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CONTENTdm Featured Collections: November 2018

Organizations worldwide are using CONTENTdm to create thousands of outstanding digital collections and to provide easy access to their unique holdings.

This month, three collections are featured on the OCLC website: :  Newark School Photographs Collection, Baton Rouge Room Collection, and the Caroline Bartlett Crane Collection. 

The Newark School Photographs Collection

The Newark School Photographs Collection

Newark (New Jersey) Public Library

Newark School Photographs, originally a Newark Board of Education collection, consists of four drawers of small-format photographs. Most are 3" x 5" black and white prints. The photographs date from the 1940s to 1960s (for later photos of schools try the Bill May Collection), with many from the World War II era. The full collection has been digitized.

The photographs include images of school interiors and exteriors, and include empty classrooms , libraries, cafeterias, and playgrounds, among other images. They also include students and teachers in classrooms, concerts, plays and pageants, dance performances, and other extracurricular activities, as well as exhibits and displays of student work.

The Baton Rouge Room Collection

The Baton Rouge Room Collection

East Baton Rouge Parish Library

The mission of the Baton Rouge Room Collection is to collect, manage, preserve, and provide access to items that represent current and historical actions of local governments, businesses, residents, and institutions of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. These items include but are not limited to photographs, manuscripts, documents, periodical publications, audio and video recordings, and memorabilia. The Baton Rouge Room is in the Main Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and has existed since the dedication of the River Center Branch in 1980. This digital collection is a sample of the types of materials housed in the library’s archives.

The Caroline Bartlett Crane Collection

The Caroline Bartlett Crane Collection

Western Michigan University

This collection represents part of the work of a prominent, nationally known social activist in the early 20th century, Caroline Bartlett Crane. She designed an efficient home plan for the common man (especially the common woman) in the 1920s. It was the national winner of Herbert Hoover's Better Homes of America campaign in 1924. She then had the house built in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She wrote a book, which is included in the collection, about how the design helps the family in their daily life. The house is a present-day private home. The digitized collection is an interesting mix of letters, photographs, blueprints, and the book, all of which are searchable. The collection consists of approximately 40 items around the topic.

The original, larger collection (view finding aid) on Caroline Bartlett Crane is housed at the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections. There are many more items on her other work in the traditional collection.