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Digital Resources of the Week: The National Trust Library Historic Postcards

Postcards have always been a popular souvenir and a fun way to send a quick message home while on vacation. Often depicting famous buildings or landscapes, The National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection suggests that “these postcards also provide unique evidence of the evolution in American architecture, with rare glimpses of buildings or places that may no longer exist or have dramatically altered over time.”

The National Trust Historic Postcard Collection has over 20,000 postcards. The University of Maryland’s University Libraries’ Digital Collections provides images of many of these postcards. Browse by state (there are 830 postcards depicting aspects of Pennsylvania) or enter a keyword search such as Philadelphia, ocean, or flower.

 

Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, circa 1908
Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, circa 1908

Want to see more postcards? Search the UArts Libraries’ catalog for the subject postcards. We have many beautiful books including one about Philadelphia postcards from the early 1900s. Happy travels this summer!

 

Philadelphia's City Hall, circa 1901-1907
Philadelphia's City Hall, circa 1901-1907

Digital Resource of the Week: Rare Book Room

Through the publishing house Octavo, the Rare Book Room currently has over 400 digitized books available to read online. Many of the books are beautiful examples of the histories of print design, typography, and illustration.

You can search by subject such as literature (where you will find Shakespeare’s work), graphic arts (including a work by Bodoni), music (mostly Beethoven and Mozart), or photography (the Pennsylvania Railroad Photographs from the 1870s are here).

Many of the libraries that hold the original materials are right here in Philadelphia! In the drop-down menu for Find by Library, check out The American Antiquarian Society, The American Philosophical Society, the Ewell Sale Stewart Library of the Academy of Natural Sciences, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Rosenbach Museum & Library, and the University of Pennsylvania Library.

Please note that you will have to allow pop-ups on your web browser to use the site.

Here are some highlights of the collection:

A book of hours - "Horae Beatae Mariae ad usum Romanum" - from 1524
A book of hours - "Horae Beatae Mariae ad usum Romanum" - from 1524
Louis Renard's "Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes, de Diverses Couleu" (1719)
Louis Renard's "Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes, de Diverses Couleu" (1719)

 

Lewis Carroll's "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass" illustrated by Blanche McManus, 1900
Lewis Carroll's "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass" illustrated by Blanche McManus, 1900
German Christian text, unknown author, circa 1475
German Christian text, unknown author, circa 1475

Digital Resource of the Week: Getty Research Institute’s Digital Collections

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) works collaboratively with the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation.

Sketchbook of Pompeii by Sir William Gell (1830)
Sketchbook of Pompeii by Sir William Gell (1830)

 

The Getty Research Institute‘s mission “is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts.” To meet this goal, the Institute has many digital collections, including images of art, architecture, photography, and primary sources such as artists’ letters.

The GRI’s digital collections can be searched a variety of ways. For example, search by medium to discover drawings or photographs. Search by subject to limit to Latin America or Modernism.

The Institute also has a Photo Study Collection of about a million of its photographs available online. The Collection acts as a reference tool for studying antiquities and Western art.

At the end of this month, GRI will launch the Getty Research Portal, “a free online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts in the public domain.” These digitized art books will provide easy access to critical scholarship. Stay tuned to learn more!

El Lissitzky (1923) "Schaumachinerie" (Show machinery)
El Lissitzky (1923) "Schaumachinerie" (Show machinery)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Resource of the Week: the Mucha Foundation

 

Poster for ’Gismonda’ (1894)
Poster for ’Gismonda’ (1894)

Alphonse Maria Mucha was a Czech painter in the late 1800s. He is best known for his French Art Nouveau style illustrations for theatrical posters. The Mucha Foundation was established in 1992 and is devoted to teaching and sharing his art.

The Foundation’s website is an excellent source of reading and imagery about Mucha. The Timeline section places Mucha in political and cultural contexts. The Gallery has over 300 works available for online viewing. Browse all the works or by themes. For fun, there are Color Your Own Mucha downloadable pdfs.

There is also an excellent bibliography on Mucha to help you further your research. Learn more about him at the UArts Libraries. Search for his name as a subject and as an author.  Read a biography on Oxford Art Online (you’ll be prompted to log in if you are off campus) and view images in ARTstor (you’ll be prompted to log in if you are off campus).

Digital Resource of the Week: The Morgan Library and Museum

The Morgan Library and Museum is a terrific collection of art, music, and literature. Located in New York City, their website offers online exhibitions, music manuscripts, videos, and more.

