Published by YBP Library Services, a library books and services supply company, Academia is “an online magazine and resource for academic librarians” and despite a somewhat heavy commercial focus, does offer a useful (North American) source of academic library news, including features on topics of current interest together with publisher and title selection information.
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), based in Worcester, Massachusetts, is a national research library of American history, literature and culture. Founded in 1812, the library contains collections documenting life during the colonial era, the Civil War and Reconstruction.The library holds over 3 million documents, with 10,000 items in the map collection alone, and is the chief repository for early American newspapers. Access to the collections is restricted to scholarly research.The site contains general information about the library, as well as online indexes and details of full-text databases available at AAS. It is possible to search several catalogues and gain access to selected online journals.
This website belongs to the Andrei Sakharov Archives, formerly at Brandeis Unversity, now associated with the Davis Center at Harvard University. The archive was established in July 1993, four years after Sakharov's death. The site contains the description of the materials kept at the Center. It's first of all Andrei Sakharov's collection of personal materials, manuscripts and typed versions of scientific works, his PhD thesis, manuscripts of all political articles, texts of interviews and personal correspondence with Natan Sharansky, Sergei Kovalev, Eduard Kuznetsov and others. Users can access information on Sakharov's correspondents by clicking on their highlighted names. The Archives also include the Elena Bonner collection of manuscripts, correspondence and political statements; the Human rights Collection of materials relating to different international human rights organizations; the Grossman Collection of materials related to the famous Soviet-Jewish author of "The Black Book" Vasilii Grossman; a collection of microfilms that contains a 40-volumes trial case of Sergei Kovalev and a collection of the underground Solidarity publications; and the Peter Reddaway Collection of photos on the human rights movement. On this site users can find archival indexes and information about access to the collections now housed at Harvard University.
The online resource 'Anthony Burgess Centre' is hosted on the website for the University of Angers Library, France. The Centre aims to promote the study of Burgess (1917-1993). It houses a large collection of his writings and of books that belonged to him. The catalogues of the collection may be downloaded from the University Library site (link provided). Burgess was a prolific writer and scholar, but is probably best known for 'A Clockwork Orange', which was made into a controversial film by Stanley Kubrick. The website presents information about the Centre and its holdings. Samples of these are available on the website, for instance, there is a piece by Burgess on the short story. A biannual newsletter is published on the site, including its current and previous issues, as is the content of symposia and workshops organised in the years 2001-2010. There are also several photographs of the collection room which contains the author's personal effects. The site is in a mixture of French and English, with the most important sections available in both languages. The Centre is of obvious importance to scholars studying Burgess.
The "Archives and Manuscripts" website provides information on the University of London's archives, deposited collections, and manuscripts, housed in the Senate House Library. It focuses on two sections of the University of London Library. The first is the archives of the central administration of London University, and the second is the deposited collections. The archives and manuscript holdings can be searched via the University of London Research Library Services catalogue. The website features an introduction to the university archives which document its development as a federal university from 1900. There is also archival material on Senate House, and the full set of minutes of the Senate from 1837. Most records are open 30 years after their creation. A list of records and their references is provided online. The deposited collections and manuscripts contain almost 1,000 separate collections. Digitised copies of lists of students from 1836 to 1926 can be downloaded in PDF format in the Students Records section. The website lists catalogues of the collections and rules for users. There is also a rather useful list of links to archives.
This website showcases the Archives and Special Collections of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The Archive holds documents related to the official records of the University and Seminary; semi-official sources on the history of the University; and publications, papers, and records which chronicle activities at the University. There are also collections of memorabilia with student scrapbooks ; programmes from openings and dedications of campus; buildings; oral histories; photographs; and slides. In addition, there are collections of papers from a committee devoted to interdisciplinary research and from a research centre for the Management of Advanced Technology. A number of manuscript collections related to figures important to the history of the University are listed in detail, along with their biographical information. Special Collections are larger, with records and documents carefully described for individuals and organisations ranging from William Lyon Mackenzie King and Sir Wilfrid Laurier to the lobby group, the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee. Some collections have online finding aids with high quanity and quality of detail. The site will be of interest to specialists working in the field of Canadian History.
This webpage describes the University of Teesside’s archives and special collections. These comprise three main collections: the European Green Archive, covering the activities of the Green Party from 1972 to the present, and including policy documents, conference proceedings, press, minutes, manifestos and campaigns; the HMS Trincomalee Trust Archive of material relating to the reconstructed 1817 Royal Navy Frigate, including accounts, minutes, technical schematics, prints, drawings and original artefacts from the ship; and the Wally K Daly Archive of Daly’s short stories, radio plays, contributions to TV series such as Juliet Bravo, Casualty and Byker Grove, photographs and ephemera. The webpage includes information on accessing this material.
The Archives Hub is a national gateway providing free access to descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges. The subject coverage is broad with relevance to many areas of research. Results of searching or browsing are displayed at collection-level or item-level with a descriptive indexed summary and links to similar records. The actual text and images of the archives described are not held by the Archives Hub, but there are online links to the references and contact details of the repositories where they are held. The site also features information on the Hub and its contributors, news, and links to related projects. The Hub is part of the UK National Archives Network. It is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and is hosted by Mimas, The University of Manchester.
The UK Archives Hub is a national gateway providing free access to descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges. The service covers archives in over 75 academic institutions and is growing rapidly, with approximately 15,000 collection descriptions at present. The wide range of material has relevance to many areas of research and many collection descriptions are available for online for the first time. Initially records are collection level descriptions, however the long-term aim is to include access to multi-level descriptions, full-text and digitised items where appropriate. This resource is freely available. The Archives Hub receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and forms part of the emerging National Archives Network, which covers a broad range of subject areas. This resource is also described by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
This is the website of the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists’ AHRC-funded project to catalogue the archives of eleven leading British mathematical and physical scientists. The AHRC grant has enabled each scientist’s papers to be catalogued at their respective repositories, and this website links to the various resulting online catalogues. The project has made available material relating not just to the work of the eleven scientists in their fields (ranging from atomic physics to radio astronomy), but also to aid the historical study of scientists’ wider contributions to society from war roles to the advancement of women in science. These topics are explored further in the ‘Connexions’ sections, which point the user to relevant material.
The Archives of Scientific Philosophy website describes the holdings of important collections at the University of Pittsburgh. These collections act as archival resources for investigating the history of scientific philosophy, that is, philosophy that has been influenced by scientific thinking and practices. The archives themselves include the publications, notes, lectures, and correspondence of such influential figures as Rudolf Carnap, Hans Reichenbach, Frank Plumpton Ramsey, Paul Hertz, Herbert Feigl, and Rose Rand. In addition to these collections of physical documents, there are microfiches of some of Ludwig Wittgenstein's papers, and a 300-reel microfilm archive for the History of Quantum Physics. The website also has a page on some of the archive's smaller collections relevant to this topic, and a page of practical information for scholars needing to locate and access particular documents.
The website "Archivio Rosselli" makes available online an inventory and full-text of documents, papers and correspondence relating to the Rosselli Family. The archive, acquired by the Fondazione Rosselli (Rosselli Foundation) in 2002, covers the period from the nineteenth to the second half of the twentieth century. The archive is divided in two main sections. The Risorgimento papers constitute the earliest segment of the collection and contain the Nathan-Rosselli fond and the Pincherle Family bequest. Among documents included are papers relating to Cavour, Mazzini, Garibaldi, D'Annunzio, Serao and others. The Family archive section contains over 20,000 documents where can be found correspondence of Carlo, Nello and Amelia Rosselli, and papers relating to the political activities of Carlo and Nello and their internment. Additionally, this section comprises various publications, journals and photographs, a selection of which is accessible online. A dedicated database allows search of the archive holdings. Other features of note are a bibliography, a chronology outlining the main events in the Rosselli Family history between 1830 and 1954, and detailed biographical resumč and genealogical tables of the main family members. At the time of this review, the transcription and digital reproduction of full-text documents is ongoing and new additions are regularly included. The website and documents are in Italian only.
ARLIS-LINK is the mailing list of ARLIS/UK & Ireland, the Art Libraries Society. It is open to all those concerned with the librarianship of the visual arts, including architecture and design. It is hosted by JISCmail, the UK national academic mailing list service. Visitors to the list can join or leave the list and view list archives, dating back to October 1999; these archives can be viewed by non-list members.
This website - something of a work-in-progress - describes the Armstrong-Wynne collection - a series of chemical experiments undertaken by dyestuff industry pioneers Henry Edward Armstrong and William Palmer Wynne during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and now held at Imperial College, London. The straightforward website includes biographies of Armstrong and Wynne, a timeline of the dye industry from 2600 BCE to the modern era and detailed descriptions of the molecules resulting from Armstrong and Wynne’s work. Although much of the content on the website is relatively specialist and technical, the author attempts to render it intelligible to the lay person and overall this is an interesting introduction to the origins of what is now a “multi-billion dollar industry”.
This website is a guide to the University of Hull Art Collection. Established in 1963, the collection focuses on art made in Britain between 1890 and 1940 and includes work by Walter Sickert, Sir Stanley Spencer, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Wyndham Lewis. The website is primarily intended as an educational resource (to aid preparation for a visit to the collection) and is broken into short sections, each considering an aspect of a visit (from the appearance of the gallery building, through individual items in the collection to its context in art history). Usefully, the website content can be downloaded as a PDF file for classroom use. The University of Hull Art Collection has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
One of very few higher education institutions in Wales with registered museum status, the University of Glamorgan has a growing art collection which is displayed in the University’s gallery, Oriel y Bont, and around its campuses. The collection is focussed on art produced in the Welsh valleys, and the website includes a small illustrated catalogue and a description of the gallery’s activities.
The University of Oxford Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology website contains museum information, gallery plans, scheduled events and exhibitions, museum news, publications information, pages for individual departments and collections, as well as contact information. As well as digitised highlights from the museum's collections, there are details about past, present and forthcoming exhibitions, both temporary and permanent. A small number of images illustrate the descriptions. There is a link to the Object of the Month, as well as virtual exhibitions. A section provides free access to out-of-print publications, including books on pre-Roman Italy, Cyprus and Scythian artefacts in the museum. The collections of antiquities in the museum include products from the Palaeolithic to Victorian periods; from Egypt and the Middle East to Europe and Britain. The Roman and Greek Classical collections comprise several casts from sculptures. The Museum receives some core funding from the AHRC.
This web resource describes the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling holdings forming the special collection at the Valley Library of Oregon State University. Linus Pauling (1901-1994) is considered one of the foremost scientists of the twentieth century, and is the only person every to win two individual Nobel Prizes, for chemistry in 1954, and peace in 1962. His textbook 'General Chemistry' has been a mainstay of undergraduate curricula. The collection includes all of the Paulings' personal and scientific papers, notebooks, and correspondence from 1916 to the present. There are more than half a million items altogether. The website organises the holdings by material type and alphabetical order, returning the catalogue code for each item along with a brief summary of what it includes and what date it covers. Some of the holdings have been digitised and may be viewed online, but users should be aware that the catalogue lists are not linked directly to the digitised material, which must be accessed from different parts of the website. The site also includes biographical information about Linus and Ava Helen Pauling, and links to exhibitions and other sites relating to them. This website was developed to assist scholars in locating particular items from the Pauling collection, and it fulfils this role admirably.
The Barlow Collection is described as one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese ceramics, bronzes and jades. Housed at the University of Sussex in Brighton, the collection's particular strengths are in Tang (618-907 CE) and Song (960-1279 CE) era ceramics, although objects represent most periods of Chinese history and include tomb figurines, led glazed earthenwares and stonewares and early porcelain. The collection’s illustrated catalogue, available to search and browse here was published online following funding from the AHRC in 2006. The website also includes a brief tour of collection highlights, a map of kiln-sites in China and visitor information.
This page is from the website of the Mississippi State University Extension System, which contains a database of documents relating to extension courses. This document is part of a course on creating your own clothes. It is concerned with the selection of pattern and fabric, and covers: things to consider before shopping or choosing a pattern; guidelines for correct and accurate body measurement; a body measurement chart corresponding to fashion pattern industry standards in the USA; tips on choosing a pattern; and fabric quality characteristics to bear in mind in your selection, such as grain, crease resistance, colourfastness, flaws, odour, and care requirements.
This is the home page of the Bate Collection of musical instruments, located in the Faculty of Music, close to Christ Church College Oxford. Begun in 1963 with the donation, to the University of Oxford, of an extensive collection of European orchestral woodwind instruments by Philip Bate, the collection has since grown with additional acquisitions from Bate, his colleague Reginald Morley-Pegge and others. Unique in that many of its instruments are used, the collection now incorporates woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard instruments; a "complete bow-maker's (William Retford) workshop and a collection of bows; and the Javanese gamelan Kyai Madu Laras". The Bate Collection website provides a history of the collection, information for visitors and a checklist of instruments, arranged into the following categories: flutes, reeds, percussion, strings (keyboards) and brass. A small gallery of images showing some of the instruments in the collection is available with, in some cases, audio samples. There is also a selection of links to other instrument websites. Additionally, the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments Annotated Catalogue is held by AHDS Performing Arts for preservation purposes.
The Beazley Archive is a research unit of the University of Oxford's Faculty of Literae Humaniores; this is its website. The original archive of Sir John Beazley (1885-1970) included about 250,000 photographs, notes, drawings and books relating to ancient Greek and Roman art. In 1979 information technology (IT) projects began with the Pottery Database of Athenian figure-decorated vases of the 7th-4th centuries BC. Since 1992 IT projects on other aspects of classical art have been created. This website displays information about the Archive, including publications and bibliographies, and gives access to the IT projects and databases. These include: gems; pottery; sculpture; and the dictionary. For example: Pottery - The Beazley Archive text database records information about Athenian figure-decorated vases illustrated in publications available to the Ashmolean Library. Begun in 1979, it now has over 67,000 entries, with fourteen fields, including bibliographical references, find-place, shape and iconographical terms. In 1992 the Archive began to participate in a European Union project (RAMA) linking the collections of seven museums across Europe via the Internet. This project enabled the Beazley Archive to begin digitising its photographs and drawings. These include a vast collection of images of classical sites. An enhanced version of the original database is now available via the website (users may search for images according to location). The Dictionary feature of the resource is an excellent alphabetical guide to classical sites and terminology (including references to places, technical terms, buildings, people, gods and other figures from myth); each explanatory entry is accompanied by relevant images from the archive's collection. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Resource Enhancement Scheme.
This is the website of the Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence, which holds over 4,000 manuscript books, 5,000 loose papers and correspondence, drawings, and an extensive collection of printed books, including over 700 incunabula. The website provides a list of printed catalogues and other access tools relating to the collections. No electronic catalogue is available for searching the library holdings. There is also a list of projects in progress at the library, which includes a watermarks project, digital fascimiles of the library's illuminated manuscripts, and the published catalogue of dated manuscripts developed within the framework of the "Italian Dated Manuscripts" project. A short list of library publications and conference proceedings can also be browsed on the Riccardiana Library's website. There is an Italian and an English version of this website.
