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This month, four collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for May are the Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockiana Collection, the Washington Rural Heritage – Reef Net Oral History Collection, A Seaman’s Diary of World War I collection, and the Veterans History Project Collection.
University of Texas at Austin – Harry Ransom Center
The Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockiana digital collection draws upon the Arthur Conan Doyle papers and the Ellery Queen collection to present a selection of manuscripts (including Doyle’s handwritten drafts of “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez”), rare publications (including the first issue of “A Study in Scarlet” and an early Dutch pastiche by Cornelis Veth), and original artwork (including two drawings by Sidney Paget).
Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Washington State Library
Washington Rural Heritage is a collaborative digitization program headquartered at the Washington State Library. The project brings together unique local history materials from libraries, museums and the private collections of citizens across Washington State. Late 19th Century settlers of Lummi Island, Washington, USA, adopted a unique salmon fishing technique developed by Coast Salish tribes of the Puget Sound; known as “reef netting,” the fishery is still active today. Hear reef net fishermen reminisce about everything from the evolution of reef-netting techniques, to record catches, to legal battles surrounding the reef net industry.
Illinois State University
Sverre O. Braathen was born in 1895 in the prairie state of North Dakota. He grew up in the Red River Valley of the north, a place far removed from any major body of water. Ironically, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. This handwritten diary from Braathen’s time on the U.S.S. Kearsarge was gifted to the Illinois State University after his death in July 1974. The diary was transcribed through Decipher History.
Nashville Public Library
The Veterans History Project Collection at the Nashville Public Library is the local version of a nationwide project, headquartered at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. The materials at the Nashville Public Library concentrate on Davidson County veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan. Most of the collection consists of audio-recorded oral histories, but also contains letters, memoirs, photographs, scrapbooks, maps and other materials that tell the stories of individual veterans through firsthand sources.