Eastern Mennonite University: Seven shapes or four notes? If you have an opinion, then you’ll want to know ‘The Musical Million’ 1879-97 is now online. “Giving special thanks to Eastern Mennonite University special collections librarian Simone Horst for her digitalization help, the Library of Virginia’s Virginia Chronicle website has launched a fully searchable run of the music journal, The Musical Million: A Journal of Music, Poetry, and Chaste Home Literature…. The Musical Million spread the Gospel of congregational shape-note singing far and wide and laid the groundwork for the proliferation of singing schools across the South.”
iNews: What was on TV the day you were born? Historic Radio Times listings now online through BBC Genome Project. “What was on television the day you were born? The BBC is launching a searchable database of Radio Times programme listings dating back to 1923, through the broadcaster’s own Genome Project. The BBC has now made all 1940s issues of the Radio Times publicly available online for the first time.” The 1920s and 1930s were already available.
City News: Maclean’s prints thousands of different covers for 100th anniversary of WWI’s end. “Next month’s Remembrance Day marks a century since World War I ended, and Maclean’s Magazine has put together an ambitious project to honour each Canadian killed in the fighting. The latest issue has 66,349 different covers — each one with a name and a story, plus one for the Unknown Soldier….An online database allows readers to look up the attestation papers of the person whose name is on their cover.”
What’s New In Publishing: New Humanist archive shows how digital publishing can preserve cultural history.”New Humanist, the 133-year-old periodical published by the Rationalist Association, whose past members include Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell and HG Wells, has made available its entire back catalogue as a digital archive for both individuals and institutions.”
Thanks to Esther S. for the heads-up on this from the Saturday Evening Post: Tour Our New Website. “For the first time ever, subscribed members can explore the complete archive of The Saturday Evening Post online. The archive includes almost every issue of the magazine dating back to 1821. Want to see what Joan Didion wrote about Helen Gurley Brown? How about President Grover Cleveland’s views on the wasteful government waste? Interested in contemporaneous accounts of the Mexican-American War? The Civil War? The World Wars? Or maybe you just want to see some of the earliest ads for dictionaries, automobiles, or microwaves? It’s all in here waiting for you to find it.” This does require a subscription but a subscription, much to my surprise, is only $15 a year.
Middlebury College: Students Explore State’s History with Digitized Collection of Vermont Life Magazines. “On a Thursday morning, the 14 Middlebury students in the course Vermont Life’s Vermont: A Collaborative Web Project are taking turns saying why they were each drawn to a class focused on a new digitized collection of Vermont Life, a magazine known for its iconic views of the state’s rural landscapes and its people.”
Slate: Why Is It So Hard to Find Old National Enquirer Stories?. “At the end of Jim Rutenberg and Maggie Haberman’s recent New York Times story about President Trump’s alleged plan to buy the National Enquirer’s Trump files, the reporters noted a curious thing. Anonymous sources at the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media, describe the files as containing ‘older National Enquirer stories about Mr. Trump’s marital woes and lawsuits; related story notes and lists of sensitive sources; some tips about alleged affairs; and minutia, like allegations of unscrupulous golfing.’ (Classic.) Reportedly, American Media CEO David Pecker, a Trump friend, kept them in a safe. But wait. How could older National Enquirer stories be so valuable?”