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This month, four collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for July are the Catich Digital Collection, the Portraits of Actors, 1720–1920 collection, the Edward Stuhl Collection Wildflowers, and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collections at the University of Southern California.
St. Ambrose University
The Catich Collection provides digital access to the artwork of Father Edward Catich (1906–1979). Father Catich, one of the world's finest calligraphers, was known as an international authority on stone incising, typography and stained glass fabrication, and as the foremost authority on the Roman alphabet, its origin, nature and history.
St. Ambrose houses the world's largest collection of Father Catich's work. After his death, he left a large portion of his collection to John Schmits, professor of art at St. Ambrose University, who in turn donated these works to the university to start the Catich Gallery. The university owns an estimated 5,000 Catich works, ranging from sketchbooks and small drawings to major pieces of art—primarily watercolors, ink drawings and slates.
University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
Portraits of Actors, 1720–1920, includes almost 3,500 pictures of actors’ studio portraits and actors posing in costume for a particular role or performing a scene from a play. Dramatists, theatrical managers, singers and musicians are also included, but the majority are British and American actors who worked between 1770 and 1893. Among the hundreds of actors included are: Sarah Siddons, Edmund Kean, John Philip Kemble, Edwin Booth, Edwin Forrest, William Henry West Betty, Charles Mathews, Dorothy Jordan, Frances Abington and Ada Rehan. The images were digitized from etchings, engravings, lithographs, mezzotints, aquatints, wood engravings, photographs and photomechanically reproduced prints, all from the University of Illinois Theatrical Print Collection.
California State University Chico
As a young man, Edward Stuhl spent his time hiking and climbing in the Austrian Alps. His formal art education, blended with his love of nature, is evident in his sensitive and accurate wildflower paintings. Stuhl’s artistic talent wonderfully preserves the beauty of the wildflowers of Mount Shasta and other regions of California. A prolific painter, Stuhl created a legacy of more than 400 exquisite watercolor paintings.
Stuhl climbed his first California mountain in 1912. In the next 70 years, he went on to climb every mountain peak in California, Oregon and Washington, and kept a precise journal of each climb. Stuhl had a strong attachment to Mount Shasta. He climbed it successfully 22 times. Upon first seeing the mountain Stuhl's journal reveals, ”I had not seen a real mountain for years, and such a mountain…awed and spellbound, I settled on a rock…and let the knapsack slip from my shoulder to the ground. I rested and looked and wondered…old dreams and new longings arose, the love for the mountain of a stray mountaineer, the restless impulse for adventure and conquest—and conquer I will this mountain.”
University of Southern California
This collection contains complete and partial reproductions of books and manuscripts, principally from the Special Collections of the USC Libraries. The subject areas covered include fine arts, geography, history, language and literature, music and performing arts, philosophy and religion, and science.