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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 These recordings, originally made on cassette, are now presented online with digital copies of the original typewritten transcripts.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.
Past featured collections
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.
Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative
Nearly 15,000 images in the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection chronicle the history of the Tampa Bay area as it faced wars, natural disasters, and economic booms and busts. The images offer a view of a community at work, from cigar factories, sponge docks, and strawberry fields, to grocery stores, service stations, and bank lobbies. Many of the photographs also depict a community at leisure, enjoying a day at the beach, participating in local celebrations, attending the Florida State Fair or playing favorite games such as golf, tennis, shuffleboard, or checkers.
American Craft Council
This collection of materials on artists and their works includes:
Your Portable Museum, a collection that includes digital scans of more than 3,500 slides of objects made by craftspeople during the 1950s – 1980s that were made available by ACC for purchase or loan. These items were digitized with the assistance of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Read more about Your Portable Museum.
Materials documenting the biennial ACC Awards Program, including the ACC College of Fellows, the Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship, the Award of Distinction, and the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy.
A Measure of the Earth: An Oral History of the Potters of the St. Croix River Valley, Minnesota, a collection of oral history interviews with ceramic artists living and working in Minnesota’s St. Croix River Valley. The participating potters are among a group who annually hosts the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, a nationally recognized event that attracts thousands of visitors from throughout the US. Funding for this project was provided through a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant.
Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau
This collection contains reports that the Wisconsin Statutes mandate state agencies provide to the legislature on the progress, status, or results of a specific program or initiative. You can browse the following areas in this collection: Bradley Center Finances, substance abuse services, University of Wisconsin system reports, education, children, environment, long-term care, prisons and crime, rural and underserved medicine, and elections and voting.
Fort Collins History Connection
Richard Francaviglia, author of the 1996 book Main Street Revisited: Time, Space, and Image Building in Small-Town America, visited the Walt Disney Archives in 1994 to conduct research for his book and was surprised to learn that Harper Goff, a former resident of Fort Collins, had used Fort Collins and Walt Disney's hometown, Marceline, Missouri, as inspiration and models for Disneyland's Main Street USA. Mr. Francaviglia decided he would visit these towns and view some of the extant buildings that were copied for Disneyland. The basic information that he used for his research in Fort Collins was an interview with Harper Goff that was published in The 'E' Ticket: Collecting Theme Park Memories, Winter 1992–93.
The National Fairground and Circus Archive collection
The University of Sheffield
Established in 1994, the National Fairground & Circus Archive is a collection of recognized importance. Housed in the Western Bank Library, it is a unique collection of photographic, printed, manuscript and audiovisual material covering all aspects of the culture of traveling show people, their organization as a community, their social history and everyday life, and the artifacts and machinery of fairgrounds.
Pontifical College Josephinum
This collection includes documents and photographs related to the vision, planning and construction of the Pontifical College Josephinum. A vision for the future of the Josephinum began to take shape in the early 1900s. The growth of the community and physical limitations of the property at 18th and Main Streets in downtown Columbus, Ohio, made relocation a desirable option. A rebuilding fund was established in 1911 but it would not be until 1924 when the 120-acre Duffy Farm located on North High Street was purchased for the site of the new Josephinum. A ceremonial groundbreaking took place on June 5, 1929, followed by the blessing of the cornerstone on October 20, 1929. The construction continued until the new facility was dedicated on November 26, 1931.
This collection contains photographs depicting student life at Rider on both the original Trenton and current Lawrenceville campuses. Homecoming festivities, dances, dorm and classroom scenes, and student organizations are all represented. The photographs offer a glimpse into the Rider student experience over the decades.