Manāfi˓-i al-ḥayavā (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian. Persia, Maragha, between 1297 and 1300, for Shams al-Dīn Ibn Żiyā˒ al-Dīn al-Zūshkī
Manāfi˓-i al-ḥayavā (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian. Persia, Maragha, between 1297 and 1300, for Shams al-Dīn Ibn Żiyā˒ al-Dīn al-Zūshkī

Exhibitions of the library and museum holdings are diverse – from In the Company of Animals to Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Paintings to Auld Lang Syne: The Story of a Song. Many of the exhibitions have an online version with an essay and additional resources. You can also browse through highlights of the collection including Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, music manuscripts, and paintings and sculpture.

There are videos available on topics such as the famous Dutch manuscript, The Hours of Catherine of Cleves and Princeton professor Cornel West discussing Jane Austen.

Jean de Brunhoff's Histoire de Babar Maquette
Jean de Brunhoff's Histoire de Babar Maquette

The Morgan Library and Museum has an active blog highlighting different items in the collection. New at the Morgan showcases new acquisitions by the Library and Museum. Secrets from the Vault, another theme of the blog, includes posts about interesting items like John Ruskin’s Puppet Show and Death or Castration? The Pains of Circus Management.

If you like the collection, check out Pierpont Morgan Library (Pierpont Morgan was an avid collector in the late 1800s) as an author in the UArts Libraries catalog.

Digital Resource of the Week: Paleo Art

Paleo Art, from the Smithsonian Institution, highlights beautiful illustrations used to explore and preserve natural specimens from the Paleontological period. This website demonstrates the importance of drawing to the field of paleobiology.

Ceratosaurusgil drawing from 1920
Ceratosaurusgil drawing from 1920

There are three sections to Paleo Art. Historical Art is the collection of illustrations. Working with fossils and other fragile specimens, detailed drawings of the specimens allow scientists and historians to review objects that cannot easily be handled or photographed. Illustrations depict everything from dinosaurs to shrimp. Illustration Care provides an overview of how the Smithsonian preserves and maintains these important documents. Illustration Techniques explains how to become a paleontological illustrator and why illustrations can be more useful to scientists than photographs.

If you are interested in fossils and skeletons, you can search the National Museum of Natural History’s Paleobiology Collections to see more. You can view nearly half a million specimens online! Visit the Smithsonian’s Department of Paleobiology for more information. Also check out the UArts Libraries for some great books on paleontology, fossils, and dinosaurs.

Library Staff Recommendation: H. J. Ward

Detail of a Lone Ranger illustration

H. J. Ward

by David Saunders

Greenfield Open Stacks 741.60924 W256

Not only is this a beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated book: its subject, Hugh J. Ward, is a UArts alumnus who attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (today’s UArts College of Art and Design) from 1927-1930. The author, David Saunders, made extensive use of the University of the Arts archives, including a visit to look at the materials himself.

"Easy Money" by H. J. Ward

Following his work as a cartoonist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ward made his mark as an illustrator of pulp magazines and fiction. In addition to work for magazines such as Super-Detective, Spicy-Adventure Stories, Mystery Adventures (“Exotic – Peppy- Exciting”), Spicy Western Stories, and Spicy Mystery Stories, all of which usually featured scantily-clad damsels in distress, Ward illustrated The Lone Ranger and Green Hornet comic books, and created the first full-color image of Superman for the radio show, The Adventures of Superman (see pp. 159-165). Library Journal says that’ “Saunders’s gangbusters volume will knock the socks off pulp-art fans.”

If you like this, you may also like

The Classic Era of American Pulp Magazines by Peter Haining.

Greenfield Open Stacks 051.0904 H127c 2001

The Pulps: Fifty years of American Pop Culture

Greenfield Open Stacks 051 G62

Recommended by Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian

Digital Library of the Week – International Children’s Digital Library

An illustration from The House That Jack Built. It is illustrated by Randolph Caldecott - yup, the Best Children's Book Illustrator award is named after him!
An illustration from The House That Jack Built. It is illustrated by Randolph Caldecott - yup, the Best Children's Book Illustrator award is named after him!

The International Children’s Digital Library website is designed for use by children, but that is no reason not to explore these excellent examples of illustration and design. The library contains children’s books from around the world and in dozens of languages. You can search by illustrator, author, subject, or even browse by book jacket color. The initial book page shows you the entire text layout so you can select only illustrated pages to view larger, if you choose.

The Greenfield Library has an extensive collection of children’s books in support of the major in illustration. Browse 741.641 in the Open Stacks or search for the subject illustrated children’s books or picture books for children. You’ll be inspired to pick up your pencils and brushes and create!