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This month, four collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for March are The Art Collection at the Cleveland Public Library, the Murals of Northern Ireland collection, the Aboriginal Artifacts collection, and the Jay T. Last collection of Graphic Arts and Social History.
Cleveland Public Library
The Cleveland Public Library has a diverse collection of art works on display and in storage. There are New Deal murals, WPA prints, works by Cleveland artists, portraits, sculptures and story tiles. The Biehle family collection includes posters designed by August Biehle, Jr., as well as posters for the Kokoon Arts club ball. The folk arts collection reflects the cultural heritage of Cleveland’s many ethnic communities.
Claremont Colleges Digital Library
This collection forms an archive of murals from Northern Ireland—Nationalist, Republican, Unionist, Loyalist and nonaligned—painted during the Troubles and the post-conflict period (1979–2014). The images are records that include the representation of history, the expression of political standpoints, the articulation of community concerns, formations of memory and modes of ideological address. The murals range from overtly political declarations, brutal depictions of the conflict, comments on peace and the peace process, or humor and irony.
University of Saskatchewan
The University began acquiring artifacts relating to the history of the province even before it had enrolled its first student. Many of the donated items document the culture and technologies of the Indigenous Peoples.
These collections have grown significantly over the past century, and the materials specifically relating to ancient, pre-contact and past human societies now form a noncirculating teaching and research collection within the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. Although the collection is international in scope, the items within the database here are limited to a geographic area from the Arctic to Mexico.
Jay Last launched his passion for collecting printed paper while pioneering the American high-tech industry on the US west coast. Considered one of the founders of Silicon Valley, Last made a business move in the early 1970s from northern California to the orange-growing south where citrus box labels at local flea markets sparked his interest in color lithography, printing history and ephemera. These labels displayed some of the most spectacular graphics he had ever seen and would form the seminal archive of his entire collection.
The Jay T. Last Collection of Graphic Arts and Social History is an unparalleled archive of more than 185,000 printed paper artifacts of mostly 19th and early 20th-century American origin, representing works by more than 500 lithographic companies. The Huntington Library has, in addition to the Jay T. Last Collection, holdings of more than 650,000 prints, posters, ephemera, color plate books and extra-illustrated books. For a selection of this vast collection’s holdings, please see the Prints and Ephemera Collection in the Huntington Digital Library.