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This month, three collections are featured on the OCLC website: Stories of Southern Oregon, Stone Bridges of Antietam and Dialogues Campus Newsletter.
Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon is rich with stories of generations of families who have worked in the dense forests or in the mills, who have plowed the fields, and who have run cattle. The “Stories of Southern Oregon” project celebrates heritage agriculture, the timber industry, mining, the mills, and more with video family histories of the region’s folks, fields, forests, and foods, as well as photographs, documents, and other ephemera. These materials give texture, context, and nuance to Southern Oregon’s history, the families who have lived here, and shared cultural traditions. The “Stories” project has been funded by grants to Southern Oregon University from the Oregon Heritage Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Program, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Jackson County Cultural Coalition.
Western Maryland Regional Library
This collection of photographic negatives of the stone bridges over the Antietam Creek in Washington County taken before 1910 was made available by Bob Savitt of the Washington County Historical Society. Paul and Shelby Beaver of Burkittsville found the negatives in their attic and loaned them to Bob Savitt. The photographer was initially unknown, but the photogravures were recognized as those used by Helen Ashe Hayes in her book, Antietam and its Bridges, published in 1910. John C. Artz of Hagerstown, Maryland, was listed as the photographer. Though Artz was not known as a professional photographer, articles in the Baltimore Sun praised him as “an amateur photographer, whose skill with the camera is the envy of many professionals.” The photographs of the Antietam stone bridges are ordered as Helen Ashe Hayes used them in her book, from the border with Pennsylvania near Leitersburg to the Potomac River near the village of Antietam. The metadata lists the Maryland Inventory of Historic Places index number, so a reader can check the description in Maryland Inventory of Historic Places.
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Dialogues is a campus newsletter for students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. NCSSM Digital Collections include select materials from the NCSSM Archive, which aims to collect, preserve, and make available materials related to the history of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.