Category Archives: New E-Resources

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: 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.

Just Launched: Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive. Spearheaded by the Confederation’s Art & Architecture Librarians Group, the collection aims to preserve the personal and official websites belonging to notable contemporary Latin American and Caribbean artists in order to assure the continuing availability of the sites’ important content for researchers. The collection is an extension of an existing effort focused on collecting publications in all formats that document contemporary art and artists of Latin America and the Caribbean and defines contemporary art as it refers to ‘developments in the visual arts from 1975 to the present.’

An artist’s display in a Guatemalan market, also featured in the Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive.

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 five 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; and the State Elections Web Archive.

If you have questions about the Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive, or the larger Web Collecting Program, please reach out to ivyplusweb@library.columbia.edu.

Columbia Libraries Launches Website for the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry (LCAAJ)

Columbia Libraries is very pleased to announce the launch of the website for the digitized data of the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry. An accompanying guide to the use of the digitized materials with many supplementary materials is also available.

The LCAAJ archive is an extraordinary resource for research in Yiddish studies that can shed much valuable light on language, ethnography, literature, folklore and music, anthropology, linguistics, Germanic and Slavic studies, and aspects of Central and East European history. The archive consists of over 600 interviews conducted between 1959 and 1972 with native speakers of Yiddish during a long-range comparative study to document the effects of physical, linguistic, and cultural channels and barriers on the geographic fragmentation of the Jewish and diverse non-Jewish populations that coexisted in Central and Eastern Europe before World War II. The LCAAJ project collected its interviews at essentially the last moment, when a diverse body of native speakers was still alive, aiming to address both the challenge of an endangered linguistic and cultural legacy, and the special potential that Yiddish provides for studying language and cultural contact and change.

The LCAAJ archive consists of over 600 interviews conducted between 1959 and 1972 with native speakers of Yiddish, documenting the effects of physical, linguistic, and cultural channels and barriers on the geographic fragmentation of the Jewish and diverse non-Jewish populations that coexisted in Central and Eastern Europe before World War II.

This two-year project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, digitized approximately 140,000 pages of interview documents containing data from the interviews, carried out optical character recognition (OCR) and mark-up of the printed responses to enable their content to be searched and manipulated, and made all the digitized content freely available to scholars via the Digital Library Collections at Columbia. Additional work, funded by the Libraries, allowed for complete reprocessing of the full LCAAJ archive for scholarly use. This source for historical, literary, or anthropological research, for the study of languages in contact, and for the evolution and differentiation of language communities, is now available to a worldwide community of scholars.

The written materials accompany more than 5,700 hours of recorded interviews that Columbia Libraries has already digitized through generous support from NEH, private foundations, the New York State Conservation/Preservation Program, and Evidence of Yiddish Documented in European Societies (EYDES, a project of the German Förderverein für Jiddische Sprache und Kultur), through which the audio is publicly available. The long-term goal is to eventually link the written content to the audio recordings of the interviews and make the entire audio and written corpus available to students and scholars in an integrated form.

The interviews contain a wealth of comments about Jewish culture and history from a place and time that is largely out of our reach today. Bringing the LCAAJ archive into the digital environment will exponentially increase its value to historians of Jewish Studies and European history, linguists, anthropologists, and students and teachers of Yiddish. The availability of this data will greatly facilitate the online work of scholars to continue and enhance the important mapping work begun in the first three volumes of the printed Atlas, which were published by Niemeyer in 1992-2000.

As part of the launch of the project, an exhibition called “Yiddish at Columbia” will be mounted in the Chang Octagon Gallery in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library in early March. Additional events will be announced at a later date.

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month and what better way to acknowledge African-American history than through scholarly research? The Libraries' are fortunate enough to house rare archives of many African-American men and women that made a difference in the course of history. 

One such online exhibit,"The Unwritten History," features digital reproductions of more than sixty individual pages from scrapbooks that document African-American history from the early-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Drawn from the Alexander Gumby Collection of Negroiana, this exhibition introduces visitors to the collection's remarkable curator, Alexander Gumby, and explores how and why he set out to preserve items that he felt could provide the documentary evidence for later histories of African Americans.

