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Searching for Videos

There are a number of ways to search the library catalog for videos (by which we mean DVD, VHS, Blu-Ray, and streaming). All of the videos physically owned by the UArts Libraries are in the library catalog.

  1. Go to library.uarts.edu and click the catalog link at the upper right.

Arrow to catalog

  1. In the search by: box you can:

video search by box

  • search by Author for directors, choreographers, composers, and performers. Remember to search LAST NAME first, for example: Scorsese, Martin
  • search by Title if you know it.
  • search by Keyword to find a film in a collection. Put quotation marks around phrases, e.g., “andalusian dog” or “all of me” or “cave of the heart”
  • search by Subject. There are lots of subject headings; these are a few suggestions.

feature films                            operas–film adaptations

documentary films                musical films

science fiction films              concert films

  1. In the search in: box, select Video. This will search for all video formats: VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming.

video search in box

  1. Enter your search terms and click  Search!

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Just want to browse and see what we have?

  1. Go to http://library.uarts.edu/
  2. Select catalog from the yellow bar, top right.
  3. Select Call Number Search [on the right]
  4. Select u Search for other call numbers [click open the triangle]

Read the directions on the screen and follow the examples:

MD for Music Library DVDs

MV for Music Library videos

GD for Greenfield Library DVDs

GV for Greenfield Library videos

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Once you find a video, jot down the call number, then go to the Greenfield or Music circulation desk to request it.

The UArts Libraries also subscribe to a number of large streaming video databases. See them at http://library.uarts.edu/eresources/audio.html. You can access most of them from anywhere by signing in with your UArts user name and password.

Student Work in the School Catalogs: Metalwork of Frederic Charles Clayter

This is the second of a series of UArts Libraries blog posts we’ll write about student artwork in the school catalogs. Some students will be well-known and others less so, but the work will always be interesting.

Copper and German silver jewel casket with green stone enrichments. Designed and executed by Frederic Charles Clayter, a pupil of the school. PMSIA catalog 1913-14
Copper and German silver jewel casket with green stone enrichments. Designed and executed by Frederic Charles Clayter, a pupil of the school. PMSIA catalog 1913-14

Frederic Charles Clayter (1890-1978) attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design) from 1911-12 through 1913-14, studying metalwork, a program begun in 1903.  Shortly after leaving PMSIA, Clayter began a long career as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh (1916-1921) and at Carnegie Mellon University (1921-1956)  in industrial design. Industrial design at that time often included crafts such as metalwork and ceramics. In an article from the Journal of Design History**, many former students had fond memories of Professor Clayter.

Silver chalice, set with amethysts. Designed and executed by Frederic Charles Clayter, a student of the school. PMSIA catalog 1915-16.
Silver chalice, set with amethysts. Designed and executed by Frederic Charles Clayter, a student of the school. PMSIA catalog 1915-16.

Considered a master goldsmith, Clayter had continued his studies in metalwork in England for a year and was a first fellow and governor of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. He was the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Artist of the Year in 1953, and earned commissions to create trophies and awards over the years. He continued his work in jewelry design in addition to his work as a faculty member and was an active member of the Pittsburgh art scene.

Police to Get Costly Trophy [by Frederic C. Clayter]. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thu, 28 Dec 1939, p. 10, column 2.
Police to Get Costly Trophy [by Frederic C. Clayter]. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thu, 28 Dec 1939, p. 10, column 2.
** Lesko, Jim. “Industrial Design at Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1934-1967.” Journal of Design History 10.3 (1997): 269-92. http://0-www.jstor.org.catalog.library.uarts.edu/stable/1316296

Student Work in the School Catalogs: William S. Rice

"An end of the Central Court. From a pen-and-ink drawing, by W. S. Rice, a pupil in the School."
“An end of the Central Court. From a pen-and-ink drawing, by W. S. Rice, a pupil in the School.”

This is the first of a series of UArts Libraries blog posts we’ll write about student artwork in the school catalogs. Some students will be well-known and others less so, but the work will always be interesting.

Our first choice for this series is the 1894 pen-and ink-drawing above of the courtyard behind Hamilton Hall, done shortly after the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now the UArts College of Art, Media & Design) moved from 1336 Spring Garden Street to 320 South Broad Street.

