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Newark (New Jersey) Public Library
Newark School Photographs, originally a Newark Board of Education collection, consists of four drawers of small-format photographs. Most are 3" x 5" black and white prints. The photographs date from the 1940s to 1960s (for later photos of schools try the Bill May Collection), with many from the World War II era. The full collection has been digitized.
The photographs include images of school interiors and exteriors, and include empty classrooms , libraries, cafeterias, and playgrounds, among other images. They also include students and teachers in classrooms, concerts, plays and pageants, dance performances, and other extracurricular activities, as well as exhibits and displays of student work.
East Baton Rouge Parish Library
The mission of the Baton Rouge Room Collection is to collect, manage, preserve, and provide access to items that represent current and historical actions of local governments, businesses, residents, and institutions of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. These items include but are not limited to photographs, manuscripts, documents, periodical publications, audio and video recordings, and memorabilia. The Baton Rouge Room is in the Main Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and has existed since the dedication of the River Center Branch in 1980. This digital collection is a sample of the types of materials housed in the library’s archives.
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, all of which are searchable. The collection consists of approximately 40 items around the topic.
The original, larger collection (view finding aid) on Caroline Bartlett Crane is housed at the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections. There are many more items on her other work in the traditional collection.
Past featured collections
Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon is rich with stories of generations of families who have worked in the dense forests or in the mills, who have plowed the fields, and who have run cattle. The “Stories of Southern Oregon” project celebrates heritage agriculture, the timber industry, mining, the mills, and more with video family histories of the region’s folks, fields, forests, and foods, as well as photographs, documents, and other ephemera. These materials give texture, context, and nuance to Southern Oregon’s history, the families who have lived here, and shared cultural traditions. The “Stories” project has been funded by grants to Southern Oregon University from the Oregon Heritage Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Program, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Jackson County Cultural Coalition.
Western Maryland Regional Library
This collection of photographic negatives of the stone bridges over the Antietam Creek in Washington County taken before 1910 was made available by Bob Savitt of the Washington County Historical Society. Paul and Shelby Beaver of Burkittsville found the negatives in their attic and loaned them to Bob Savitt. The photographer was initially unknown, but the photogravures were recognized as those used by Helen Ashe Hayes in her book, Antietam and its Bridges, published in 1910. John C. Artz of Hagerstown, Maryland, was listed as the photographer. Though Artz was not known as a professional photographer, articles in the Baltimore Sun praised him as “an amateur photographer, whose skill with the camera is the envy of many professionals.” The photographs of the Antietam stone bridges are ordered as Helen Ashe Hayes used them in her book, from the border with Pennsylvania near Leitersburg to the Potomac River near the village of Antietam. The metadata lists the Maryland Inventory of Historic Places index number, so a reader can check the description in Maryland Inventory of Historic Places.
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Dialogues is a campus newsletter for students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. NCSSM Digital Collections include select materials from the NCSSM Archive, which aims to collect, preserve, and make available materials related to the history of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
Ohio University Libraries
This digital archive will unite letters, diaries, and other Civil War era documents from 15 manuscript collections held in the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections. It features writings from a diverse array of Ohioans, including soldiers of varying ranks fighting across the country, military doctors treating the wounded on the battlefield and in hospitals, and family and friends on the home front facing the struggles of rural existence. These letters contain descriptions of daily life in the military and of several important battles. They also reveal the relationships between correspondents, including expressions of love and regret, news of illness, and social gossip, along with discussions of politics and recent events. The digital archive currently contains more than 700 letters and other documents.
Brother Edmond Drouin Library
Walsh University’s Through the Eyes of Peace, Nobel Laureate Collection is a collection of photographs and documents surrounding the visits of Nobel Prize winners at Walsh University. Visitors included: Mother Teresa, Willy Brandt, Elie Wiesel, Coretta Scott King (representing her late husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), and Adolfo Perez Esquival.
Johnson C. Smith University
James B. Duke Memorial Library
The Presbyterian Collection provides information regarding the connection between Johnson C. Smith University and regional Presbyterian churches. It includes church bulletins, correspondence, church histories, and information regarding the Synod of Catawba.
