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The University of New Hampshire Digital Collections Initiative will no longer maintain the Compendium of Digital Collections . If you work for an educational institution and are interested in taking over the content and future development of this resource, please contact me. Otherwise, the Compendium will be retired on August 15, 2011.

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This collection provides access to thousands of pieces of sheet music from the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Museum, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana University Lilly Library and was developed by the Indiana University Digital Library Program with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.   Drawn primarily from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the collection includes works by well-known composers such as George M. Cohan, Cole Porter, Al Jolson, and Jerome Kern. (excerpted from site)

The Washington College of Law (WCL) was founded in 1896 by Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma M. Gillett. WCL was incorporated in 1898 and merged with American University in 1949. WCL was the first law school founded by women for women. Ellen Spencer Mussey was the first woman dean of a law school.

The Washington College of Law Historical Collection from the Pence Law Library contains class schedules, correspondence, newspapers, programs, scrapbooks, and yearbooks documenting its history from 1851-1960. In addition, there are materials relating to the 1902 Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic in Washington, D.C., Kappa Beta Pi (a legal sorority), and WCL founder, Ellen Spencer Mussey, and her family. The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, invitations, photographs, and programs featuring alumni, students, and events. (description excerpted from site)

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library of resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. Collections include books, photographs, archives of Caribbean leaders and governments, legal documents, official historical documents, literature (novels, poetry, journals, and more), art, audio-visual materials, and historic and contemporary maps. The Digital Library of the Caribbean provides free, open access to all materials, and all materials are full text searchable, with JPG2000 images that load quickly but can be zoomed for detail. As of November 2008, the Digital Library of the Caribbean held 21,157 items comprising 560,491 pages built from the regular loading of new materials from partner institutions.

Description curtesy of Laurie Taylor, University of Florida Libraries’ Digital Library Center

This collection’s focus is on the Yiddish-language musical stage, and includes many photographs of performers (often in costume) and composers, and, not infrequently, scenes from theatrical productions. Also included in the collection are art songs, Hebrew and Yiddish language folk songs, and religious music, notably from the cantorial repertoire. Notable performers and theatrical personalities represented are Molly Picon, Bores Thomashefsky, David Kessler, Jacob Adler, Aaron Lebedeff, Abraham Goldfaden, Mrs. Regina Praeger, and Cantor Gershon Sirota, among many others. (excerpt from site)

This collection consists of more than 2,500 television interviews with prominent authors of fiction and nonfiction taped over the last 30 years. The “Connie Martinson Talks Books” television series originates from L.A. CityView Channel 35 and can be seen on government-access cable outlets around the country and PBS in New York. Included in the collection so far are interviews with Barack Obama, Calvin Trillin, Elie Wiesel, Gore Vidal, Joseph  Heller, Lisa See, Mary Gordon, and Susan Vreeland. New interviews will be added on an ongoing basis.

This digital collection presents more than 700 images of Russia and the Caucasus region, particularly of rural areas in Georgia and Dagestan. The photographs, taken by William O. Field in the late 1920s and early 1930s, are housed at the American Geographical Society Library. The photographic collection is supplemented by Field’s diaries and travel notes, and a selection of maps of the Caucasus region.

This project presents historical maps and images of Tibet from the holdings of the American Geographical Society Library. The collection includes a set of early photographs of central Tibet and Lhasa as well as more than 800 images from Harrison Forman’s expeditions to northern Tibet between 1932 and 1937. The photographic collection is supplemented by four plans of the city of Lhasa and six historical maps of Tibet.

This digital project highlights the history and culture of the Canadian province of Alberta. It provides access to a wide range of materials on the subject including art, newspapers, laws, photographs, and folklore.

This site provides access to a number of collections related to the history and culture of Oklahoma. While the collections span a wide range of subjects, the coverage of Native-American and natural history is especially strong.

This collection showcases rare American sheet music of the nineteenth century. The collection will be of interest not only to those interested in music but also to those interested in the history of the American middle class, who practiced such sheet music in their parlors during the antebellum period

This collection focuses on the history of Africa. Providing access to both primary and secondary sources, the collection covers topics such as slavery, colonization, language, religion, and art. Includes text, images, and sound recordings.

This project highlights a single manuscript entitled The Book of Curiosities, which is an eleventh-century Egyptian text. The Book of Curiosities reflects ancient Islamic views of science, astronomy, and cartography and appears in the original Arabic with accompanying diagrams.  This high-quality digital reproduction includes interactive (mouse-over) access to a modern Arabic edition and an English translation.

This digital collection showcases some of the world’s greatest books on subjects as diverse as medicine, drama, religion, history, astronomy, and government. The collection is drawn from the holdings of many of the foremost academic and public libraries in the United States and Europe.

The Northern Junket magazine, part of the Ralph Page Collection, provides directions and tunes for squares, contras, and folk dances, as well as folk songs, recipes, riddles, tongue- twisters, old wives’ tales, and other folklife traditions.


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