Over the past year, the CTW Digital Projects Group, which encompasses staff from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University, came together to consider how the three schools might collaborate on digitizing and publishing archival or other materials owned by each school.
For its pilot project, the group selected student-made scrapbooks from multiple eras: those of Linda Abel, a student at Connecticut College from 1965-1969, Lynn Smith Miller, a student at Wesleyan from 1910-1914, and Phillip DeWitt Phair, who attended Trinity College from 1890 – 1894. The scrapbooks offer a glimpse into college student life during these periods through ephemera such as playbills and athletic event tickets, dance and social cards, artwork, valentines, invitations and letters, newspaper clippings, menus, and miscellaneous objects.
Utilizing the University of Southern California’s open-source platform, Scalar, members of the group scanned and uploaded an image of each scrapbook page, jointly decided on metadata fields, and added metadata and descriptions for each page, as well as a biography and introduction to each scrapbook.
“Connecticut Connections” was recently presented at the CTW Retreat in downtown Hartford and is publicly available online at: http://scalar.usc.edu/works/ctwscrapbooks.
The Enders Ornithology Lantern Slides Collection comprises over 800 hand-tinted glass plate photographs, produced by Herbert Keightley Job from 1896 to 1925. Job was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1864 and was a minister, lecturer, author, ornithologist, and pioneer wildlife photographer.
Job’s slides are digitized and make up part of the Ostrom and Alice Talcott Enders Ornithology Collection, a comprehensive collection of over 5,000 items including books, original artwork, periodicals, and more in the Watkinson Library.
While many of Job’s slides are of birds, he photographed this deer in Canaan, CT jumping over a fence on March 12, 1908! Other slides include scenes of everyday life as well as architecture, landscapes, and animals, some of which were taken throughout Connecticut. What you find may surprise you!
Visit the Digital Collections page and select “Enders Ornithology Lantern Slides” under “Image Collections in Shared Shelf Commons” to view the collection. Learn about lantern slides here.
Supported by The Mellon Foundation and others, Digital Public Library of America provides scholars and the general public with access to 18 million items from cultural heritage institutions. Trinity contributions from Watkinson Library and Trinity Archives collections include ornithology lantern slides, early British theater playbills, George Watson Cole pre-WWI postcards, Renaissance manuscript illuminations, and Trinity College “old campus” photos. They can be located in “DPLA” by searching “trinity college” or by more focused searching. The collections can also still be accessed from our library Digital Collections page. Within the Cole postcard collection are 325 views of 1907-1914 California, including this one titled “Greetings from Venice California. On the Road of a Thousand Wonders.: Daily Scene on the Salt Water Canals,” by Souvenir Publishing Co. It shows one of the man-made canals built in 1905 to bring the feel of Venice, Italy, to southern California.
Playbill for 1834 performance of King Henry IV at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, with plan of orchestra
Given to Watkinson Library by Nathan H. Allen in 1916, the collection comprises nearly four hundred 18-19th Century British theater playbills for performances in London and other locations. Plastered about town, playbills displayed a wealth of information promoting upcoming shows. Our collection may be searched by title, name, or terms such as “ballet,” “opera,” “pantomime,” or “comedy,” for example. Visit our Digital Collections page for this and other collections published to Shared Shelf Commons and Trinity College Digital Repository.
Trinity College dorm room ca. 1875: William Mather (right, 1877) & Joseph Buffington (left, 1875). Mather was donor of Trinity College Chapel and his bequest funded Mather Hall! Buffington created Trinity’s Bantam mascot! For more like this, visit our Digital Collections page for “Trinity College Archival Photos” and other “Image Collections in Shared Shelf Commons”
Research Librarian Erin Valentino’s class, The Information Age and the Digital Divide, has created an exhibition called “The Book” that explores the history of print culture through a selection of rare books from the Watkinson Library. Students each chose a book to research and interpret using contextual sources, and presented their findings in class. The exhibition features a book of hours, an almanac, medical guides, a captivity narrative, and more, with contextualizing labels created by the students.
Erin Valentino and her class, along with Watkinson Director Rick Ring and Library Director Richard Ross, at the opening of the exhibition, Oct 23
Student selections included an exquisite book of hours...
...a medical guide...
...an educational primer, and more!
“The Book” will be on view in the Main Atrium of Trinity College Library from October 23, 2012 until November 30. You can also explore the exhibition online through a complementary website at: http://commons.trincoll.edu/thebook/.
ARTstor images now available via Safari browser on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch to registered ARTstor users. Try Flashcard View to test yourself by viewing image, then flipping to display info. From your mobile device go to http://library.artstor.org
ARTstor finally has OIV for Mac OSX10.6. Log into your ARTstor account >Tools >Download offline presentation tool >accept terms >OIV for Mac >Download.
If you have used the slide collection in the basement of Hallden Hall, you might be interested to know that staff, collections and equipment are now located in the northeast corner of Raether Library, Level A, just down the hall from the Watkinson Library. Nancy Smith, Visual Resources Librarian, is the contact person for image reference and ARTstor instruction.
Please stop in for a visit or call x2194 with any questions.
ARTstor database software improved – Try out this new Beta version or choose to stay with the old. ARTstor-hosted Trinity Library Visual Resources Collection nearing 10,000 images!