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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)
NASA has digitized over 9000 press release photos from the American manned space program. Spanning the duration of the program from the Mercury to the STS-79 Shuttle, the website of the Johnson Space Center offers an impressive array of images. Users may search or browse the images.
This digital collection focuses on the early history of Las Vegas, Nevada in the beginning of the twentieth century. While it is currently best known as an entertainment destination, early Las Vegas makes a useful case study for those interested in industry, suburbanization, transportation, and ecology. Additionally, photographs from the post-WWII period showcase the growing prevalence of Vegas nightclubs that will be familiar to contemporary visitors.
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 collection features selections from the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar (1872-1906) was a prominent African-American writer who composed multiple poems, several books, and a number of libretti. Many have been digitized by Wright State University in Dunbar’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio, along with a bibliography for future reading and a photo gallery.
The University of Miami provides access to a variety of digitized manuscripts, photographs, and maps drawn from their Cuban Heritage Collections. The collections span a wide range of topics including economics, war, politics, history, literature, theatre, immigration, tourism, sports, religion, and communism.
The Brooklyn Public Library has digitized selections from some of their most popular archival collections. Offering access to historic newspapers, photographs, sheet music, advertisements, playbills, and children’s books, the collections showcase the history of culture of the borough.
The U.S. Government Printing Office has begun to digitize the public papers of the American presidents, including public writings, addresses, and remarks. Still a work in progress, the site currently provides access to public papers for the current president, as well as presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Each president’s papers are divided into six-month segments with tables of contents, photographic portfolios, and both name and subject indices. Users may browse the collection or conduct specific searches by subject, document type, name, or country.
From 1888 to 1935, photographer William J. Meuer captured a visual history of campus and community life at the University of Wisconsin. This digital collection showcases thousands of his photographs of university students, faculty, alumni, and campus guests. Included in the collection are depictions of academic, athletic, and social events at the university; images of visits from political dignitaries and other noted celebrities; and photographs of local landscapes and historic sites.
This digital project presents over 3000 photographs taken from the holdings of the American Geographical Society Library (AGSL). This growing collection is currently strongest in its coverage of Asia and the Middle East. Users may be especially intrigued by the vivid and beautiful photos of Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea.
Keene State College hosts three digital photography collections based on anthropological studies of the Orang Asli peoples of Peninsular Malaysia. Collectively, the studies reflect over thirty years of ethnographic fieldwork in the region. All three collections may be browsed or searched by keyword.
The digital collections hosted by Miami University showcase about 16,000 primary sources including photographs, newspapers, videos, and interviews. While much of the collection pertains to the history of the university and the region, certain materials, such as the collection of Victorian trade cards, reveal broader trends in the economy and culture of nineteenth-century America.
This digital collection showcases historic photographs of Alaska, the Western United States, and the Canadian provinces of Yukon Territory and British Columbia. Subjects covered by the collection include mining, community life, native peoples, the environment, and life during wartime. The collection can be searched by subject.