Rodman Public Library
The Carnation Festival began in 1960 and is greatly anticipated each year by residents of the greater Alliance community in Ohio. This collection features photographs from past parades and events of the festival that celebrates Alliance as the Carnation City.
In the early years of the parade, the route began at Mount Union Square (East State Street), turned north on South Union Avenue, turned east on East Main Street, and ended at Arch Avenue. These were evening parades, usually beginning at 5:00 or 5:30 p.m.
As the Alliance Days in the Park event became more popular, the parade time was shifted to 3:00 p.m. in 1981 and today is 11:00 a.m. Also, in 1981, the parade route was changed to begin on West State Street and Fernwood Avenue and end at Union Avenue and Main Street. Today, the parade ends at Broadway Street.
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library and Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
The James Wood Digital Collection includes selected items from the Wood family materials held by the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. The main part of the collection is handwritten correspondence, financial records, surveys and plats, and other business, legal, and personal materials of Col. James Wood and other members of the Wood family. The collection extends from the 1730s to the late 1800s. James Wood (1707-1759) emigrated to Virginia from Britain. In 1738, he built a house that would come to be the family home, known as "Glen Burnie." Later, Wood was a colonel in the Frederick County Militia and served with Colonel George Washington in the 1754 campaign against the French.
James Wood, Jr. (1741-1813) was deputy surveyor of Frederick County and represented the county in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1766 to 1776 and in the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1776. He served as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1796 to 1799. Wood negotiated the Treaty of Fort Pitt with the Shawnee Indians in 1775, making possible the successful expedition of General George Rogers Clark. He fought in the Revolutionary War as a colonel, commanding the Virginia Regiment at the Battle of Brandywine; later, he was a Brigadier-General of Virginia troops. James Wood, Jr. married Jean Moncure in 1775. They had no children.
Southern Oregon University
This collection contains images of a variety of artifacts commonly found on archaeological sites and in museums documenting the Chinese migrant diaspora from the mid-19th through the early 20th century. The assemblage highlights artifacts from Chinese communities in Oregon and California in an effort to promote education and greater understanding of the role Chinese migrants played in the settlement and development of the American West.
For more than 50 years, archaeologists have been working on sites associated with Chinese participation in the gold fields, railroad construction and maintenance, agriculture, logging industry, fisheries and canneries, and urban settlements. This collection was created as a means to standardize terminology, aid in artifact identification, and provide accurate information about the manufacture and function of a variety of everyday items used in early Chinese communities in the West.
This collection was made possible through a partnership between the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology and Hannon Library, and PAR Environmental Services, Inc.
This project was funded in part by the Jacksonville Friends of the Library.
Dallas County Community College District
This collection is composed of digitized photographs, slides, newspapers, documents and videos found within the Dallas County Community College District Archives.
A digital collection of the World War II Archive of Albert Chance, who served in North Africa and Italy with the 360th AAA Searchlight Battalion. This collection contains more than 300 photographs taken by Chance, which present a picture of the European theater from the perspective of a soldier. His journal chronicles his wartime experience from his boarding of the Kungsholm on March 2, 1943, to his Honorable Discharge at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on September 15, 1945. His scrapbook displays the many documents that he saved and letters, often in the form of V-mail, that he sent home during his service.
Doris Ulmann was an American photographer, best known for her dignified portraits of the people of Appalachia, particularly craftsmen and musicians, made between 1928 and 1934. This is a small collection of some of Doris Ulmann's photos.
The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
This collection combines all printed formats published by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (MVLA), including books, booklets, brochures, information sheets, event announcements, bylaws, and handbooks or guidebooks. The annual reports and the minutes of the MVLA Council provide background and information on the yearly activities and business of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. The material includes a wide date range, 1854 to the present.
Cowles Library, Drake University
In April 1979, Drake University alumni Larry Vint, Peter Lewis, and Jon Bowermaster put out the first of 120 issues of the free, alternative newspaper originally known as The Daily Planet. Later called The Planet, this paper tackled national and local news as well as arts and entertainment. Whether they were discussing farm policy, or the worst pop song ever produced, the Planet staff put out an interesting and entertaining paper that had a true Des Moines voice. The Planet was published from 1979 to1982.
