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Columbia University Libraries’ New and Noteworthy Acquisitions

From seventeenth-century Japan to twentieth-century New York, the Libraries’ latest acquisitions span place and time, bridging countries and cultures and furthering the Libraries’ mission to support a global community of scholars. Here is a selection of new and noteworthy holdings from the Libraries’ special collections and archives and digital resources in women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Distinctive Collections

Sagabon Ise Monogatari. Sagabon (“Saga book”) is the generic name for publications produced by the printing studio of Soan Suminokura in Saga village (near Kyoto) in the early Edo-period. Estimated to have been produced in 1608, these particular volumes are an early example of printing with movable wood blocks that contained multiple characters, connected by ligatures, which gives the illusion of handwritten calligraphic text that flows from one character to the next. This Sagabon was acquired in honor of Columbia’s distinguished Professor Donald Keene, a prominent Japanese literature scholar and steadfast supporter of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, who passed away in February 2019.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) made a number of important acquisitions in the past year, including:

William Yukon Chang Papers. A Chinese-American journalist and community organizer, Chang’s archive features unique materials related to New York City’s Chinatown, including the Chinese-American Times, an English-language weekly that he edited from the 1950s to the 1970s. In tandem with the Yuri Kochiyama Papers and the records of United Bronx Parents and the New York Guardians (an organization of African-American New York Police Department officers), this collection builds on efforts to enhance collections with a more inclusive archival record of the city’s history.

Publisher of the newspaper the Chinese-American Times, William Yukon Chang, provided a venue for Chinese Americans to read and write about their own communities.

Lydia Davis Papers. The archive of Man Booker International Prize recipient, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow, and 1970 alumna of Barnard College, Lydia Davis, was acquired in early 2019. According to Nicholas Dames, Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities, Davis “will be regarded as one of the handful of truly significant American writers at the turn of the millennium. … Literary historians will be reckoning with her influence for decades to come, and her papers will be much sought after as a result.” The acquisition was announced in conjunction with a reading by Davis, sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Recent years have seen major acquisitions in the performing arts, including the archives of composer Serge Prokofiev and dancer Arthur Mitchell. This summer, two-time Tony Award and two-time Olivier Award-winning actress Patti LuPone donated a portion of her archive, including correspondence, annotated scripts, and memorabilia, enhancing RBML’s rapidly-growing performing arts collections.

Kimberly Springer, Curator of the Oral History Archive, has continued to add interviews to the archive that respond to urgent social issues, including “Mass Incarceration Through One American Family,” which concentrates on a single family caught in the middle of the mass incarceration crisis; “Mi Maria Puerto Rico,” which documents the aftermath of Hurricane Maria; and “The 40% Project,” which captures the stories of gun violence survivors.

Avery Library recently acquired the architectural archives of Haines Lundberg Waehler (HLW). In operation for 134 years, HLW is one of the oldest continuously-operating architecture and engineering firms in the United States. When founded in 1885, the firm quickly emerged as a pioneer of new technologies being applied in New York City architecture. Early commissions included the Metropolitan Telephone Building, designed for the company newly founded by Alexander Graham Bell. In the opening decades of the twentieth century, HLW emerged as a leader in the design of skyscrapers, constructing numerous iconic buildings. In 1905, they designed the New York Times Building, which established Times Square as a landmark and also created the first tall structure in the city with the an integrated subway station. Other designs included the Western Union Building in Soho (1930), the Salvation Army Headquarters on 14th Street (1930), and the Irving Trust Headquarters Building at 1 Wall Street (1931, pictured). The nature of the materials in the HLW collection is significant for how they illuminate underrepresented narratives in architecture, especially labor politics in relation to the history of the New York City built environment.

Manuscript journal of young woman’s conversion to Methodism. This unique journal dates from 1838-41, the end of the “Second Great Awakening” of evangelical pietism in the United States and shows in vivid detail the struggles of a young woman wrestling with the religious ideas of the era.

Ling-Ling: Revista misional ilustrada para ninos. Mid-twentieth century Spanish-language missionary periodical and comic that informs children about missionary practices around the world.

Bunriha kenchiku kai no sakuhin. A catalog of their second exhibition in 1921, the Bunriha kenchiku kai (Secessionist Architectural Group) initiated Japan’s avant-garde architectural movement. The group was founded in early 1920 by six students from the Architecture Department of Tokyo Imperial University and played a significant role in the development of Japanese modern architecture.

