Daily Life through History

An excellent online resource offered through the University Libraries, Daily Life through History will help you explore arts and culture throughout the world, from prehistory through the 20th century. (If you are off-campus, you will be asked to log-in with your UArts email username and password.)

Apple Computers co-founder Steve Jobs poses with the Apple II computer, 1979
Apple Computers co-founder Steve Jobs poses with the Apple II computer, 1979

Start here for all your historical research needs. Search by era, such as Renaissance Europe, the Roman Empire, or Contemporary America (Hey First Year Writers – this is perfect for all that decades research!). Each section contains a thorough review of the domestic and political trends and events, with links to images and maps, and recommended further reading. The section Idea Exchange documents scholarly opinions on contemporary topics such as the Internet’s impact on the individual or questioning if women’s lives are better now than in the past.

Scene of goldsmiths (top) and brickmakers, from the tomb of the Egyptian vizier Rekhmire, New Kingdom.
Scene of goldsmiths (top) and brickmakers, from the tomb of the Egyptian vizier Rekhmire, New Kingdom.

Library staff recommendation: Golden Book of Fairy Tales

The Golden Book of Fairy Tales.

Translated by Marie Ponsot; illustrated by Adrienne Ségur.

NY: Golden Books, 1999.

Greenfield Open Stacks 741.641 Se396g

Originally published in the 1950s, this illustrated collection of 28 fairy tales from around the world is a classic. The contents include well-known stories such as “Sleeping Beauty”, “Thumbelina”, and “Cinderella”, and lesser-known tales such as “Finn, the Keen Falcon” and “Green Snake”. What sets it apart, though, are the beautiful and intricate illustrations by Adrienne Ségur (1901-1981). The head- and tail-pieces are just as beautiful as the full-page illustrations.

Illustration for "Green Snake"
Illustration for "Green Snake"
Head-piece for "Puss and Boots"

Not much is known in the United States about Ségur, who was born in Greece to a French father and Greek mother, but a diligent researcher has translated a pamphlet about her. If you’re familiar with Ségur’s works, you’ll see her own resemblance to her illustrations.

portrait of Adrienne Ségur
Adrienne Ségur

Digital Resource of the Week: Wellcome Collection

In honor of UArts alumni the Brothers Quay’s new documentary on the Mutter Museum, let’s take a look at another collection of oddities – The Wellcome Collection in London.

Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) was an inventive pharmacist who also collected items related to medicine and health. As well as establishing medical research centers, Sir Henry wanted his collections to available to professionals to help them learn more about the history of science and the development of modern medicine.

A piece of small intestine showing typhoid lesions
A piece of small intestine showing typhoid lesions

Now open to the public, The Wellcome Collection pairs Sir Henry’s collection with new acquisitions not only in the fields of medicine and biology, but also the arts. Wellcome Images has thousands of historical and contemporary images on various themes. The collection will lead you to more images and video as subject explorations, such as Science and Art and Genetics.

Interested in the fusion of art and science? Learn more at the UArts Libraries! Search the catalog for the subject heading Art and Science. Also discover the Mutter Museum and the Brothers Quay.

Two dissected heads by Gautier d'Agoty
Two dissected heads by Gautier d'Agoty

Library staff recommendation: Storyteller Without Words

Storyteller Without Words
by Lynd Ward

769.924 W214s Greenfield Open Stacks

Long before the term graphic novel was coined, and before it was acceptable for a comic to be considered art, Lynd Ward was using the power of pure images to create ‘stories without words.’ Like fellow printmaker Frans Masereel, Ward used the technique of wood engraving to create a series of rich and intricate images that when put together told a powerful narrative. No theme was too large for Ward, as he tackled death, fate, sex, and the struggle of the individual against insurmountable forces. Of special note are the stories “God’s Man” and “Vertigo”, both contained in this volume.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier