NCSU: Interactive Tool Offers Window Into History of Arab-Americans in NYC

North Carolina State University: Interactive Tool Offers Window Into History of Arab-Americans in NYC. “NC State researchers are unveiling an interactive site that allows scholars and the public to better understand the long history of Syrian and Lebanese immigrants to the United States. Focused on New York City in the early 20th century, the tool highlights the growth of Arab-American communities in the city and their integration into American life. The project, Syrians in New York: Mapping Movement, 1900-1930, was developed by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies as part of the center’s ongoing efforts to conduct digital mapping and analysis of Arab-American immigrants.”

State Library of New South Wales Australia: The Lone Hand

State Library of New South Wales Australia: The Lone Hand. “The Lone Hand (1907-1921), a sister publication to the famous Bulletin (1880-2008), has been digitised and made available through Trove. Modelled on the London Strand and founded by J.F. Archibald and Frank Fox, The Lone Hand was given the title originally preferred for the Bulletin itself. It was a monthly magazine of literature and poetry, with illustrations by significant Australian artists of the time. It was edited by Frank Fox (1907-09), A.H. Adams (1909-11), Bertram Stevens (1912-19) and Walter Jago (1919-21). Though Archibald set the magazine up, he never took a substantial editorial role.”

Australian Photo Review: Now Online (State Library of New South Wales)

State Library of New South Wales: Australian Photo Review: Now Online. ” This first issue appeared on 23 January 1897. Published by Baker and Rouse it was sold at ‘four shillings’ for a year’s subscription and it welcomed, … photographs and literary contributions or correspondence on all matters of interest to photographers. This new format obviously found its audience and the Australian Photographic Review, or A.P.R. as it later branded itself, was published monthly for the next 59 years. The longevity of this journal marks it as the most significant in terms of insights into the development of photography in Australia 1894 through to the last issue which appeared in December 1956.”

DigitalNC: Issues of Wake Forest University’s The Student from 1906-1935 added

DigitalNC: Issues of Wake Forest University’s The Student from 1906-1935 added. “Additional issues of Wake Forest University’s The Student are now online. The additional issues cover 1906 through 1935. The Student was typically published quarterly and featured articles, opinion columns, and stories written by the students of what was then Wake Forest College, located in Wake Forest, North Carolina.”

Texas Digital Archives Adds William Deming Hornaday Photograph Collection

New on the Texas Digital Archives: An Inventory of the William Deming Hornaday Photograph Collection at the Texas State Archives. “This collection consists of photographs, photographic postcards, photoengravings and negatives amassed by William Deming Hornaday (1868-1942) to accompany the various articles written in his capacity as a journalist and Director of Publicity for the University of Texas. The images were created by a variety of photographers, the names of whom are mostly unknown. Dates covered are about 1890-about 1940, undated. The photographs depict notable people, places, and events across Texas. The collection also portrays a variety of locations outside the contiguous United States, most notably Mexico, Australia, China, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Fiji, and Hawaii.”

CityLab: The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake

CityLab: The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake. “Thanks to detective work from [Woody] LaBounty’s organization, which is devoted to preserving local history, modern audiences can experience the horror of the 1906 quake from a galaxy of perspectives. The group has sifted through thousands of photographs provided by an anonymous private collector and pegged them on an interactive map as to where they likely were taken. Thus a denizen of the Castro can see what the destruction downtown looked like from, say, the nearby, lofty Corona Heights, whereas a kayak enthusiast can witness the city’s hellish burning from over the cold waters of the Bay.”

The Vindicator: Clyde and Thelma See Glass Plate negatives collection are now digitalized

The Vindicator: Clyde and Thelma See Glass Plate negatives collection are now digitalized. “The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has digitized the Clyde and Thelma See Glass Plate Negatives Collection and the L.J. Whitmeyer Glass Plate Negatives Collection as part of TSLAC’s Texas Digital Archive (TDA). TDA is a searchable online repository designed to preserve and provide access to the state’s historical records collections. The See and Whitmeyer collections include portraits, street scenes, and other images from Hardin County, particularly the communities of Batson and Saratoga. About 160 original images can now be seen online…”

Digirati: Digirati to build Indigenous Digital Archive platform

Digirati: Digirati to build Indigenous Digital Archive platform. “Digirati are building a new open source crowdsourcing platform for the Indigenous Digital Archive, a project of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. The project will enable engagement with authentic public documents of community history, government actions, and civic life in New Mexico. The first phase will focus on open public records related to land and to the government Indian Boarding Schools from the late 1800s into the 1920s and 30s.”

Twitter Reenactment: Milwaukee River Ice Wars (Friday, Dec 9)

Do you ever follow Twitter reenactments? This one looks pretty interesting. “In 1901 ice-harvesting on the Milwaukee River was a big business; families and businesses needed the ice during the warm months to chill their food. When two companies and their employees each believed they had the rights to a stretch of the Milwaukee River, the resulting conflict was wild enough to attract a crowd of thousands on the banks of the river. Listen to their experiences while these nine character[s] live-tweet as if the event is unfolding in real time.” It happens this Friday, December 9th.

African-Americans Making Movies During the Silent Film Era

Now available: a database about African-Americans working in the movie industry during the silent film era. “While the #OscarsSoWhite controversy raged over the dearth of people of color nominated for Academy Awards this past year, a group of digital humanities students at UCLA channeled their frustration into meticulously reconstructing the little-known history of silent films made for and by African Americans in the early 20th century…. The result of their efforts is ‘Early African American Film: Reconstructing the History of Silent Race Films, 1909–1930,’ an informational website and searchable database that tracks the African-American actors, crewmembers, writers, producers and other artists who were making films during the silent era.”

New Database of Edwardian-Era Postcards

Now available: an online archive of Edwardian-era postcards. “Described by researchers at Lancaster University as the social media of its day, with features of Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Messenger and SMS texts, the ‘hands-on’ database includes 1000 postcards, written and sent between 1901 and 1910, together with transcriptions and carefully researched historical data about the people who wrote and received the fascinating cards.”

New Collection of Digitized Dublin Police Records, 1905-1918

A new set of digitized records show police activity in Dublin, Ireland, between 1905-1918. “The records cover some of Dublin’s major historical events, including the 1913 Lockout, the 1916 Rising and its aftermath. Over 30,000 people were arrested during this period and these details are all contained in the records.”

Two New Historical South Dakota Newspapers Now Available Online

Two new historical South Dakota newspapers are now available online. “Two Kimball newspapers have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society….The Kimball Enterprise (1883) and the Kimball Graphic (1883-1905) are now both available on Chronicling America.”

Florida Creates Database of Car Registrations 1905-1917

The state of Florida has created a VERY cool resource: early car registrations. Specifically, car registrations from 1905-1917. “This collection contains Florida’s first automobile registrations, which were recorded by the Florida Department of State between 1905 and 1917. Each registration, which was handwritten in a ledger, indicates the name and post office address of the registrant plus the manufacturer, style, horsepower and factory number of the vehicle. Each entry was dated and assigned a unique registration number, which was sent to the registrant on a certificate.”

Vassar College Digitizes Glass Plate Negative Collection

Vassar College has a new digitized collection of glass plate negatives. “Although class trees and the events around them don’t have much presence on campus now, it was a big deal 85 years ago, involv­ing dove-releasing, secret rites and digging the hole using Matthew Vas­sar’s silver spade. The tree ceremo­nies were documented by a series of images dating from 1904 to 1935. This series of visual materials can be found in the ‘Glass Plates Neg­atives’ collection at Vassar’s digital library. With 870 images in total, the collection was recently conserved and digitized at an off-campus con­servation center.”