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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 October are Historical Children's Literature Collection, Leigh Hunt Digital Collection, Murals of Northern Ireland and Ralston Crawford Collection of Jazz Photography.
University of Washington Libraries
The Historical Children’s Literature database chronicles by example the history of educational practice and reading, and the changing perceptions of gender, race and class and the role of religion in teaching. Both European and American books from the 18th to the 20th c. are represented in this collection. The materials in this database are selections from the 2008 "Looking Glass for the Mind: 350 years of books for children" Special Collections exhibit but also contain other materials, primarily from the Historical Children's Collection held by the UW Libraries Special Collections Division.
University of Iowa
Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was a British Romantic writer and a contemporary of Byron, Shelley, and Keats; his activities and influence also extended well into the Victorian period. In addition to being one of the most outspoken and influential journalists in the age of the French Revolution, Hunt was a prolific prose writer and an innovative poet. Hunt may have been most famous in his own day, however, for the two-year prison sentence he served for politically motivated libel against the Prince Regent (1813-1815). Hunt's extensive correspondence reveals an intimate knowledge of literary, artistic, political, and religious ideas circulating in the first half of nineteenth-century Britain. Hunt was a prolific correspondent and penned thousands of letters, many of which survive today. The University of Iowa's Brewer-Leigh Hunt collection contains nearly 1,600 letters written to, by, or about Hunt. This digital collection aims to make both facsimile images and word-searchable transcripts available to scholars and the interested public.
Claremont University Consortium
This is a collection of images of murals from Northern Ireland, principally West Belfast, Republican and Loyalist, painted during the recent period of Troubles. The images are records which include historical representation, political standpoints, community concerns, forms of ideological address. They range from overtly political declaration, to brutal depictions of the conflict, to humor and irony. Tony Crowley is the Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities at Scripps College, and is Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool. He worked in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and has written widely on various aspects of language debates in Ireland.
Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University
The Ralston Crawford Collection of Jazz Photography comprises some 800 black-and-white documentary photographs by Canadian-born painter, lithographer, and photographer Ralston Crawford (1906-1978), culled from his New Orleans work. Enamored of New Orleans music and culture, Crawford often made field trips to the city between the late 1940s and the early 1960s, photographing second-line parades, funerals with music, church services, night clubs, streetscapes and signage as well as portraits of local musicians and bands.