Biblioteka Gdańska polskiej akademii nauk (The library of the Polish academy of sciences in Gdańsk) is a web site in Polish and is the gate to one of the significant research institutions in Poland. The library was founded in 1591 as the town council library and was added to by church and monastery libraries. The site features information on the opening hours, the location, accessibility, and collections of the library. The special collections include: incunabula; art works; cartography; coins and medals; and photographs. The incunabula are described in a 5MB PDF file, which has a hyperlink on the site but at the time of review it was removed from the server. A useful feature of the site is the online catalogue which can be searched by subject, author, title, journal, and publisher.
The Web Site "Biblioteka Kórnicka" is in both Polish and English and provides information about the Kórnik Library close to Pozna?. Part of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the library is situated in a picturesque folly of a castle and has a wonderful collection of Polish early modern documents and manuscripts. The site has the usual details of accessibility and contacts. The holdings are particularly strong in the following areas: Protestant movements in Poland; Polish parliamentarianism; and the Great Emigration. The library is beginning to place documents and transcriptions online, including the diary of the parliament of 1764 and the crucial parliament of 1793. The library also serves lovers of literature well, with first and rare editions by Cyprian Norwid and Adam Mickiewicz among others. For those using the library over a longer period, there are guest rooms available by the castle. The site offers catalogues of the library's holdings, the interfaces are in Polish only.
The web site of the "Biblioteka uniwersytecka w Poznaniu (Poznań university library)" provides information in Polish on the Adam Mickiewicz University Library. The site features details of the library's opening hours, collections, exhibitions, and publications. Of most use perhaps to the user are the online databases, which are arranged in alphabetical order or thematically. The database of "Polska literatura humanistyczna" is also extremely useful. There is also a contents listing of the nineteenth and twentieth century Wielkopolska press. Catalogues are also online and there is access to ejournals. The multimedia section shows a list of the CD-ROMS available in the library, which gives a good idea of digitised resources in Poland. The site contains links to the digital libraries in Poland: the Digital Libraries Federation; regional digital libraries; institutional digital libraries; and virtual libraries of Polish literature. An excellent site for those researching the humanities in Poland.
The Web Site of the "Biblioteka uniwersytecka w Warszawie (Warsaw University Library)" is one of the best resources for those carrying out research in Polish Studies or Slavonic Studies. The site is in English and Polish. BUW, as it is known, has an excellent collection of early modern and later Polish works. Established in 1817, the library took over many prominent collections including those of: King Stanislaw August Poniatowski; Stanisław Kostka Poniatowski; the Jesuit College; the Benedictines of the Holy Cross; and many others. Directed in its time by such luminaries as Samuel Bogumił Linde and Karol Estreicher, the university library has had a chequered fate. The website provides abundant information on the library and its holdings, which number nearly two and a half million positions. There is an online searchable database, details of rare books and manuscripts available on CD-ROM or online, and information about the reprographic service. Access to the e-resources is only available to the staff and students of Warsaw University. BUW was relocated in 1999 to a stunning new building, designed with students in mind.
This is the website of the library of Sainte-Genevičve abbey in Paris. The library collections number approximately two million documents covering a large variety of subjects. Among the holdings there are over 4,300 manuscripts, and over 120,000 volumes of rare books, including early printed books. There is also a very significant collection of over 15,000 volumes of reference materials and electronic resources for those interested in the history of the book and textual transmission, covering areas such as: philology; bibliography; codicology; palaeography; printing history; binding; and illustration. The collections can be searched using the Bibliothčque's online catalogue. Simple and advanced searches are possible, and comprehensive online help is provided. In addition to the electronic catalogue, a list of printed catalogues relevant to the library collections is also available. A list of CD-ROMs and other electronic resources to which the library subscribes, as well as a list of relevant web resources are given on the website. Some of these resources are only available to members.
The excellent website of the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture provides information on the academic research centre and its museum. The Centre houses one of the UK's largest collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera, collected by Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell. These depict the history of the cinema illustrating the development of 'optical recreation' and popular entertainment from the late 18th century to the present day. The centre also encompasses what it calls the "pre-history" of cinema, boasting a copy of Athanasius Kircher's "Ars Magna Lucis et Ombrae" of 1671, the first book to illustrate the magic lantern. There is a teaching and learning section, a searchable database of the collections, and further information about the onsite museum. An excellent section on further reading recommends the best publications on cinema and related themes. The website hosts virtual exhibitions and provides information about forthcoming events. The Teaching and Learning section includes information on degree courses, research opportunities and resources for schools for Key Stages 1 to 3. Worksheets are provided and the Centre can be used as a part of science projects, and 19th- and 20th-century history. The Centre's EVE online catalogue and virtual exhibition space received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is preserved at AHDS Performing Arts.
This website describes Birmingham City University’s art and design archive and art collections. The collection has its roots in the 19th century art school’s teaching collections and includes art works, designs, plaster casts, posters, photographs, slides, teaching materials and documents relating to the institution’s history. The art and design archives include a number of important collections including: the Craftsman's Club Collection (a group of male crafts workers meeting between 1902-1939); the Public Art Commissions Agency (PACA) Archive; the Larry Cartoon Collection and the Julia Ramos (Langford Grove School) Collection of children’s paintings from the Second World War period. The website includes brief collection level descriptions as well exhibitions, events, research and access information. Birmingham City University Art and Design Archives received AHRC funding to sort and catalogue artworks in the collection.
This website allows users to explore the collections of historical instruments at Birmingham Conservatoire. With its origins in a working collection of instruments used by students of the music school, the collection includes a wide range of instruments and has notable collections of 19th century brass instruments; 18th and 19th century English violin, cello and double bass bows (by John Dodd, James Dodd and Edward Dodd Jr) and one French violin bow by Tourte; one of two surviving contrabass trombones by Boosey & Co; the 17th Century Mest Lute. The collection can be searched and browsed and is well illustrated (with detail images of, for example, makers’ and repairers’ labels). Of special note are the recordings made using those instruments which are still playable, these may be downloaded as WAV or MP3 files. This resource was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The Web Site of the "Bodleian Japanese Library" provides information on the collections and their accessibility of this section of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. The library is open-access and consists of the Bodley's collection and that of the Nissan Institute Library. Their contents can be searched within the UK Japanese Union Catalogue, and the Oxford Allegro Catalogue of Japanese Books can also be consulted. This site would benefit from including more information about its specialist collections of rare books. While it is not extremely informative, it is useful for the details provided on opening hours, accessibility, facilities and reprographic services.
This is the "Oral history" section of the British Library Sound Archive website. It features a searchable online version of the oral history catalogue, which includes both audio and video resources. The collections accessible through this archive include the National Life Story Collection, BBC broadcasts and the Jewish life recordings, which include interviews with Holocaust survivors. The site features general information about oral history and how to use the collections. Further links with relevant information and recordings direct to the British Library Archival Sound Recordings project, where anyone within the higher education system in UK can access the digitised material. An oral history select bibliography is available for download in PDF format.
The C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University in the City of New York, is one of the major collections devoted to research on East Asia in the United States, housing materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Manchu, Mongol, and Western languages. Its online resource allows users to browse CLIO, Columbia University's online catalogue, to find electronic resources relating to East Asian cultures, and to read practical information about using the library. From the main page, users can view recent news about the library and its acquisitions, and browse through the archives of the library newsletter. Separate sections relating to China, Japan, Korea and Tibet act as a gateway to other online resources and libraries, and provide a textual introduction to using the library's East Asian language holdings.
CLIO can be used to search for materials in any language, although romanisation must be used for materials in East Asian languages. Searches are quick and easy to perform. In addition, users can connect to a number of international and New York-based online catalogues through CLIO, including the City University of New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Although it gives little specific information about the C.V. Starr Library's special collections, the website contains an impressive amount of textual information, and provides an accessible introduction to one of the United States' major East Asia academic library collections.
This is the website for the University of Cambridge’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Drawing on its long history as an institution (founded in 1884, but including earlier collections) the museum houses world class collections of Oceanic, Asian, African and Native American art together with archaeological artefacts ranging from the early human tools found by Louis Leakey in the Olduvai Gorge, to Roman and medieval objects excavated in Britain. The museum still maintains its strong teaching and research traditions, and is funded by the AHRC. The website is extensive, and includes an online catalogue, which is in the process of being illustrated. Additionally, the website includes staff biographies, information on the museum’s research projects and information for researchers.
This is the home page of the Canadian Architectural Archives, based at the University of Calgary. Established in 1974, the Archive has a mandate of "collecting the work of twentieth century Canadian architects", with an emphasis on the "total output of architectural firms in an attempt to provide an accurate historical profile". Collections include: drawings; project files; correspondence; slides; photographs; aperture cards; oral history tapes; transcripts; and architectural models. An important part of the site is its Collections page, with detailed descriptions of some 40 fonds related to famous architects or prominent architectural firms. This element of the site will be of interest to researchers working both in Architectural History -- and in the history of Canadian social, economic, rural and urban development. Details are available on the Archive's past exhibition catalogues and publications, with additional information on how to order them from University of Calgary Press. The site also gives an outline of duplication rules; the archival code of ethics; and the Archive's steep fees for research services.
This is the website for the Ceramic collection and archive at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. The site contains extensive information on the collection, which is notable mainly for its studio pottery and contemporary ceramics. There is a list of artists whose work features in the collection, plus photographs of their work, in addition to information on forthcoming exhibitions and research project reviews and conferences. The latest issue of the Ceramic Bulletin, which is produced every two years, is available as a download in English and Welsh. Earlier issues can be ordered as print copies.
The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) is an historical archives and research centre of the University of Minnesota. It is dedicated to promoting study of the history of information technology and information processing and their impact on society. CBI preserves relevant historical documentation in all media, conducts and fosters research in history and archival methods, offers graduate fellowships, and sponsors symposia, conferences, and publications. The website also provides a catalogue of the institute's significant archives of the history of technology. Materials within the archives include: corporate records, manuscript materials, personal papers, records of professional associations, oral history interviews, trade publications, periodicals, obsolete manuals and product literature, photographs, films, videos, and reference materials, and books that have become historically significant in the subject area.
The Children's Literature website is an online version of an exhibition on display at the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, between December 1996 and February 1997. It contains a general introduction to the material and five thematic sections (Island 1-5) tracing the development of children's books in the English-speaking world throughout the 19th century and up until the early 1920s. These sections are as follows: Instruction, Religion, and Early Didactic Writers; Travel, Folktales, and Nursery Stories; Mid-Century Developments - Some Women Writers and the Renascence of Wonder; Boys' Stories of School, Adventure, and Empire; Late Victorian Illustrators, 'Peter Rabbit', and 'The Wizard of Oz'. All items in the exhibition stem from the Historical Children's Literature Collection held in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections of the aforementioned library, a teaching collection whose core consists of late 19th century children's books. The Web version of the event consists of a scanned sample for each item, accompanied by a short description of the item's characteristics and context. The resource is part of the Rare Books and Special Collections pages, University of South Carolina.
This is the website for the University of Oxford's Christ Church College's art collection, which consists of some 300 paintings and almost 2,000 drawings, together with a collection of 18th and 19th century English glass, and a number of 17th and 18th century Russian icons. Regarded as the strongest collection of Italian art from the 14th to 18th centuries, artists featured in the collection include Leonardo; Michelangelo; Raphael; Rubens; and Tintoretto. Dürer is also represented. The website provides visitor information, and an overview of the collection.
This is the website for the University of Reading’s Cole Museum of Zoology. Founded in the early twentieth century by Francis Joseph Cole, the museum is “one of the most important and complete UK museums of comparative anatomy” and retains its original collection of 3500 specimens intact. The Museum is complemented by Professor Cole’s “precious library of first editions and rare volumes” of scientific and medical works. The website offers a useful collection guide, which as well as illustrating the collection, includes a brief introduction to the history of zoological collecting and comparative anatomy. The Cole Museum received AHRC-funding for its recent refurbishment.
This is the website for APOLLO (Academy Pictures On-Line) the Royal Academy of Music's digital image repository. Drawn from its collections, which include instruments, manuscripts, art works, teaching aids, furnishings and memorabilia, there are over 18,000 catalogued items, with 9,000 images (although not all are available online due to copyright). There are a number of individual named collections which each have a specific focus, relating to significant individuals or donations. As well as the searchable online catalogue the website includes a series of illustrated tours of items in the collection.
This is the website for the University of Strathclyde’s Collins Gallery. This gallery presents a changing programme of contemporary fine and applied art throughout the year, and is situated in the heart of Glasgow. The website includes the gallery’s programme (and archive of previous exhibitions), visitor information as well as a useful guide for artists wishing to approach galleries and curators ‘on spec’.
This is the home page of the archives of Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada. The archive holds records of the university and its two founding institutions, Loyola College and Sir George Williams University, which merged in 1974. It also has a large number of private collections, devoted both to notable local individuals and to associations within the university and the region. There are online samples of historical photographs and detailed descriptions of all fonds. The site has a timeline with the history of the university and its sports hall of fame. It will be of greatest interest to researchers working in the field of contemporary Canadian History.
This Web page introduces the Pitt Rivers Museum's collection of artefacts assembled by Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George during Captain James Cook's second voyage to Oceania (1772-1775). The collection consists of some 150 objects and includes a colourful Tongan apron, a breast ornament from the Marquesas Islands, wooden figures from Tahiti, a Tahitian mourning dress, and Maori hand clubs, all of which are illustrated at the site. A bibliography of further reading suggestions is also included.
COPAC is a service providing free online access to the unified catalogues of major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland, plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and National Library of Wales. It provides a single point of access to details of materials in many locations, covering all arts and humanities subjects. Records represent a range of materials, dating from ca. 1100 AD onwards, in around 300 languages; some include links to the full text. The database can be used either to check the details of bibliographic records or to undertake literature searches. Most COPAC records represent books and periodicals (but not periodical contents). Other materials include videos, printed and recorded music, and electronic materials. There is a sophisticated advanced search function. Records are supplied by the Consortium of Research Libraries (formerly known as the Consortium of University Research Libraries or CURL). COPAC receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
COPAC: Combined Academic and National Research Library Catalogue provides free access to the unified catalogues of members of the Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL), including major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland, plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales. It provides a single point of access to details of materials held in many locations covering all academic disciplines and subjects. The records represent a wide range of materials dating from c.1100AD onwards, in around 300 languages; some include a link to the full-text of the document. Detailed searching is possible with an online Web User Guide provided. FAQs and a Support section covering documentation and training are provided on the home page along with links to each of the participating libraries. COPAC is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and is hosted by Mimas, The University of Manchester.