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Marin County Civic Center collection
Marin County Free Library
This collection of images documents the construction of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Civic Center, based on slide collections of Harold Stockstad and Davina Kosh. Stockstad was chairman of the Marin Council for Civic Affairs, who garnered support for Wright’s design for the Civic Center campus. Stockstad presented his slide show to citizens throughout Marin and was instrumental in ending the work stoppage ordered by Supervisor Fusselman in January 1961. Davina Kosh, a poet and long-time San Rafael resident, photographed the Hall of Justice under construction while working for the Marin County Veterans Service Office.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The Chattanooga Postcards and Viewbooks digital collection features souvenir postcards and books dating to the early 20th century. The collection depicts points of interest in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee, including Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga and downtown. Explore the history of tourism in Chattanooga through the historic images captured in viewbooks and postcards in this digital collection.
A description from this collection: From Point Lookout, at its northern extremity, there lies below a scene which no section of the United States can excel; indeed, it is doubtful if it can be equaled in America. The faint blue outlines of the Cumberland Mountains lie off to the northwest, between them and Lookout stretching the lower peaks of the Sand and Raccoon Mountains. Walden's Ridge, Cameron Hill, and Sherman Heights continue the line to the east, where Missionary Ridge, backed by the Great Smokies, unites to form the eastern circumference of the vast semicircle revealed at this spot. In the foreground wind the silvery waters of the Tennessee, whose picturesque convolutions describe here a remarkable curve, known as Moccasin Bend. Through the parks and woodlands countless driveways and foot-paths branch in every direction, leading one to scenes of exquisite beauty, and the visitor finds it difficult to choose a favorite walk where all are so charming and full of historic interest.
Columbus Metropolitan Library
The Ohio Transportation Collection is a collection with hundreds of images of Ohio streetcars, interurban railcars, trains and canal boats. This is an invaluable source of information for understanding the growth of Ohio, and understanding the vast network of transportation that formerly served the state.
Strobridge Lithographing Company Circus & Theater Posters
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
This collection features circus and theater posters created by Cincinnati’s Strobridge Lithographing Company, and printed in the 1890s through the mid-1920s.
Missouri State University
This collection contains images likely created by Mary (Garrison) St. John, a photographer from Ozark, Missouri, in the first decade of the 20th century. In 1909, she married James D. St. John and moved with him to Corvallis, Montana, where she died in 1963. Most of the images have relatively little accompanying information. If you can identify anything about these images, please contact the MSU Archives. The original collection of glass plate negatives, owned by the Christian County Historical Society, was digitized by Missouri State University.
University of Texas at Austin – Harry Ransom Center
Often referred to as “Printmaker of the Mexican People,” José Guadalupe Posada (1851–1913) is considered a leading contributor to Latin America’s grand satirical print tradition. He is best known today on both sides of the Mexican-American border for his Calaveras, the costumed skeletons portraying politicians, heroes and common people that often go into circulation during Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Posada’s broadsides, featuring folktales or corridos that were often put to music, are called upon by scholars and students studying Mexico’s social and cultural climate prior to and during a decade of revolution (1910–1920).
The José Guadalupe Posada collection consists of 132 broadsides and single sheets of corridos and other songs, all drawn from the Edward Laroque Tinker collection. Many of the satirical broadsides were published by Antonio Vanegas Arroyo who, along with Posada, satirized bourgeois society during the reign of Mexican President Porfirio Díaz’s dictatorship. Echoing the traditions of the nineteenth century “Penny Press” that were hawked on street corners, Vanegas Arroyo’s tabloid-style publications were the perfect venue for Posada’s creative if not macabre imagery illustrating crimes of passion, tragedies, heroic adventures and daily gossip. Hundreds of Posada’s images were published in a variety of colors on inexpensive paper; consequently, few survive today due to their highly ephemeral nature.
This image is courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center.
World of Speed Collection
World of Speed Motorsports Museum
World of Speed is an educational motorsports museum, where historic race cars, boats and motorcycles tell the story of America’s motorsports alongside interpretive collection-based exhibits focused on the culture, technology and history of racing. Together, they encompass many aspects and types of motorsports, the blending of cars and music over the decades, the personalities of NASCAR, over a century of land speed records, the evolution of motorcycle road racing and the rise of the part shop as a social hub.
