Independent Catholic News: Scotland’s Catholic Museum launches interactive virtual site

Independent Catholic News: Scotland’s Catholic Museum launches interactive virtual site. “The new website unites all the collections of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Collections Trust Museum, and the historic Library and Archive (both of which are on loan to the University of Aberdeen). The website also provides a link to the Scottish Catholic Archives at Columba House in Edinburgh.”

Jerusalem Post: Jewish-Uzbek historical archives open up to the public

Jerusalem Post: Jewish-Uzbek historical archives open up to the public. “The news recently reached Israel that Uzbekistan is promoting archival cooperation with Israel. Uzbekistan is now officially researching and documenting the history of its Jewish community, which has existed in the central Asian nation since the region was crushed by the hooves of Genghis Khan’s horses. This also includes hundreds of thousands of Jews who managed to escape the chains of Germany’s Panzer tanks.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Two mid-twentieth-century collections, now digitized and available freely online, recall Atlanta neighborhoods lost to urban renewal, and Georgia’s growing Catholic community

Digital Library of Georgia: Two mid-twentieth-century collections, now digitized and available freely online, recall Atlanta neighborhoods lost to urban renewal, and Georgia’s growing Catholic community. “Two new collections of digitized films and slides documenting the growth of Georgia’s Catholic community between 1938-1979 are now available freely online from the Digital Library of Georgia.”

ORT: New ORT Archive Offers Access to Trove of Historical Documents and Images

ORT: New ORT Archive Offers Access to Trove of Historical Documents and Images. “The new World ORT Archive site provides users with access to thousands of images, documents and other artefacts, giving an insight into ORT’s rich past worldwide. There are also dozens of highlights from the organization’s film collection, and the opportunity to search the archive for the most relevant information about a place or time in our network’s 141-year history.” I had never heard of ORT, but you can read about it here. From that page: “Our ORT network now reaches more than 200,000 people a year, in more than 30 countries, and is one of the largest educational charities in the world. We provide a combination of high-level science and technology education with strengthened Jewish identity to bridge the gap between ability and opportunity – and to ensure the continuity of Jewish life worldwide.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Issues of the Georgia Bulletin, the weekly newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, are now available freely online on the Georgia Historic Newspapers website

Digital Library of Georgia: Issues of the Georgia Bulletin, the weekly newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, are now available freely online on the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. “In conjunction with our partners at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Georgia Bulletin (1963-1980) is now available for viewing at the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. These newspapers will contribute to a broader scholarship about Catholicism in Atlanta as well as in Georgia.”

Muslim Mirror: An Indo-American’s pursuit for vanishing Islamic heritage sites

Muslim Mirror: An Indo-American’s pursuit for vanishing Islamic heritage sites. “Chennai: Mr. Siraj Thakor, from Toronto, Canada, has undertaken the monumental task of creating an online database of all the Islamic Heritage Sites of India. He likes to preserve it digitally and make it available to all to cherish the Islamic past of this great country. Mr. Siraj is looking for volunteers to assist him with the information on Islamic Heritage Sites in India.”

Church of Ireland Historical Society: Church of Ireland Gazette Digital Archive Complete (1856-2010)

Church of Ireland Historical Society: Church of Ireland Gazette Digital Archive Complete (1856-2010). “The Church of Ireland Gazette Digital Archive is complete. All editions of the newspaper, from its foundation in 1856 up to and including 2010, are freely available electronically, allowing the worldwide audience to view and search it using any name, place, or other search term.”

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media: 40,000+ Documents from Religious Bodies Census Digitized Nearly a Century Later

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media: 40,000+ Documents from Religious Bodies Census Digitized Nearly a Century Later. “Today the American Religious Ecologies project is releasing the initial version of a website that makes available tens of thousands of documents from the 1926 U.S. Census of Religious Bodies. These schedules, or forms, describe religious congregations from the early twentieth century from a wide range of religious traditions. These documents are freely available to scholars, students, and local historians, who can browse or search for them by location or by religious identification.”

Buddhist Door: First Online Exhibition of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Shared Buddhist Heritage Opens

Buddhist Door: First Online Exhibition of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Shared Buddhist Heritage Opens. “The exhibition features the latest technologies, including 3D scanning, a webGL platform, virtual space utilization, innovative curation and narration methodology, and more. Visitors have an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and a glimpse of the artistic wealth displayed in various museums across Asia.”

University of Birmingham: Recovering the text of the earliest Greek New Testament Commentary manuscript

University of Birmingham: Recovering the text of the earliest Greek New Testament Commentary manuscript. “The manuscript first came to scholarly attention two hundred years ago this year, when it was presented to a British dignitary on the Greek island of Zakynthos. On the face of it, the manuscript is a lectionary containing the portions of the gospels used in Christian worship throughout the year. However, this twelfth-century document is a palimpsest, created by erasing the ink from an earlier manuscript in order to re-use the parchment to make another book. The original text is a commentary on the Gospel according to Luke known as a catena, bringing together extracts from early Christian writers which explain the biblical text. However, given the overwriting of the manuscript and the fading of the ink, much of the commentary is unreadable to the naked eye.”

Catholic Leader: Revisit Australia’s Catholic history all the way back to 1788

Catholic Leader: Revisit Australia’s Catholic history all the way back to 1788. “With the global health crisis impacting the [Australian Catholic Historical Society]’s decades tradition of recounting Australian Catholic history, the society has published a fascinating collection of the history of the Catholic community in Australia on their website. The online library includes a timeline with links that stretches back to 1788 – the year the first Mass was celebrated in Terra Australis – newsreel footage dating back 1932 when thousands marched through Melbourne for St Patrick’s Day, and hours worth of links to online historical accounts of the Catholic Church, including video, podcast, journals and other internet entries.”

Aleteia: Sinai monastery’s icons now available online

Aleteia: Sinai monastery’s icons now available online. “In the late 1950s, the Greek Orthodox monks at St. Catherine began to clean and restore their collection of icons, and a team of professors from Princeton University, the University of Michigan and the University of Alexandria began to make excursions to the desert outpost to photograph the images. Now that collection is online and easily accessible to everyone on the internet.”

Mission accessible: Florida’s historic Spanish missions go digital (Florida Museum)

Another December one I missed, from Florida Museum: Mission accessible: Florida’s historic Spanish missions go digital. “Researchers, educators, students and the curious can explore the history of Florida’s Spanish missions via a new online database….the Comparative Mission Archaeology Portal includes digitized artifacts, image galleries, personal narratives and details of excavation sites.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Resources related to the historic role of the Presbyterian Church in Georgia now freely available online

Digital Library of Georgia: Resources related to the historic role of the Presbyterian Church in Georgia now freely available online. “Three new collections featuring historical resources related to the Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian educators, and their role in Georgia history are now available through the Digital Library of Georgia.”