This is the home page of the Corporate Records and Archives of Carleton University. Established in 1994, the archive principally keeps the records of the University (1942-present) and non-corporate "personal papers of faculty, staff and almuni, and the records of organizations associated to the University". Some of the site is devoted to statements of administrative policy and regulations for use -- while the rest of it describes finding aids available in print. The highlight of the site, which best currently demonstrates the University's collections, is its online exhibitions page. One exhibition of photographs provides a good overview of the development of the campus; memorable images of the chancellors; documents related to student activities and activism from the 1940s to the 1980s; athletics; and past faculty members. ModernU, another online exhibition, highlights Carleton's campus which is punctuated by famous examples of modern architecture and makes the archive of notable interest for researchers in architectural, as well as Canadian history.
The Courtauld Institute of Art, based at Somerset House in London, is an institute for teaching and research in the history of art and conservation. The website provides information about: undergraduate and postgraduate courses; the research sections of the institute; associated research projects; the book library and photographic libraries (including access to the book library's online catalogue); short courses and study programmes; the postgraduate journal; and titles of MA dissertations and recently completed PhDs. The what's on section includes details of talks, conferences and other events, and the 'collections' section covers the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery and other collections.
This is the website for the critical theory archive at the University of California, Irvine. Material held at the archive includes the manuscripts and other personal papers of theorists Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, Stanley Fish, Ihab Hassan, Wolfgang Iser, Murray Krieger, J. Hillis Miller, René Wellek, and others. The archive also has a collection of published works (including monographs) by or about key critical theorists. Online materials include links to the Wellek Library Bibliographies, the University of California Humanities Research Institute Bibliographies, as well as links to the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, Chadwyck-Healey's Literary Theory, and the Critical Theory subject page of the University of California, Irvine.
This is ‘virtual museum’ of the Cornubian Orefield – the mineral rich geological formation which underlies much of Cornwall. Exploited for thousands of years, the orefield was mined industrially from the early nineteenth century, and the Cornish mining landscape is now a UNESCO world heritage site. This website, the result of AHRB (now AHRC) funded research introduces the geology and industrial history of the Cornubian Orefield, illustrated with items prepared from the extensive collections of Camborne School of Mines, the Royal Cornwall Museum, Royal Geological Society of Cornwall, Penzance, Cornwall, Bodmin Town Museum, and various individuals. The website includes a substantial bibliography relating to the history of mining and geology in Cornwall.
This is the main Web page of the E. J. Pratt Library, Victoria University at the University of Toronto. The site gives an overview of the library's location, holdings, services and user information. Beyond administrative details, the site offers good subpages of e-Reference tools and e-Resources, unfortunately only internally available. But there are extensive public online bibliographies - probably most helpful for undergraduates - in the fields of: Canadian Literature; English Literature; Film Studies; Latin American Studies; Mystery and Detective fiction; Philosophy; Political Science; Renaissance Studies; Semiotics; Sociology; Theology (in a link to an outside site at Emmanuel College); and Victorian Studies. The library also has a general online catalogue. Special Collections offer a great range of excellent primary resources in many fields in the Humanities. The site also holds many online exhibitions of the library's rare primary sources. A subpage introducing the collections refers to New Acquisitions, with scanned images of new and archival resources, as well as the their recent publications.
This Web page showcases the Special Collections at the E. J. Pratt Library, Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Printed books, manuscripts and papers available in the collections are listed by subject or in alphabetical order. Subjects include: art; Canadiana; literature and literary resources; religious studies; and Reformation and Renaissance studies. Researchers in these fields will want to check this site for collections relevant to topics as varied as the Bloomsbury Group; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Virginia Woolf; Wesleyana; Erasmus; Paris 1968 posters; and Bliss Carman. There is an online reference service provided, which is available for all sorts of research questions but is especially recommended for access to manuscripts. There is also a brief, but interesting list of special collections resources on the Web.
The website of the Early Printed Books project describes the aims of the project (for which funding ended in 2002). The project originated in order to raise general awareness of collections of early printed books held by the Oxford colleges. During the project, foreign books printed before 1800 and held in Oxford libraries outside the Bodleian, were catalogued and added to OLIS (Oxford University's electronic library catalogue) and COPAC (the national combined electronic library catalogue). Catalogue records include author and title information, and also elements to assist researchers, such as details of: editors; translators; illustrators; engravers; printers and publishers; date and place of publication; and subject. This project received funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP). The site includes links to resources useful for cataloguers and others interested in early printed books and special collections.
The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) was established in 1976 as the first regional film archive in the UK and is a non-profit making organisation based at the University of East Anglia (UEA). It 'aims to collect and preserve moving images relating to East Anglia and to provide a service of access and presentation where copyright allows'. This site gives a brief introduction to the archive's collections and services and offers links to a range of catalogues including that of the archive itself. There are brief details of the MA course 'Film Archiving', offered within the Film Studies sector of UEA. A section on News gives information on the use of the EAFA's collection in recent television programmes. The Archive has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The Edinburgh University Collection of Historical Musical Instruments (EUCHMI) was set up in around 1850 by the University of Edinburgh's professor of music, John Donaldson (1789-1865). It now consists of two collections: the Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments (previously known as the John Donaldson Collection of Musical Instruments), which includes a large number of stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments worldwide and the St. Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments (the Raymond Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments). Both collections illustrate the growth of the instrument, orchestra, theatre and dance, as well as the art of the instrument-maker over the last four hundred years. A new feature of the Reid Concert Hall Collection is the Sound Laboratory, where visitors to the museum can explore the workings of the musical instruments using the latest interactive technology. The EUCHMI website consists of information about the collections, including a catalogue and images of items; demonstrations of instruments, for which RealVideo software is required; articles about the making of some instruments; and links to the Galpin Society and the music department at the University of Edinburgh. In addition, the website includes curent news concerning the collection and presents a number of other publications, including publications about early music in Edinburgh.
This is the main Web page of Emmanuel College Library, one of two libraries at Victoria University at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The other Library, the E. J. Pratt Library, has a broader remit. Emmanuel College is essentially a theological College within a church-related College (Victoria University) at the University of Toronto; it concentrates on the United Church of Canada. Collections reflect this focus on both the United Church of Canada and the World Council of Churches. They include; books; journals; pamphlets; electronic and audio visual materials in Theology and Religion. The Library also possesses resources on: the Bible; the History of Christianity; Worship; Pastoral Studies; Preaching; Christian Education; Church Music; and Christian Ethics. The site claims its documents will aid students in Theology; Religious Studies; Philosophy; and English Literature. The site has its own links page and refers users to relevant special collections on the following individuals and topics in the E. J. Pratt Library: Reuben Butchart; John Webster Grant; Ernest G. Clarke; Peter Jones; James Evans; A.H. Reynar; Erasmus; Wesleyana; and Northrop Frye. New titles recently acquired by the library are listed with full bibliographical information.
The website 'Enchanting Ruin: Tintern Abbey and Romantic Tourism in Wales' provides digitised versions of exhibits from the University of Michigan Special Collections Library. These exhibits relate to the ruins if the 12th-century Cistercian abbey, which were commemorated in the well-known poem by William Wordsworth 'Lines, Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour, July, 13, 1798'. The website presents a selection of images and manuscripts related to the history and geography of Abbey and surrounding areas, as well as some imaginary impressions of this Romantic site in poetry and other writing. The significance of all displayed artefacts is discussed in respective critical commentaries. The material on the website is organised thematically and consists of nine sections, including: 'The Picture of the Mind': Tintern and Vicinity through Images; 'Wreaths of Smoke': Industrial Tintern; 'The Language of Sense': Poetical Tintern; and a famous guide to 'Gleams of Past Existence': Charles Heath's Guide to Tintern Abbey. The resource is hosted by the Library and maintained by the Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan. These pages will be of use to Romantic scholars and anyone whose interests lie in the history and wider context of this iconic abbey.
This website describes the ethnographic collection held at University College London. This collection, used as a teaching resource, includes art, technology and material culture from across the world and includes: weaponry; textiles; basketry; musical instruments; charm objects; jewellery; masks. Much of the collection is from Africa but also includes Melanesian, Maori, Peruvian and Haida material.Of particular note are Kula bracelets from Papua New Guinea, rare Ashanti stools from Ghana, early 19th century Inuit carved bone eye shades and outstanding Nasca pottery. Although not open to the public, the collection may be accessed for teaching and research outside the University and the website lists exhibitions and loans where parts of it can be viewed.
The site dedicated to the manuscripts and rarities in the University Library of the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest describes the holdings of the library and provides the digitised versions of 36 medieval codices. The digitisation project includes 8 Hungarian and 28 Latin manuscripts as well as a fourteenth century early illuminated manuscript of the Divina Commedia (Cod. Ital. 1), which is one of the main assets of the library. Each digitised manuscript has a library description of its author; date of creation; codicological data; and library catalogue number. Permanent URLs have been assigned to each digitised version. The quality of the images is very good although they cannot be enlarged. Among the manuscripts in the collections of this library the site mentions the handwritten catalogues of documents compiled by Jesuits scholars in the eighteenth century, particularly the ones written by György Pray. Volume no. 30 of his books is also digitised and available online. The rarities in the library include early books and incunabulae but these are merely described on the site.
This website describes the AHRC-funded work being undertaken to make the University of Nottingham’s Felix Oswald Samian Collection more accessible to scholars. The collection was established by pioneering Roman pottery researcher Felix Oswald and is based on excavations at Margidunum (Nottinghamshire) and acquisitions from French antiquarian Albert-Edward Plicque. The project aims to increase visibility of the project through digitisation (based on rubbings to ensure accuracy) and a full re-analysis of the collection. This re-analysis will identify “each specimen-form, fabric, decoration and stamp and full quantification” and link potters’ stamps and signatures to the Leeds Index of Potters stamps. The project will also use suitable sherds to create an online fabric series. One of the most important outcomes of the project will be a fully searchable online database, and a demonstrator is available here.
The Fiske Icelandic Collection website contains information about the large repository of works on Iceland and on Nordic medieval studies held at Cornell University Library. The collection contains over 32,000 titles in different languages, including not only vellum and paper manuscripts but also rare printings from the 16th and 17th centuries, videos of Icelandic films, and CD-ROMs with Icelandig saga texts. The history and mission of the collection is presented on the website, together with information about the Islandica series which publishes works relating to Iceland and the Fiske collection. Three informal subject bibliographies, compiled in response to requests from readers, may be of interest to those in the field: 'The Norse in Ireland'; 'Ní˝a íŤsland í Vesturheimi: Bibliography on Icelanders in North America'; and 'Edda Sí¦mundar'. Other resources accessible from the site are a note on the Icelandic alphabet, a map of Iceland, and links to other online resources on Iceland. The website also contains information about how to access the collection and a link to the Cornell library catalogue, where part of the collection is catalogued.
The 'Five College Archives Digital Access Project' website provides access to a selection of material held at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It encompasses fifty-four online collections amounting to over thirty-eight thousand items. The material included on the site relates to 19th and early 20th century women, in particular the education of women. The type of material on the site includes letters, photographs, articles, diaries and official college publications. Details of the archives which have been included from each of the colleges can be found on the site. It is possible to search the collection. The search engine will, in the majority of cases, search the text of the description of documents as most of the documents have been put on the site as images. The collections of the colleges can be searched individually or together. The site also maintains a set of links relating to the digitization of archival collections. The site is now archived.
The website of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, provides information and resources relating to this independent research library. A major center for scholarly research, the Folger houses the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials (including some of the earliest printed texts of his plays) in addition to a magnificent collection of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts on disciplines including: history and politics; theology and exploration; and law and the arts. The library also holds a collection of: art works; photographs; maps; early music; playbills; theatrical programs and scrapbooks; promptbooks; and films and videos. Access to the physical collection is restricted to academic researchers but the website provides a free online digital image library comprising over 30,000 images from across the Folger's collections. These images can be searched by keyword or bibliographic data, or browsed by year, title or event, among other options. In addition the Library provides: an online catalogue; access information; and updates on news and events in the library. Shakespeare researchers or students would find this a fascinating and useful resource.
This website presents a virtual exhibition of the artefacts donated to Oxford by Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George, both of whom sailed on Captain James Cook's second great voyage of discovery (1772-75). The Forsters gathered a collection of over 220 items, about 180 of which are in the modern collection at Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum. They also recorded the artefacts they acquired in a 'Catalogue of Curiosities'. Digitised images of the manuscript of the catalogue can be viewed at the website, as can images of the artefacts themselves. A search engine can be used to view objects from specific islands or of specific types. Apart from the gallery of artefacts, the website offers a brief overview of James Cook's second voyage, short biographies of the Forsters themselves, and a section on the history of the collection. Links are provided to related sites and there is a bulletin board for posting comments or initiating discussions. The site is clear and well presented.
This is the official website for the Getty Center in Los Angeles which incorporates the John Paul Getty Museum and the New Getty Villa. It is an extensive site, providing visitor information about the museum and exhibitions at the Center. The site provides a number of online research tools, including the Photo Study Collection Database. This is a collection of approximately 700,000 images from the Getty collections, relating to sculpture, architecture, paintings, prints and the decorative arts. Other research tools include a Vocabulary Database, a searchable facility which provides biographical information about artists.The site provides information about the John Paul Getty Trust, which administers the Getty Center and this website. There is information about projects which the Trust has supported, including grants to individuals working in the field of art history.The site provides a vast range of information about the activities of the Getty Center and provides good-quality images to accompany the text. It would be advisable to access pages through the Site Map rather than following links from the home page. The site is so comprehensive that it can be difficult to navigate.
This website describes the Gordon Pathology Museum at King's College, London. Predominantly a teaching collection for medical students, the collection is nevertheless of interest to researchers of the history of medicine containing both a growing collection (over 8,000) of pathology specimens as well as anatomical and dermatological wax models by Joseph Towne, medical portraits by Lam Qua and collections of specimens and artefacts associated with Hodgkin, Addison, Bright and Astley Cooper. Although public access to the collection is limited, the website includes a number of illustrations of items within it and details of academic access.
This is the website for the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle upon Tyne, opening in 2009. This museum, part of the Great North Museum project brings together world class collections from the Hancock Museum, the Museum of Antiquities, and the Shefton Museum. The Museum’s collections encompass natural history, palaeontology, archaeology, Egyptology, Ancient Greek and Etruscan art, a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, ‘World Cultures’ - ethnographic objects from the last 250 years and a planetarium. The website includes information about the project as well as basic information about the museums’ collections and location as well as a link to the Hatton Gallery, the other component of the Great North Museum Project. The Museum's funders include the AHRC and MLA.
