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Out of the Archives: The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Out of the Archives: The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in July 2012. The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection consists of over 150,000 maps, focusing on 18th and 19th century North and South America and including atlases, globes, maritime charts and other materials.  Of those 150,000 items, about 32,000 of the maps have been digitized...
Fantastic Friday: Propaganda Posters

Fantastic Friday: Propaganda Posters

Fantastic Friday is a bimonthly series wherein we dig up little treasure troves of digital collections and artistic resources on a single topic for your viewing pleasure.  Find your next favorite artistic inspiration here! ~Katie Before the affordability of household televisions and well before the internet and social media were even dreamed of, the art of...
Fantastic Friday: Sheet Music

Fantastic Friday: Sheet Music

Fantastic Friday is a bimonthly series wherein we dig up little treasure troves of digital collections and artistic resources on a single topic for your viewing pleasure.  Find your next favorite artistic inspiration here! ~Katie For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a singer.  I mean, I don’t get paid or anything, but...
LitMore Poetry Library

LitMore Poetry Library

by Laura Damon-Moore Several weeks ago we got a note from Christophe Casamassima (whose Poetry in Community project we featured on the website a couple of years ago) that said, “Because of the generous space you gave me two years ago on the website, we were inspired to bring our enormous poetry collection into circulation...
Fantastic Friday: Fashion Collections

Fantastic Friday: Fashion Collections

Fantastic Friday is a bimonthly series wherein we dig up little treasure troves of digital collections and artistic resources on a single topic for your viewing pleasure.  Find your next favorite artistic inspiration here! ~Katie Even as a child, I was fascinated by fashion and ethnic dress.  My mother works in textiles, so I poured...
Fantastic Friday: Natural History Prints

Fantastic Friday: Natural History Prints

Let’s try a little something new today.  Instead of an info-packed essay or an in-depth resource analysis, let’s just take this Friday to look at pretty things! In collecting resources for our Book to Art Club meeting on The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, I found myself swimming in digital collections filled with GORGEOUS...
Exploring the Boston Athenaeum

Exploring the Boston Athenaeum

Today it’s my pleasure to present this interview with Peter Walsh from the Boston Athenaeum. He talked with us about this local institution, its collection, and how the Athenaeum actively supports the work of artists in New England. Enjoy! ~ Laura The mission of the Boston Athenæum is to serve its members, the broader community, and scholars throughout...
Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whether you think today is the perfect excuse to snuggle up with your honey and eat chocolates or a terrible Hallmark conspiracy, there’s no mistaking it: Valentine’s Day is a good day in the world of Digital Collections!  There are a number of beautiful digital archives of vintage cards out there, documenting not only how...
Anonymous

Anonymous

This is the fifteenth and, sadly, final post in a series of features on historic book bindings, written for the Library as Incubator Project by Andrea Reithmayr, Special Collections Librarian and the Rare Book Conservator at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries.  We thank Andrea from the bottom of our hearts for her time and...
Minneapolis Central Library's picture files, where past & present coexist

Minneapolis Central Library’s picture files, where past & present coexist

by Andy Sturdevant.  Originally published on August 1, 2012 in the MinnPost weekly arts column, The Stroll and re-posted on the Library as Incubator Project on August 16th, 2012. Up on the third floor of the Minneapolis Central Library, past the racks of CDs and near the drawers of sheet music, there are several rows of...
Our Favorite Things: Archives, Archives, Archives!

Our Favorite Things: Archives, Archives, Archives!

by Laura Damon-Moore For today’s Favorite Things post, here’s a roundup of posts about archives – interesting archival collections and some artists who used archives as inspiration for their artwork. Melissa Mannon of ArchivesInfo wrote up a great piece examining the use of orphan photos to inspire the arts, in the spirit of Ransom Riggs’...
All for Art

All for Art

This is the fourteenth post in a series of features on historic book bindings, written for the Library as Incubator Project by Andrea Reithmayr, Special Collections Librarian and the Rare Book Conservator at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries. Unless otherwise noted, all bindings pictured are from the University of Rochester’s Dept. of Rare Books &...