November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to pay tribute to their contributions and learn more about their culture and ancestry. In honor of this, the Library of Congress has teamed up with many other national institutions to produce a website of exhibitions, images, audio, and video resources to celebrate.
Also check out the National Museum of the American Indian, one of the Smithsonian Institutions. You can view pre-Columbian artifacts right through to contemporary Native American artists’ works.
Another great resource on Native American culture is Native Peoples Magazine. Published six times a year, this is the only American Indian-oriented magazine sold in the United States and is dedicated to the arts and lifestyle of all the different American tribes. Though it’s a subscription magazine, there are many full-text articles available online and lots of beautiful images.
To learn more about different types of Native American craft, search Oxford Art Online for Native North American Art. There is also a great article on Amerindian Music in Oxford Music Online (if you are off campus, you’ll have to enter your name and library barcode before reading).
Check back next week for even more Native American Heritage month digital resources!
The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
with an afterword by Elaine R. Hedges
First published in 1892, The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story of choppy sentences that punctuate the rambling thoughts of a woman going mad. The narrator is an obedient wife and mother, sexually restrained and socially isolated. Her husband and brother, both physicians, confine her to an attic nursery in order to calm her nerves. Instead, she is tormented by a woman trapped inside the wallpaper “where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down.”
As a staunch feminist in the late 1800s, Perkins Gilman had more critics than admirers. She mostly wrote non-fiction, with Women and Economics being her most famous work. The Yellow Wallpaper is one of her few pieces of fiction.
The New York Public Library has a wonderful digital collection of vintage holiday postcards. But don’t think of postcard as something only sent by vacationers. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries these cards were sent to family and friends the way we send greeting cards today. With postage rates at a penny card, who wouldn’t send a few dozen for each national holiday?
To learn more about the history of postcards, search the UArts Libraries’ catalog by subject for postcards. One of my favorites is Bizzaro Postcards by Jim Heimann. Also try a subject search for greeting cards.
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!