On the Edge- The Hidden Art of Fore-Edge Painting is a beautiful gem of an image collection! I know what you’re thinking – “what in the world is fore-edge book painting?” I didn’t have a clue either until I discovered this beautiful collection from the Boston Public Library. The fore-edge of a book is the side opposite the spine; there are three edges of the pages visible – top, bottom, and the non-bound side. These edges are usually undecorated. Sometimes, the edges would be gilded gold…however, fan the pages and, voila!, reveal an intricate painting.
The Greenfield Library had a very nice visit about two weeks ago from UArts Art Education graduate student Aaron Schnittman. Aaron made extensive use of the UArts Libraries’ staff and services throughout his academic career with us, from making appointments with the reference librarians to making extensive use of interlibrary loan, and stopped by to return all of his materials and say a sincere thank-you for all the assistance he received. It’s what we do in libraries, and we are happy to offer these services!
Aaron happens to be this year’s winner of the Art Education Department Graduate Education Committee Award for Excellence in Scholarship for his thesis, An Examination of the Self-Regulated Learning Process of Middle School Students in an Online Art Class. Coincidence that he also used the library more than once? We think not!
Aaron has been working full-time for years as an online art teacher, and found little research material concerned with his specialty. He hopes to publish his thesis as a scholarly journal article. Our congratulations and best wishes to Aaron and his publishing (and racing) future!
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.