Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers is a free primary resource collection from the Library of Congress. It includes newspaper pages from 1880-1922 as well as information on newspapers published from 1960 through to the present. Local Pennsylvania papers included are the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, the Pittsburgh Dispatch, and the Scranton Tribune. See what your home state has to offer! Also, check out some UArts Libraries’ materials on newspapers and journalism to learn more about these invaluable resources.
The Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam not only has the world’s largest collection of artwork by Van Gogh, but they also have nearly all of the surviving letters written to and written by the artist – a perfect primary resource.
Cylinder recordings are sound recordings that were first produced on tinfoil in 1877. These were the earliest medium with which sound was recorded and then replayed. With fifty years of technological development in cylinder recordings, the most famous use of these cylinders is Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph.
Curtis’s Botanical Magazine is a gardening magazine started in the eighteenth century by William Curtis. Though there have been many owners and illustrators over the centuries, Curtis Botanical Magazine is still published today. Sydenham Edwards illustrated the magazine pages found in this database. Full-page colored drawings of various plants have an accompanying page of text describing the plant classification.
This digital collection is available through the University of Iowa Libraries. Each high-resolution .jpg includes information on the plant, the publication date, and the illustrator. If you like botany, search for one of these subjectsin our catalog to find books with more great images!
ipl2 is the result of two outstanding online resources coming together – the original Internet Public Library and the Librarians’ Internet Index. ipl2 lives up to its motto, “information you can trust,” by having librarians (real ones like those of us you’ve met in the UArts Libraries) scour the World Wide Web to find and evaluate the best and most scholarly resources on all subjects. This is an excellent site to findinternational newspapers and magazines. Also check out their Special Collections such as blogs, Iraq War resources, and Exhibits. A particular favorite of mine is their A+ Research and Writing guide.
You can even submit a reference question to be answered via email by a librarian or library science student. I’m one of those library science students! I’ve answered questions from fifth graders who want to know about fashion to farmers in Nigeria asking about plow animals. We’re doing what we love – helping people find good and trustworthy information on the Internet.
ipl2 is the first in a new series on UArts Libraries blog called Digital Library of the Week. There are so many excellent resources out there – for free – that I want to share with you. Check back each week for a new Digital Library!