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CONTENTdm Featured Collections: March 2013

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

This month, four collections from the CONTENTdm Collection of Collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for March are the Midwest Regional Grape and Wine Conference Proceedings, Historic Recipe File, Allen Spiker German Russian Dialect Tapes and the Arabic Papyrus, Parchment and Paper Collection.


Midwest Regional Grape and Wine Conference Proceedings

Missouri State University

Proceedings for the annual Midwest Regional Grape and Wine Conference (also called the Mid-America Grape and Wine Conference), held in Osage Beach, Missouri, and other related publications. Sponsored in part by the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station on the Missouri State University campus in Mountain Grove.



Historic Recipe File

Milwaukee Public Library

For over 20 years, from the 1960s until the 1980s, librarians at the Milwaukee Public Library clipped hundreds of recipes from the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel. These recipes were heavily used at Ready Reference to answer telephone questions relating to various recipes. Before recipes were readily available on the internet, someone in the Milwaukee area looking for a particular recipe or cooking technique would call Ready Reference. These clipped recipes form the nucleus of the Historic Recipe File digital collection. Many of Milwaukee's favorite foods appear in the recipes in this collection. This collection provides a fascinating glimpse into the local and ethnic foods that were popular in Milwaukee from as long as 50 years ago. This digital collection is a work in progress and additional recipes will continue to appear here as they are converted into digital files.


Allen Spiker German Russian Dialect Tapes

North Dakota State University, Institute for Regional Studies & University Archives

The German language of the German Russians in North Dakota is unique. The language developed in the foreign environment of the Russian colonies and later in the United States. Allen Spiker, a North Dakota native and a descendant himself of German Russian immigrants, undertook in the 1970s as part of his German linguist education to document this rapidly disappearing language. He conducted sound recordings across North Dakota typically with the oldest generation of German Russians who learned German as their first language and still actively used German in their communities and homes. Mr. Spiker’s research helps answer how the language developed, how heavily influenced was it by Russian and English, and did German dialects still exist in the German Russian communities of North Dakota. The results of his work are an important aspect in documenting the culture and heritage of what is today the largest ethnic group in North Dakota.


Arabic Papyrus, Parchment and Paper Collection

University of Utah

This digital collection represents a selection from the Arabic Papyrus, Parchment & Paper Collection at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. It is the largest of its kind in the United States, containing 770 Arabic documents on papyrus and more than 1300 Arabic documents on paper. It also includes several pieces on parchment. The collection was acquired by Prof. Aziz Suriyal Atiya, founder of the Middle East Center and the Middle East Library. Dr. Atiya and his wife, Lola, purchased the collection over a period of several years from dealers in Egypt, Beirut, and London. Dr. Atiya acquired a small group of fragments from the University of Chicago. The bulk of the collection originated in Egypt. A large number of pieces date to the period between 700 and 850 CE. The collection includes a significant number of documents from the pre-Ottoman period and thus offers unique source material on the political, economic, religious and intellectual life of Egypt during the first two centuries of Islamic rule and the period up to Ottoman domination.