This collection contains manifestos, speeches, essays, and other materials documenting various aspects of the Women’s Movement in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Women's Liberation Movement refers to a series of campaigns for reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, and equal pay. Feminist print culture, such as the examples provided in the collection, supported and sustained the Women's Movement and connect it to other movements for social justice.
The original version of this digital collection was produced in 1997 by then Duke Women’s Studies Archivist, Ginny Daley along with then Duke professor Anne Valk to support assignments in her class on the Social History of American Women. Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon also contributed to material selection in conjunction with publication of their book, Dear Sisters: Dispatches From The Women's Liberation Movement (Basic Books, 2001).
The newly launched collection includes image scans of all documents and is full-text searchable. Photographs, flyers, planning documents, and responses to the 1968 and 1969 Miss America pageant protests, which launched Women's Liberation in the public consciousness, have been added to the collection.
Dana Hall School
This collection consists of student newspapers with issues dating from December 1890 to June 1893.
Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, was recently contacted by Larry Ellis, great-grandson of Horace Burrell, who served as the builder for the Singing Tower at the Gardens. Mr. Ellis and his wife, Norma, drove from Ashburn, Virginia, to hand-deliver a collection of personal effects once belonging to Mr. Burrell and his son, Edward. The collection includes two handwritten journals, a scrapbook of news articles, and numerous photographs, all detailing the Tower’s construction.
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Following in the path of pioneers of American aviation, Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan became the first to fly nonstop and nonrefueled around the world in December 1986, a singular achievement in the history of human endeavors. In addition to her world record-setting flight, Ms. Yeager set many records in the early to mid-1980s for speed, endurance, and distance.
The Voyager-Jeana Yeager digital collection is a very small sample of some of the items from the Jeana Yeager Collection, one of the largest collections of aviation materials available to the public. The Jeana Yeager Collection is housed in the Special Collection Department of the James G. Gee Library at Texas A&M University–Commerce.
Miami-Dade Public Library System
Photographer Gleason Waite Romer arrived in Miami, Florida, in 1925 and proceeded to work for a newspaper; later for an awning company, documenting residences; then as a freelance photographer, recording major events, people, and places around the city. He created a body of work that is said to uniquely capture the "changing face of Miami" and has been praised as a very valuable historical record. Romer's collection includes images accredited to other photographers. The physical collection contains approximately 17,500 images in the form of negatives, glass plates, and postcards, documenting the growth and development of all aspects of the city of Miami from the 1880s to the 1950s. Information gathered from the original records, such as dates, names, and locations has been transcribed without modifications.
This collection reflects the diverse interests and tireless curiosity of Larry Jene Fisher, the "Renaissance man of Southeast Texas."
Chiefly composed of photographic negatives taken in the late 1930s through the early 1950s, the collection documents a wealth of Texas experiences, including rugged West Texas oil drilling crews, the dedication of a Catholic church in Port Arthur, a cattle round-up, the harvesting of citrus fruit in the Rio Grande Valley, and the Huntsville Prison Rodeo.
A special strength of the Fisher’s collection is his documentation of the Big Thicket, a wooded region north of Beaumont, which was distinct from the rest of the nation. Fisher was an outsider who recognized—and photographed—the importance of the region's traditional folkways, which were rapidly disappearing.
When Fisher moved to the heart of the Big Thicket he was quickly recruited to photograph another endangered aspect of the region—the biological diversity, which included carnivorous plants, and animals extinct in other areas to lobby for a national park.
Fisher was also active in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a volunteer organization that was founded to protect ships from attack by German submarines during World War II. His photos of CAP include memorials to men killed while flying, and CAP members relaxing between flights and posing with aircraft.
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library System
The Butler Center offers a large collection of materials related to World War I, including letters, photographs, microfilm of enlistment and discharge records, and other primary materials related to Arkansans who served in the Great War. The research room also houses a large number of secondary sources and subscribes to a wide variety of online databases that provide easy access to millions of military records and other resources.
