Tuesday, December 09, 2008

British Cabinet Papers

This YouTube video introduces British Cabinet Papers.

The National Archives has just launched Cabinet Papers 1915-1977, providing free online access to more than 60 years’ worth of cabinet papers. Users are able to keyword search the entire content of each record, while education tools – including interactive maps and images – help users engage with the records and understand the way they influenced people’s lives over the years. The HE section of the site covers more than 100 topics written by historians and peer-reviewed by leading academics.
Link: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/
Access: Free

British Cartoon Archive

This YouTube video introduces the British Cartoon Archive.

The largest collection of British social and political cartoons went live on the 6th of November. Over 120,000 images from the British Cartoon Archive based at the University of Kent are available, including work by over 250 leading cartoonists including work by Giles, Ralph Steadman, Martin Rowson and Steve Bell.
Link: http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/
Access: Free

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

This YouTube video introduces the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.

The John Johnson Collection: An Archive of Printed Ephemera is now available to all GSA students, researchers and staff through your Athens account. The resource provides access to about 65,000 items of printed ephemera. Housed in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the John Johnson Collection is widely recognised as one of the most important collections of printed ephemera in the world and generally regarded as the most significant single collection of ephemera in the UK. It was assembled by John de Monins Johnson (1882-1956), Printer to the University, who was visionary in his preservation of Britain's vulnerable paper heritage. It contains a high proportion of unique material, which has remained largely hidden to scholars and researchers. Collections include:
  • Nineteenth-Century Entertainment including theatre material and non-theatrical entertainment material.
  • The Booktrade - including publishing material (e.g. prospectuses of books and journals) and bookplates.
  • Popular Prints - including landscapes, architecture, artistic works and topography.
  • Crime, Murders, and Executions - a mixture of single sheets and pamphlets that afford unique insights into the judicial system and its punishments.
  • Advertising - including social and economic history, popular culture, trades and industries, and typographic design.
Link: http://johnjohnson.chadwyck.co.uk/home.do
Access: Athens

NewsFilm Online

The Library now has a subscription to NewsFilm Online. This YouTube video introduces this new resource, which all GSA students and staff have access to via an Athens account.

NewsFilm Online offers access to over 3,000 hours of downloadable television news and cinema newsreels, selected from the huge ITN/Reuters Television archives. Delivered online in high quality format, this resource is a gateway of unmatched richness to one hundred years of news. Users can watch and download over 50,000 clips, including significant historical events such as the Crystal Palace fire, or the first interview with Nelson Mandela. In addition to the video clips, resources such as running orders and scripts, images, background on news footage, and learning and teaching tools are available.
Link: http://www.nfo.ac.uk
Access: Athens

Monday, December 08, 2008

Cabinet Papers 1915-1977

The National Archives has just launched Cabinet Papers 1915-1977, providing free online access to more than 60 years’ worth of cabinet papers. Users are able to keyword search the entire content of each record, while education tools – including interactive maps and images – help users engage with the records and understand the way they influenced people’s lives over the years. The HE section of the site covers more than 100 topics written by historians and peer-reviewed by leading academics.

Link: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/

Access: Free

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Catalan Children's Illustration

Una ma de Contes is an online archive of an illustrated children’s television program from Catalan television. In each episode a children’s tale is narrated while on screen it is painted, drawn, modelled or collaged by different illustrators or artists. The archive is organized by technique, title, artist.
Link: http://www.unamadecontes.cat/
Access: Free

Monday, December 01, 2008

British Academy Lectures

The British Academy was founded in 1902. It is a leading learned society for study and research in the humanities and social sciences. This section of its website provides free access to a selection of audio recordings of its public lectures. Topics covered by these are wide ranging including discussion on classical music, literature, philosophy, contemporary politics, history, culture and identity. They include British Academy annual lectures; British Academy/British Psychological Society Annual Lecture; Isaiah Berlin Lectures; Keynes Lecture in Economics;Elie Kedourie Memorial Lectures; Copyright and technical information is displayed on the website. Materials date from approximately 2003 onwards.
Link: http://britac.studyserve.com/home/default.asp
Access: Free

Monday, November 24, 2008


Cyberfibres is a searchable online database of Australian fashion and textile design created by a team led by Kaye Ashton for the Frances Burke Textile Resource Centre and the RMIT University School of Fashion and Textiles in Melbourne, Australia.
The website contains a brief history of the Cyberfibres project, its content, origins and how to use it. The database can be searched by keyword, by a structured search facility including Date and Role functions, or can be browsed alphabetically.
Entries in the database are varied, and may contain biographical information, images, articles, archive and resource location and repository details, lists of published resources, links to relevant entries in the database, and links to other online resources.
Link: Database no longer in service.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Plaster Casts