This website was funded by the AHRC to create a combined catalogue of the three different parts of the Harwood mineral collection. Collected by mineralogist and chemist Henry Francis Harwood, the collection “is one of the most important and renowned mineral collections of its time” containing over 8,000 mineral specimens from classic topotype locations (many of which no longer exist). Now split between three institutions, the database records (with images of specimens where possible) the collection in its entirety. The website also includes a fairly detailed biography of Harwood.
This website is part of a project about the Harwood Mineral Collection and Dr Henry Francis Harwood - its creator. It describes the life and work of Dr Harwood (1886-1974), particularly focusing on his interests in mineralogy. The current locations of his mineral collection are summarised. The website is hosted by The University of Manchester School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. Mineral data can be found by searching or browsing the database.
The website"Henry Charles Lea Library" provides information on this library at the University of Pennsylvania Library. Henry Charles Lea (1825-1909) was an expert in the medieval and early modern periods and is described on the site as "America's first distinguished historian of the European middle ages". The basis of the collection is Lea's interest in the history of religion, especially the institutional, legal, and ecclesiastical aspects, as well as the Inquisition, magic, Italian city-states, and the history of witchcraft. There are also a great deal of primary sources, since Lea purchased manuscripts and incunabula, in addition to early printed books. The site contains a description of the holdings and the papers of Henry Charles Lea which he bequeathed and those his family also donated. An extensive biography is also included and a description of the series of his papers which comprise: correspondence; historical writings; articles; reviews; political writings; poetry and translations; and juvenilia. An overview of the microfilm collection, which an emphasis on Byzaantine, Levantine and crusades history, is also given on the site. A good site for those seeking primary resources on magic, witchcraft, the Inquisition, Moriscos, and early modern and medieval European history.
This is the website for Heriot Watt University’s Archive, Records Management and Museum Service which manages, conserves and promotes the University’s collection of art, artefacts and archives. The collections, described here in more detail, include material related to: the history of the University; the working lives of staff and students; the University's place in the history of scientific and technical education; the Scottish textile industry; artists of the Edinburgh School (including artworks by Elizabeth Blackadder, William Baillie, Eduardo Paolozzi and John Bellany); the local history of Riccarton and the Gibson-Craig family, one-time owners of the Riccarton estate. The website also includes details about the services other activities, including work to enhance access to the collections.
The Historical Scientific Instrument Gallery website, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, displays images of and information about the collection that has been assembled from items used in teaching, demonstrating, and research by University staff from 1887 onward. The physical collection contains around seven hundred items from the last part of the nineteenth century and the first part of the twentieth, and a substantial sample of these appear on the website. The instruments are catalogued according to their field of use (optics, electrostatics, vacuum discharges, etc.). Brief descriptions are provided, alongside thumbnail photographs that can be clicked to view a larger image. Unfortunately, few original records remain detailing the provenance of the instruments, although the curator has recovered as much information as possible from old books and sale catalogues. This is a well-presented site that will be of interest to anyone studying the more recent history of scientific instruments or who requires images of such equipment.
The UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections website provides information about their collections, has online exhibits, and details of their online projects. The site has general information about the history and content of their collections. Details of opening hours and information on using the collection are also available for anyone wishing to consult the collections. As well as providing general information about the library and its collection the website has a number of online exhibitions, including ones on the relief of pain and suffering, bloodletting, and smallpox. The History and Special Collections department of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library are developing a number of digital projects. Details of these projects are available from the site. The site also has a list of medical history websites and details of fellowships and prizes.
This is the Holborne Museum’s website. Part of the University of Bath, this museum houses a collection of fine and decorative arts begun in the nineteenth century by Sir William Holburne. The collection includes silverware, Old Master paintings, Italian bronzes, maiolica, porcelain, glass, furniture and portrait miniatures. Highlights include landscapes by Guardi and Turner, portraits by Stubbs, Ramsay, Zoffany and Gainsborough, together with material realted to Bath including Angelica Kauffmann's portrait of Henrietta Laura Pulteney and Hone's miniature of Beau Nash. The museum's collections can be explored online through its online catalogue, Muse (funded by the AHRC) and the Holburne's continental paintings are available through NICE (The National Inventory of Continental European Paintings). The museum is currently closed to the public for extensive redevelopment (explained on the website).
The web page "Hoover Institution: East Europe" provides information about the extensive collections of twentieth century primary sources from and about East and Central Europe held by this research institution affiliated to Stanford University. There is an explanation of the history of the collections and this is followed by descriptions of holdings. This is a good site for those interested in twentieth century history and politics of the region who wish to find primary sources. They comprise materials in original languages: private papers; diaries; correspondence; or manuscripts. Materials range from collections of secret correspondence during Communism from many countries to papers of poets and ex-royals. On the main page highlights from the collection of photographs are featured. The exhibitions organised by the Hoover Institution are briefly described on the site. Publications and guides related to the collections are also included.
This is the home page of the library and archives of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. This institute was founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover (1874–1964) at his alma mater, Stanford University, with the goal of attaining peace through the scholarly study of international conflict in the modern world. The archives began as a repository for World War I documents collected by representatives of the institute in Europe directly after the war. The collection grew to include interwar sources on fascist, communist, and nationalist movements and important sources related to World War II. Subsequent projects include the institute's microfilming of the Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and the Soviet State in Moscow. Further collecting focussed on election campaign materials which demonstrate the workings of democracy in places such as postapartheid Africa and postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia. There are detailed descriptions and excellent search engines with complete online listings of holdings for the following regions: Africa; the Americas; East Asia; Western Europe; Eastern and Central Europe -- including impressive Czech, Slovak and Romanian holdings; the Middle East; and Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States. With more than five thousand separate collections, the breadth of material here cannot be adequately described in a brief summary. There are millions of individual documents covering twentieth century history from around the world. The library is also significant, with important ephemera and rare books augmenting its primary and secondary source holdings. Lists of archival holdings are bolstered by online poster and pamphlets collections; online exhibitions; updates on new acquisitions; information on recent lectures; and newly translated bilingual section profiles of the Czech and Slovak collections. Contact information for the archivists is clearly available, with details on access to and hours for the reading rooms. Photocopies of documents can be ordered by post for those who cannot visit the archive itself.
Ice, Fire and Northern Myths: Icelandic Literature at the University of Nottingham is an online exhibition on Icelandic and Viking myth and literature, presented by Nottingham University. The University has extensive original holdings in Viking and Icelandic literature, together with a facsimile of the Flateyjarbok compliation of sagas. The Ice, Fire and Northern Myths website contains a history of the collections, together with short illustrated texts on: Dramatic Landscapes, An Artist in Iceland (about Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924); Icelandic dress; Illustrating Literature (on 19th and 20th Century illustrators); Observing and Recording; and Northern Tongues. The exhibition's images are presented at a small size only.
This website results from the AHRC-funded cataloguing and research of the University of Leeds’ collection of botanical specimens collected by pioneering botanist Ida Roper in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection includes period photographs of plants, people and scenery, black and white and colour plates, letters, contemporary articles, paintings and postcards as well as over 10,000 plant specimens. The AHRC grant has allowed the original hand written catalogue to be digitised as well as some 4,000 full catalogue records to be created, 1,000 of which are illustrated. The catalogue can be searched from this website, which also includes background to Roper and her collection.
The website of the Institute of Classical Studies Library, Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies provides information about the libraries' opening hours, facilities and collections. The housing of the Hellenic and Roman Societies' libraries in one unit provides significant advantages for researchers and students of Classics, in conjunction with the Institute of Classical Studies, part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study (SAS). Users may search the library catalogues via this website, which also lists recent acquisitions, journals, computing resources, databases and other electronic resources held by the libraries. There is also a blog relating to the library.
This is the website of the Institute of Popular Music (IPM) at the University of Liverpool. Founded in 1988, the Institute of Popular Music was "the world's first academic institute dedicated to teaching, research, and information-provision in popular music studies. It remains the UK's only popular music research institute". The site covers the work of the IPM, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses, research, publications, and archival collections. Of particular note is information about the Institute's research, including research projects such as the AHRC-funded 'Popular Musicscapes', and contibutions to the Encyclopaedia of Popular Musics of the World (EPMOW). The Institute also hosts a number of important archives and collections, including: the Recorded Sound Collection, featuring tens of thousands of recordings; the Robert Shelton collection of the late author and journalist's personal paers and recordings; the Latin American committed song material in the Robert Pring-Mill Collection; "materials relating to the internationally renowned Greek composer and political activist, Mikis Theodorakis"; music magazines from the early 1980s onwards. Additionally the Institute is now the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) "sole repository" of archive material.
This website is an attempt to reproduce digitally the objects that may have been lost physically from the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad. Though poorly organised, the website does contain a rather significant collection of photographs of items from the Museum's collection, a poster exhibition, and information about the looting of the Museum following the 2003 invasion. The website also contains a section of photo studies of Iraq in 1925, and an exhibition of contemporary expressionist painter Vian Sora. In addition, the site offers a weblog about the difficulties facing the project, as well as links to related websites of potential interest to those wanting to know more about Iraqi archaeology, as well as Iraqi culture and politics more broadly.
The website James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, introduces an excellent collection of over 20,000 rare books, and 2,500 manuscripts from the long early modern period 1400-1800. The library is particularly strong in its holdings of travel literature and colonists' accounts, as well as cartography. Its map collection can be searched online by region, subject, title or author. The features section contains sub-sections on: historical maps; early Russia maps; encounters at sea; Sir Walter Raleigh; and Hans Egede. There is an online alphabetical listing of authors, accompanied by bibliographical information and call numbers. The site also hosts online exhibitions and a good feature on maps and mapmakers. The annual James Ford Bell lectures are delivered by prestigious historians, and information about the latest events is posted on the site. A catalogue of the library's holdings has been produced and can be ordered online. There are also the usual details on accessibility, opening hours, and contacts. A useful site for historians interested in the period 1400-1800.
This website describes the special collections held at the John Rylands University Library, part of the University of Manchester. A collection of international importance, the library includes rare works such as Sumerian clay cuniform tablets, the earliest known fragment of the New Testament, a copy of the Gutenburg bible as well as the personal papers of significant historical figures such as Elizabeth Gaskell and John Wesley, and archives relating to non-conformist churches, trade union and labour history, and the archive of the Manchester Guardian. Collections are listed alphabetically, and are also searchable through the university’s main library catalogue and various other electronic finding aids.
This website describes the Foyle Special Collections Library at Kings College London. Built up over centuries, the library contains some 150,000 items and is particularly strong in the fields of the history of science and medicine, travel and exploration, the history of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, the British Empire and 20th century German and Jewish studies. The website describes the collection in detail, and provides 'canned searches' of items within the university's library catalogue.
Kingston University Library’s special collections and archives are described in the website. Dating back to the University’s predecessor institutions (including Kingston Polytechnic, Kingston College of Technology and Gypsy Hill Training College) the archives cover a wide range of educational, literary and academic sources. Of particular note are collections relating to author Iris Murdoch, which include her Oxford library and some personal correspondence; an extensive archive related to the history of the Balkans; personal papers of the painter Reginald Brill. In addition there is a special collection formed from teaching collections related to the Faculty of Art Design and Music, including items like art deco interior design publications, 19th century architectural pattern books, artists' and private press books. As well as brief descriptions of the collections, information is provided about finding and accessing items.
The website of the National and University Library of Iceland contains information about the library and links to useful online resources in a number of subjects.
The copyright deposit library receives copies of all printed material and (since 1977) sound recordings published in Iceland. It also collects previously published material and Icelandic material or material about Iceland published abroad, which makes its holdings the most comprehensive collection of Icelandic printed material in the world. Also to be found in the library are a large collection of manuscripts and Icelandic maps and many outstanding special collections, such as collections dedicated to the works of the famous Icelandic authors Halldór Laxness and Jón Sveinsson (Nonni); a collection on the history of medicine; Bibles in more than 1,200 languages; and the Fiske collection of chess books.
The library website offers online access to its own catalogue and also that of Gegnir, the union catalogue of about 120 Icelandic libraries. It also lists other catalogues that offer full-text access to digitised documents: timarit.is (newspapers and periodicals of the Faeroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland); Antique maps of Iceland (older than 1900); and Sagnanet (the entire range of Icelandic family sagas). Furthermore, the library website offers a comprehensive list of online databases for different subject areas (some with access restricted to local users) as well as links to search engines, subject gateways, and a Reference Shelf with selected general information sources.
This is the website for the Lapworth Museum, Birmingham University’s museum of geology. Dating back to 1880, the collection is one of the largest in the Midlands (with over 250,000 specimens) and it retains its historic Edwardian setting and interior. As befits its location the Lapworth “has some of the finest collections from the Wenlock Limestone of Dudley” rich in 420 million year old fossils from a tropical sea ecosystem. Elsewhere, the Midlands Coalfields were an important source fossil plants, fish, insects, arachnids, fossil footprints and animal tracks. Further afield are palaeontology specimens from as far afield as the Solnholfen Limestones of Germany and Burgess Shale of British Columbia. Named after Charles Lapworth, first professor of Geology at the University’s forerunner, Mason College, the collection is of historical as well as scientific interest, particularly for those interested in the work of early geologists, and includes early geological maps (well described on the website with biographies of their makers), equipment, models, photographs, zoological specimens and stone axes. Additionally, the Lapworth archive is “one of the most complete records of the work of a scientist of [the] period”. Further collections include engineer and inventor William Murdoch’s mineral collection. Collections can be searched online through the University’s illustrated catalogue of its museum holdings. The Lapworth Museum recieves funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The website "Leeds University Library: Special Collections" is an easy to navigate site that provides further information about the library's special collections. The Highlights tour contains the most valuable books of the library, categorised under 15/16th century; 17/18th century; 19th century and 20th century, including a First Folio of Shakespeare's plays and other seventeenth century editions. A search option allows queries to the entire special collections catalogue or to the manuscript catalogue only. Some of the collections have their own databases which can be accessed freely on the site. The major collections of the library include: Brotherton collection; Elliot collection; The Cookery collection; Quakery Archive; Leeds Poetry 1950-1980. a Letters database and others. Under the section of "Digitised Resources" the medieval illuminated manuscripts can be explored for free, while the 17th and 18th century English poetry database is available to Leeds University students and staff. The site feature palaeography tutorials and other online resources. Information about conditions for using the Special Collections Library and opening hours is posted on the site.
The website of the Library of the University of Amsterdam offers access to the library's holdings and includes several online publications and digital exhibitions. The library, founded in 1578, from confiscated Roman Catholic institutions' collections, consists of the collective libraries of the university, including the medical and dental libraries. Some sections of the website are only available to registered users of the library. There is a useful overview of the collections and special holdings include: early printed books and modern special editions; manuscripts, letters and archives; maps, atlases and globes; and the history of the book. Two special collections of great renown are the church history collections on Dutch Protestantism and the Radical Reformation and the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana - a world-renowned collection of Hebraica and Judaica. Among the exhibitions featured online are: Malta, temples, and tombs, 5200-750 BC; an exhibition on Frederik Ruysch; typography in the Netherlands 1473-1673; and experimental Arabic type designs. The site is rich in all areas and is interesting in itself almost as an online museum. The site is of interest to those researching, studying or teaching the history or culture of the Netherlands.