Highlights of the collections include letters from a WWI Marine as well as correspondence from a soldier who served in a balloon company; many materials related to Camp Pike (now Camp Joseph T. Robinson); and materials related to Eberts Training Field, which was located in Lonoke County.
Western University of Health Sciences
Bookplates have been used to identify book ownership since the 15th century, often designed and executed by graphic artists. Initially, they mostly showed heraldic motifs, but in the last 125 years the emphasis has been on artistic qualities and many ex libris are examples of high art. There are many bookplate collectors.
All the bookplates shown in this collection are by established, and in some cases famous artists from the Netherlands and Belgium spanning the 20th Century. Most of these are original graphic works, a few are copies. They all relate to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or psychology. Many add interesting information and symbols pertaining to the book owners.
Trinity University Coates Library
The Claude and ZerNona Black Papers were acquired by the Coates Library in October 2011. The collection is approximately 100 cubic feet, and documents the civil rights, civic activism, and Baptist ministry of Reverend Claude William Black, Jr. (1916-2009) and his wife, ZerNona Stewart Black (1906-2005) in San Antonio, Texas.
The documents span the years from the early 1900s through 2009, and include ministry work with the Mount Zion First Baptist Church, where Reverend Black served as minister for over 49 years; handwritten and typed manuscripts and recordings related to sermons, memorial services, and explorations of religious doctrine and community service; daily agendas, scrapbooks, photographs, event brochures, political ephemera; newspaper clippings about city council and participation in city events; correspondence with local and national figures of social and political importance, including Martin Luther King, Jr., A. Philip Randolph, and Lyndon Baines Johnson; and funeral programs, neighborhood publications, and memorabilia that reveal the history of the African American community in San Antonio and its place in the national civil rights movement.
Norwich University Archives
Dr. Edgar Hyde served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Along with the typescript of his diary, photographs taken by Dr. Hyde document his time as head of the 91st Evacuation Hospital, a 400-bed semi-mobile evacuation hospital in the European Theater of Operations. Originally designated as the 6th Surgical Hospital, the unit was re-designated as an evacuation hospital in 1942.
After his discharge, he practiced medicine in Northfield, VT, serving as physician for both the town and Norwich University for over thirty-five years. His reminiscences look back on his education at Dartmouth College and Cornell University as well as his medical practice after World War II.
University of Portland, Clark Library
The University of Portland's Clark Library houses a small collection of medieval manuscripts from the 12th–15thcenturies. The collection consists of manuscripts, manuscript fragments, musical notations, and individual leaf from larger work. Among the digitized objects are works from Saint Anthony of Egypt; Hugo of Saint Victor; Peter Lombard, Bishop of Paris; and Pope Saint Gregory the Great.
Apache County Library District
The Apache County Library District, in partnership with other organizations and citizens, has created a collection of information and photographs related to the history of Apache County. Their goal is to collect, preserve, and make available items of historical relevance regarding Apache County, Arizona.
Hope College, Van Wylen Library
This collection represents the Holland, Michigan, area through postcard images from the 19th and 20th centuries collected by Myron Van Ark and his mother. There are more than 450 images to browse. Here, you can peek into the past of this Dutch-influenced city that has impacted the cultural heritage of western Michigan.
Frontier Nursing University
The Frontier Digital Depot makes select instructional content and scholarly publications accessible to Frontier students, faculty, staff, preceptors, and the interested public.
Midpointe Library Systems
The Virginia Shewalter Letters Collection consists of the personal correspondence of Virginia Shewalter written home while she served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women's Army Corps (WAC) from 1942 to 1945. The letters describe the experiences of Shewalter while she served at home and abroad. During her military service, she was stationed in England and France and rose to the rank of Captain. Born on July 14, 1916, in Dayton, Ohio, she was the second of three daughters born to John L. and Mabel Shewalter. She graduated from Union Township High School in West Chester and, eventually, Miami University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education. After the war, Shewalter worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Personnel Department of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Cincinnati, and later she taught English at Lakota High School (Ohio). The letters have been fully transcribed and are full-text searchable. This collection was originally curated by the West Chester Historical Society. It is through their generosity and dedication to preserving local history that we are able to make this digital collection available.
