This is the home page of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sammlung Deutscher Drucke (AGSDD), the Library Working Group on German Printing, a collective project of six German libraries. These institutions have collaborated to create an integrated collection of sources printed in Germany from the onset of mechanised printing to the present. The site provides information on their efforts and makes them accessible to the public. Participating libraries are responsible for different periods as follows: the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich covers 1450 to 1600; Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel covers 1601 to 1700; the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek in Göttingen covers 1701 to 1800; the Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek and Senckenbergische Bibliothek of Frankfurt on Main work together to cover 1801 to 1870; the Staatsbibliothek of Berlin and particularly the Preußischer Kulturbesitz cover 1871 to 1912; and the Deutsche Bibliothek based at Leipzig, Frankfurt on Main and Berlin covers the period after 1913. A chronology of the project is provided, as are contact details, project-related bibliographies, annual reports, and details on acquisition, cataloguing and preservation policies. The site further explains the scope of each collection, including documents that have been digitalised and posted online, and gives links to the participating libraries. This site should prove invaluable for researchers in German Studies and the History of Germany and Central Europe who are trying to locate comprehensive sources for a particular time period.
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.
Backstage aims to provide a single point of access for searching performing arts collections within UK libraries and archives. The gateway consists of a database containing three strands of information: a directory of institutions; collection level descriptions; and selected item level records. The project is led by the University of Kent at Canterbury with support from Bristol University. There are a further eighteen project partners, based at institutions holding significant theatrical collections. The project involves the retrospective digitisation of catalogues to electronic form (based on the ISAD(G) archival standard) from selected institutions. Other partners provide collection-level descriptions. The website gives further information about the project and its partners. Over 900 collection-level descriptions are available for browsing and there is also a browsable directory of institutions, which has summary information and contact details for 418 libraries, record offices, and other establishments. The database contains over 60,000 individual item records. The search engine permits keyword and phrase searching of the descriptions, including by materials format (e.g. scores, playtexts, posters, programmes). Backstage receives funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP). The gateway is aimed at the research community plus anyone interested in the performing arts.
This is the website of the Biblioteca italiana delle donne (Italian women's library), Italy's principal library dedicated to works by and on women. The library's catalogue can be searched online. The 30,000 works in the library cover topics including: feminism; work; poetry; politics; sexuality; arts; science; history; religion; and philosophy. Highlights of the collection include holdings of "La donna fascista", the periodical of the Italian Social Republic and numerous first editions by Italian authors such as: Sibilla Aleramo; Grazia Deledda; Ada Negri; Anna Banti; and Neera. The Sofia collection makes available works devoted to the literature of children and young girls, whilst the Rosi Braidotti Fund constitutes works by contemporary feminist philosophers.
A bibliography of the library's publications is given, as is practical information on the library, such as opening times and contact details. The site links to other relevant organisations and online catalogues. The site is available in Italian and English. The library was established in 1982 in Bologna and is a non-profit making cultural organisation. This resource is useful for anyone studying any aspect of women's studies in Italy, including women's literature, poetry, and history.
The British Library Public Catalogue is an online searchable database of the Library's collection of over 150 million items, covering every aspect of human thought across all ages and in every written language. The online database is not exhaustive as many of the Library's resources still only appear in printed catalogues or indexes. Cataloguing and indexing schemes are not uniform, due to the way in which individual catalogues have developed since the 19th century, which limits some searching possibilities. Consistency of subject classification, for example, is not guaranteed. The online catalogue can, however, be searched in a number of ways and allows the use of Boolean operators (such as AND, OR, NOT). Results are given in brief and in full bibliographic format. Registered customers can order documents online from the site.
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.
COLLAGE (the City of London Library and Art Gallery Electronic) is an online image database created by the City of London and iBase Image Systems. The database currently contains approximately 20,000 images from the Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery in London. The collection is devoted primarily to London topography and London life from the 15th Century to the present day. All parts of London (not just the City) are covered, as are the adjoining counties. Each image is accompanied by a description of the picture and details of, for example, the artist, size of the picture, date, publisher, medium, etc., as appropriate. The database can be searched or browsed by artists, places or people, or by categories such as abstract ideas, history, politics, or the natural world. A series of online exhibitions are also available, as well as sections bringing together some selected highlights of the collections.
