Cooper Union: New Online Archive Offers A Glimpse Into More Than A Century Of American History

The Cooper Union: New Online Archive Offers A Glimpse Into More Than A Century Of American History. “Voices from the Great Hall is a digital archive, free and accessible to anyone, and generously supported by The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. This growing collection presents all known sound and video recordings made in Cooper Union’s historic Great Hall dating back to 1941 and continuing to the present, as well as 8,900 objects, such as photographs, tickets, and fliers, related to more than 3,000 Great Hall programs dating to 1859.”

Metropolis Planet: Lincoln Museum launches web tool to learn about Gettysburg Address

Metropolis Planet: Lincoln Museum launches web tool to learn about Gettysburg Address. “The new webpage… gives visitors an up-close look at the presidential library’s copy of the speech, explaining its history and how it differs from other copies. It also examines the meaning and impact of Lincoln’s words. Just click on key words in the speech and up pop boxes full of helpful information.”

The big idea: City Club’s archives inspire one artist to create a video series on important moments (FreshWater Cleveland)

FreshWater Cleveland: The big idea: City Club’s archives inspire one artist to create a video series on important moments . “Theater artist Chris Szajbert found herself without a gig in 2020. She turned to an unlikely source for inspiration—the City Club of Cleveland archives, which feature racial justice activist Rosa Parks reflecting on why she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger at the front of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955; Cesar Chavez explaining how he united Latinx farm workers in a strike and 300-mile march against poor working conditions in California in 1965; Then-Senator Joseph R. Biden discussing campaign finance reform; and transgender activist Paula Stone Williams advancing transgender rights in the 2019.”

WTTW: Harold Washington’s Speeches Can’t Be Heard, But Now They Can At Least Be Read

WTTW: Harold Washington’s Speeches Can’t Be Heard, But Now They Can At Least Be Read. “Despite Harold Washington’s reputation as a gifted orator, precious few audio recordings exist of speeches made by the groundbreaking reformer, who served as mayor of Chicago from 1983 until his sudden death in 1987. The Chicago Public Library has now filled a gap in Washington’s legacy by digitizing scores of the mayor’s written speeches, available to the public in a searchable online collection, library officials announced this week.”

Mashable: Queen Elizabeth II delivers very British social distancing solidarity speech

Mashable: Queen Elizabeth II delivers very British social distancing solidarity speech. “Queen Elizabeth II took decidedly rare action Sunday, delivering a televised speech to the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth. The 93-year-old monarch spoke about the need for solidarity and strength as the world battles coronavirus and feels the economic impact of social distancing. It was only the fourth such appearance during a time of national trouble she has made.”

New Web Site Provides Transcriptions of Conference Speakers: Thisten

New-to-me and I think new in general, brought to my attention by Esther S.: Thisten. From the about page: “Thisten is an audio-to-text platform that transcribes speaker sessions at conferences, in real-time. The content from each event is aggregated to our app and website for users around the world to discover, search, and reference.” The tweet Esther used to let me know about Thisten also mentions future plans to provide transcripts for political rallies, sporting events, and movies.

Brown University: Digitization of Historic Campus Speeches with CLIR Grant

Brown University: Digitization of Historic Campus Speeches with CLIR Grant . “The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded the Brown University Library $23,215 from its Recordings at Risk program. One of 13 projects selected out of 34 to receive grants from the program, the Library’s proposal, ‘Brown University Archives Audio-Visual Collection: Global Perspectives from Campus Speeches,’ will allow us to digitize and make available to the public a large selection of audio and video recordings of speeches by leading public figures invited to Brown between 1950 and 1995. “

Next Web: FindLectures is curated database of free, mind-expanding talks

New-to-me, from Next Web: FindLectures is curated database of free, mind-expanding talks. “FindLectures is an effort to centralize the vast quantities of free online lectures and talks into one searchable repository of knowledge. It pulls from a number of reputable sources, including Oxford University, TalksAtGoogle, TED, the Library of Congress, and more. At the time of writing, it boasts a catalog of over 25,968 lectures.”

Kansas Adding “Governor’s Messages” to Archives

The state of Kansas has been digitizing its “Governor’s Messages” and putting them online. “Recently State Library staff started scanning the original Governors’ messages offering a virtual copy for researchers. At present we have the digitized messages stretching back from Governor Brownback’s 2016 Message to Governor Davis’ 1923 Message. As scanning continues we should have the original speeches available back to the 1860s within the next several weeks. Included among the late 19th century Messages are a few in German and Swedish as well as English.”

FDR Speeches and Audio Now Online

All of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speeches are now available online. “The archive includes more than 46,000 pages of drafts, reading copies and transcripts. The library’s complete collection of audio recordings of FDR is also available online for the first time.”

New Tool to Analyze Words of UK Parliament

Followers of UK politics, you’ll love this. There’s a new tool for analyzing the words of UK’s Parliament. “Linguists and historians have worked together to compile all the Parliamentary speeches from 1803-2005 on a free, easy access online website which is launched today. The website includes 7.6 million speeches and 1.6 billion words and include some of the most memorable moments.” The direct link is here.