Olympic Games official reports are the most comprehensive historical documents of each Olympic Games. Prepared by the host organizing committee, the report typically provides detailed information on Games, planning, construction, operations, budget, Olympic-related cultural activities, and competition results. In most cases, the reports are also a rich source of Games photography. The Olympic Games Official Reports Collection includes the report of nearly every modern Olympic Games since inception in 1896. Search the entire collection using keywords, or select a specific Olympic Games reports from the list below.
Official sports results are included in multi-volume sets (see note for volumes containing results). Beginning with the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, complete results for each sport and event are published as individual documents.
South Dakota Department of Education/South Dakota State Library
Description: The South Dakota State Agency Historical Publications Collection is a special collection of historical state agency publications. The South Dakota State Library has state publications that date back to territorial days. The digitized copies in this collection make these publications easier for the general public to access and study.
Plymouth State University
Description: In 1978, an effort to document the history of education in New Hampshire was set into motion. The result is 20 interviews of teachers representing the late 1890s through the mid-1970s. They describe what it was like to teach in a variety of settings, from a one-room schoolhouse to an urban high school. The interviews include the first special education teacher in the state, as well as an art teacher, a librarian, and an administrator. Throughout the recordings, the evolution of teacher, administrative, pupil, and parental attitudes are evident. These recordings, originally made on cassette, are now presented online with digital copies of the original typewritten transcripts.
South Dakota State Historical Society-State Archives
The collection consists of glass plates, proof prints, and photo postcards that are largely images of events, scenes, and people in Philip, South Dakota, and the surrounding area of Haakon County.
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
The archivists at the St. Benedict's Monastery, home of the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, USA, document the history and mission of this Catholic order with more than 4,000 artifacts dating to 1857.
Italian Pamphlet Collection
This collection of approximately 1,600 short printed pamphlets was published in Italy, largely from 1815 – 1880, and markings on several of the items appear to link the collection with Cardinal Carlo Luigi Morichini (1805 – 1879) as a former owner. The pamphlets reflect the Catholic Church's outlook on and response to the sweeping changes occurring in 19th century Italy, a period that witnessed the national unification of the Italian peninsula and the corresponding secularization of civil, political, and educational institutions. During the unification, sometimes referred to as the Risorgimento or "rebirth," the church lost political and administrative control over the Papal States, much of its wealth in land holdings throughout the peninsula, and a large portion of its control and influence over political and educational institutions, being thus relegated to a largely spiritual role. The pamphlets also reflect Morichini's interest in various types of charitable institutions, especially hospitals, prisons, schools, and savings and loan organizations founded for the benefit of the poor. The bulk of the pamphlets were published in the former territory of the Papal States and the Papal Legations, where Morichini was active.
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Art Muscle Magazine (1986 – 1996) was a bimonthly art publication located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Initiated by writer, art historian, and curator Debra Brehmer while she was in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, the first issue was published in September 1986. Taking a democratic approach to the arts, it covered a range of activities from visual art to theatre, dance, music, architecture, and vernacular concerns. Art Muscle's circulation was 20,000.
Safety Harbor Public Library
This collection contains various photographs that relate to Safety Harbor history from the early 1900s to the 1980s.
Daviess County Public Library
The Whitaker Postcard Collection consists of a number of early 1900s postcards sent to the Whitaker family in Livia, Kentucky, US. Most of the cards are addressed to Miss Katharyn Whitaker (1893–1976). The postcards depict various topics such as cities, landscapes, art, holidays, and family. They were donated along with letters, a diary, and genealogy research from the estate of Mrs. Katharyn Leachman (Whitaker).
The Sexuality Archives of Widener University was founded in 2009 by Librarian Molly Wolf. This collection celebrates the intersections of the digital collections of both the Widener University Archives and the Sexuality Archives around the issues of gender, sexuality, feminism, and LGBTQ rights, among others. The collection includes images, pamphlets, and books. Materials are presented in chronological order to show how Widener and its predecessor institutions served as a reflection of the evolution of thought on these issues.
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