The Collections gateway is a searchable database of historical collections held by a number of museums, archives and libraries in Berkshire and Reading. The project has been founded by a group of Berkshire and Reading-based organisations, the University of Reading Collections Development Project, the University of Reading Library, the Museum of English Rural Life, the Reading Museum Service, and the Berkshire Record Office. Details of the records held by these organisations can be accessed by searching the Collections gateway, which also provides descriptions of collections, recent research, and access information. The project aims to involve other organisations in the scheme, and create a countrywide database of archival, museum and library holdings.
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.
Cornucopia : Discovering UK Collections has been developed by MLA: The Council for Museums, Libraries and Archives. Cornucopia is a fully searchable online database of some 6,000 collections held by almost 2,000 cultural heritage institutions. It also allows those institutions to record and maintain collections descriptions and details using a Web-based direct data entry client. The site offers a 'quick search' (keyword) which returns an alphabetical list of museums where the collection-level description contains a match for the keyword. The full record for a museum includes address details; collection overview; brief description of the building; and any especially notable objects in the collection. Access is also provided by browse lists of People, Places, Subjects and Dates. An advanced search facility provides amongst other things a postcode based search and the option to search across other collections databases and Google concurrently using Web Services. Cornucopia data can be harvested via OAI-PMH and searched externally using SOAP. The site contains brief help pages, contact details and latest news. Details of the technical specification and development are also provided.
The website of CyMAL: Museums Libraries and Archives Wales is a central resource for researchers across a range of disciplines and at all levels. Hosted by the Welsh Assembly Government, it offers an overview of available information services throughout Wales, from the smallest local museum to national archives. It also has current news on a range of issues of local and national importance, such as environment and heritage, with details of grants available to enable library and museum staff to run projects at local community level. It also contains details of The CyMAL Professional Development programme, which offers free courses for staff in Welsh museum, libraries and archives, focused on best practice in the sector. The site is clearly laid out and easy to navigate.
Directory of Special Collections of Research Value in Canadian Libraries is an online resource prepared by the National Library of Canada. The resource is divided into four indexes: a General Subject Index; a Primary Subject Index; a Collections Index; and a Institutions Index. It is worth noting that the collections mentioned here extend far beyond Canadian topics to include History, Politics and Literature of Central Europe; Great Britain; the United States; France; the Italian Renaissance; Germany; Hebrew, rabbinic, Yiddish and Jewish sources; Iceland; Ireland; Jesuits, Mennonites and several other religious groups and traditions; Japan; China; Russia and the Soviet Union; Spain; and the Ukraine. There are also good collections listed here which are related to the History of Science, along with special collections on many famous Western writers, scientists, philosophers, economists, politicians and artists. The site is clear and easy to navigate - one click will provide lists, descriptions and locations of all relevant collections in a given field. There is an excellent subpage of links entitled the Canadian Library gateway. The site is also available in French and has its own search engine.
The European Library portal offers a search service which spans the 47 national libraries of Europe. A replacement for the Gabriel service, it is a multilingual online service, which enables users to search for books, journals etc., both digital and non-digital. Users are offered a simple search and an advanced search, which allows them to specify national collections or search for online materials. The site also features news, exhibitions and a treasures section, which shows digital images of artifacts, rare books, manuscripts and drawings.
The European Library website is a portal which aims to give access to the collections, both digital and non-digital, of the 48 national libraries of Europe. It allows users to conduct searches across the European collections of participating libraries, and delivers bibliographical details and digital materials in full where available. Searches can be broad or confined to the collections of the user's choosing (which may be selected by library or by subject), and represent a fast and effective way of locating materials from across Europe. Of particular interest is the site's collection of treasures, which features facsimiles of individual valuable manuscripts, books, journals and images from the various European libraries. The European Library is based at the Koninklijke Bibliothek, the National Library of the Netherlands, and is an ambitious project with already impressive results. Anyone interested in the history and culture of Europe is recommended to explore this portal as searches will yield a wide range of results, and give free access to valuable material. The site's interface is available in a number of European languages.