This is the website for Liverpool Hope University Library Special Collections. Reflecting the institutions origins these are largely theological, and are briefly described. They include material relating to Christianity in Africa and Asia, material relating to Catholicism from the former St Joseph’s College, Upholland and the personal papers of Archbishop Stuart Blanch. Details of the Blanch collection are available to download and contact information is provided for queries about the material.
The Logan Museum of Anthropology is a teaching museum of Beloit College, Wisconsin. It has notable collections of: Mesoamerican ceramics; native North American basketry and other artefacts; and Old World palaeolithic finds, particularly from France and North Africa. The website hosts four online exhibitions. The first contains images and descriptions of the museum's palaeolithic artefacts grouped geographically and by time period. The second online exhibition is divided into two halves, one covering the woodland and Mississippian traditions of central and eastern North America between 700 AD and 1500 AD, the other examining the cultures of south-western North America, including the Anasazi, Casas Grandes, Hohokam, and Patayan. The third exhibition presents three-dimensional views of some of the museum's most interesting objects, and requires QuickTime viewer. The final exhibition was put together by students in 1999, and covers the 'World of Music'. It was not functioning when checked. The history of the museum and the collections is described on the site, which also gives access information and opening hours. The museum publishes a biannual newsletter, available online in PDF format. There is an education section, a calendar of events, and a search engine.
This is the website of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's archive, which is currently being surveyed, sorted and catalogued to enable greater access to the material held there. The archive holds a range of records - the letters and personal papers of scientific, medical and public health professionals engaged in searching for cures and treatments for diseases such as malaria, cholera, filariasis and leprosy, the administrative records of the School itself, and photographs, ephemera and artwork. Currently users can access collection level descriptions of the personal papers through the AIM25 website, and brief descriptions of the holdings for each individual - including Patrick Manson, Major General Sir Leonard Rogers, Sir Ronald Ross, and Edwin Chadwick are available on this site.Along with access information for the archive, which lists opening hours, the access policy and guidelines of use, the site also provides a chronology of the history of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and biographies of all of the people named on the building of the school.
This is the website of the Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, and a major public Museum in Manchester, UK. The Museum, with its origins in the 18th Century, encompasses a huge range of artefacts, specimens and objects (some 4.25 million) and includes important collections of anthropology; archaeology; archery; Egyptology; geology; human remains; natural history; numismatics; palaeontology. The website describes the collections in more detail (as well as showcasing highlights from them) and the museum's online catalogue can be searched. Further areas of interest include links to the Museum’s research (related to both its collections, practice and the institution’s own history), staff and extensive community outreach work. As a university museum, the Manchester Museum receives some core funding from the AHRC.
Manchester Museums Unwrapped is an online database of the collections available at five of Manchester's museums. The site is published by the University of Manchester, and has received funding from the Designation Challenge Fund. With this database, users can search the collections of the Manchester Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, The People's History Museum, Manchester City Galleries, and the Whitworth Art Gallery separately or simultaneously. Some of the items included can be browsed under the topics cotton, people, Manchester, animals, and plants, and personalised searches can be made using the advanced search facility. All of the items have detailed records, which include a description and the location of the artefact, and some also include an image.
The website "Manuscript Collections: University of Glasgow" is a useful aid for those requiring information on the extensive manuscript collections held by the University. The site lists the collections by name, so obviously the user has to know in which collection the information they seek is to be found. Having selected the collection, the user is provided with a brief description. There is also a collection of over 5,000 miscellaneous manuscripts, which comprise materials as diverse as papyrus documents from Roman Egypt, oriental manuscripts, and a Papal Bull of Adrian VI. There is an online manuscripts catalogue which greatly facilitates locating materials. One of the most significant collections is the Ferguson Collection, with volumes on Chemistry, Rosicrucianism, Witchcraft and Demonology, Free Masonry, Alchemy, and Gypsy literature. There are also collections of the works and correspondence of many famous architects, musicians, authors, and artists. On a practical level, on the website there are instructions as to how to order manuscripts, and information for remote users, as well as a useful link to Edinburgh University's manuscript catalogue.
This it the website of the Archives of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Four volumes of published descriptions of the collections are available online: Official Records of McGill University; Volumes 2 and 3 on Private fonds held by McGill University; and Guide Update: Private fonds acquired by the University Archives between 1985 and 1995. In addition, the site has good online databases of the following collections: photo collection; audio and film collection; visual arts collection; McGill architectural plans; medals and artifacts collection; record group file title; Montreal Council of Social Agencies; Montreal Stock Exchange; and various private papers. New archival acquistions are summarised in a separate section. The photo collection is the highlight for users, with over 14,000 scanned images online. These can be viewed via a search engine which provides item-level information, some with scanned thumbnails, some without. One section, on fonds level finding aids, was still under construction at the time of review. There are also links to other electronic resources which are available. The Outreach subsite features a small number of carefully crafted online exhibitions. The is information on the site regarding records management and reference services. Contact information is posted for those who wish to make enquiries or order documents before arrival. A FAQ section answers some of the more popular myths about the University which might attract casual researchers -- including the possible identity of Jack the Ripper as a former McGill medical student. The site would be most useful for researchers working on the history of Quebec, and especially of Montreal and of one of its most important academic institutions.
This is the web page dedicated to the medieval and renaissance manuscripts collection of the Lilly Library at Indiana University. It provides an overview of the manuscript and illuminated manuscript holdings, including the main highlights of the collection (including bibles, books of hours, and versions of texts by Boccaccio, Seneca and Saint Augustine). There is a link to exhibition catalogues, including catalogues of manuscript-related exhibitions, published by and available for purchase from the library. Users will also find links to various online resources, subject guides, and finding aids facilitating access to the Lilly Library's manuscript collections.
From the main page, users can access the Lilly Library's main page, from which it is possible to read about special online exhibitions (one of which covers seventeenth century medical texts), search dedicated databases, and browse manuscript descriptions. The resource also had a subject guide to its manuscript collections that can be reached through the Manuscript Collection Database.
Durham University Library's Middle East Documentation Unit (MEDU) website provides access to information and details of the Unit's holdings. MEDU houses an extensive collection of publications, documents and reports on and about the Middle East, published both in the Middle East and elsewhere. MEDU was founded in 1970 and provides important research material for those interested in the region's security, politics, economics, social developments and international relations. Material includes statistical yearbooks, specialised statistical publications, and annual reports of central banks and government ministries. Advice is given on tracing documents in the collection using Durham University Library OPAC. The website will be of interest to researchers on the Middle East as the collection's contents are unique in Britain by type of material, range of subject coverage and range of country coverage.
The Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick has the aim of collecting and making sources for British political, social and economic history, in particular labour history, industrial relations and industrial politics, available for research. The website of the Modern Records Centre provides summary information about the collections that it holds, which can be explored in the "our holdings" or in the "subject guide" sections. Some of the subjects have PDF formatted text guides. The archive catalogues can be accessed from the site. The largest colelctions at the Mddern Records Centre are: Trade Union Congress; Richard Crossman's papers; Victor Gollancz's papers; Transport and General Workers' Union; Confederation of British Industry; and National Cycle Archive. Further resources posted on the Modern Records Centre website are posted under the "Resources for Warwick modules", where the Documents online can be found. Archival documents from the Modern Records Centre concerning topics from 19th and 20th century British history are available. Also, this section offers "ready made searches" of the catalogues, listing documents on certain themes of European history. Practical information about the archives, opening hours, contact information and news are posted on the site. Links to online guides to archival holdings are available. This is a valuable resource tool for students and scholars.
The Museum of the History of Science, which reopened in 2001 following a three-year refurbishment, effectively serves as a centre for History of Science studies in Oxford, and this website offers several resources likely to be of use to researchers in the history of instruments. A fully searchable collections database is currently in development, providing catalogue information and, in some cases, photographs of instruments; the Museum’s collection of images, including many portraits of scientists and instrument-makers, is also in the process of being digitised; and the site also hosts a full searchable index for rete, the mailing list for the historical study of scientific instruments. A page of links to other institutions with significant instruments collections is maintained. There is also a collection of well-produced, atmospheric ‘online exhibits’ on diverse themes, including: early-modern Biblical metaphors of knowledge; the application of geometry in warfare; portrait images of the astronomer Tycho Brahe; early photographic processes; and the scientific history of Oxford, which may interest students and general readers. The site also provides general information about the Museum, its library and staff, online copies of its newsletter, Sphćra, and details of its Master’s-level postgraduate course.
The "NUKAT" web site provides information on an online catalogue based at the University of Warsaw library (Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie - BUW). NUKAT is the Narodowy Uniwersalny Katalog Centralny (National Union Catalogue), a centralised catalogue with a membership of over 30 libraries of at least voivodeship (county) level. Queries to the catalogue can be made by browse, simple search, expert seach and keyword heading. Readers have a "cart" to their disposal in which searches can be saved as well as a search history. Library records indicate where a particular item is located. Participants in the catalogue include the university libraries of Lublin, Warsaw, Wrocław, Toruń and Cracow. The site offers a detailed history of this project, begun in 1990 at the University of Warsaw. There are also links to BUW, KaRo - the distributed catalogue of Polish libraries, Polish digital libraries and to NUKAT statistics. This is an excellent resource for both students and researchers in Polish Studies.
The website of the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT) provides information about the Centre and its activities. Based at the University of Sheffield, the Centre is the only university-based institution in England devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore. It offers undergraduate modules, an MA in Folklore and Cultural Tradition and supports PhD research on various topics. Subjects that fall within the Centre's remit include: cultural tradition; folklore; dialects; custom and belief; traditional dance, drama, and music; and traditional arts. NATCECT's activities include a Traditional Drama Research Group (TDRG). Details of conferences, publications, and the Traditional Heritage Museum are provided, and there is also a link to the NATCECT reference library page of the University of Sheffield Library website, plus a summary listing of NATCECT archive collections, which include over 1,000 research projects, 2,800 audiotapes, and 230 videotapes. Two samples from the Survey of Sheffield Usage are available in MP3 format, via the archive section.
The website National Maritime Museum (NMM) is the homepage of this museum located at Greenwich in London, which collects, preserves, and makes accessible holdings relating to the history of Britain at sea. The museum also includes the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The Museum's website includes a range of information about the museum, events, visits, exhibitions, and services. Each of the museum's themed galleries has an online page, and the Explore Online section provides access to images of over 9000 objects, including artwork and naval uniforms. The Exhibition highlights some of the most impressive collections of the Museum. A blog is kept updated with the latest additions to the digital collections on the website. The collections websites contain the following subsites: collections online; prints and drawings; archive catalogue; PortCities; Maritime Memorials; the Flinders Papers. Famous holdings of the NMM include Harrison's timekeepers and Nelson's Uniform. Clips from the museum's archive can be seen on Flickr, while each clip has a permanent URL. The collection can be approached from the thematic categories as well: astronomy and time; sea and ships; art and new visions; podcasts; and games and activities. This complex site is an enjoyable exploring experience.
The National Steinbeck Center is a museum and visitor centre devoted to the American novelist, best known for his novels "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men". The centre is located in the Salinas Valley, California, where Steinbeck was born and where much of his writing is situated. It boasts the largest collection of Steinbeck archives in the United States and seeks to provide a world-class facility for scholarship. The centre's website does not provide access to the materials held therein, but rather concentrates on publicising exhibitions and holdings of interest to the more general public. It promotes the Steinbeck festival, canvasses submissions from artists and writers for forthcoming exhibitions and events, and describes its education programme. There is also a brief biography of the author, together with short sections on the films of his novels and awards and honours given to Steinbeck.
The website of the National Taiwan University offers textual information on library facilities, resources and collections, and provides an online catalogue through which users can search within the library's holdings. The main page is divided into links leading to the library's: electronic resources and databases (although these require library authorisation); special collections; library catalogues; library services; and special projects run by the library. The library has established a special database on women and gender studies, runs a digital project on museums and has a digital archive programme. The site also includes textual accounts of special collections, which include: Chinese thread-stitched binding books; a Japanese rare book collection; a Taiwanese studies collection covering the Japanese colonial period; a pre-1900 collection; and a collection of manuscripts from alumni of the university, with dedicated links about the authors available in Chinese. Further information on all the special collections is provided (in Chinese). The main site also acts as a gateway to other national and academic libraries through a concise links page. The online catalogue is quick to load and easy to use, with a small number of search options. Search results for Chinese language materials appear in Chinese (complicated) characters, and in occasional pinyin romanisation. Users can also search the Union Catalogue and other national and international academic libraries using the search function, including libraries in Hong Kong, Japan and America. However, users without Chinese language skills may need assistance in translating the more in-depth information about the collections provided by the site.
The website of Durham University's Oriental Museum provides access information and details of the museum's holdings. The museum holds collections from ancient Egypt through to twentieth-century China. The website includes pages on Egypt, the Near East, South Asia, Korea and Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, and Japan. Most of these pages simply give brief details of the scope and format of the holdings, although the website does also include special online exhibitions. There is a 'virtual tour' of some of the Chinese artefacts, each of which is illustrated by a large photographic image and accompanying explanatory text. There is also a small picture gallery of twentieth-century Chinese paintings and drawings. A 'news' section describes current and forthcoming special exhibitions as well as talks, crafts activities, and story-telling performances at the museum. Details of the museum's location, opening hours, and group access restrictions are also provided.
This website documents the special collections and archives held at Oxford Brookes University. Individual collections are described, and items in them may be searched for through the library’s online catalogue. The collection reflects the history of the institutions, together with its strengths in research, and is notably strong in material relating to the history of medicine, cartography, twentieth century literature and the food, drink and hospitality industry. Collections are supplemented by a number of important archives, including the National Brewing Library, the Museum of Modern Art Oxford collection (now Modern Art Oxford) and Man Booker Prize archive.
This is the website for the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Located in an iconic, Grade 1 listed neo-gothic building, the museum is a working resource for the University’s teaching and research. The Museum’s collections are divided into four areas: entomology; geology; mineralogy and petrology; and zoology. The Museum also accommodates a number of research libraries and an environmental archaeology unit. As well as its obvious interest to those studying the natural sciences, the Museum’s collections have wider cultural and historical interest, and include: rare specimens such as the most complete remaining single Dodo in existence (immortalised in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’); much of Charles Darwin’s Crustacea collection from The Beagle; the collections of (or related to) pioneering scientists such as Thomas Bell, William Burchell, Robert Plot, Edward Lhwyd, William Buckland and Lawrence Wager. The website includes learning materials based on the museums collections, as well as access to the museum’s online collection database. The Museum receives funding from the AHRC.
