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CONTENTdm Featured Collections: January 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 Web site. The featured collections for January are Railroads in the Midwest: Early Documents and Images, Rarely Seen Richmond, the African American Women in Iowa Digital Collection and the Ken Gonzales-Day Collection.


Railroads in the Midwest: Early Documents and Images

Knox College

This collection containing photographs, documents, texts and ephemera--annual reports, published books, stock certificates, and more--covers the early history of railroads in the Midwest, and in Illinois in particular, documents the role that railroads played in westward expansion. Many of the photographs of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy trains were taken by Allen A. Green, Knox College class of 1903. Green photographed work trains, travelers and crews aboard passenger trains, and the engines, cars and interiors of the fast mail trains, and he pioneered the photography of trains in motion by developing a trigger device that allowed a train to take its own picture. This digital collection of images and documents celebrates railroad history up to the introduction of the Pioneer Zephyr of the Burlington Route in 1933.


Rarely Seen Richmond

Virginia Commonwealth University

Early twentieth century Richmond, Virginia as seen through vintage postcards is a digital collection of over 600 postcard images of Richmond, most dating from 1900-1930, from the Special Collections and Archives of the VCU Libraries. The intent of the collection is to help document early twentieth century Richmond by displaying a unique collection of images of the city. Many of these images include buildings and structures that either no longer exist or have since been altered. The subject matter of these postcards also lends insight into the social and cultural attitudes of those times.


African American Women in Iowa Digital Collection

University of Iowa

This digital collection of photographs, news clippings, pamphlets, scrapbooks, directories, and newsletters documents the experience of African American women in Iowa during the twentieth century. The collection, ca. 1924-1970, is an outgrowth of The African-American Women in Iowa Project, a collaboration between the Iowa Women's Archives and the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa.


Ken Gonzales-Day Collection

Claremont University Consortium

Ken Gonzales-Day lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from UC Irvine, and his MA in Art History from Hunter College (C.U.N.Y). Fellowships include: Whitney Museum of American Art, ISP; Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio (Italy); (Latino Studies) American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution; and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2008). Gonzales-Day is a Professor at Scripps College in California. Included in the collection are Gonzales-Day's Curriculum Vitae, images that Gonzales-Day used to compile his art and publications, notebooks documenting his research, and photographs and documentation of art installations.