CONTENTdm Featured Collections: May 2017

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This month, three collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for May are the José Guadalupe Posada Collection, the World of Speed Collection and the Alabama Civil War and Reconstruction Newspapers collection.

José Guadalupe Posada Collection

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 Civil War and Reconstruction Newspapers

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.