The Harvard Yenching Library website offers users an introduction to the collections of the largest library for East Asian research in the West. Managed by the Harvard College Library, the collection boasts materials in Chinese; Japanese; Mongolian; Vietnamese; Korean; Tibetan; and Manchu. The website provides textual information on the library's collections, gives practical guidance about using and visiting the library and allows users to search the online catalogues of the university's libraries (HOLLIS). The Chinese collection includes a large number of gazetteers, rare books, and Ming and Qing writings.
The website also acts as a gateway to other East Asian research resources at Harvard, such as the East Asian Languages and Civilisations department, and the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research. In addition to a separate page of online resources for East Asian studies, each section also provides links to academic Internet sites valuable to researchers, faculty and students. A notable feature of the site is an online, searchable archive of the photographs of Hedda Morrison, who lived in China from 1933 to 1946. Users can view more photographs and their catalogue details by means of the VIA (Visual Information Access) system, through which images are displayed as a result of searches. The photographs chronicle local practices and customs; architecture; Buddhism; and handicraft production.
The Incunabula Collections Web page points to the British Library's resources relating to early printed books. These resources include: a digitisation of the British Library's Gutenberg Bible; digitised editions of Caxton's printings of the 'Canterbury Tales'; and the 'Incunabula Short Title Catalogue'. The page gives a description of each resource and links to the relevant page on the British Library's website. These pages would a good starting point for anyone researching the history of early printing in Europe, as well as medieval historians and art historians.
This is the gateway to Libraries in London. From here there are links to public, academic or specialist collections, which allow some form of public access. There is also a link to the British Library. There is access to online catalogues and it is possible to browse collections through a tag cloud that includes significant collections in public, specialist and academic libraries. There is a search facility for over 50 online databases that London public libraries subscribe to, many of which library members can use online from work or home. It is possible to search by borough or by titles or to browse collections by subject. The site also has a recommended reading section, a listings calendar, and a FAQs section.
This is the website of the Manuscript Centre, a research and cultural centre established in 1994 as a part of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt. It aims at collecting and preserving old and rare manuscripts which deal with history of science, and Arabic and Islamic civilisation. The site contains information about conferences with access to papers in Arabic and English covering topics such as manuscripts in British, Turkish, and Iranian libraries, and history of science. There is also a list of publications in either hard copies or a digital format, and these can be ordered from the Centre. The site can be viewed in Arabic, English and French. This site is of benefit to anyone who is interested in Arabic and Islamic studies.
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.
Through the multilingual MICHAEL service, users can find and explore digital collections from museums, archives, libraries and other cultural institutions from across France, Italy and the United Kingdom. The MICHAEL project has been funded through the European Commission's eTen programme. Users can search, browse and examine descriptions of resources held in institutions from France, Italy and the UK. The website also includes the latest editorials about the project, and a 'stories' section with testimonials from users. The website is available in English, French and Italian. The MICHAEL Plus project will enhance the contents of the portal by adding resources from a further 11 European countries.
The Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLA) London website is designed as an online resource for people working in the information sector. The site is the result of collaboration between the London Museums Agency, the London Archives Regional Council, and the London Libraries Development Agency. On the site users can find information on the sector, and search through case studies highlighting innovative collaborative projects. Under the heading partnership, users can also explore the benefits of museums, libraries and archives working together, with case studies on cross-domain work. In addition to this there is the priorities section that discusses the six priority areas MLA London is currently focusing on, and a news page.
The Web Site "Muzea, Archiwa, Biblioteki Polskie na Zachodzie" (MABPZ - Polish Museums, Archives, and Libraries in the West) is published by the Polish Library in Montreal. The site is in Polish. It is an extremely useful list of places that contain good collections of Polish materials and holdings. The list includes museums, archives, and libraries in Canada, Great Britain, the USA, Switzerland, France, and Italy. A short commentary about the holdings accompanies information about the locations and accessibility of the collections. This site is excellent for those carrying out research on Poland, Polonia, or Polish studies at postgraduate or post-doctoral level.
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 National Library of Scotland Guide to Manuscript Collections contains over 850 inventories of the Library's manuscript and archival collections. The collections are listed alphabetically (by title of each collection - sometimes this is the first letter of the depositor's surname). The larger accessions have more detailed finding aids available as PDF documents. As well as browsing in this way, the Guide can be searched by keywords. (Collections of only a single item or only a few items do not appear to be included in this finding aid). A text-only version of this service is available by following the links to the text-only version of the home page of the National Library of Scotland website. The resource is simple to navigate for the researcher, listing series clearly.
