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This month, two collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for October are Japanese Lantern Slides from the E. Raymond Wilson Collection, and the Charles Templeton Sheet Music Collection from the Mississippi State University Libraries.
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
The lantern slides in this collection were gathered by E. Raymond Wilson while he was in Japan from Sept. 1926 to Sept. 1927, having been awarded the Japanese Brotherhood Scholarship for study and the building of friendships. Wilson's fascination with the people and places of Japan led to detailed letters home to America, in which he included observations about his trips around the country and to Formosa. The 257 lantern slides that he brought back with him reflect his interests, having to do with beautiful sites and scenery, daily life, agricultural practices, schools and universities, and the tribes of Formosa. Most of the slides were created by professional photographers (including T. Takagi and Futaba) and were hand-tinted by artists; a few of the slides were made from photographs taken by Wilson himself.
Mississippi State University Libraries
The sheet music collection is part of a larger collection amassed by Charles Templeton, Sr. which also includes music players and recordings. (Available as part of the Instrument Collection). Digitization of the collection is part of an ongoing effort to provide broader access to titles. A large portion of these pieces are in the public domain (not copyrighted) and are available for download directly from the site. Some restricted titles are available upon request. Templeton noted a correlation between contemporary music and the cultural, economic, and political shifts experienced in the United States. He stated, "This is one of the few collections, if not the only one, which carries through all of those changes. You started out with blues and then ragtime evolved from that, and then the Dixieland sound emerged and the big band, and from that came the forerunner of modern jazz. And the interesting part of it is that as this music evolved it progressed up the Mississippi River. Where's a better place to house this collection of music than here?"