This important site features an online exhibition of the manuscripts and papers acquired by the University of Delaware from Paul Bowles, the American composer and novelist (1910-1999), shortly before his death. It is based on an exhibition held in the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery between August and December 2000. This online exhibition has an introduction by Virginia Spencer Carr, and a short history of the Bowles collection by Timothy D. Murray. There are seven main sections relating to Bowles' work: Poetry, Music, Novels, Short Stories, Translations, Travel Writing and Life Writing. Each section consists of an introduction and a list of the exhibits, together with notes and illustrations. This site also links to a checklist (including some illustrations) of an exhibition held at Delaware in 1990 to celebrate Bowles' eightieth birthday. A section relating to primary sources held at Delaware gives a detailed listing of Bowles' papers and the contents of related collections, including the Black Stone Press Archive. There are also links to Bowles' collections at other institutions and to Paul Bowles sources on the Internet.
The Penguin Archive Project website provides information on a four-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and run by Bristol University. The project, which is in its early stages at the time of writing, aims to produce an online catalogue of the Penguin Archive, held at the University of Bristol Library Special Collections. In addition, the project will undertake research on various aspects of the archive, including: modern poetry; Penguin 'specials' and their socio-political impact; and Penguin translations of the classics. Another outcome of the project will be exhibitions and events aimed at the general public. The website gives details of: the project's aims; the project team; how to visit the archive; events; current research; related links; and recommends a book of the month from the Penguin collection. As it progresses, this resource will be of interest to students of English literature, as well as those studying the history of the book.
The website of the Peter Scott Gallery at the University of Lancaster provides details of temporary art exhibitions going back to 2005, as well as the university's important collection of fine art and Royal Lancastrian Pottery. The website states that "the gallery houses Lancaster University’s international art collection, which includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, works by twentieth century British artists and prints by significant European artists such as Dürer, Miró, Ernst and Vasarely". Information on talks, events and educational workshops is also provided, and it is possible to view a virtual tour of the gallery using QuickTime.
This is the website of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London. The museum, which is attached to the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese antiquities in the world, from clothing, tools and containers to religious equipment, animal remains, and writing tools. This attractively presented resource provides a major online corpus of material for studying and teaching the archaeology of Egypt and surrounding regions, in addition to providing practical information for visitors to the museum itself. The core of the website is a searchable database of over 80,000 objects and 92,000 images from the museum collection. The collection can be searched by object type, provenance, material and period and researchers can create their own personalised selection of artefacts for future study by registering (for free) with the website. Equally impressive is the linked Digital Egypt for Universities project, a virtual teaching and learning resource for ancient Egypt which provides a useful thematic introduction to Egyptian archaeology with many maps, virtual reality images of buildings, photographs of artefacts, and an A-Z of many aspects of ancient Egyptian society. Other educational resources, a site gazetteer, and an extensive bibliography are also provided. This site is a major contribution to the online study of ancient Egypt and will benefit a wide range of individuals, from the interested general public to undergraduates and their teachers, as well as to those interested in virtual museums and online publishing in archaeology. The Petrie Museum has recieved funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Urbino University's Physics Laboratory and Museum of Scientific Instruments holds several collections containing over a thousand objects in total. The museum is open to the public, with access details available from the website. The site presents a history of physics in Urbino from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries, and a history of the collections held at the museum, which began at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Many of the instruments are pictured online, with catalogue details and notes provided in English and Italian. The instruments are grouped according to their field of application. Some of them may be viewed in '3-D', the user being able to rotate the view of the instrument through 360 degrees. The website also features a list of the laboratory's publications, links to online resources about scientific instruments and the history of science, and a guide to online museums and exhibitions around the world. The guide presents the user with a map of the world, which links to a list of resources geographically located in the selected continent.
The Physics Museum of the University of Coimbra in Portugal houses a collection of scientific and didactic instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries. They consist of rare instruments used in the Physics Cabinet of the University of Coimbra since its origin in 1772. Many of the instruments have considerable artistic as well as historic value. This website includes the ability to browse the online catalogue and view 150 instruments through pictures, schemes, texts and animations. There is a Virtual Museum that contains a set of Virtual Reality films enabling visitors to pan around the Museum exhibition rooms and to virtually interact with selected Museum instruments. There is a Digital Library on the History of Physics under development on the site to put 18th century books online. The first work available is Pierre van Mussenbroek's 'Cours de Physique Experimentale et Mathematique' in 3 volumes. This site has been 'under development' for some time. It may be viewed in Portugese or English.
This is the website for the University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum. The Museum, “one of the world's great collections” contains over half a million ethnographic and archaeological objects from all over the world, and is celebrated for its displays – as a working research and teaching resource display cases organise artefacts by type rather than culture, and are “very crowded” with revealing hand-written labels. Many of the objects were donated by early anthropologists and explorers, ranging from a Tahitian mourner's costume, collected during Captain Cook's Second Voyage in 1773-74 to brasses and ivories from the Kingdom of Benin. As well as objects, the museum has an exceptional (having ‘Designated Status’ in its own right) photography collection of “images of native peoples and cultural activities” which has developed since the museum’s foundation in 1884. Further important collections include manuscripts (chiefly papers of field anthropologists) and unique sound and film archives, recorded in the field and exceptional in the material held from an early date. The website explores the collections in detail, with a range of online resources based around specific collections (such as the Tibet Album of early photographs of Tibet), an online catalogue (unfortunately currently not illustrated) and details of current research. The museum receives core funding from the AHRC.
This is the section of the Polish Music Center's (PMC) website dedicated to the composer Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994). The Center is located in the Thornton School of Music at the University of South California and collects manuscripts, scores, and recordings of Polish music, as well as books, articles and other information about Polish musical subjects. The site contains a list of works, a discography and a bibliography of writings by Lutosławski, interviews and discussions, monographs about, and articles, chapters and reviews. In 1985 Lutosławski personally donated five complete manuscripts to the Center. Details of these manuscripts and others collected since is available. Witold Lutosławski, along with Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937), is generally considered to be one of the two most important Polish composers of the twentieth century.
This is the website of the Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej (Polish Music Information Centre). The Centre was developed in 2001 from the Library of the Polish Composers' Union - Polish Contemporary Music Documentation Centre in Warsaw and collects and makes available books, periodicals and other publications dealing with Polish contemporary music. It "boasts Poland’s largest collection of scores by contemporary Polish composers. It also holds an extensive collection of Polish contemporary music recordings, both on records published on professional labels and in the form of radio recordings as well as our own recordings of concerts organised by Polish Composers’ Union.The centre has Poland’s greatest computer database of Polish contemporary composers and their works, the bulk of which is now available on the Internet". The site itself provides a wealth of information on Polish composers, performers, musicologists, promoters, orchestras, choirs, ensembles and details of conferences, competitions and concerts. Also included are links to other relevant institutions, schools, libraries, publishers and newspapers. The library's catalogue is available to search online. There is an English version of the site (click on the flag) but not all the items are translated.
This is the home page of the Archives of Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Collecting began in 1869, and the University now has some 3,500 metres of holdings. Collections are divided into two separate sections: University Records and Private Manuscripts. The former relate to the history of the administration of the University. The latter -- of note for those conducting research in the field of Canadian History -- include: literary papers; public affairs; business papers; regional collections; genealogy; photographs; architectural drawings; sound and moving images; and fine arts. The Archives also hold documents on the city of Kingston, Ontario (going back to 1970), and for the Kingston General Hospital. Fonds are generally described. However, there is a search engine which allows users to search its online database. Searches bring up item-level document descriptions. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the site is an online exhibition designed as courseware for teachers, entitled An Archival Look at World War I. This subsite is divided following several themes: Canadian Homefront; the Technology of WWI; Women during the First World War; and World War I Warfare. A collection of archival photographs related to the Great War is accompanied by suggestions for teachers and explanatory historical notes. The exhibition will also serve researchers in giving them some idea of the nature of the collection for this period. The site gives information on the collections policy, location and opening hours. Users can sign up to receive the archival Newsletter. Navigation is clear and straightforward.
The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University website covers numerous archive catalogues and collections. It provides contact information, accessibility terms and details of the collections' holdings. This site is of interest to those in the humanities focusing on North American studies, politics, marketing or history. The collections include the following centres: John W. Hartman Center Sales, Advertising and Marketing History; John Hope Franklin Collection of African and African-American Documentation; Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture; and The Digital Scriptorium. There is an online catalogue, which is supported by finding aids and detailed guides. There are also many public exhibition rooms where the general public can view some of the library's most interesting holdings. The library also offers grants for researchers wishing to use the collections.
This Web page describes AHRC-funded research to re-display the Ancient Greek and Roman collections at the University of Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum. The project aims to bring the University's archaeological scholarship into "conversation" with contemporary museum display practices, in the light of recent advances in art history research, moving away from 'thematic' or 'stylistic' displays, towards an understanding of the role of "changing technology, the complexities of workshop practices, and the role of ancient markets" as well the influence of collectors on museum objects. Outputs will include a new public catalogue and Web pages for visitors.
This is the website for two Arts and Humanities Research Council funded workshops held in 2007 and 2008. They aimed to bring together curators, librarians, archivists and academics to discuss the challenges posed by research collections in UK museums and galleries. The first workshop was concerned with developing museum research facilities and supporting researchers, whilst the second focussed on collections related to the experience of empire and the specific challenges these face, such as ethics and the lack of clear guidelines on access and confidentiality. The website includes workshop programmes and slides from some of the presentations delivered.
This website describes the 1,000 artworks in the Royal College of Art collection. The collection, begun in 1920 represents significant developments in British painting from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The collection was built from contributions by staff and students’ paintings, drawings and prints as well as artworks donated from their own collections. Works in the collections range form those by artists such as Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer, through the 1950s ‘Kitchen Sink School’ and pop art of the 1960s to work of more recent graduating students like Chris Ofili and Tracey Emin. The collection has been conserved and digitised through an AHRC grant and key works are presented on the website.
This website hosts the Archives of Ryerson University in Toronto. The site describes the archive's holdings, with records from 1783 to the present, but most from the second half of the twentieth century. The institution holds vital statistics; photographs; records of the university; private papers and documents; speeches; sound recordings; and oral interviews, among many other sources. Names of specific files are posted in an alphabetical index. These focus mainly on the past life of the university, but several of the fonds - ranging from aboriginal issues to papers on the Canadian film director Norman Jewison - will be highly relevant to researchers working on a variety of topics in Canadian History and Cultural Studies. This resource is generally useful, although it could have been strengthened by a more detailed description of fonds within the index itself. This problem is partly mitigated by the site's essays describing the history of the university. There is also a subsite with a good virtual exhibition of archival photographs, particularly helpful for those studying the History of Computing in Canada. Other mini exhibits are posted in the What's New section. The site is further complemented by a good, mainly Canadian, archival links page.
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia was designed in 1973 by Norman Foster to house the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. It covers modern Western art, fine and applied arts from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, Asia, Egypt, medieval Europe and the ancient Mediterranean. The website provides details of current and forthcoming exhibitions; and, under 'collections', details about the University of East Anglia Collection of Abstract and Constructivist Art and Design and the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau. The Centre recieves funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
This is the website for Salomons Museum, the onetime home and estate of the Salomons family. The Salomons included Sir David Salomons, Member of Parliament, equality campaigner and the first Jewish Lord Mayor of London and his son, the scientist and road transport pioneer Sir David Lionel Salomons. As well as the family's historic home and estate (one of the earliest buildings in the country be powered by electricity and including Sir David Lionel Salomons' purpose-built Science Theatre) the museum is cares for the various collections built up by the family: badges; ballooniana; Jewish history; London; electrical/scientific; estate and family; transport; medals; World War I. The collection’s illustrated catalogue is available online, and the website includes a virtual museum tour and information about public access. Salomons Museum has received AHRC funding.
SALSER (Serials catalogue for Scottish academic and research libraries) is a union catalogue of serials holdings in all 13 Scottish universities, the municipal research libraries of Edinburgh and Glasgow, numerous smaller Scottish research libraries and the National Library of Scotland. Through SALSER users can not only discover which serials are held where, they can also connect to the participating libraries' On-line Public Access Catalogues (OPACs) for more detailed holdings information. SALSER also provides a library directory giving useful information about addresses, phone numbers, opening hours and lending services. Accessed through the Web. Freely available. Description supplied by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
Begun in 1872 the School of Art's collection of watercolours, drawings, prints and ceramics was conceived as a teaching collection and is still very much used for this as well as an increasing amount of research. Exhibited in the School's Gallery, along with a changing programme of contemporary art and ceramics, the collection comprises over 18,000 examples of fine and decorative art, including one of the finest collections of studio pottery in the United Kingdom. The website gives an overview of the collection and highlights specific areas - such as Welsh folk craft - within it. There are also details of forthcoming exhibitions and opening times.
This website describes University College, London’s Science Collections. A by-product of the research conducted at UCL over the past two centuries, these are composed of scientific apparatus, equipment, notes and memorabilia. Collections include: Geomatic Engineering (including the Thompson pin-hole plotter, Professor E.H. Thompson's papers and items associated with surveying and photogrammetry); Chemistry (including Sir William Ramsay’s Nobel Prize Citation the very first clinical X-ray photograph ever taken in Britain); Physics (including historic laboratory equipment); Electronic and Electrical Engineering (including Thermionic Valve inventor Sir Ambrose Fleming’s papers); Physiology (including published papers from 1860’s and gramophone records made by Lovatt Evans). UCL Museums & Collections has recently acquired Medical Physics collection which is awaiting documentation. The website includes fuller descriptions of each collection as well as brief details of related research and access information (access by appointment only).
This is the website for the University of Cambridge’s renowned Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. With collections of geology and palaeontology, the museum traces the development and composition of the Earth and of life through minerals and fossils. Of particular interest to the humanities is the ‘Woodward legacy’ the collection of Dr. John Woodward (1665 – 1728) which formed the nucleus of the Museum, comprising some 10,000 specimens of housed in their original purpose built cases in a reconstruction of his study. Of further interest to those studying the history of science is the Darwin Collection, which includes many objects related to Charles Darwin’s early training as a geologist (which was closely connected to the University). This collection will be extended in 2009 to include an exhibition of the geological specimens collected by Darwin on HMS Beagle. The website also includes information about the Museum’s research and educational activities. The Sedgwick Museum receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and is designated as an outstanding collection by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
This is an AHRC-funded research digital archive of the work of Siobhan Davies Dance. A collaboration between the dance company and Coventry University, the archive demonstrates Siobhan Davies’ practice and processes as well as providing a catalogue of the company’s work. The website includes biographies of company dancers and collaborators. Of particular note is 'The Kitchen' feature which demonstrates how the diverse elements associated with Siobhan Davies productions - by dancers, artists, designers, collaborators - come together in the final production. The archive includes film and photographs of performances, reviews and commentaries. An interesting feature is the guest scrapbooks created by "close collaborators and associates" which offer personal views of the archive. The archive includes several thousand items, including previously unseen rehearsal footage. Free registration is required to access certain parts of the website.