Produced by OCLC Research, this Web page lists the top 1,000 titles owned by OCLC member libraries. The list was first published in autumn 2004 and was updated for 2005, although the list had changed very little in that time. It was compiled by making a master list of titles, ranking those titles according to the number of items held by libraries and then organising them into a set of categories, e.g. banned books, biography, autobiography, books into film, children's, drama, fiction, government, librarianship, magazines/journals, music, poetry, reference works and travel. OCLC acknowledge that the list has some bias toward "the cultural heritage of North America and especially the United States, and also toward English-language materials". In addition to the list, some interesting facts about featured titles are provided, plus there are links to other book and library lists, with comparisons to the OCLC list.
This is the website for ‘The People’s Network’ a collaboration between UK public libraries offering three key library services online: an enquiry service (staffed during working hours by UK librarians and USA librarians outside this); a discovery service, allowing users to search for digital objects within UK library collections and ‘reader2reader’ an online service enabling users share opinions about books with others. The website also includes a ‘find a library’ service as well and us funded by the National Lottery through the Museums Libraries and Archives Council.
The Photographic Libraries website provides an online directory of Web resources for finding images. It offers links to hundreds of image libraries and collections, ranging from agency portfolios to archival resources. This website covers stock image services, fashion and celebrity photography, archive and museum collections, resources for photojournalists, student galleries, maps and cartography, moving images, and much more. Many of the sites catalogued are those of museums and libraries, but private collections are also included. Each featured resource is accompanied by a description. It is possible to search the site or to browse by category. A facility to suggest new sites for inclusion is also available.
This is the website of the Plastics Historical Society, a partner in the JISC Museum of Design in Plastics Digitisation Project. Along with a wealth of information about the Society and its activities, the website contains a Virtual Museum which offers a useful timeline and a variety of exhibits on horn and different types of 20th century plastics. There is a useful 'Caring for Plastics' page which may interest conservators - this can be found in the 'Experiencing Plastics' section. There are also many open-access scholarly papers and notes in the 'Articles & Papers' section. There is a weblog and a discussion forum. The Society is based in the UK, and its library is available for consultation at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London - the website has an online catalogue for the Library. This website will be a vital starting point for anyone interested in the history of design with plastics in the English-speaking world and beyond.
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.
SLAINTE makes available information and resources for library and information staff throughout Scotland. It consists of two components: web pages providing information and services; and a search engine. SLAINTE was established in 1995 as a means of publishing online the printed Scottish Library and Information Resources directory of the Scottish Libraries Association (SLA). During 1997-9, another SLA printed publication, Discovering Scottish writers, was added, creating the Scottish authors service - over 75 biographies and timelines of significant Scottish literary figures. There are sections publicising recent news stories, forthcoming events, and SLAINTE publications.
This is the website of the Theatre Collections at the Templeman Library, University of Kent at Canterbury. The website provides information and finding aids for the individual collections held; these are: the Pettingell Collection of 19th Century play texts acquired by the actor Frank Pettingell; the Melville Collection of mid 19th to early 20th century material, assembled for a book by Andrew Melville III (1912-1988); the Playbill Collection which spans from 1786 to the 1930s and covers many London and provincial theatres; the Reading-Rayner Collection of printed works and programmes; and the Boucicault Collection of playbills, programmes, photographs and associated contemporary materials collected by Richard Fawkes in the course of writing his biography of Dion Boucicault. Available from the site are indexes for the Pettingell and Melville collections, plus detailed lists of the playbill and programmes collections. There is also a brief list of the contents of the Boucicault collection and an overview of the Reading-Rayner Collection, whose contents can be located through the Templeman Library catalogue. It is possible to browse the individual collections using the links on the left hand navigation, or alternatively click on the 'Programme collections' icon to browse the entire collection by year of performance.
