Category Archives: Cool Sites

Leonardo da Vinci’s Visionary Notebooks Now Online: Browse 570 Digitized Pages

Quick, what do you know about Leonardo da Vinci? He painted the Mona Lisa! He wrote his notes backwards! He designed supercool bridges and flying machines! He was a genius about, um… a lot of other… things… and, um, stuff… Okay, I’m sure … Continue reading

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Millions of Objects at 14 Art Institutions to Be Digitized for Online Database

                                A new database launched by an international consortium of art institutions is working to grant internet users unprecedented access to dozens of art historical photo … Continue reading

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It WAS National Library Week last week

A History of US Public Libraries “Rockingham County Library bookmobile and children,” North Carolina, 1955. Courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources via North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. For many Americans, their fondest memories revolve around a library … Continue reading

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The Cloistered Books of Peru: A convent in the Andes is home to a treasure trove of rare, and possibly unique, early volumes

In our digital age of e-readers and same-day delivery, it’s worth remembering how much blood and sweat used to go into the distribution of the written word. Consider the journey of a book I’ve had the rare privilege to examine, … Continue reading

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Download 10,000 of the First Recordings of Music Ever Made

Long before vinyl records, cassette tapes, CDs and MP3s came along, people first experienced audio recordings through another medium — through cylinders made of tin foil, wax and plastic. Thanks to the University of California-Santa Barbara Cylinder Audio Archive, you can now download or stream a digital collection … Continue reading

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New Dead Sea Scroll Discovered

Archeologists in Israel discovered a 12th cave they believe once housed the Dead Sea Scrolls after finding historical artifacts proving they had been stored there. If they are right, it would be the latest “scroll cave” discovered in over 60 … Continue reading

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National Digital Newspaper Program Now to Include Newspapers from the Earliest Days of America’s Founding

Gazette of the U.S., National Gazette & National Intelligencer Among Early Papers Now Included in Chronicling America from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress Want to read how an 18th-century newspaper covered the inauguration of … Continue reading

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Library of Congress Puts Rosa Parks Archive Online

The Library of Congress has digitized the papers of Rosa Parks, enabling free online access to everything from her first-hand recollections of the Montgomery bus boycott and personal correspondence with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to family photographs, tax … Continue reading

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Browse Hundreds of Documents Submitted by Enslaved People Petitioning for Freedom

A redesigned website now offers access to hundreds of freedom petitions brought by enslaved people in Washington, D.C., in the first half of the 19th century. The site—O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C. Law and Family—showcases the diversity of … Continue reading

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New trial database: Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward–from Witchcraft to … Continue reading

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