The Slavistics Portal is a virtual library of information and weblinks designed for teachers, researchers and academics of Slavonic studies, languages, politics, history and culture which is maintained by the Berlin State Library. Key features of this excellent website include: a subject gateway of recommended Internet sites (including electronic journals and e-books); new acquisitions lists and alerting services from the Berlin State Library and a metasearch engine which enables users to quickly cross search a number of key Library catalogues and journal indexing services to find references and abstracts of materials. The site includes links to many German, Slavonic and Russian language resources. Topics covered include: communism, post -communist transitions and political and economic developments in Eastern and Central Europe.
The website SOAS Library : Archives and Manuscripts provides an overview and practical information about this section of the School of Oriental and African Studies' Library (SOAS). The extensive holdings of one of the foremost institutions in its field, include materials relating to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. A particular strength of the collection is the documentation of individual missionaries. There are also the papers of such luminaries as Robert Wellesley Cole, Andrew Hake, William Sewell, and A.J. Arkell. SOAS has a large collection of documents on Chinese Maritime Customs, and former members of the China Consular Service. Language and literature are also well-represented with a combination of the papers of authors, scholars and critics. There is also a regional guide to the archives and manuscripts, an oral archive collection and a guide to photographic sources. Some of the latter resources are displayed in an image gallery. Opening hours, access conditions and reprographic details and prices are available on the site, as well as directions to the library.
This website lists the special collections held at Northumbria University Library. These include collections relating to parliament, to union/labour history, a collection of children’s books and papers relating to cultural policy. The website includes access information.
This is the online index to the manuscripts of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections (it is no longer being updated). The manuscript collections include: medieval manuscripts; oriental manuscripts; the Scottish Gaelic collections; the African missionaries; collections of architectural drawings; the university archives; the business papers of Scottish companies and organizations; and the private and business papers of individuals. The collections cover a broad range of subjects with particular strength in Scottish literature, history and music, the history of science and of medicine, theology, the Scottish enlightenment and geology. The index was carried out by a project team from the University Data Library, after funding was received as part of the Non Formula Funding of Specialised Research Collections in the Humanities (NFF) Monitoring Programme to increase access to researchers.
This page is from the website of the Mississippi State University Extension System, which contains a database of documents relating to extension courses. This document, Speed Tailoring Techniques: Preparing Fabrics and Patterns, deals with the techniques involved in constructing a jacket. It covers: Fabric washing and preshrinking; preparing the pattern and its fit and shape; properly cutting and marking the pattern; and two different methods for using a fusible interfacing, including tips on lapels, pockets, underlining, darts and collars. The document also contains references to source books, and to a number of other related documents available from the University’s collection.
The website of the Ryan Memorial Library at St Charles Borromeo Seminary provides information on the library of the official seminary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The library holds over 134,000 volumes, and is rich in resources in theology and religious studies, with particular strengths in the areas of: philosophy; patristics; systematic and moral theology; and scripture. The catalogue can be searched online. The library also houses a number of special collections, including rare books; Catholic devotional literature; liturgical books; catechisms; holy cards; and almost 1500 video recordings. The online listing of the last may be a useful resource for those wishing to discover what audiovisual resources are available in this area.
This website describes the University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery, one of Scotland’s leading centres for the exhibition of contemporary art as well as the location of the University’s collection of old master paintings, sculptures and bronzes. The website includes details of current and forthcoming exhibitions, events and educational activities as well as an archive of past shows.
This is the homepage of the Trent University Archives. The site's most prominent features are its online exhibits. The site describes the holdings of the archive, mainly documenting the history of the university and the surrounding region. Fonds include a large photograph collection, with an alphabetical list of many prominent individuals, such as Margaret Laurence, Tommy Douglas and Bob Rae. A subsite on finding aids gives detailed descriptions of each file, listed alphabetically. Records include those on the Red Cross, the Fenian raids, federal cultural policy and local associations, among many other topics. Site visitors can also conduct searches of fonds descriptions using a subject index. These guides indicate that the archives will be of greatest use to researchers in the fields of Canadian social, cultural and political History, as well as the history of industrial development in southern Ontario. A What's New section describes the archivists' work to develop and publicise their institution. There is also a list of published resources under the following headings: Archives Newsletters; Atlases and Maps; Newspapers; Pamphlets; Trent Theses; and Vertical Files. Contact and access information is provided.
This is the website for the Turner Museum of Glass. Established in 1943 by Professor W.E.S. Turner, who pioneered the academic study of glass technology, the museum represents “all the major European and American glassmakers” and has particularly fine examples of glass objects both beautiful and technically innovative. The Museum holds one of the most extensive and comprehensive nineteenth and twentieth century glass, ranging from “drinking glasses to contemporary installations” and is open to the public as well as being an important resource for researchers. The website includes images of collection highlights and new acquisitions, as well as details of the Museum’s biannual Turner Memorial Lecture.
This website describes the typography collections and archives held at the University of Reading. The collections include: lettering from “almost every period, scale, style and material”; examples of the three principle printing processes (relief, intaglio and planographic) represented by historical presses (and a functioning workshop), tools, equipment, print surfaces and artefacts; one of the country’s most comprehensive type-specimen collections; archives of individual designers and companies including material related to Hans Schmoller, Ernest Hoch, George Mackie and Banks and Miles. Of particular significance is the Otto and Marie Neurath Isotype Collection holding material related to the the Isotype pictogram system. There is a varied exhibition programme of the material, details of which can be found here along with an archive of past exhibitions and publications. The collections have received an AHRC grant to improve access for teaching and research.
This website describes University College, London’s art collection, which includes some 10,000 objects, including student work by students of the Slade School of Fine Art, Old Master prints and drawings by Dürer, Rembrandt, Turner and Constable as well as sculpture models by John Flaxman. The collections are accessed by appointment, or via a frequently changing public exhibition programme.
This website originally grew from an AHRC-funded Research Workshops Museums and Galleries grant awarded in 2006 to the University of Leicester. It presents, and now seeks to continue, the collaborative work between the University, Culture24 (formerly known as the 24 Hour Museum, the UK's national virtual museum), and the Collections Trust (formerly known as MDA). The website provides reports (some in PowerPoint format) on a series of workshops that took place between July 2006 and March 2007 in Leicester, Brighton, Newcastle, London and Cambridge at which museum practitioners and academics were brought together to consider as a think tank a number of issues related to the potential of the emergent Semantic Web and its associated technologies to the UK museum sector. The objective is to keep the website as the focus for discussion and debate in this area, and as the space for future collaborations, case studies and publications to be shared. The ongoing discussion on Web technologies applied to museums should interest researchers and museum studies students.
The National Archive for the History of Computing opened in 1987 to preserve documents and pictures relating to the history of British computing and to encourage research into computing history. The Archive is based within the Centre for the History of Science,Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester. The Archive's website provides further information about the contents of the Archive and how to visit it. The online catalogue documents manuscripts and secondary sources held by the Archive including papers relating to: the Admiralty Computing Service; United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority; Dr Andrew Booth; Cambridge University Computer Laboratory; Ferranti Ltd, 1948-63; Douglas R. Hartree (1897-1958); International Computers Ltd (ICL), ca. 1907-80; Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd, ca. 1958-70; Dr D.G. Prinz (b. 1903); and Alan Turing (1912-1954). The catalogue also provides a brief guide to relevant material held at other UK locations and bibliographies relating to the history of computing. A small exhibition consisting of four virtual rooms provides a sample of the materials held together with brief notes. The four rooms relate to the programming notes of Alan Turing; life in a British punched-card business; Lyons electronic office; and the notebook of Geoffrey C. Tootill which records the first stored computer program to be run in Britain (21st June 1948, University of Manchester). The Archive runs an associated email list (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is the website of Unione Femminile Nazionale (National women's union), an association based in Milan that aims to promote and raise awareness of women's issues. Details of the Union's various archives, library, and activities are made available. There are descriptions of new additions to the library and of each of the Union's archives. These include the archive of Donna Woman Femme, which holds administrative documents of the important women's journal. The Matilde Bassani Finzi Foundation comprises of leaflets, diaries, and writings of the Jewish partisan. The Luisa Peroni Mattioli Foundation's archive presents documents relating to the administrative activities of Italy's first female magistrate. Other archives are also available at the Union for consultation by appointment. The Union's own archive contains important documents on Italian and international suffragism and women's history. The Union published a journal between 1901 and 1905 and this site includes a link to online facsimiles of each edition. A brief history of the Union is included, as are links to other associations dealing with women's issues. The Union was established in 1899. This resource would be of use as a starting point for further research into Italian feminism, women's studies, or the individual female figures featured.
This is the website for the University Museums Group (UMG), which exists to promoter and advance the interests of Museum collections attached to UK universities. The website includes: information on the organisations advocacy activities, including the PDF report ‘University Museums in the United Kingdom: a national resource for the 21st century’; contact information for the UMG committee; information on events, meetings and conferences; and a gazetteer of university museums and galleries in England, Scotland and Wales.
The website European Resource Centre provides information about this centre and its collections, based at the University of Birmingham, which supports the European Research Institute (ERI). The site has details about the centre's staff, collections, opening hours, and facilities. The Centre brings together the resources of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, the Institute for German Studies, and the Centre for Study of Security and Diplomacy. It has incorporated the Baykov Library, an archive internationally famous for its Central and East European holdings, which number over 90, 000. The collection focuses mainly on: EU enlargement; the European Documentation Centre (material of the main institutions of the EU); the German Documentation Centre; Western Europe post-1945; the Communist period in the Soviet Union; and post-1945 Central, Southern, and Eastern Europe. A vital resource for those researching East, Central, and Southern Europe, or post 1945 history.
This website describes the extensive special collections deposited at the University of Birmingham’s library. Collected over 120 years, there are over 80,000 pre 1850 books (the oldest dating from 1471) and 3 million manuscripts. Important individual highlights include: Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis (1543); the Complete Works (1616) of Ben Jonson, two copies of The Temple of Flora (1799-1807) by Robert Thornton. There are comprehensive collections of Joseph Priestley and D H Lawrence and a major Dickens collection; publications from John Baskerville, the Kelmscott Press, the Birmingham School of Printing, and the Giambattista Bodoni; political papers (including the papers of Joseph, Austen and Neville Chamberlain); religious material (including the collections of the former Selly Oak Colleges) from Bibles and New Testaments (including an Erasmus first edition of 1516) through early books on devotional and recusant matters and significant parish libraries from the 16th century; women’s papers; literary papers; public administration and items of local interest (such as the papers of the Cadbury family). Material is searchable online through the detailed archives catalogue. As well as outlining the collections in some detail, the website also has an interesting selection of online exhibitions of important holdings ranging from (digitised) rubbings of medieval church brasses, through excerpts from the first edition of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary to images from fore-edge painting. The library also employs two paper conservators, and information is provided about their work.
This website describes the University of Glasgow's archive holdings. These comprise two collections: the University's own archives (dating to its foundation in 1451) and the Scottish Business Archive contains the University's archives relating to the history of commerce and manufacture in Scotland. These inlcude the shipping and shipbuilding industries, food and drink production, mining, transport, law, banking and publishing. Each collection is described in PDF format together with access arrangements.
The website of the University of Hong Kong libraries allows users to search the university's online library catalogues, provides practical information on access and research facilities, and gives details of special collections. From the main page, users can access Dragon, the Hong Kong University Library catalogue. It is also possible to search other Hong Kong academic online library catalogues through the same search engine. Users can also perform separate searches for academic journal articles in the website's useful Article Finder facility. The Collection Development section of the website includes 'Subject Blogs', which list the library's main acquisitions under subject headings (for example, arts, architecture and social sciences) and provides news on the expansion of the library collection. The library's special collections include a Qing dynasty (1644-1911) version of the first medical jurisprudence book in the world ('The Washing Away of Wrongs', written in the thirteenth century) and the second and third editions of the journals of Rev. Gutzlaff, the first Lutheran minister to work in China in the early nineteenth century. The website appears to be intended as a companion resource for Hong Kong-based users. However, descriptions on individual pages are clear and precise, the Dragon online catalogue is fast and straightforward to use, and the website as a whole acts as a gateway to other online library resources of interest to Chinese studies' scholars in Hong Kong, the United States and the United Kingdom. Users can also download editions of Focus, the library newsletter, which contains news of developments in the library and reports on special events.
The website for the University of Houston Libararies provides access to databases of articles, books, journals, dissertation abstracts and archival material. It is of use to students and researchers. The site includes a digital exhibition section, featuring reproductions from the early modern period of Sebastian Brant's Stultifera Navis (Ship of Fools), including the wonderful collection of images by Haintz-Nar-Maister and Albrecht Dürer. Other digital projects include, Historic Texas Postcards, The Cruiser Houston and University of Houston Through Time. The website features a section on Research Help, which provides advice on how to locate and evaluate information on the Internet. There are also excellent subject guides with further links to relevant Internet sources or bibliographical information.The database of articles can be searched by subject, alphabetically, or by format. Some of the sources of information require a subscription. The section on archival material is divided into subjects, featuring: Architecture; American History; History of Houston; History of Texas; Literature; Performing Arts; University archives; Women's archives; and a miscellaneous section.
The University of Melbourne's Classics and Archaeology Virtual Museum Project puts online the majority of the contents of the Classics and Archaeology wing of the University's Ian Potter Museum, together with a number of collections not owned by the University. This vast online resource offers access to Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Middle Eastern manuscripts, pottery, coinage, bronzes, vases and sculpture.The centrepiece of the site is the database that allows the user to search the collection. Over 7000 images are available, and there are a number of photos for each object, taken from differing angles and with varying degrees of detail. This makes the site particularly useful for research, as do the full descriptions, bibliographies and comparisons for individual pieces. This information, with all other relevant data such as date, provenance and material, is attractively presented and easily accessible. The self-directed tour allows the user easy access to full lists of the artefacts and the history of the individual collections. There is extensive documentation about the development of the museum and the virtual museum project.
This website describes the special collections held at the University of Sheffield Library. Built up since the University’s foundation these extensive collections encompass a wide range of material and subjects supporting the University’s research interests, including architecture, through history, literature, international studies, local studies, politics, music, law and geography. Each collection (listed both alphabetically and by subject) is accompanied by a detailed description of its contents, together with item finding and access arrangements.