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 is the homepage for the Wallace Collection's library catalogue.The website states that the Library's collection 'reflects the Museum's collection. Its strengths are: Old Master Paintings, French Painting from the 17th century to the mid-nineteenth century, French Decorative Arts 17th and 18th centuries, Sèvres Porcelain, French 18th century sculpture, Bronzes (Renaissance, Baroque, French 18th century), Arms and Armour, Majolica, Portrait Miniatures, Mediaeval and Renaissance Decorative Arts, History of Collecting.' The catalogue can be accessed by an A-Z title search, keyword search or author/title search. A list of recent acquisitions is provided, as is a periodicals list. Items acquired after 2000 are in the catalogue and work is being done to add earlier acquisitions into the online catalogue. The library is for reference only and by appointment. Contact details are provided.
This is the website of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) is a resource-sharing consortium of university libraries in the area in and around Washington, D.C. Perhaps the most useful part of the site is the WRLC's Digital Collections Production Center. This subsite describes the major archival collections at member universities, and will be of special interest to researchers. Member libraries include those of: American University; The Catholic University of America; Gallaudet University; George Mason University; George Washington University; Georgetown University; Marymount University; and The University of the District of Columbia. The site outlines WRLC's aims in creating a shared digital library, cooperative collection development and collective offsite storage. The shared digital library has been in operation since 1990, and is known as Access to Library and Database Information Network (ALADIN). It in turn offers an online catalogue; article data bases; digital collections; and Web access to other library and related resources. Use of Aladin requires a user password generated from within the WRLC system. The site also outlines its policies on sharing resources and interlibrary loans. In another subsite Electronic Serials can be searched; titles are also listed alphabetically - this subsite is a compilation of electronic discussion lists, distribution lists and serials of interest to library professionals.
Providing locations for more than one billion items in over ten thousand libraries worldwide, WorldCat.org purports to be world's largest network of library content and services. Administered by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center Inc.), it allows the collections of participating libraries worldwide to be searched. Simply enter the author and title of the book you wish to locate (a more advanced search facility is also provided), specify the country you wish to search, and you should get a list of all libraries holding copies. Clicking on the library name will take you directly to the entry in its catalogue for that particular book. Clicking on 'Library Info' will take you to its homepage. Other useful information provided is publication details, online reviews (where provided), cover images (if available) and price (if still in-print). An invaluable tool for researchers seeking copies of specific books, DVDs, CDs, articles etc.
The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) Libraries Digital and Special Collections website is home to a number of significant online archives containing various materials of importance to American history and culture. Over twenty different archives are searchable from the site, with results returning online digitised images of documents, with appended bibliographic and library information. Most of the archives may either be searched by keyword or browsed by a number of different criteria including subjects, titles, people, dates or organisations. There is also a separate database of finding aids, which the site describes as often constituting 'significant documents themselves, containing substantial information about the topic or person covered by the archival collection'. Individual archives in the collection include Drew Pearson's Washington Merry-Go-Round, covering that journalist's syndicated political column published between 1932 and 1969, and the American University History Photograph and Print Collection, which consists of pictures of American University, Washington D.C., mostly from the first half of the twentieth century. Archives from the Catholic University of America include: the Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact archive, documenting the Catholic school comic book issues to students between 1946 and 1972; The Brooks - Queen Family Collection (1773-1979), which concerns the fortunes of these farming families, particularly during the early nineteenth-century; the archives of The Ursuline Convent, Charlestown, which demonstrate the strong anti-Catholic sentiment in New England during the nineteenth century; the Terence Vincent Powderly (1849-1924) Photographic Collection, picturing turn of the twentieth century labour conditions and immigration; and the Fenian Brotherhood Collection of speeches, pamphlets, photographs, legal documents and so forth. Archives held by the George Mason University made available here include: Randolph H. Lytton's Historical Postcards of Fairfax, Virginia; the Federal Theatre Project Poster, Costume, and Set Design Slide Collection; the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Archives; the Reston Planned Community Archives; the Virginia Civil War Archives, and various other archives concerning the history of the University. Other collections include: 'The Silent Worker' newspaper for deaf Americans; the Clifford K. Berryman Collection of political cartoons; the letters of Timothy Vedder, a Union soldier during the American Civil War; the Charles Monroe Papers, concerning the life and work of the chemist and explosives expert; the William Stauton Collection, relating to the first president of what later became George Washington University; and, finally, a collection devoted to the radio presenter and jazz aficionado Felix Grant (1918-1993).