Electronic Resources

LGBT Magazine Archive. A searchable archive of periodicals that date from the 1950s, and provide access to backfiles of ephemeral and overseas titles not typically collected by libraries in the United States. The archive traces the evolution of LGBT history and culture, including legal contexts, health, politics, social attitudes, activism, gay rights, arts/literature, and for the first time makes digitally available the complete backfile of The Advocate. The oldest surviving, continuously-published American title of its type, and as one of the few LGBT titles to pre-date the 1969 Stonewall riots, The Advocate spans the history of the gay rights movement.

Gale Archives of Sexuality & Gender. This collection spans the sixteenth to twentieth centuries and is the largest digital collection of primary source materials relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality, and gender. Documentation covering social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world is included, as well as rare and unique books on sex and sexuality from the sciences to the humanities. Selection of materials for this digital program is guided by an advisory board consisting of leading scholars and librarians in sexuality and gender studies.

Women at Work during World War II. Contains records documenting the experience of American women during World War II: Records of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor and Correspondence of the Director of the Women’s Army Corps. Primary sources document a range of issues, including studies on the treatment of women by unions, women’s work in war industries, equal pay, childcare, race, and extensive documentation on those serving in the Women’s Army Corps.

Women’s Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library: Voting Rights, National Politics, and Reproductive Rights. This collection of materials from the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College tells the story of the fight for voting rights for women at the national, regional, and local levels. The papers of key national leaders like Julia Ward Howe, Anna Howard Shaw, and Matilda Gage are included. Equally important are the papers of lesser known state and local leaders like Catharine Waugh McCulloch of Illinois, Olympia Brown of Wisconsin, and Nellie Nugent Somerville of Mississippi. In addition to the voting rights papers, this resource also includes records on women involved in national politics, like Mary Dewson and Jeannette B. Rankin, plus records from the Schlesinger Library’s family planning oral history project and records of Mary Ware Dennett and the Voluntary Parenthood League.

Just Launched: Web Archive of Independent News Sites on Turkish Affairs

I am pleased to announce the launch of the Web Archive of Independent News Sites on Turkish Affairs. Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the archive documents and preserves online news outlets about Turkey that are not controlled by the state. These sites provide opposing views and news about events unfolding in Turkey on topics that may not be covered by state news outlets, such as: migration, terrorism, the environment, LGBTQ issues, wars, insurgencies, and on. Together, the websites collected and archived strived to provide a well-rounded perspective of the many different people who live within the borders of the Republic of Turkey.

A screen capture of Agos, an electronic newspaper “that has emerged from within the Armenian community of Turkey” and “aims to further open its pages to the issues of Turkey and the world.”

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Resources Collection Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research at participating Libraries. Learn more about the program and explore additional collections here.

Just Launched: Independent Documentary Filmmakers from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Web Archive

I am pleased to announce the launch of the Independent Documentary Filmmakers from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Web Archive, curated by Luo Zhou, Chinese Studies Librarian at Duke University, and Joshua Seufert, Chinese Studies Librarian at Princeton University. Chinese independent filmmakers from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have long been crucial to bringing attention to social and political developments in their areas, but due to the sensitive nature of their work, their web presences are at risk of disappearing at any time. Created to capture and preserve these ephemeral primary source materials, the archive contains websites, blogs, and video feeds belonging to notable filmmakers from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, all made available for future research and access. 

A poster from Chan Hau Chun’s film, No Song to Sing. | 台湾导演陈巧真,《无调人间》的电影画报

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Resources Collection Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research at participating Libraries. Learn more about the program and explore additional collections here.

The following is a Chinese-language translation of the announcement above.

