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Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Norman O. Dawn (1884–1975) was a relatively obscure yet historically significant early special effects cinematographer, inventor, artist, and motion picture director, writer, and producer. He worked with many important film pioneers, including Mack Sennett, Carl Laemmle, Irving Thalberg, and Erich von Stroheim. The Dawn collection features 164 display cards that illustrate more than 230 of the 861 special effects Dawn created in more than 80 movies. The collection also includes a small amount of manuscript material, including correspondence, drawings, and reminiscences.
Constructed personally from Dawn’s own field notebooks and methodical records, the display cards contain original oil, watercolor, pencil, and ink sketches used to sell the effects to skeptical film executives and directors; production and personal photographs; detailed camera records; film clips and frame enlargements; movie reviews, advertisements, and other trade press clippings; explanatory texts and recent sketches to illustrate his methods; and pages from an unpublished autobiography. Each display card documents one of his special effects, most often a refinement or improvement of a matte shot process.
Indianapolis Public Library
Welcome to the Indianapolis Public Schools digital archive. The archive offers more than 160 years of history, and everything from photographs and administrator biographies to school directories and newsletters.
Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has been an important public institution throughout the history of Indianapolis and central Indiana. Since its incorporation in 1853, IPS has shaped—and been shaped by—the residents and communities that turned Indianapolis from a small settlement at the mouth of the White River to the vibrant urban center that it is today. Within this collection are materials that detail those early years including 1880s Registers of Children and 100-year anniversary histories of individual schools. Photographs of schools and the students they served give a glimpse into the early years of IPS.
Ever since the development of Holt's Conference Plan in the early 20th century, the educational experiences of individual students have been the focus of Rollins experiment. The liberal arts tradition of the college runs deeper than its organizations, publications, and buildings. The tradition lives through the students in their spirit, which embodies what Rollins is today. This collection provides a visual documentation of the student lives at Rollins from a historical perspective: curriculum, rules and regulations; student groups; diversity and multiculturalism; community services; internationalization; student theatrical plays; physical education programs; and more.
Past featured collections
University of Calgary
This online collection represents the reference collection of native bees to Alberta. The physical collection is housed in the University of Calgary Biological Sciences Invertebrate Collection. The invertebrate collection consists of approximately 1.45 million insect specimens. And it’s growing at a rate of about 7.5% each year, due to contributions from undergraduate student coursework; graduate student, academic; and technical staff research; and donations of personal collections. This initial digital collection represents bee specimens from species native to Alberta, collected by the Galpern Lab @ Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.
USDA National Wildlife Research Center
Aircraft collisions with wildlife (wildlife strikes) are a major safety concern for civil and military aviation. Such collisions have occurred since the advent of air travel, but they have become increasingly frequent in recent decades due to increased air traffic and population growth among species most commonly involved in wildlife strikes. The National Wildlife Research Center conducts research to provide a scientific foundation for Wildlife Services, Department of Defense, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs that reduce wildlife collisions with aircraft.
Enoch Pratt Free Library
This selection of items from the Hilda Holme Book Illustration Collection demonstrates the chronological development of book illustration from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It includes prints made with woodcuts, wood engraving, line and stipple engraving on metal plates (copper and steel), etching— including both mezzotint and aquatint—lithography, and the Baxter process of chromolithography.
Frequently acquired from old or out-of-date books or magazines, these prints were saved for their aesthetic beauty or historical importance. They illustrate such diverse subjects as Bible stories, devotional literature, Shakespeare, recreation, travel, history, humor, and fashion.
Bohls Family Collection
Pflugerville Public Library
This collection consists of items belonging to Kent Bohls. The genealogy and family history document included in the collection were both created by Mr. Bohls and combined with the related family documents and photos. The collection provides both a detailed family portrait and a unique window into German immigration to Texas in the mid-19th century. Some of the items in the collection are valuable historic documents related to the Adelsverein and Fisher-Miller grants, early German efforts to establish settlements in Texas through land grants.
Basque Arborglyphs in Idaho
Boise State University
Basque sheepherders created these tree carvings, called arborglyphs, while working in remote areas throughout Idaho during the twentieth century. Loneliness and the need for communication moved the herders to leave their mark on the world around them. Usually written in Basque or Spanish, these arborglyphs record herders’ names, thoughts, and drawings and often represent the only historical data about sheepherders. Herders carved almost exclusively on aspens. As the trees grew, they healed themselves and black scars formed visible designs. On average aspens live less than 100 years; consequently, most of the oldest arborglyphs have already been lost. The threats of decay, fire, and vandalism accelerate the need for arborglyphs to be documented. The tree carving tradition began with the Basques and continues today by herders from Central and South America, most often from Peru and Chile.
