For the week of Thanksgiving, let’s visit Plymouth Colony and the history of our earliest pilgrims.The Plymouth Colony Archive Projectis a wonderful resource for primary resources, scholarly books, and historic images. There are fully searchable materials such as court records and laws, maps, and individuals’ journals and memoirs. View excavation projects and the objects found by archaeologists near Plymouth Rock.
Want to know the real Thanksgiving story? Check out history.com’s Thanksgiving website. Did you know the movement of a turkey inspired a ballroom dance? Yup, it’s true; named, of course, the turkey trot. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
If you’ve never seen Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) tell his brother that he “could have been a contender”, then your popular culture education is incomplete!
“On the Waterfront” (1954, directed by Elia Kazan with a screenplay by Budd Schulberg) is a classic story of power, corruption, and redemption. Based on a serial newspaper story (and actual events) published in the New York Sun in 1948, it’s the story of a former boxer (Brando) turned dockworker who is torn between loyalty to his brother and the mob versus the girl he loves who wants him to tell the truth about a murder. Karl Malden plays a forceful and charismatic priest who is also after Terry to stand up against murder and corruption. Filmed on location with a grit that only Hoboken, NJ, could provide, this film won four Academy awards (best picture, best director, best actor (Brando), and best supporting actor (Eva Marie Saint)) and earned Brando accolades for his “shatteringly poignant” portrayal.
If you’d like to watch this great film (or watch it again), ask for Greenfield Library DVD GD99.
Part journalism and part memoir, Palestine uses the medium of comics to recount Sacco’s experiences in the Occupied Territories after the first intifada. Sacco’s style and compositions are unique and vital in portraying the often turbulent emotions and conflicts among the Palestineans and their experiences with the Israelis. His portrait of the many sides to the conflict is both thorough and eye-opening, and presents a viewpoint that is rarely seen in traditional media. While the book may seem dated, its insight into the conflict is no less relevant today.
There are many wonderful digital image collections of Native Americans. There are scenic photographs, formal portraits, and beautiful images of their artwork.
From the University of Washington Libraries, American Indians of the Pacific Northwest contains photographs and scholarly resources about the Northwest Coast and Plateau tribes, including the Tlingit and Nez Perce.
The Bancroft Library at UC Berkley has put together an online exhibition showcasing some of their rare books and ephemera related to Native Americans. View paintings and advertisements that reflect how Europeans viewed Native Americans as well as plenty of scholarship to accompany the images.
Finally, Surrounded by Beauty, from ArtsConnected, takes you through Native American culture and history by region. Check out the Northeast Woodlands to learn more about the tribes that used to live in the Philadelphia area. This is a well-researched website with beautiful images.
Liza Dalby entered the world of the Japanesegeishato learn about the women, and Japanese culture, behind the painted faces. Research and literature on karyukai, the “flower and willow world,” often looks atgeishafrom the outside; as an anthropologist, Dalby focuses on the geishas’ points of view. Over time and learning by observation (a key element togeishatraining), she went from American graduate student to Ichigiku of Pontocho, telling us all she discovered along the way. It’s a fascinating read about fiercely independent women who are well educated in music, dance, and theater.
November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to pay tribute to their contributions and learn more about their culture and ancestry. In honor of this, the Library of Congress has teamed up with many other national institutions to produce a website of exhibitions, images, audio, and video resources to celebrate.
Also check out the National Museum of the American Indian, one of the Smithsonian Institutions. You can view pre-Columbian artifacts right through to contemporary Native American artists’ works.
Another great resource on Native American culture is Native Peoples Magazine. Published six times a year, this is the only American Indian-oriented magazine sold in the United States and is dedicated to the arts and lifestyle of all the different American tribes. Though it’s a subscription magazine, there are many full-text articles available online and lots of beautiful images.
To learn more about different types of Native American craft, search Oxford Art Online for Native North American Art. There is also a great article on Amerindian Music in Oxford Music Online (if you are off campus, you’ll have to enter your name and library barcode before reading).
Check back next week for even more Native American Heritage month digital resources!
First published in 1892, The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story of choppy sentences that punctuate the rambling thoughts of a woman going mad. The narrator is an obedient wife and mother, sexually restrained and socially isolated. Her husband and brother, both physicians, confine her to an attic nursery in order to calm her nerves. Instead, she is tormented by a woman trapped inside the wallpaper “where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down.”
As a staunch feminist in the late 1800s, Perkins Gilman had more critics than admirers. She mostly wrote non-fiction, with Women and Economics being her most famous work. The Yellow Wallpaper is one of her few pieces of fiction.
The New York Public Library has a wonderful digital collection of vintage holiday postcards. But don’t think of postcard as something only sent by vacationers. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries these cards were sent to family and friends the way we send greeting cards today. With postage rates at a penny card, who wouldn’t send a few dozen for each national holiday?
You may have already noticed that records for e-books are showing up in your library catalog search results, right alongside the books, journals, and DVDs that have always been there. These represent the 50,180 titles that are available in full-text through ebrary, our premier e-book resource.
Just follow the links into ebrary to read the whole book. Once you’re in ebrary, you can sign up for a personalized account that lets you save your favorite titles. You can even take notes or highlight right in the books — not something we encourage with our print books!