This collection provides a view into the rich history of motorsports through digital videos, photos, race programs, books, publications, scrapbooks, papers, art, tools, race gear and more. Much of this collection’s content comes from the rich racing history of the Pacific Northwest, including local tracks like Woodburn Dragstrip, Jantzen Beach and Portland International Raceway. The collection also highlights local racing luminaries such as legendary Indy race car builder Rolla Vollstedt and driver Art Pollard.
Alabama Department of Archives and History
In honor of the Civil War and Reconstruction sesquicentennials, the Alabama Department of Archives and History undertook a project to make all of its newspapers from that era available online. These issues have been digitized from microfilm. The quality varies greatly, depending on the condition of the original paper and the film; therefore, some portions of the text may be illegible or difficult to read.
Cleveland Public Library
The Digital Fridge is a place where Cleveland Public Library curates and shares child-created art made by children from Cleveland and northeast Ohio. It is a gallery that allows for young and old alike to celebrate the child’s-eye view of the world.
Huntington Digital Library
The Huntington Library’s Jack London Collection forms the largest archive of his papers in the world, encompassing more than 50,000 items. The collection includes drafts of his writings, correspondence, ephemera (booklets, brochures, an extensive array of news clippings about him and more), plus most of the volumes of his own personal library, many containing his annotations. The 12,000 photographs available in the Huntington Digital Library, which date from 1902 to about 1955 (mostly between 1902 and 1916, the year London died), are pulled from this extensive archive. Most of the photographs were taken by London himself and document the poor in the City of London in 1902, the Russo-Japanese War of 1904, the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, London’s 18-month cruise through the South Pacific and South Seas in 1907–1908, a shipboard journey around Cape Horn in 1912, the Mexican revolution in 1913 and London’s ranch in the Sonoma Valley, where he used ecological principles of farming that were far ahead of his time.
National Museum of The Pacific War
This oral history program captures the stories of the battlefield and the homefront. Since the program began in 1988, dedicated volunteer oral historians have interviewed over 4,100 veterans.
The American University in Cairo
The University on the Square: Documenting Egypt’s 21st Century Revolution digital collection features oral histories, photographs, video recordings and visual art that document the January 25th Revolution. The digital collection preserves the history of the 18 Days in Egypt and beyond by collecting content from activists, participants and observers from the American University in Cairo as well as members of the larger Egyptian and global communities.
Frederick County Public Libraries
This collection consists of letters and various manuscripts relating to Thomas Johnson (1732–1819), the first elected governor of Maryland. Most of the items are correspondence to Johnson from a variety of sources, including letters from George Washington, Daniel Carroll, John Jay and others. The collection also includes the commission of Governor Johnson as one of the Justices of the United States Supreme Court.
Arab American National Museum
Honoring Our Heritage: The Co-Created Histories of Flint's Arab American Community is a collaborative effort between the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, and the Arab American Heritage Center in Flint, Michigan, to preserve the stories of Flint’s Arab American community. Funded by a grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation, Honoring Our Heritage worked with 20 Arab American families in the Flint community to record a short story about each family and to digitize family photographs. The audio and photographs were combined to create “digital scrapbooks” for each family.
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives is the oldest active Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning (LGBTQ) organization in the United States and the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses more than 2 million archival items, including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records and personal papers.
Seattle Public Library
Founded by Herman Horowitz in 1924, The Jewish Transcript documents the daily life of the Jewish community in Seattle as well as local and international events from the 1920s to the present day. Articles cover topics such as bar mitzvah and marriage announcements, community gatherings, World War II and the settlement of Israel.
Fort Worth Library
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, is a public programming initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Part of the project was to generate awareness and preserve the history of Latino Americans in Fort Worth. To support this goal, students from Texas Christian University’s Civil Rights in Black and Brown project interviewed 42 participants for their project and for the Mujeres Poderosas (Strong Women) portion of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. Some of the participants donated materials to the Fort Worth Library Archives and others allowed the library to digitize the items. These materials, along with existing archival collections of Latino Americans, form the Latino American Archives. The Latino American Archives document the stories of how individuals and organizations contributed to the Latino American, and other, communities of Fort Worth.
