CONTENTdm Featured Collections: December 2018
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This month, three collections are featured on the OCLC website: Towson University Photographs Collection, Verterans History Project Collection, and World War II Scrapbooks Collection.
Towson University, Albert S. Cook Library
The Photographs Collection consists of photographic prints, slides, and negatives documenting nearly all facets of campus life. These images document people, places, and events in the long history of the institution from its beginnings as the Maryland State Normal School to the present-day Towson University. Subjects include, student organizations, commencements, graduating classes, alumni and alumnae, theater, presidents, administrators, students, faculty and staff, buildings, the Lida Lee Tall School, campus views, sports, awards, social events, dedications, and others. A selection of these photographs has been digitized and is accessible online; new photos are added on an ongoing basis.
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Coordinated by the Library of Congress (LOC) through its American Folklife Center, the Veterans History Project calls for Americans to play a personal role in preserving the nation’s history by collecting first-hand accounts of those who defended the United States during wartime. LOC is archiving audio- and video-recorded oral histories, along with documentary materials (photos, diaries, letters, etc.) from veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnamese, and Persian Gulf Wars as well as civilians who served in support of the veterans. As an official partner in this project, staff at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County recruit veterans and volunteer interviewers, coordinate recording sessions, operate camera equipment, process the video recordings and documentary materials, and send duplicate copies of recordings and documentary materials to LOC for inclusion in its archives and national database. Selected recordings are available on LOC’s website.
The library’s Veterans History website features a database of locally recorded interviews, documentary materials, and video streamed versions of selected interviews. Appropriately, the original documentary materials for the Veteran’s Archives will be housed at the Main Library, which was dedicated as a Memorial Library when it opened in 1955.
University of Pikeville, Frank M. Allara Library
Mary I. Spilman came to Pikeville College from Illinois in 1918 and worked in many capacities at the institution until her death in 1971. Initially coming to teach math, by the end of her career, Mary had taught classes in mathematics, Bible, foreign languages, and what she is best known for, biology.
She taught classes until 1959, when she became the director of Alumni Affairs. Throughout her years with the college, Mary made many scrapbooks related to student life.
During World War II, Mary sent material out to servicemen and women, and received images and postcards in return. She collected the items into three scrapbooks. Pikeville College had students placed all over the world during the war, and the material in the scrapbooks reflect where each was stationed.