Archive for the ‘image collections’ Category
[Posted by Peter Rawson, Associate Curator of Archives & MSS]
As mentioned in a previous post, we received a rich set of material from Jon Reynolds last fall. Mr. Reynolds has sent us more material over the last year and we are integrating it into the collection. Michelle Sigiel, an archives intern from Simmons College has come across a set of approximately 75 slides depicting Vietnam in 1963. These images give us a fascinating look into the American war in Vietnam.
Montagnards, also known as “The Degar” are indigenous people of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Many Degars worked with American Special Forces and were a critical part of the American military effort.
We are in the process of making this collection available for research and plan to complete this phase late this term.
The first two images picture Montagnards. Pic 3 is of a US plane flying over South Vietneam; pic 4 is of South Vietnamese troops; pic 5 is of army helicopters, and the final pic is of Vietnamese children.
About 15 years ago we acquired this “carte-de-visite” photograph, taken in the early 1860s, of the “View from Trinity College of the City of Hartford.” This is from the site of the old campus, now inhabited by the State Capitol, looking down across Bushnell Park towards Main Street.
Prescott & Gage (the photographers) were in business from 1861-1865, and Trinity moved its campus from the site in the 1870s.
George Watson Cole (1850-1939), the first librarian of the Huntington Library, was a pioneer of modern bibliography who set a standard few have matched with the catalogs of the collections of Americana and English Literature assembled by E. Dwight Church.
Cole was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Trinity in 1920 “in recognition of his work in the field of Bibliography.” It is likely this honor which led him to give his collection of some 10,000 postcards and miscellaneous ephemera related to Europe, most of which dates prior to 1915. His Americana postcards (some 25,000) and his papers are at the American Antiquarian Society.
Volunteer Lisa Lew is creating an inventory of these postcards, which show the churches, monuments, city views, art galleries, market squares, harbors, theaters, cemeteries, municipal buildings and neighborhoods of Europe as they were before the ravages of both World Wars. There are also postcards of soldiers, portraits of ruling families, flags, coats-of-arms, coins, ships, bridges, beaches, vehicles (carriages, automobiles, planes, trains, fire engines, etc.), farms, parks, sports events, gardens, fountains, and costumes. It is an amazing collection, and we hope to have the inventory online soon, and at some point, we may digitize it all.
Lisa’s job has been made much easier because Cole was a librarian, and ordered the collection upon strict and detailed guidelines. Indeed, he wrote a pamphlet on the subject in 1935, entitled Postcards: The World in Miniature. A Plan for their Systematic Arrangement.