我很高兴地宣布启动“中国大陆、香港和台湾独立记录片导演数字档案保存项目”。该项目由杜克大学和普林斯顿大学的中国研究馆员周珞和邵玉书发起和维护。长期以来,来自中国大陆、香港和台湾的纪录片导演们引导到人们关注这些地区的社会和政治发展。他们的作品内容常常是敏感的,他们的各种网络表现形式有着很大的不稳定性,容易消失。这个项目旨在保存这些重要的但是容易消失的原始资料,内容包括来自中国大陆、香港和台湾重要独立纪录片导演的网站、博客和视频资料,以便学者和学生能永久使用这些重要资料。

网页归档保存可保留从实时网络中或易消失的信息,并保存选定的网站随时间而演变的方式。 Ivy Plus(常春藤加)图书馆联盟的网络资源馆藏建设项目是一项馆际合作工程,以建立让人免费使用但风险较高的网络内容的得到维护的主题馆藏,从而支持利用各参与图书馆的研究。 请在这里了解该计划更多信息并探索其他馆藏。

Just Launched: Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive

I am pleased to announce the launch of the Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive. Curated by Amanda Bielskas (Columbia), Brittany Wofford (Duke), Jane Quigley (Dartmouth), and Emily Wild (Princeton) — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive aims to preserve web-based geoscience field trip guidebooks, which document local geologic information and are often ephemeral. More information about the individual guidebooks included in the archive can be found in the Geologic Guidebooks of North America Database. If you’d like to nominate a guidebook for inclusion in the Archive, you may do so via this form.

The Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive preserves web-based geoscience field trip guidebooks, which document local geologic information.

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Resources Collection Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research throughout the Confederation. Learn more about the Program and explore additional collections here.

Just Launched: Stonewall 50 Commemoration Web Archive

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the Stonewall 50 Commemoration Web Archive, comprised of web content captured in June and July 2019 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Stonewall is one of the key events in the history of civil rights and the single most important event in the development of the modern gay rights movement. The Stonewall 50 celebration and commemoration was observed all over the world, with the central focus on New York City. Much of the selected web content was produced by the member institutions of the the Stonewall 50 Consortium (largely NYC-based, with a few national and international organizations as well). Archived content includes commemorative websites featuring video or audio interviews with original participants in the Stonewall uprising, historical essays, and many special event and exhibition listings to help document how the anniversary was celebrated. The collection was proposed by Professor Andrew S. Dolkart of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP).

The Stonewall 50 Commemoration Web Archive is comprised of web content captured in June and July 2019 that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. Columbia University Libraries is creating thematic collections of archived websites and archiving the University’s web domain. Columbia University Libraries is also participating in collaborative web collecting with other research libraries via the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation and the International Internet Preservation Consortium. Learn more about the program and explore additional collections here.

Just Launched: Literary Authors from Europe and Eurasia Web Archive

I am pleased to announce the launch of the Literary Authors from Europe and Eurasia Web Archive, comprised of captured website content related to literary authors (of both fiction and non-fiction essays), translators, critics, and publishers from Europe and Eurasia. Curated by Anna Rakityanskaya (Harvard University), Thomas Keenan (Princeton University), Robert Davis (Columbia University), and Anna Arays (Yale University), the Archive aims to preserve the history of the contemporary literary process as reflected in the non-print publishing activity of important literary figures and organizations.

The Literary Authors of Europe and Eurasia Web Archive captures website content related to literary authors (of both fiction and non-fiction essays), translators, critics, and publishers from Europe and Eurasia.

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Resources Collecting Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research at participating Libraries. Learn more about the program and explore additional collections here.

Just Launched: #MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive

I am pleased to announce the launch of the #MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive, comprised of captured website content from women’s organizations and individuals in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Curated by Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian at Columbia University, and Xiao-He Ma, Librarian for the Chinese Collection at Harvard University, the archive aims to systematically archive and preserve web content related to the #MeToo movement and women’s rights activities in the Greater China Region, so that scholars and students will be able to continuously be able to access these important, and potentially ephemeral, materials.

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Resources Collecting Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research at participating Libraries. Learn more about the program and explore additional collections here.

The following is a Chinese-language translation of the announcement above.

我高兴地宣布启动“中国 MeToo(米兔)和女权运动网页归档保存项目”,项目内容包含所保存的中国大陆、香港和台湾的妇女团体组织和个人的网页。该项目由哥伦比亚大学和哈佛大学的中国研究馆员王成志和马小鹤发起和维护,旨在系统地归档保存中华地区米兔和女权运动有关的网页,以便学者和学生能永久使用这些重要但容易消失的资料。

网页归档保存可保留从实时网络中或易消失的信息,并保存选定的网站随时间而演变的方式。 Ivy Plus(常春藤加)图书馆联盟的网络资源馆藏建设项目是一项馆际合作工程,以建立让人免费使用但风险较高的网络内容的得到维护的主题馆藏,从而支持利用各参与图书馆的研究。 请在这里了解该计划更多信息并探索其他馆藏。

#MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive captures web content from women’s organizations and individuals throughout China.

