17 November 2015

Eye & Ear Candy -- Harvard + Yale x 2 + Stanford + UC Santa Barbara Reveal New Neat Collections!

Yale's Colonial North American Project

It seemed like every day last week I was learning about new collections that are now available for us to devour.  These five really caught my eye/ear and so I wanted to share!

1. A Digital Portrait of Colonial Life – Harvard's Colonial North American Project website includes 150,000 images of diaries, journals, notebooks, and other rare documents from the 17th and 18th centuries.

2. A postal ‘piggybank’ from the 17th century sheds light on the culture of that time -- The project, titled “Signed, Sealed, and Undelivered,” is an international public-private partnership between researchers from five leading universities — Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Universities of Leiden, Groningen, and Oxford — and the Museum voor Communicatie in The Hague. The project centers on an archive of undelivered letters — many of them unopened — sent from across Europe to The Hague between 1689 and 1707. 

3. French Revolution Digital Archives -- The French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) is a multi-year collaboration of the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to produce a digital version of the key research sources of the French Revolution and make them available to the international scholarly community. The archive is based around two main resources, the Archives parlementaires and a vast corpus of images first brought together in 1989 and known as the Images de la Revolution française.

4. 10,000 wax cylinders digitized and free to download -- The University of California at Santa Barbara library has undertaken an heroic digitization effort for its world-class archive of 19th and early 20th century wax cylinder recordings, and has placed over 10,000 songs online for anyone to download, stream and re-use.

5. Photogrammar (via Yale) -- web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).

Have you recently heard about a neat collection that your fellow family historians might find interesting?

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