The drawing is by William Seltzer Rice (1873-1963), a noted California printmaker. Born in Pennsylvania, Rice attended PMSIA in 1893-94 and 1894-95, earning Certificates A and B and multiple school prizes. In addition to the courtyard piece, Rice also did the frontispiece of the 1894-95 PMSIA catalog, seen below. Rice moved to California and is known for California Arts and Crafts-style block prints. See https://www.annexgalleries.com/inventory/artist/1988/William-Seltzer-Rice.html for many images.

William S Rice1894-95 catalog cover
Pen-and-ink drawing of Hamilton Hall by William Seltzer Rice, from the front cover of 1894-95 school catalog.

Library Summer Hours 2016

summernights

Uh-well-uh-well-uh-well-uh… Summer studies, happen so fast

Here are UArts Libraries summer 2016 hours.

SUMMER HOURS MAY 10 – AUG 26, 2016

CLOSED WEEKENDS

 Greenfield Library

Anderson Hall, 333 S Broad St 215-717-6280

Monday – Thursday: 8:15am – 7:00pm

Friday: 8:15am – 4:00pm 

Music Library

Merriam Bldg, 250 S Broad St 215-717-6292

Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Visual Resources and Special Collections

Anderson Hall, 333 S Broad St, mezz 215-717-6290

Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

BORROWING DURING THE SUMMER

Not taking summer classes but still like to read/watch movies/look at beautiful books?  You may borrow materials DURING the summer (not for the entire summer; regular policies apply) if you meet the following criteria:

• you pay any fines

• you are pre-registered for Fall 2016

That’s it! Please note regular lending policies apply during the summer.

Have a great summer!

Library Staff Recommendation: The UArts Connection

Library Staff Recommendation: The UArts Connection

The institutions that went into making the University of the Arts date back to the 19th century and are deeply connected to the history of Philadelphia. These books are on display in the UArts Greenfield Library and may be checked out immediately.

Ater, Renée.
Remaking Race and History: The Sculpture of Meta Warrick Fuller.
RemakingRaceGreenfield Open Stacks 730.924 F959a
UArts connection: Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) graduated in 1898 from the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design). She stayed for an additional year of study, and returned to the school in 1903-04 to take the pottery classes being offered for the first time. Fuller’s most famous sculpture, “Ethiopia Awakening”, is considered a symbol of the Harlem Renaissance.

Biddle, Daniel R.
Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America.
tastingfreedomGreenfield Open Stacks 323.0924 C297b
Philadelphian Octavius V. Catto (1839-1871) was a civil rights activist, an educator, and a noted athlete. With his fiancee, Caroline Le Count, he protested the segregation of Philadelphia’s mass transit system of the time, horse-drawn streetcars. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYAc6wCUR8k. UArts connection: UArts Professor Helen Shannon is serving on an art jury for a Catto memorial statue to be erected at City Hall.

Crafting a Legacy: Contemporary American Crafts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Greenfield Open Stacks 745.50973 P53c
UArts connection: See the introduction, “A Legacy of Crafts”, p. 14-21, by Darrel Sewell for an excellent introduction to the founding of the Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art, now the UArts College of Art, Media and Design.

Garafola, Lynn.
Of, By, and For the People: Dancing on the Left in the 1930s.
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Greenfield Open Stacks 793.322 Of1g
UArts connection: Go to the index and find Chilkovsky, Nadia. Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck, a founding member of the New Dance Group in New York, returned to Philadelphia in the 1940s and founded the Philadelphia Dance Academy, which is now the UArts School of Dance.

MacDonald, Sara Jean, and Eugene A. Bolt, Jr.
The University of the Arts.
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Greenfield Open Stacks 378.74811 M145

Magaziner, Henry Jonas.
The Golden Age of Ironwork.
GoldenAgeIronworkGreenfield Open Stacks 739.4 M270
UArts connection: The master of Philadelphia ironwork, Samuel Yellin, attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design) in 1905-06 and taught wrought iron at the school from 1907-1919.

Saunders, David.
H. J. Ward.
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Greenfield Open Stacks 741.60924 W256
UArts connection: UArts Class of 1930. Hugh J. Ward studied at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design) from 1927-28 through 1929-30 and had a long and successful career as an illustrator, mostly for the pulp magazines. Ward created iconic images of Superman, the Green Hornet, and the Lone Ranger.