Just Launched: Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archive

I am pleased to announce the launch of the Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archive, comprised of captured website content from Eastern Europe and the territories of the Former Soviet Union. In recent years, this area of the world has produced a significant volume of websites likely to be of value to contemporary and future humanities, social science, and history projects, and the archive has been established as an attempt to identify, capture, and preserve this material. The thematic and generic scope of the archive is deliberately broad, and includes websites published by political parties, non-governmental organizations and activist groups, artists and cultural collectives, and historians, philosophers, and other intellectuals.

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Collecting Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research. Learn more about the program or explore the collections here.

The Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archives represents an effort to preserve research-valuable web content from Eastern Europe and the territories of the former Soviet Union.

 

Just Launched: Journal of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the Journal of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy (JCEPT), a new peer-reviewed, open access publication. Bringing together clinicians and academic educators, JCEPT promotes advances in education and educational research to stimulate analysis and discussion of clinical education in our field.

Publishing multiple article types including original research, reviews, case reports, and more, JCEPT provides a variety of forms for authors to share their insight and experience. With an emphasis on building community and developing a new generation of clinical educators, JCEPT offers students, emerging scholars, and clinicians opportunities to publish and professionalize their skills as academic researchers and writers. For established scholars and newcomers alike, JCEPT is a venue for collegial conversation and the advancement of scholarship in education and educational research. The recurring feature, the “Inter-Professional Corner,” will be dedicated to clinical education scholarship from related health professions or collaborations with physical therapists, promoting an even wider scope to the journal’s scholarship and expanded community of practice.

As a publication of Columbia University Libraries, JCEPT is committed to an ethical, open, and diverse approach to publishing and will provide options for open peer review, support for non-native English speakers, and those new to academic writing. For more about JCEPT and its policies, or to submit a paper, visit jcept.columbia.edu and follow the journal on Twitter @jcept_columbia.

The Journal of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy is founded by editors-in-chief Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, and Jean Fitzpatrick Timmerberg, PT, PhD—both faculty of the Columbia University Physical Therapy Program. They are joined by a distinguished editorial board made up of clinical and academic educators from across the country that represent multiple clinical specialties, roles in academic and clinical physical therapy education, and areas of clinical research.

Columbia University Libraries’ journals publishing program supports the creation, discovery, and dissemination of quality open-access research. We seek collaborations with Columbia-affiliated faculty and students who want to ask new questions, play at the borders of currently canonized fields, open new pathways of inquiry, explore innovative methods, and bring new and traditionally underrepresented voices into conversation.

Just Launched: Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive. Built by the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, member libraries of the Latin America Libraries of the Northeast Group, and with significant contributions from members of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, the Archive comprises Brazilian government websites in the areas of human rights, the environment, LGBTQ issues, and culture, for the period following the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil on October 28, 2018, up to his inauguration on January 1, 2019. The collection targets web content considered to be vulnerable due to the anticipated consolidation or elimination in the aforementioned areas, and represents a snapshot of government content before Bolsonaro took office, with the aim of preserving these important, but potentially ephemeral, documents for researchers and scholars.

The Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive was built to preserve web content created by the Brazilian government related to culture, the environment, human rights, and LGBTQ issues that is predicted to be erased or consolidated under the administration of the newly-elected Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, pictured here at his inauguration in January 2019.

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is a partnership between Brown University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University, and Yale University. The Web Resources Collection Program is an initiative of the Confederation’s Collection Development Group, under the direction of the Web Advisory Committee and Samantha Abrams, the Web Resources Collection Librarian. Now in its second year, the Program has six additional public collections: the Collaborative Architecture, Urbanism, and Sustainability Web Archive; the Contemporary Composers Web Archive; the Global Webcomics Web Archive; the National Statistical Offices and Central Banks Web Archive; the Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive, and the State Elections Web Archive.

If you have questions about the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive or the larger Web Collecting Program, please reach out to ivyplusweb@library.columbia.edu.