Daily Life through History

An excellent online resource offered through the University Libraries, Daily Life through History will help you explore arts and culture throughout the world, from prehistory through the 20th century. (If you are off-campus, you will be asked to log-in with your UArts email username and password.)

Apple Computers co-founder Steve Jobs poses with the Apple II computer, 1979
Apple Computers co-founder Steve Jobs poses with the Apple II computer, 1979

Start here for all your historical research needs. Search by era, such as Renaissance Europe, the Roman Empire, or Contemporary America (Hey First Year Writers – this is perfect for all that decades research!). Each section contains a thorough review of the domestic and political trends and events, with links to images and maps, and recommended further reading. The section Idea Exchange documents scholarly opinions on contemporary topics such as the Internet’s impact on the individual or questioning if women’s lives are better now than in the past.

Scene of goldsmiths (top) and brickmakers, from the tomb of the Egyptian vizier Rekhmire, New Kingdom.
Scene of goldsmiths (top) and brickmakers, from the tomb of the Egyptian vizier Rekhmire, New Kingdom.

Library staff recommendation: Golden Book of Fairy Tales

The Golden Book of Fairy Tales.

Translated by Marie Ponsot; illustrated by Adrienne Ségur.

NY: Golden Books, 1999.

Greenfield Open Stacks 741.641 Se396g

Originally published in the 1950s, this illustrated collection of 28 fairy tales from around the world is a classic. The contents include well-known stories such as “Sleeping Beauty”, “Thumbelina”, and “Cinderella”, and lesser-known tales such as “Finn, the Keen Falcon” and “Green Snake”. What sets it apart, though, are the beautiful and intricate illustrations by Adrienne Ségur (1901-1981). The head- and tail-pieces are just as beautiful as the full-page illustrations.

Illustration for "Green Snake"
Illustration for "Green Snake"
Head-piece for "Puss and Boots"

Not much is known in the United States about Ségur, who was born in Greece to a French father and Greek mother, but a diligent researcher has translated a pamphlet about her. If you’re familiar with Ségur’s works, you’ll see her own resemblance to her illustrations.

portrait of Adrienne Ségur
Adrienne Ségur

Digital Resource of the Week: Wellcome Collection

In honor of UArts alumni the Brothers Quay’s new documentary on the Mutter Museum, let’s take a look at another collection of oddities – The Wellcome Collection in London.

Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) was an inventive pharmacist who also collected items related to medicine and health. As well as establishing medical research centers, Sir Henry wanted his collections to available to professionals to help them learn more about the history of science and the development of modern medicine.

A piece of small intestine showing typhoid lesions
A piece of small intestine showing typhoid lesions

Now open to the public, The Wellcome Collection pairs Sir Henry’s collection with new acquisitions not only in the fields of medicine and biology, but also the arts. Wellcome Images has thousands of historical and contemporary images on various themes. The collection will lead you to more images and video as subject explorations, such as Science and Art and Genetics.

Interested in the fusion of art and science? Learn more at the UArts Libraries! Search the catalog for the subject heading Art and Science. Also discover the Mutter Museum and the Brothers Quay.

Two dissected heads by Gautier d'Agoty
Two dissected heads by Gautier d'Agoty

Library staff recommendation: Storyteller Without Words

Storyteller Without Words
by Lynd Ward

769.924 W214s Greenfield Open Stacks

Long before the term graphic novel was coined, and before it was acceptable for a comic to be considered art, Lynd Ward was using the power of pure images to create ‘stories without words.’ Like fellow printmaker Frans Masereel, Ward used the technique of wood engraving to create a series of rich and intricate images that when put together told a powerful narrative. No theme was too large for Ward, as he tackled death, fate, sex, and the struggle of the individual against insurmountable forces. Of special note are the stories “God’s Man” and “Vertigo”, both contained in this volume.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

Digital Resource of the Week: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

Jacob’s Pillow, “America’s longest running international dance festival,” brings you an interactive website full of performances from the 1930s through today’s hottest dancers. The history of Jacob’s Pillow is rooted in an old New England farm, purchased by dance couple Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis in 1930. And it’s still making history – in March of this year, President Obama awarded Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival the National Medal of Arts.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive showcases dancers from the annual festival. Search by artist to find your favorite performer, like Alvin Ailey or Pearl Primus. You can also search by genre, such as ballet or cultural, or by era, like the 1950s.

Virtual Pillow leads you to even more interactive resources, including PillowTalk (interviews and conversations with choreographers, dancers, and others).

Want to learn more about Jacob’s Pillow? Search the UArts Libraries’ catalog for “Jacob’s Pillow” as a keyword (in quotation marks!), Ted Shawn or Ruth St. Denis to find more great resources. There’s also an entry on Jacob’s Pillow in the online International Encyclopedia of Dance.

from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Ruth St. Denis
Ruth St. Denis

Library tours start Wednesday, 9/14/2011

UArts Libraries Fall 2011 Tours

This year’s library tours start Wednesday, September 14. See schedule below.

Each student participant is eligible to win one of two $100 Visa gift cards! Even if you don’t like money, you’ll learn a lot from a library tour.

Wednesday, September 14

12:00 pm – Greenfield Library & Music Library

5:00 pm – Greenfield Library

Thursday, September 15

12:00 pm – Greenfield Library & Music Library

5:00 pm – Greenfield Library

Friday, September 16

12:00 pm – Greenfield Library

Tours are open to ALL students! Tour both libraries and enter the drawing twice!

The Greenfield Library is on the first floor of Anderson Hall.

The Music Library is on the third floor of the  Merriam Theater.

Tours are about 30 minutes and start on time. No late arrivals.


Library staff recommendation: Tracey Emin: 20 Years

Tracey Emin: 20 Years
By Patrick Elliott and Julian Schnabel
709.24 Em47s Greenfield Open Stacks

Initially, I thought Tracey Emin’s work was a joke. I wrote it off quickly and
reshelved it. I was 17 or so at the time. I have since revisited it. I am now able to
see just how much is really happening. I consider Tracey Emin one of the most
honest and pure artists of this century. Whether or not the work is “good” is an
entirely different matter. Her work is compelling, pulling from emotional states
nearly all of us have been in. I find myself lost in the pages of this book, reading
and re-reading her appliquéd messages or prints and reflecting. Julian Schnabel’s
essay is as honest as the work, and is followed up with Emin’s own writing, a perfect
set up for the plates of work that follow. In addition to Schnabel, Patrick Elliott
states it perfectly, “She lays herself open to scrutiny with a disarming frankness
and fearlessness that can be excruciating to observe… Everything she does can be
recycled into art.”

Recommended by Casey Murphy

Digital Resource of the Week: Europa Film Treasures

from the 1904 French film Le Baquet de Mesmer
from the 1904 French film Le Baquet de Mesmer

Europa Film Treasures provides free access to nearly 150 early European films. You can search the collection a number of ways, making browsing this treasured archive easy and fun. Limit by time period (the collection includes films from 1895-1999), country of origin, or genre (such as animation, dance, drama, and fiction). An interesting search feature is element; you film buffs can see the difference between hand couloured and stencil coloured! (Note the British spellings.)

Each entry contains a brief essay about the film and a link to view the film. Enjoy!

Like watching films? The University Libraries has an extensive collection. Browse the Greenfield Library collection here and the Music Library collection here. You can also browse by subject and limit your search to videos. We also have films on animation, dance, drama, and fiction! Students can check out two videos at one time for three days.