CONTENTdm Featured Collections: May 2019
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This month, three collections are featured on the OCLC website: the Norman O. Dawn Collection, the Indianapolis Public Schools Collection, and the Student Lives at Rollins College Collection.
Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Norman O. Dawn (1884–1975) was a relatively obscure yet historically significant early special effects cinematographer, inventor, artist, and motion picture director, writer, and producer. He worked with many important film pioneers, including Mack Sennett, Carl Laemmle, Irving Thalberg, and Erich von Stroheim. The Dawn collection features 164 display cards that illustrate more than 230 of the 861 special effects Dawn created in more than 80 movies. The collection also includes a small amount of manuscript material, including correspondence, drawings, and reminiscences.
Constructed personally from Dawn’s own field notebooks and methodical records, the display cards contain original oil, watercolor, pencil, and ink sketches used to sell the effects to skeptical film executives and directors; production and personal photographs; detailed camera records; film clips and frame enlargements; movie reviews, advertisements, and other trade press clippings; explanatory texts and recent sketches to illustrate his methods; and pages from an unpublished autobiography. Each display card documents one of his special effects, most often a refinement or improvement of a matte shot process.
Indianapolis Public Library
Welcome to the Indianapolis Public Schools digital archive. The archive offers more than 160 years of history, and everything from photographs and administrator biographies to school directories and newsletters.
Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has been an important public institution throughout the history of Indianapolis and central Indiana. Since its incorporation in 1853, IPS has shaped—and been shaped by—the residents and communities that turned Indianapolis from a small settlement at the mouth of the White River to the vibrant urban center that it is today. Within this collection are materials that detail those early years including 1880s Registers of Children and 100-year anniversary histories of individual schools. Photographs of schools and the students they served give a glimpse into the early years of IPS.
Ever since the development of Holt's Conference Plan in the early 20th century, the educational experiences of individual students have been the focus of Rollins experiment. The liberal arts tradition of the college runs deeper than its organizations, publications, and buildings. The tradition lives through the students in their spirit, which embodies what Rollins is today. This collection provides a visual documentation of the student lives at Rollins from a historical perspective: curriculum, rules and regulations; student groups; diversity and multiculturalism; community services; internationalization; student theatrical plays; physical education programs; and more.