September 17, 2014

New Online from The British Library: Oral History Recordings with British Sporting Legends

From the BL: With less than two weeks until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, the British Library is making available a selection of 61 oral history interviews documenting the lives and careers of sportsmen and sportswomen throughout the twentieth century. Available for anyone to listen to via the Library’s Sounds website, the recordings […]

History: French Holocaust Records Exhibited For 1st Time

From the AP (via AJC): They are among France’s darkest days: Police dragged over 13,000 Jews from their homes, confined them in a Paris cycling stadium with little food or water, and then deported them to their deaths in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. But even in France, one of the most brazen collaborations between […]

Georgia: Home Movie in U. of Georgia Library May Be State’s Oldest Film Images

From the Athens Banner-Herald: Archivists at the University of Georgia believe they have found the earliest movie footage shot in the state, part of a collection of home movies and other films that belonged to the wealthy owners of a Thomasville plantation. “We think it’s not just the earliest home movie shot in Georgia, but […]

UVA Law Library’s Digital Exhibit Reveals Little-Known Details of Tokyo War Crimes Trial, More the 28,000 Primary Documents Digitized

From the University of Virginia Law School: Frank Stacy Tavenner Jr., a 1927 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and assistant chief prosecutor of the Tokyo War Crimes trial, stood at the lectern on April 16, 1948, and delivered the final summation in the case against 28 Japanese defendants who stood accused […]

Full Text Book Available Online (Free): “Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine”

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine is available FREE (122 pages; PDF) and/or for $31.24 from Amazon. It was published in April. A new article in NLM In Focus provides some highlights along with comments from the editor. “If I have a gift for anything, it’s that I love to find obscure and wonderful […]

History: Library and Archives Canada Releases Digitized Newsreel Content

From LAC: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of a heritage film on its YouTube channel. The silent film The Tide of Immigration is part of our heritage and the Canadian National Pictorial Series. The film is a compilation of various newsreels, produced from 1919 to 1921, depicting the lives […]

Religion: Millions of LDS Documents, Images Now Online

From an Article in The Deseret News: Millions of documents and images in the extensive archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now more accessible to anyone with a computer and Internet access, according to an announcement made Friday during the 47th annual conference of the Mormon History Association convening for […]

USC Shoah Foundation Completes Preservation/Digitization of Nearly 52,000 Holocaust Testimonies

From the USC Shoah Foundation (via PR Newswire): The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to digitally preserve the video interviews in its Visual History Archive. The archive contains testimony from nearly 52,000 Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. [Clip] The Institute recorded the testimonies on 235,005 Betacam SP videotapes between 1994 […]

New “Themed” Digital Collection from Calisphere: The Letters of John Muir

New from Calisphere, a resource that provides direct access to primary resources. Powered by California Digital Library. The Letters of John Muir: Themed Collection The images in this topic are scanned copies of correspondence to and from the naturalist John Muir (1838-1914). They show how Muir dedicated his life to revealing the complexity and beauty […]

Seth MacFarlane’s Generosity Allows Library of Congress to Acquire Personal Papers of Carl Sagan

From LC: The Library of Congress has acquired the personal papers of American astronomer, astrobiologist and science communicator Carl Sagan (1934-1996). A celebrated scientist, educator, television personality and prolific author, Sagan was a consummate communicator who bridged the gap between academe and popular culture. The Sagan collection has come to the Library through the generosity […]