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…”

National Archives Releases New “Remembering World War I” App has released a new “Remembering World War I” app. “The app invites people nationwide to contribute their own stories and play a part in the centennial commemoration of the First World War. Building on an amazing moving image and photographic archive being digitized and preserved as part of a larger Wartime Films Project, the app features thousands of rarely seen public domain images and films to encourage discovery and creative reuse. Intended in part for classroom instruction, Remembering WWI provides educators with the digital sources and narrative-building tools to help students foster an understanding of World War I.”

University of Southern Mississippi Launches Digital Archive on Racially-Segregated Libraries

The University of Southern Mississippi has launched a new digital archive about racially-segregated libraries. “The archive is entitled ‘The Roots of Community: Segregated Carnegie Libraries as Spaces for Learning and Community-Making in Pre-Civil Rights America, 1900-65.’ The research includes information on 12 segregated Carnegie libraries (or ‘Carnegie Negro Libraries’ as they were called then), a group of public libraries that opened between 1900 and 1925.”

University of Idaho Puts Student Newspaper Archive Online

The University of Idaho has launched a digital archive of its student newspaper. “The Argonaut is the award-winning student newspaper produced by UI Student Media in the Department of Student Involvement. Continuously in print since 1898, it was historically published twice a week during the academic year and distributed across campus and throughout Moscow and Pullman. … The Library’s new digital collection provides access to nearly 6,000 issues of the Argonaut in PDF format with transcripts produced by Optical Character Recognition, which allows for full-text searching.”

New Web Site Showcases Oral Histories of African-Americans Migrating in the Early 20th Century

A new Web site has oral histories of African-Americans who migrated from the southern US to the northern US in the early 20th century. “The oral histories were part of what was intended to be a larger project for the museum about the transformative effects of the influx of black Southerners on the city [of Philadelphia] in the early 20th century. From 1910 to 1930, their population rose from roughly 85,000 to almost 220,000. The interviews were aired on public radio in the 1980s, but Charles Hardy III, a historian and West Chester University professor, and his fellow researchers ran out of money to bring their vision to fruition.” What did Big Data find when it analyzed 150 years of British history? What did Big Data find when it analyzed 150 years of British history? “The main focus of the study was to establish if major historical and cultural changes could be detected from the subtle statistical footprints left in the collective content of local newspapers. How many women were mentioned? In which year did electricity start being mentioned more than steam? Crucially, this work goes well beyond counting words, and deploys AI methods to identify people and their gender, or locations and their position on the map. The landmark study, part of the University of Bristol’s ThinkBIG project, collected a huge amount of regional newspapers from the UK, including geographical and time-based information that is not available in other textual data such as books. Over 35 million articles and 28.6 billion words, from the British Library’s newspaper collections, representing 14 per cent of all British regional outlets from 1800 to 1950, were used for the study.”

New Site Provides Historical Map Views of Istanbul, Turkey

A new site provides historical map views of Istanbul, Turkey. “A new online archive, created by Nil Tuzcu and his colleagues at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, allows viewers to pull the curtains back and observe some crucial milestones in the megacity’s evolution…. Here’s how it works: On the base map, users can overlay historical documents that go as far back as the 1850s and add georeferenced features like historical photographs. They can pile on multiple layers of data on the same map, or compare two milestones in a sliding window to see the change over time.”