This is the website for the University of St Andrews Museums and Collections Unit, which manages the University’s extensive store of “documents, art works, furniture, photographs, laboratory equipment and specimens”, accumulated through its teaching and research activities since the University’s establishment between 1410 and 1414. Although there is no single dedicated place where all the collection may be viewed by the public, artefacts are on display in three key venues: MUSA – the Museum of the University of St Andrews, which charts the history of the University; the Gatehouse Galleries, hosting changing temporary exhibitions; the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Zoology (access by appointment). There are a number of further (restricted access) collections with their origins in teaching materials encompassing: ethnography and archaeology; fine and decorative arts; historic scientific instruments; anatomy and pathology (including “objects and archives which represent… changing methods in teaching for the past 500 years”); chemistry; psychology; geology. The website includes links to a number of further collections: the Boswell collection of Fine Art; The University’s collection of pioneering early Scottish photography; and the library’s special collections of rare books, manuscripts and muniments.
This website describes the University of St Andrew’s world-class collection of photography. In particular the collection benefits from an outstanding holding of early photographs (reflecting the University’s pioneering role in the development of photographic processes) including work by John Adamson, Robert Adamson, David Octavius Hill and Thomas Rodger. Other notable collections include: the work of local press photographer George Cowie, covering life in St Andrews and East Fife; photographs by John E A Steggall, covering life and travel in the early twentieth century; glass negatives by landscape photographer Robert Moyes Adam; 120,000 topographic images from postcard printer Valentines of Dundee; Lady Henrietta Gilmour’s images of her daily life between 1890 – 1912; colour slides by James Burt Milne reflecting tourist sites in the 1970s and 1980s; Sir James Donaldson’s photographs of architecture, topography and statuary; Late nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs by William Carmichael McIntosh’s (of natural history and psychiatry), David Russell (of archaeological excavations), D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (of natural history and anthropology). The Website also includes images from the University’s Muniment and Manuscript collection of historic documents including including illustrated alchemical documents, photographic prints and albums, lantern slides, watercolours, archaeological plans and drawings. Although the website has only a fraction of the huge collection available in digital format, the still extensive selection of images available is well indexed and has advanced search and ‘lightbox’ functions.
The University of Stirling’s Art Collection, described on this website includes over 300 paintings, sketches, tapestries, sculpture and silver, collected since 1967. The collection includes works by Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Graham Sutherland and J.D. Fergusson, as well as site-specific works commissioned during the construction of new buildings. Work is displayed in the purpose built concourse gallery as well as outside on the University’s landscaped loch-side campus. The website includes a brief tour of the collection as well as visitor information.
UTARMS: University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services is the home page of the Archives of the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The site outlines conditions for access and management of archival sources, then expands to describe the repository's holdings. These comprise University and private archival records; photographs; architectural drawings and plans; film and videos; oral histories; and University publications and theses. Collections focus on the history of the University from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and will form a good basis for research in Canadian Social, Cultural, and Intellectual History. In addition, there are elements to professorial collections which relate to many academics' notes on their previous research. The Archive also has two searchable online databases: the Accessions Database, containing accession records for all University and private records -- and the Image Bank Database. Via this latter database, users can browse through a selection from the general collection of some 200,000 photographs, which goes back to the 1880s. This beautiful set of samples -- viewable by thumbnail images with index records next to each item -- will also help to give researchers a good idea of the general content of the Archive. Information on ordering images and their copyrights is provided.
This is the website of the Founders' Library at the University of Wales, Lampeter. The catalogue of printed books is accessible online, and access to the resources themselves is for students and staff of the University who hold a current library users card. Instructions are provided for those outside the University who are engaged in serious study who wish to consult the collections. There is space on the website to display online exhibitions, and there is a link to 'Pamphlet and Polemic' a University of Wales, Lampeter project funded by the RSLP (the Research Support Libraries Programme). The Founders' Library contains about 25,000 printed books and pamphlets from 1470 to 1850 together with some medieval manuscripts, scrolls, and post-medieval manuscripts. The collection was given by its early benefactors between 1827 and 1850, principally Thomas Burgess, Thomas Phillips and Thomas Bowdler.
This website showcases the University of Warwick’s art collection. The collection includes artworks from important artists including “Lubna Chowdhary, Richard Deacon, Terry Frost, Bridget Riley, Catherine Yass” and is displayed across the university, as well as in dedicated exhibitions at the University’s Mead gallery and online. The collection can be explored online with the illustrated catalogue funded by the AHRC.
This website describes the special collections held at the University of York. Although the university has only been building its collections for a short time, they already rival much older libraries. They are particularly strong in the humanities, including a wide range of rare books, from a number of gentlemanly and parish libraries, supplemented by the personal collections of a number of authors and researches associated with the university. These are supplemented by collections of twentieth century literature, copies of scores bequeathed by Aaron Copeland and numerous microfilm collections. Anyone is free to consult items in situ at the university, and they are recorded in its online catalogue.
This site created by the library of the Unversity of Texas, contains online maps of Russia and the former Soviet republics. Unless otherwise stated, all the maps were produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Users can get to the relevant map by clicking on the letter in the alphabet, which will take them straight to the required part of the site. The maps included in the site are political, historical, topographic, reference, and others, - some in PDF format. There are also maps focusing on the ethnic divisions in the country, such as "Soviet Union - Muslim peoples" (1979), "Soviet Union - Muslim population" (1979), and "Soviet Union - comparative socialist nationalities by republic" (1989). Users can also find maps on different industries (coal and major minerals, petroleum, electric power, etc.). Apart from that the site includes world city and country maps.
The "Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM)" website offers pertinent information about this museum of contemporary art. The site, available in English, Spanish and Valencian, is divided into several sections presented in a tabular form. The collections section describes the main features of the permanent collection of the museum. It consists of over 10,000 pieces representing Cubism, Surrealism, Informalism, Pop Art and other expressions of modern art during the last century. There is also an extensive collection of graphic design and photography, although none of the collections or exhibitions is displayed on the webpage. In addition to further information about past and future temporary exhibitions, conferences and publications, the user can access the bibliographic catalogue of the IVAM's library, which holds more than 40,000 documents and other resources relating to modern art. Researches may be interested in the Data search tool (in the "Collections" section), as it allows the user to consult information about the collections of the museum too. This last option is only available after completing a registration form.
This website presents the digitised study collections of Barts and the London, School of Medicine and Dentistry. Drawn from three separate museum collections, this is an extensive database of specimens prepared for medical study, many including case notes (dating back in some instances to the early twentieth century). Registration is compulsory, but approval is automatic and free for email addresses from a recognised academic or clinical domain (for example .ac.uk or .nhs). Whilst intended for clinical study, the resource is obviously of interest to those studying or researching the history of medicine and dentistry as well as those looking for high quality and unusual anatomical images. Equally this web resource stands alone as an exemplary ‘virtual museum’. The VPathMuseum was created with financial assistance from the AHRC.
The homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine is one of the largest medical history libraries in the world. As the leading national resource in the history of medicine this website is accessed by international academics, historians, students and the general public. The site provides a comprehensive guide to the library's collection of books, journals, manuscripts, pictures, archives and films. Though somewhat confusing to navigate, packed as it is with information, the online catalogue itself is simple to use with searches made by keyword, author, title or subject. Although none of the holdings are available to download there is information on a photocopying and inter-library loan service. Online access to a collection of over 130,000 digitised images from the Wellcome Trust's Medical Photographic Library are available for searching. The site is regularly updated and includes recent news and details of developments on the website and in the Library itself.
This is the Wessex Sound and Film Archive website, introducing the Archive which holds audio and moving image material relating to central southern England. The Archive’s extensive collections (over 20,000 items) include: newsreel footage (with a particular emphasis on military and maritime subjects); amateur film and video of life in the region; research and advertising film by local businesses such as Vosper Thornycroft and Huntley & Palmers; local radio tapes; oral history recordings; Gramophone discs and tapes including some featuring the Bournemouth Orchestras; most of the original film documenting the raising of the 'Mary Rose’; local radio programmes from 1958 to the present. The website includes sample clips of collection highlights as well as access to the Archive’s online catalogue.
The Western Australian Cultural Heritage Portal is a website that provides integrated online access to the cultural heritage collections of Western Australian libraries, archives, museums and galleries. It allows users to conduct simultaneous searches across the catalogues and databases of a range of Western Australian cultural heritage institutions, and is an excellent starting-point for finding material relating to the history and culture of Western Australia. Simple and advanced searches may be made, and results may be saved and sorted according to user needs. The Portal is operated by the University of Western Australia library on behalf on its partners.
The Whipple Museum of the History of Science houses a large collection of scientific instruments and texts belonging to the University of Cambridge. Its collections cover all branches of science from the sixteenth century to the 1980s. The website provides an introduction to the museum and some of its special collections. There are features about current exhibitions such as "An University Within Ourselves", which takes a look at the sciences in Cambridge during the eighteenth century, and a page of case studies, which gives summaries of single display-case exhibits assembled by students and staff. An extensive annotated list of the Museum's publications is provided, along with a selection of links to other museums in Cambridge and history of science museums worldwide. The website is informative, but does not include an online catalogue of the Museum's holdings.
This is the website of the Women's Library, part of London Metropolitan University, and which houses the most comprehensive collection of women's history in the UK, making it useful for researchers across a range of disciplines. It "exists to document and explore women's lives in Britain" and its collections of books, pamphlets, archival materials, and more cover "issues from health, sexuality and popular culture to politics, history and human rights". The Women's Library website contains general information about the library and its collections. Catalogues of the Library's printed collection, and of the archive and museum collections can be searched online. Separate lists of biographical press cuttings and zines are also available. Additionally, the site offers to answer queries about individual collections at the library. Also provided are details of exhibitions, education resources and recent news and events. The site is user-friendly and simple to navigate. The Women's Library receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
This is the website of the Wordsworth Trust, based at Dove Cottage in Grasmere. The Trust is based in the most famous of Wordsworth's homes - now a popular museum - and is host to the famous annual Wordsworth Summer School, which brings together international scholars and writers with a shared interest in Romanticism. The Trust is also a research centre with impressive holdings of Romantic manuscripts (most notably, those of William and Dorothy Wordsworth). The site contains guides to, and images of, exhibitions displayed in the museum at Dove Cottage. The site posts full text versions of Wordsworth's best-known poems, supported by short illustrated explanatory pieces that will be helpful for students. Some historical and biographical information on Wordsworth's son, Hartley, and on Wordsworth's friends and associates, the other prominent Romantic poets, is additionally provided. The site includes audio downloads of recent poems read at the Wordsworth Trust and details on the Trust's festivals, readings, workshops, guided walks and similar activities for families, teachers, students and the general public.
The website of the Yale University Near East Collection provides an extensive listing of both online and library resources related to all aspects of the study of the Near and Middle East. The geographical scope of the resources is broad, going from Afghanistan in the east to Morocco in the west, and including the Arab world, Turkey and Iran but excluding Israel. Some of the resources are available only to Yale University users, but there is plenty of content accessible online.
One main section of the site is devoted to selected Internet resources, which are well-annotated lists of links to outside resources organised thematically. Themes include: Arabic and other languages; literature; the ancient Near East; Islam; women in the Middle East; human rights; Middle East politics; and sites from specific countries. The site also provides links to other resource gateways; journals and indexes; journals and newspapers in Arabic; departments, centres and societies that focus on the Near/Middle East; and other libraries with major Near East collections. In addition, along with information and catalogues related to the collections at the Yale library, the site includes text and images from Near Eastern exhibitions held there. A highly valuable source for reliable and well-organised resources related to Near and Middle Eastern, Islamic and Arabic studies.
This website lists the special collections held at Anglia Ruskin University Library. Of particular interest is the French Resistance which contains over 2000 documents (newspaper clippings, journals, articles, personal testimonies) maps, photographs, slides (propaganda posters, resistance activity) audiovisual material (radio broadcasts, interviews). Most of this material is in French and access is by appointment.
This website describes the special collections at Dundee University Library. Consisting of collections of books and papers loaned or donated to the University, the library special collections are particularly strong in art history, local and diocesan history, theology, the work of poet Allan Ramsay and Scottish philosophy of the 18th and 19th centuries. The website describes access arrangements.
This website describes the archives and heritage collections held at the University of Durham, two of which are designated as outstanding by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Collections include substantial archives of family, manorial, ecclesiastical, legal, scientific and historical papers as well as literary manuscripts, maps and plans, and early and rare books. Of particular note are Bishop Cosin's Library, and Bamburgh Castle Library, the former a library founded in 1669, and still housed in its original building, the latter, originally collected by the Sharpe family at Bamburgh Castle. Each contain rare books and manuscripts (and are the two MLA designated collections) incunabula, medieval and post-medieval manuscripts as well as 16th century theological works, and works relating to law, travel and literature. These two collections are supplemented by a range of other former libraries, drawn from the North East and containing a rich array of rare books, pamphlets and manuscripts. As well as these extensive paper holdings the collections include audio of poets reading their own work, archives relating to poet Basil Bunting, archives relating to the Sudan, and its British colonial heritage, Medieval coins minted by the Bishops of Durham, photography collections (particularly of churches and Durham and the North East) tithe and inclosure maps, as well as substantial local studies collections. The website provides a number of finding aids to locate items within the collections as well as details on accessing them.
This website provides a detailed introduction to the library special collections, archives, museums and digital resources held at the University of Aberdeen. These collections have a distinctly Scottish flavour, although their quality is said to be of international significance, and range from the archives of the University’s own five centuries of history, through family and estate records, to items associated with the history of science and medicine, Jacobitism and the Enlightenment. These records can be searched via the library catalogue. The website also acts as a portal to the University’s eight museums, all leaders in their field, ranging from ethnography to zoology. The website also details the various digitisation projects which have taken place, a set of useful resources derived from key collections. Of particular note is the archive of "Collection Highlights" which showcase particular collections or achives as well illustrated online exhibitions.
This website lists the special collections held at the University of Kent, Templeman Library. Of particular interest are important collections relating to: the theatre (books, play texts, playbills, programmes); wind and watermills (photographs and archives); Early printed books; Renaissance literature; ballads and songs; the history of science; local history; political history (papers from former speaker of the House of Commons Bruce Bernard Weatherill) and Charles Dickens. As well as detailed descriptions and links to resources related to the collections, the website also includes access information.
The University of Nottingham Library has been collecting manuscripts and local archives for over 70 years and these now form the backbone of its extensive special collections. The three million documents include extensive rare printed book holdings, manuscripts, East Midlands local materials, items relating to author DH Lawrence, the family and estate papers of Portland (London), Portland of Welbeck, and Newcastle of Clumber (these last three designated as having national significance). Other subjects covered include 18th to 19th century drama, children’s educational literature, the history of medicine, Icelandic literature, the French Revolution and the university’s own archive. The website describes the collections and has a number of eLearning resources based on them, as well as access information