Scranton, Philip, and Walter Licht.
Work Sights: Industrial Philadelphia, 1890-1950.
Scranton
Greenfield Open Stacks 974.81104 Sc15w
Once known as the Workshop of the World, Philadelphia’s industrial and manufacturing might was second to none. Instead of being focused only on one industry, such as steel or textiles, Philadelphia truly was made of small workshops and factories that employed highly-skilled workers in a wide variety of trades and industries. Watch the video Workshop of the World (GD1590) and then flip through this book. UArts connection: the UArts College of Art, Media and Design began in 1876 as the Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art to turn out designers for industry.

Shaw, Gwendolyn DuBois.
Represent: 200 Years of African American Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Represent tp
Greenfield Open Stacks 704.03960748 Sh26r
UArts connection: This exhibition catalog includes UArts alumni: Samuel J. Brown, Jr. (Class of 1930); Claude Clark (Class of 1939); Allan Randall Freelon (Class of 1916); Paul F. Keene, Jr. (attended 1939-41, faculty member, 1954-68); Jayson Musson (Class of 2002). UArts Professor Helen Shannon contributed research and essays.

Skaler, Robert Morris.
Philadelphia’s Broad Street: South and North.
BroadStGreenfield Open Stacks 974.811 Sk13p
Did you know the 500 block of South Broad Street used to be called Millionaire’s Row (p. 21+)? That Broad and Washington was the site of a train station where Union soldiers headed south to fight in the Civil War (p. 18)? UArts connection: That Terra Hall used to be half the size it is now? (See page 43.)

Thomas, George E.
William L. Price: Arts and Crafts to Modern Design.
wlpriceGreenfield Open Stacks 720.924 P932t
UArts connection: Architect William Lightfoot Price (1861-1916) attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design) in at least 1888 if not other years. His siblings Frank, Mary Louisa, Susanna, and Walter also attended PMSIA. Price was a founder of the Rose Valley Arts and Crafts community, and also helped found the Arden community in Delaware.

Vitiello, Dominic.
Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family and the
Industrial Metropolis
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EngPhilGreenfield Open Stacks 974.811 V844e
UArts connection: Coleman Sellers (1827–1907) was the first president of the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design). Born into a family of engineers and artists (his grandfather was Charles Willson Peale), he was noted for his design of the hydroelectric dynamos of Niagara Falls, advances in photography and film, and many contributions to engineering. The Sellers family embodied the Enlightenment age, the Industrial Revolution in Philadelphia, the “Workshop of the World” era, and the post-World War II industrial decline.

Woodmere Art Museum.
We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s-1970s.
Greenfield Open Stacks 709.22 W522w
UArts connection 1: This exhibition features UArts alumni: Samuel J. Brown, Jr. (Class of 1930); Claude Clark (Class of 1939); Allan Randall Freelon (Class of 1916); Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (Class of 1898); Paul F. Keene, Jr. (attended 1939-41, faculty member, 1954-68); Jerry Pinkney (1960); and Deborah Willis (Class of 1975). UArts connection 2: UArts Professor Helen Shannon contributed research and essays.

Workshop of the World.
Greenfield DVD GD1590
Workshop of the WorldProduced by Philadelphia’s major public television affiliate, WHYY, this documentary looks at the great manufacturing history of Philadelphia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of the companies profiled include Henry Disston & Sons, New York Ship, Pennsylvania Railroad, J.B. Lippincott Publisher, Campbell’s Soup Co., and RCA Victor. UArts connection: the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design) was founded to train artisans, craftsmen, and designers for Philadelphia industries.

Staff Recommendation: Represent: 200 Years of African American Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

If you missed the January 10 – April 5, 2015, exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, fear not: the UArts Greenfield Library has the 210-page hardcover edition of the exhibition catalog for Represent: 200 Years of African American Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2014), Greenfield Open Stacks 704.03960748 Sh26r. The catalog has many images that were not included in the exhibition, so it’s a special treat to possibly find additional works by artists you may have enjoyed in the show. Information about the exhibit is still available at http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/2015/815.html

Of special interest to the UArts community are five UArts alumni featured in the exhibit:

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Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr. (Class of 1930)

Smoking My Pipe, 1934

 

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Claude Clark (Class of 1939)

Time-Out, 1939-40

 

Freelon, Allan Randall. Our Lady of Good Voyage.

