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AP Images available through UArts Libraries

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AP (Associated Press) Images is an incredible resource for those in the visual arts and anyone interested in current events. The AP is the oldest and biggest news organization in the world and has won numerous Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism. In AP Images, there are over 4.6 million photographs, as well as audio and text material, from all these years of international reporting. Each image is high resolution, available for download for educational use only, and has an informative caption describing the photograph.

A statue of Hotei Buddha sits in the debris in the  tsunami-destroyed town of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan Friday, April 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A statue of Hotei Buddha sits in the debris in the tsunami-destroyed town of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan Friday, April 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

While you can search by any period in time, including today, you should also take advantage of their Showcases, selected images focused on a topic such as the Civil War, Exploring Colors, and World Records. Also view images from US News and International News; both are great ways to keep up with current events.

AP Images is the perfect source for quality images of politicians and celebrities, action shots, and fashion. You can also find images by concepts, such as happy, boredomwet, and even by color! These search options make the database an excellent electronic picture file for visual inspiration.

Digital Resources of the Week: Focus on Shakespeare

Painting of William Shakespeare attributed to John Taylor, c. 1610.
Painting of William Shakespeare attributed to John Taylor, c. 1610.

For the month of April, we’ll look at some wonderful open-access (aka free!) resources on William Shakespeare, who was born in April 1564 and died in April 1616! This week, I’ll share some websites that give a general overview of the famous bard’s life and writing.

First up is the ever-classic Encyclopedia Britannica which has created a Guide to Shakespeare. This is a great place to start (besides the UArts Libraries, of course!) for anyone studying Shakespeare. The guide includes a comprehensive biography, synopsis of his plays, and audio and video of some of the plays’ greatest scenes.

Another excellent site that provides a great overview of Shakespeare is the Internet Shakespeare Editions. This resource covers the life and times of the bard and performances of his plays, and fully annotated text of his plays and poems.

Finally, make your professors proud and use Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation for your scholarly research! Borrowers and Lenders is an open-access, peer-reviewed multimedia journal dedicated to the scholarship on Shakespeare.

As always, don’t forget the resources at the UArts Libraries! The librarians here have put together an excellent subject guide on Shakespeare to help you navigate all the books, articles, and even more websites available to you. Also check out how many videos and DVDs we have of Shakespeare’s plays!

American History in Video

American History in Video offers more than 5,000 videos related to the history of the United States. There are documentaries from companies such as PBS and The History Channel. There are also interviews, public debates on contemporary issues, and archived newsreels – before television, a newsreel (a brief film of the current news) was shown before the main feature in movie theaters. These are PRIMARY sources that can’t be beat!

The database provides many ways to access the videos (remember, like all our subscription resources, you will need to log in with your name and library barcode if you are off-campus). You can browse by decade, era, historical event, or by subjects such as dance, music, and fine arts. Also check out their subject-themed playlists or create your own – perfect for class presentations.

To view the newsreel of the Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, watch the clip Universal Newsreels, Release 526, August 5, 1946.

Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima, 1945 - Universal Newsreels, Release 526, August 5, 1946
Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima, 1945 - Universal Newsreels, Release 526, August 5, 1946

Digital Resources of the Week: Women’s History Month

For this final week of Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at some of the history of working women in the United States.

Women Working 1830-1900 from the Harvard University Library Open Collections Program documents primary resources, such as diaries, magazines, and photographs, to explore how women working impacted the economics of this country, especially during the Great Depression. Browse by key events, including the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876 or by notable women included in the collection, such as interior designer Candace Wheeler. Discover more on this designer in Candace Wheeler: The Art and Enterprise of American Design, 1875-1900 in the UArts Libraries. For more general resources on women and labor, try searching the catalog by subject with women–employment.

Esther Bubley at the Bayway Oil Refinery in 1944 (taken by Gordon Parks)
Esther Bubley at the Bayway Oil Refinery in 1944 (taken by Gordon Parks)

A really interesting website from the Library of Congress is Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters during World War II. Eight women, including photographers Dorothea Lange and Esther Bubley, are presented for their hard work and insight during wartime. To learn more about these two photographers, search for Lange, Dorothea and Bubley, Esther as subjects in the UArts Libraries’ catalog.

Finally, a horrible tragedy that, thankfully, encouraged better working conditions for all Americans. March 25, 2011 is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire. Cornell University has a wonderful website dedicated to educating the public about the fire, which occurred March 25, 1911 at the Triangle Waist Factory, a textile factory in New York City. Within minutes of the fire starting, 146 people, mostly women and many of them young immigrants, had perished. Because of this horrific event, labor laws and building codes all over the country were updated and enforced.

We can thank The Women’s Trade Union League who campaigned for the 8 hour work day!
We can all thank the Women’s Trade Union League, who campaigned for the 8-hour work day!

Digital Library of the Week: Women’s History Month

This week, let’s take a look at women in the visual arts. A great place to start is the National Museum of Women in the Arts, located in Washington, D.C. The museum’s library and research center has created CLARA, an online database detailing the lives and work of 18,000 women visual artists. Women from all time periods and nationalities are included. The museum also has a terrific blog, Broad Stokes, that will keep you up to date on all the latest news and happenings related to women artists.

The UArts Libraries has many books published by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. You can see a listing by searching for the Museum in the catalog as an author.

The Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is also dedicated to supporting and showcasing women artists. A recent exhibition was our own Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery’s Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968!  The Center also has an online database of women artists’ works, Feminist Art Base. Each entry provides a biography, artist’s work images, and related websites.

