Hyperallergic: New Database Highlights Overlooked European Avant-Garde Artists. “Launched last month, Forgotten Heritage is an interactive, online database that highlights overlooked European avant-garde artists active after 1945. It currently features the works of dozens of artists from Poland, Croatia, Estonia, France, and Belgium, and will continue to include more from other countries over time. Supported by Creative Europe, the free visual resource was compiled over several years by an international quartet of cultural institutions — the Arton Foundation in Warsaw, the Office for Photography Foundation in Zagreb, Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, and Luca School of Arts in Brussels.”
RTE: Footage from fight for independence available online. “Priceless and rarely seen footage featuring many key architects of Irish independence is available to view online after a painstaking repatriation and digitalisation process by the Irish Film Institute. Ireland’s lack of indigenous filmmaking in the first half of the 20th century meant that the only footage of pivotal events like the Easter Rising and the War of Independence was held abroad, with much of it not available to the public.”
OCNJ Daily: Ocean City Man’s Passion Leads to Image Archive. “Wonderful pictures are stock in trade of [the website]. Categories include the 9th St. Bridge including the old one, the new one and the demolition of the former and construction of the latter. The Sindia, storms, boardwalk, Music Pier are other examples of categories. Just about anything you can think of concerning Ocean City has a pictorial home on Mike’s site. At present, there are thousands of images in 845 files and 43 albums.”
University of Wisconsin-Madison: NEH grant to reunite radio history. “The $217,000 grant will fund the creation of a comprehensive online collection of early educational public radio content from the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. The forerunner of CPB and its arms, NPR and PBS, the NAEB served as the primary organizer, developer, and distributor for noncommercial broadcast production and analysis between 1925 and 1981. These broadcasts, mostly stemming from university- and public school-run radio stations, provide an in-depth look at the engagements and events of American history, as they were broadcast to and received by the general public in the 20th century. They document educational, political and cultural events as diverse as the national census, atomic energy, American labor, religion, United States history, agricultural engineering, mathematics and foreign relations.”
Now available: Populations Past, a map and analysis of Victorian and Edwardian population. From the about page: “The second half of the nineteenth century was a period of major change in the dynamics of the British population. This was a time of transformation from a relatively ‘high pressure’ demographic regime characterised by medium to high birth and death rates to a ‘low pressure’ regime of low birth and death rates, a transformation known as the ‘demographic transition’. This transition was not uniform across England and Wales: certain places and social groups appear to have led the declines while others lagged behind. Exploring these geographical patterns can provide insights into the process of change and the influence of economic and geographical factors. This website allows users to create and view maps of different demographic measures and related socio-economic indicators every 10 years between 1851 and 1911. These include fertility, childhood mortality, marriage, migration status, household compositions, age-structure, occupational status and population density. Brief explanations of each measure are included, indicating how they are calculated and explaining how they relate to other measures.”
Cengage: Gale Launches New Digital Archive on Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century. “Gale, a Cengage company, is launching a new digital archive to help researchers explore the development, actions and ideologies behind political extremism. Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century: Far-right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe and Australia is the first digital archive documenting a range of radical right and fascist movements, communist and socialist groups and new left activists in never-before-digitized primary sources. By providing primary sources from a wide range of viewpoints in one meticulously indexed resource, researchers can make comparisons and connections that were not previously discoverable, enabling greater understanding and open dialogue on the topic.” Being Gale, you know this is not free.
This is from February but I missed it. From the British Library: Percy Grainger’s collection of ethnographic wax cylinders. “The British Library is pleased to make available online around 350 English folk songs recorded by composer Percy Grainger in different regions of England between 1906 and 1909. Thanks to the generous support of the National Folk Music Fund, these sound recordings have been catalogued and indexed by librarian, researcher and folklorist Steve Roud, author of Folk Song in England (Faber & Faber, 2017). Roud has also married them up with Grainger’s transcriptions of the songs, where these exist, on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website, thanks to their digitisation of the Percy Grainger Manuscript Collection.”