In addition to being noteworthy in its own right, the Alexander Gumby Collection of Negroiana complements several other collections held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Hubert H. Harrison Papers, H. Lawrence Freeman Papers, and M. Moran Weston Papers are all important repositories of documents and other items related to the political, cultural, and social histories of Harlem during the twentieth century. Numerous other collections such as the Max J. and Ruth Clement Bond Papers and the Robert Minor Papers document African-American history more generally. Additional collections feature extensive examples of the use of  scrapbooks as a documentary tool in US history, including the Chester Alan Arthur Scrapbooks and the George R. Van Namee Scrapbooks.

The Libraries are also home to the papers of Amiri Baraka (formerly known as LeRoi Jones), American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays, and music criticism.

New Database Trial Round-up!

by Jessica Gentile, Social Media Intern

Here are some new database trials to check out this week. Remember, access is limited to the trial period offered so be sure to note the end date for each database.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice
This resource contains primary source documents pertaining to subjects of slavery, abolition and social justice including an interactive map, scholarly essays, tutorials, a visual sources gallery, chronology and bibliography. Please note that the ‘download to PDF’ functionality is not available during trial access. The trial runs through August 7, 2011.

London Low Life
London Low Life is a full-text searchable resource, containing color digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to nineteenth and early twentieth century London. Please note that the ‘download to PDF’ functionality is not available during trial access. The trial runs through August  7, 2011.

Victorian Popular Culture
Divided into three fascinating segments (Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic; Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks; and Musical Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment) this resource covers some of the most popular pastimes of the in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in great detail. Please note that the ‘download to PDF’ functionality is not available during trial access. The trial runs through August 7, 2011.

Confidential Print: North America
Covering 1824 – 1961, taking in the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America, this collection includes some of the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Office of the British government. The trial runs through August 7, 2011.

The American West
The American West contains original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material (trade cards, wanted posters, photos, claim certificates, news-sheets etc) and other rare materials, all of which document the history and culture of the American West. The trial runs through August 7, 2011.

New Database Roundup!

by Jessica Gentile, Social Media Intern

Here’s a roundup of some of the Libraries’ newest databases and electronic resources.

Christian Periodical Index
Christian Periodical Index provides indexing for a wide variety of evangelical Christian journals, including Journal of Christian Nursing, Hymn, Bible and Spade, Discipleship Journal and many more.

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: Artists of the world
This database contains biographical information on more than one million artists.

Communication Abstracts
Communication Abstracts contains abstracts for all articles, reports and books that pertain to communication-related topics. Coverage includes communication literature and literature in other related disciplines, such as international literature in film studies, role of technology in human communications, risk communications and more.

India, Raj and Empire
Drawing upon the manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland, India, Raj and Empire provides access to digital facsimiles of diaries, journals, official and private papers and other original Indian works from 1710-1937 that document the pivotal role Scots played in the relationship between Britain and India.

Ireland Collection
The Ireland Collection is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. The content is international in scope, while also providing a rich focus on Ireland.

CLIO New Arrivals Now Publicly Available

by Jessica Gentile

The Library Information Technology Office is now making CLIO New Arrivals publicly available on the main CLIO web page. This service allows you to search and discover new acquisitions from within the past three months by the Columbia University Libraries. You can search for resources by title, author and keyword as well as limit your search by format, publication date, language, region, topic and more.

The CLIO New Arrivals service, currently available in public beta, also features a feedback widget on the left side of the page, where you can provide comments about your user experience. Please let the Libraries know what you think of the capabilities and design of this great new service! 

CUL Digital Collections: The Robert Biggert Collection of Architectural Vignettes

The Libraries is pleased to announce a new digital collection! The Biggert Collection contains over 1,300 items with architectural imagery spanning the dates 1850 to 1920, from more than 350 cities and towns in 45 states, as well as the District of Columbia and U.S. possessions. The collection’s billheads, letterheads, envelopes, checks, and business cards document the rise of the United States as an industrial nation, in often elaborate vignettes of factories, warehouses, mines, offices, stores, banks, and hotels.

New York City is particularly well-represented with over 100 items portraying structures below Houston Street alone. The images represent a variety of settings (such as factories, warehouses, mines, offices, stores, banks, and hotels) across a range of enterprises from printing, roofing, and brewing to wagon works, cordage, and merchandising.

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