engagement in policy matters as well as her leadership in the field of Nursing. Many appear on black-bordered mourning stationery. Dr. Karl A Meyer accumulated the letters in this collection, later donating them to the Cook County School of Nursing. The Special Collections Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago acquired the collection in 2000.

Indianapolis Firefighters Museum Collection

Indianapolis Marion County Public Library

Although the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum is open to the public, the condition of many of their items, some from the late 19th and early 20th century, is poor, and preservation has become a primary concern. In 2008, the Firefighters Museum contacted the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library and requested a partnership to make the Museum’s materials including photographs, logbooks, yearbooks, scrapbooks and other miscellaneous items available digitally on the Library’s website. This was accomplished with the help of the IUPUI University Library. More recently this collection was expanded by the inclusion of images from Indianapolis Black Firefighters Association and the Harold Brown Adkinson Photo Collection made available by the Indiana State Library.

Everyman's House Collection, Caroline Bartlett Crane

Western Michigan University

This collection represents part of the work of a prominent, nationally known, social activist in the early 20th century, Caroline Bartlett Crane. She designed an efficient home plan for the common man (especially the common woman) in the 1920s. It was the national winner of Herbert Hoover's Better Homes of America campaign in 1924. She then had the house built in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She wrote a book, which is included in the collection, about how the design helps the family in their daily life. The house is a present day private home. The digitized collection is an interesting mix of letters, photographs, blueprints, and the book which are all searchable. The collection consists of approximately 40 items around the topic.

Larry Oglesby Collection

Claremont University Consortium

The Larry Oglesby Collection consists of 35 mm color slides of flora and fauna taken by Professor Larry Oglesby, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Pomona College. Oglesby graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Botany and a fascination with the natural world. He taught Biology at Pomona College beginning in 1968. Taken in the field, the slides depict plants such as Sky Lupine or Field Mustard and animals such as the Pacific Pond Turtle and Killdeer. The photographs were taken primarily in California and Oregon but photographs of the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and other locations may also be found. The most frequent subject of Oglesby's slides is the Bernard Field Station located in Claremont, California. The Field Station consists of 86 acres of primarily coastal sage scrub, Riversidian alluvial fan scrub, live oak forest, and grassland. In addition, an artificial lake with surrounding riparian woodland and several created vernal pools add to habitat diversity. Oglesby was an active supporter of the Field Station and used the resources at the site to enrich his classroom teaching and research. The Collection is housed in The Libraries'; special collections in Honnold/Mudd Library at the Claremont University Consortium in Claremont, California.