Janine Antoni's sculpture Lick & Lather (1993)
Janine Antoni's sculpture Lick & Lather (1993)

Two other sites document specific women artists’ and activism. The first is WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution which documents artmaking and women’s civil rights actions between 1965-1980. A 2007 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, WACK! maintains a collection of audio tours and podcasts of this historic collection. Check out the exhibition catalog in the UArts Libraries‘ collection too; it’s in the Greenfield Open Stacks, call number 704.042 W115m.

Finally, we can’t let Women’s History Month go by without mentioning The Guerrilla Girls. In 1985, a group of women artists created the group that is still going strong today. Each woman in the group assumes the name of a dead woman artist and wears a gorilla mask in public so that the focus is on the issues they are tackling, rather than the woman herself.

A Guerrilla Girls' poster
A Guerrilla Girls' poster

The Guerrilla Girls use performance, posters, and writing to raise awareness of women in the arts – read their FAQ page for more details on this dynamic group. You can also follow them on Facebook for the latest on how they are “reinventing the f-word – feminism.”

Also check out Confessions of the Guerrilla Girls (Greenfield Open Stacks, call number 709.04 G936c) and Guerrilla Girls : Troubler le Repos = Disturbing the Peace (Greenfield Open Stacks, call number 709.22 G936g) in the UArts Libraries.

Digital Library of the Week: Black History Month Resources

This week, let’s look at some terrific digital collections that focus on African Americans in the visual and literary arts.

Many Moons by El Anatsui at the Museum of African Art
Many Moons by El Anatsui at the Museum of African Art

If you are interested in African arts, the first place to explore is the National Museum of African Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The website has a lot of resources on traditional and contemporary African art and artists. You can read about work currently on view and virtually browse their galleries.

There are also two excellent university art collections that focus on African and African American art. Howard University, also in Washington, D.C., has Selections from American Art from the Howard University Collection. View works by prominent African American artists including Aaron Douglas, Isaac Hathaway, and Faith Ringgold.

Another university collection comes from just south of us – The University of Delaware’s Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art. View artists’ works including Romare Bearden, David Hammons, and Henry O. Tanner.

author Alice Walker
author Alice Walker

There are also great digital collections of African American writing. African American Women Writers of the 19th Century, provided by the New York Public Library, is a full-text database of 19th and early 20th century literary works that give us “access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women” during that era (Introduction). Choose to read fiction, poetry, biographies, or essays.

Also check out the University of Minnesota’s Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers and Artists of Color. You’ll find work by Nikki Giovanni, Lorraine Hansberry, Bell Hooks, and many more. There are also interviews with the writers and academic reviews of their work.

To learn more about African American artists and writers, search the University Libraries’ catalog for subjects such as African American Art, African American Artists, or American Literature African American Authors, and check out our online subject guide on African American History.

Next week, we’ll wrap up Black History Month with some wonderful online resources created right here in Philadelphia.

Digital Library of the Week: Black History Month Resources

This week, let’s look at some terrific digital collections that focus on African Americans in the performing arts.

First we have Selected Clips from the Louis Armstrong Jazz Oral History Project from the New York Public Library. Watch interviews with musicians such as Jimmy Heath (sax and flute), Warren Smith (percussion), and Jon Faddis (trumpet).

If you are interested in music, you might also want to check out the Library of Congress American Memory collection African-American Sheet Music. There are over 1,000 pieces of music from the late 19th century through the early 20th century.

A playbill from the Douglass Theater
A playbill from the Douglass Theater

PBS has an excellent website to accompany its program, Free to Dance. The website and video document the contributions of African-American choreographers and dancers to American performing arts. Read the biographies of different dancers and check out their links to other online resources for the modern dancer. Don’t want to watch it online? The Greenfield Library has “Free to Dance” on videocassette. If you don’t have access to a VCR, we have several in the library.

Like theater? The Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen will introduce you to African American entrepreneur Charles Douglass, who founded the Douglass Theater in Georgia, providing diverse entertainment for the state’s African Americans. Or, browse Zora Neale Hurston Plays (another Library of Congress American Memory collection). Her plays focus on her life experiences and her research about African Americans in the nation’s South.

Don’t forget the UArts Libraries! We have created a few Subject Guides to help you get started in your research. There are African American History, African American Theater, and Jazz Reference Sources to name just a few, AND we have some great streaming audio and video databases that include African American performing arts and artists.

Book Published by UArts Foundation Professor Buy Shaver

Buy Shaver, a 2D Foundation professor, has had a book published by The University of Chicago press. Titled Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design, Professor Shaver’s book is a step-by-step approach to the basic elements of successful two-dimensional art. To achieve this, Professor Shaver writes in the book’s introduction that “an artist must firstly get the viewer’s attention and secondly must control how the viewer perceives a composition.” This is accomplished though “visual dynamics – contrast, motion, and noise.”

This is a terrific resource for both faculty and students. Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design will take the reader through line, shape, value, color, and, of course, feeling. You’ll learn why “sex, death, food, and all things cuddly” are so important to good artwork!

The Foundation Department is sponsoring a lecture by Professor Shaver on Wednesday, February 26. Join him as he discusses his book and his approach to teaching two-dimensional design. The lecture will be held in CBS Auditorium in Hamilton Hall at 12:00 p.m.

from Buy Shaver's 2006 installation at the Philadelphia Art Alliance
from Buy Shaver's 2006 installation at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Library Staff Recommendation: On the Waterfront

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!

Title: ON THE WATERFRONT Pers: Steiger, Rod • Brando, Marlon • Year: 1954 Dir: Kazan, Elia • Ref: ONT001AI • Used with permission/courtesy of Columbia/The Kobal Collection

“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.

Want to learn more about Brando, Kazan and Schulberg? Take a look in the Greenfield Library reference section at International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. Great for browsing and revisiting favorite films!

Find e-books in the library catalog

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!