 

Allan Randall Freelon (Class of 1916)

Our Lady of Good Voyage, before 1935

 

Represent Keene 

Paul F. Keene, Jr. (attended 1939-41, faculty member, 1954-68)

Three Graces, 1960

 

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Jayson Musson (Class of 2002)

Trying to Find Our Spot Off in That Light, Light off in Our Spot, 2014

Also of note: UArts Museum Studies faculty member Helen Shannon contributed the Jacob Lawrence essay. Come check out the book and enjoy!

Staff Recommendation: Night of the Hunter, Film and Book

gish-300x225Part Gothic horror, part fairy tale, part German expressionist film, Night of the Hunter (GD978, in Blu-Ray from Criterion) is surely one of the most unusual semi-mainstream films you’ll ever see. Robert Mitchum is creepy, creepy, creepy, as a charismatic and murderous itinerant preacher who goes up against the fabulous Lillian Gish, great star of silent films, in his quest for stolen money hidden, unbeknownst to him, in a little girl’s doll. Two young children, John and Pearl, go on a voyage to escape Mitchum’s Harry Powell. A fascinating story seen from a child’s point of view, the haunting sets and cinematography are just as good as the frightening morality tale played out on the screen. The only film ever directed by Charles Laughton, Night of the Hunter will have you on the edge of your seat. Turn out the lights, turn off your phone, watch and enjoy!

Once you’ve seen the film (you don’t want to spoil the story, after all), take a look at Simon Callow’s book, Night of the Hunter (Greenfield Open Stacks 701.4372 N521c), from the British Film Institute Classics series. A noted actor (he played Emanuel Schickaneder in Amadeus and Gareth in Four Weddings and a Funeral), Callow is also a wonderful author, and this slim volume focuses a great deal on Charles Laughton and the production of the film.

sjm01 Recommended by Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian

UArts Winter Break: Library Hours

The UArts Libraries close at 5:00pm on Friday, December 19, and remain closed until Monday, January 5, 2015.

Dec 2014

 January 2015 

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Dec 28 CLOSED Dec 29 CLOSED Dec 30 CLOSED Dec 31 CLOSED Jan 1 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
CLOSED Open 9am-5pm Open 9am-5pm Open 9am-5pm Open 9am-5pm CLOSED FOR IN-SERVICE 10 CLOSED
11 CLOSED 1Open 9am-5pm 13 Open 9am-5pm 14 Open 9am-5pm 1Open 9am-5pm 16 Open 9am-5pm 17 CLOSED
18 CLOSED 19 CLOSED: HOLIDAY Jan 20 UArts CLASSES BEGINLIBRARY SEMESTER HOURS BEGIN 21 22 23 24

You can always check library hours at http://library.uarts.edu/about/hours.html.

Theatre Library Association 2013 Book Award Winners

On September 13, 2014, the Theatre Library Association (TLA) published their TLA Book Award winners and finalists list. We’re happy to say that the UArts Libraries have most of them, and what we don’t have will be ordered soon. The winners are:

 

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof / by Alisa Solomon. Music Library ML 410 .B666 S6 2013

 

 

From the Score to the Stage: An Illustrated History of Continental Opera Production and Staging / by Evan Baker. Music Library REF ML 1720 .B254 2013

 

 

Fosse / by Sam Wasson. Greenfield Library 793.30924 F794w

 

 

 

Carmen: A Gypsy Geography / by Ninotchka Devorah Bennahum. ebook.

 

 

 

Stagestruck: The Business of Theater in Eighteenth-Century France and Its Colonies / by Lauren R. Clay. ebook.

 

 

 

Hollywood and Hitler / by Thomas Doherty. ebook.

 

 

 

 

Jim Henson: The Biography / by Brian Jay Jones. Greenfield Library 791.43024 H398j

To see the TLA’s complete list of book award winners visit http://www.tla-online.org/tla-announces-2013-book-award-winners/.

International Encyclopedia of Dance

 

Are you interested in any or all aspects of dance? International Encyclopedia of Dance is a great starting point. In its print form it’s a 6-volume encyclopedia published in 1998 that was the first true encyclopedia of dance published (and received multiple awards, by the way). The online version, published by Oxford University Press, can of course be updated, and can be accessed anywhere by current UArts students. Articles can be emailed to any email address, and most entries have a selected bibliography of books, articles, and sometimes videos. Look up tutu, footwear, scenic design, lighting, Merce Cunningham, or Bakst!

To get to it, go to http://library.uarts.edu/. Under ONLINE RESOURCES select Reference Sources and then scroll down to International Encyclopedia of Dance.