UNLV University Libraries
This large-scale, LSTA grant-funded portal features about 600 photographs, oral history interviews with full transcripts, manuscripts and more documenting the history and contributions of Las Vegas’ African American community. The portal provides online user access to digitized UNLV Special Collections holding from the Oral History Research Center and Photograph collections, links to partner digital collections/websites and information about the collaborative project.
Civil Rights Collection
Memphis and Shelby County Room
The Civil Rights Collection is a compilation of materials from numerous sources, including the following manuscript collections: Frank Holloman Collection, George W. Lee Collection (speeches and documents), A.W. Willis, Jr. Collection, Arthur L. Webb Collection and the Catholic Human Relations Council Paper.
Temple University Libraries
This digital collection contains photographs digitized from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Philadelphia Branch Records, an archival collection held by the Special Collections Research Center. The Philadelphia Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People institutes and supports legal and other actions in the fields of civil rights, discrimination, education, housing, employment and law enforcement. This collection consists of correspondence, minutes, case records, reports, membership files, clippings, photographs, plaques and awards, audio tapes and other records from the executive secretary and field secretary, as well as from the North Philadelphia Action Branch and the West Philadelphia Branch.
Pepperdine's Rose Parade Photo Album
As a part of Pepperdine University’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 1987, the university entered a float into the 98th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The theme of the float was “The Quest for Atlantis,” a classical theme reflecting Pepperdine’s quest for academic excellence. This collection is based on a selection of photographs, both formal and candid, digitized from a photo album provided by Hung Le, one of the eight students chosen to ride on the float as representatives of Pepperdine. Each photo tells a piece of Pepperdine's Rose Parade story, from the genesis of the idea, to the hours of float decorating, to the parade itself. Based on an oral history with Hung Le, now Associate Vice President and University Registrar at Pepperdine, it’s a story about the university coming together as a community to celebrate a milestone. This collection also offers a fascinating look behind the scenes at the Rose Parade, an annual 2-hour event that requires months of planning and preparations.
Holidays in Wyong
Tuggerah Library, Central Coast Council Library Services, Wyong Shire Council Australia
Wyong Shire has long been a popular vacation destination. The brochures in this collection reflect the popular activities and accommodations at various times from 1905 to 1975. Original documents are available for viewing in the Local Studies Collection at Tuggerah Library. Wyong Shire is located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
The Rocking P Gazette
University of Calgary, Alberta Canada
The Rocking P Gazette newspaper was the creation of two young girls, ages 12 and 14, who lived on their family's ranch in the foothills of southern Alberta, Canada, in 1923. Dorothy Margaret Macleay and her younger sister, Gertrude Maxine, produced the paper, edited it, acted as its principal reporters, wrote many of its articles and stories, and sketched and painted nearly all of its art. While these two young ladies generated the 17 monthly editions of the paper, they also attended school and regularly contributed their energy to their family’s Rocking P and Bar S ranches, which their father, Roderick Riddle Macleay, and mother, Laura Margaret Macleay (née Sturtevant), were industriously attempting to put on a sound financial foundation through the Second World War.
Pender County Public Library
This collection was created to preserve historic images relating to people, places and life in Pender County from the past. The collection is built through donations of originals and copies from organizations or individuals who desire to share and preserve the visual history of Pender County, North Carolina.
University of St. Thomas
English and Dakota service book being parts of the Book of Common Prayer set forth for use in the missionary jurisdiction of Niobrara. Contains selections from the Book of Common Prayer and liturgical rites of the Episcopal Church. Dakota translation by Hinman and Cook, with English on opposite pages, numbered in duplicate. Date of original, 1875.The collection includes early texts published in Native American languages consisting of traditional religious material translated by frontier missionaries.
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