The Bill Wallace Digital Materials Collection
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
This collection contains the articles and letters from the life of martyred Southern Baptist Convention Medical Missionary Dr. William Wallace, who served in China from 1935 to1951. This collection is significant for the fields of medical missions, Southern Baptist history, and Chinese history.
Started in 1948, the Vanguard University student newspaper published the various goings-on of Vanguard students. The student government would eventually change the title 12 times: Apocalypse, The Clock, The Vanguard Clock, The Vanguard Clarion, Clarion, New Wine Press, Vox Populi, Forward Magazine, Vanguard Tribune, SCC Times, The Vanguard Voice, and, to the current title, The Voice, which can be viewed online.
Elon University, Belk Library
This digital collection includes various documents related to service and experiential learning that Robert L. Sigmon compiled and authored throughout his career. The content includes essays, speeches, questionnaires, and data collected from his time at the North Carolina Internship Office, at the University of South Carolina, and in his various service-learning endeavors. The collection spans from the beginning of Sigmon's career in the 1960s to the early 2000s.
Queen’s University Belfast
This digital collection showcases decades of cultural cinema in Belfast, Northern Ireland (1968–2017). The collection consists of fully text-searchable programmes and flyers that contain images from and summaries of recent films, both classics and those long forgotten. The digitization and republication of the brochures was undertaken as part of the Queen’s Film Theatre’s 50th anniversary. It was the result of a collaboration between QFT and Special Collections in Queen’s University Belfast. The project was made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Sadie Hartzler Library, Eastern Mennonite University
The student newspaper was first published in 1939 as a mimeographed, letter-size publication. In 1956 it changed to a newspaper format and the numbering was restarted with volume 1.
Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN
This collection of Minneapolis and Hennepin County school yearbooks from 1890–1977 is funded in part by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.
The collection includes yearbooks of public and private schools, academies, and other educational institutions in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. The yearbooks were acquired by purchase and through donations from the schools and many individuals.
The collection also includes a page from the 1974 Central High School (Minneapolis) yearbook with a photo of the late musician Prince (then a sophomore). He’s the young man with the huge afro below the name “P. Nelson.”
Towson University, Cook Library
The Photographs Collection consists of photographic prints, slides, and negatives documenting nearly all facets of campus life. These images document people, places, and events in the long history of the institution from its beginnings as the Maryland State Normal School to the present-day Towson University. Subjects include, student organizations, commencements, graduating classes, alumni and alumnae, theater, presidents, administrators, students, faculty and staff, buildings, the Lida Lee Tall School, campus views, sports, awards, social events, dedications, and others. A selection of these photographs has been digitized and is accessible online; new photos are added on an ongoing basis.
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Coordinated by the Library of Congress (LOC) through its American Folklife Center, the Veterans History Project calls for Americans to play a personal role in preserving the nation’s history by collecting first-hand accounts of those who defended the United States during wartime. LOC is archiving audio- and video-recorded oral histories, along with documentary materials (photos, diaries, letters, etc.) from veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnamese, and Persian Gulf Wars as well as civilians who served in support of the veterans. As an official partner in this project, staff at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County recruit veterans and volunteer interviewers, coordinate recording sessions, operate camera equipment, process the video recordings and documentary materials, and send duplicate copies of recordings and documentary materials to LOC for inclusion in its archives and national database. Selected recordings are available on LOC’s website.
The library’s Veterans History website features a database of locally recorded interviews, documentary materials, and video streamed versions of selected interviews. Appropriately, the original documentary materials for the Veteran’s Archives will be housed at the Main Library, which was dedicated as a Memorial Library when it opened in 1955.
University of Pikeville, Frank M. Allara Library
Mary I. Spilman came to Pikeville College from Illinois in 1918 and worked in many capacities at the institution until her death in 1971. Initially coming to teach math, by the end of her career, Mary had taught classes in mathematics, Bible, foreign languages, and what she is best known for, biology.
She taught classes until 1959, when she became the director of Alumni Affairs. Throughout her years with the college, Mary made many scrapbooks related to student life.
During World War II, Mary sent material out to servicemen and women, and received images and postcards in return. She collected the items into three scrapbooks. Pikeville College had students placed all over the world during the war, and the material in the scrapbooks reflect where each was stationed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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