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This month, four collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for June are the William Hone Collection, the Modern Sketch collection, the Postcard Collections, and the Allied Posters of World War 1 collection.
The William Hone Collection at Adelphi University Libraries in Garden City, New York, was acquired in 1993 through a gift from The Friends of Adelphi University Library, Inc., and a bequest from the Helene and Josephine Lewinsohn Estate. William Hone (1780–1842) was a popular and influential political satirist, pamphleteer, publisher and bookseller in early nineteenth century London. He was deeply committed to radical political reform, to the extent that three of his pamphlets brought a government prosecution against him. Hone proved his innocence and emerged a public hero and champion of freedom of the press.
The rare Chinese periodical, Modern Sketch (Shi Dai Man Hua), published 1934–1937 contains caricatures, cartoons and humorous writing that defined the golden era of Shanghai’s comic art during the mid-1930s. In a related digital collaboration, John A. Crespi, Colgate's Luce Associate Professor of Chinese, provides scholarly analysis combined with full-color, high-resolution images from Modern Sketch at MIT’s Visualizing Cultures: China's Modern Sketch II: Nine Thematic Visual Narratives.
New Hanover County Public Library
The New Hanover County Digital Archives provides access to collections that tell the history of southeastern North Carolina. Much of this history has been handed down through several former public and private libraries dating back to the Cape Fear Library that was established in 1760. Although emphasis has been placed on collecting information about Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina and the Lower Cape Fear Region, the collection includes materials from across the state. Photographs and manuscripts from the archives at the New Hanover County Public Library are featured. The collection also includes postcards, maps, "Wilmington StarNews" articles, various letters and pamphlets from family collections, covering the 19th and 20th centuries.
This collection of more than 1,500 World War I posters in Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center was donated by George F. Tyler in 1937. The posters provide a graphic portrayal of Allied propaganda used to educate the public and enlist support for the war effort. In addition, they serve as examples of the art, design and printing techniques of the period. An exhibition of a selection of the posters is accompanied by primary source material and commentary that is intended to provide additional context, insight and interpretation.