Plastercasts.org is a website from the Beazley Archive at the University of Oxford. The site makes available online images of the archive's plaster casts of classical sculptures, as well as providing an introduction to various aspects of ancient art and archaeology. The site provides information on the role of plastercasts, copies and restoration in the diffusion of classical art in modern times, and also includes sections on the making of casts and the history of Oxford's cast collection.
Link: http://www.plastercasts.org/index.htm
Access: Free

Raising Rebels

The Raising Rebels website was published by the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Library to accompany an exhibition held from 15 June to 17 August, 2007. The exhibition was about children's literature that explored the lives of American children in relation to class, race and gender. Also included are children's books with feminist, labour, multicultural, pacifist, and racial themes.
Link: http://library.syr.edu/digital/exhibits/r/RadicalChildLit/
Access: Free

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cornelia Parker Film for Tate

Cornelia Parker's specially commissioned film Thirty Pieces of Silver is now available on the Tate Kids site.
Link: http://kids.tate.org.uk/films/thirty-pieces-of-silver.shtm
Access: Free

Artist Turns to the Book

The J. Paul Getty Museum has provided this online overview of an exhibition held at the Getty Center, `The Artist Turns to the Book', which ran from 24 May to 11 September 2005. Examples from the Getty Research Library collection of over 5,000 artists' books feature on this website. Contemporary artists have paid homage to other artists by creating variations on books and works of art, including 'Ode to a Grand Staircase (for Four Hands)' by Julie Chen and Barbara Tetenbaum. The website provides a short video (using Flash software) showing this book unfolding alongside the music by Erik Satie which inspired their creation. Other artists featured on the wesbite include Raymond Pettibon, Claire Van Vliet, Mikhail Karasik, Ronald King and Roy Fisher.
Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/artist_book/
Access: Free

Life Magazine

Google has just launched a gallery of images from Life magazine. Ultimately Google plans to enter all 10 million images from Life's photo library so that they can be viewed by anyone with an Internet connection. Previously more than 95 percent of its photo archive had never been publicly viewed or published in the magazine. Life Magazine was established in 1883 and eventually ceased publication in 2006.
Link: http://images.google.com/hosted/life
Access: Free

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wenceslaus Hollar

The Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection has been made available on the University of Toronto library website. Hollar (1607-1677) is considered one of the finest etchers of all time, and he produced around 2,700 etchings during his lifetime. The etchings in this digital collection are organised under the following headings: religious prints; mythology, satire etc.; historical prints; geography and maps; portraits; costumes; natural history; sports; architecture; title pages and initials; and heraldry, numismatics and ornament.
Link: http://link.library.utoronto.ca/hollar/
Access: Free

Tibet Album

This website provides free access to a collection of over 6,000 photographs from Tibet which were taken by British photographers during the period 1920-1950. They are taken from the holdings of the the Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford) and the British Museum (London) and constitute a rich source of information on the social, economic and political history of the region as well as constituting a valuable visual ethnography.
It is possible to search the website by place name, subject or photographer and to browse original albums and slideshows. Topics covered include materials relating to the Dalai Lama; buddhism in Tibet, the British in Tibet and other Tibetan religious and political ceremonies.
Link: http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/index.php
Access: Free

British Cartoon Archive

The largest collection of British social and political cartoons went live on the 6th of November. Over 120,000 images from the British Cartoon Archive based at the University of Kent are available, including work by over 250 leading cartoonists including work by Giles, Ralph Steadman, Martin Rowson and Steve Bell.
Link: http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/
Access: Free


Histografica is an online repository holding historical images of locations across the globe. The archive is the result of users uploading their own images to the common pool. Many of the images are copyright free and all are tagged with information on copyright status and linked to a Google map highlighting the location, as in this example of Edinburgh University from 1827.
Link: http://www.histografica.com/
Access: Free


ArtisanCam provides an insight into the lives of contemporary artists. Using a mixture of video and interactive activities, it introduces learners to the world of contemporary visual art before encouraging them to have a go themselves in fun and exciting ways.

The website is divided into the Artists Zone, which contains classroom-based activities and the Activity Zone, which is full of games and fun interactive activities, designed to encourage students to continue their learning at home. On this interesting site you’ll find everything from Antony Gormley to Roy Lichtenstein and all in glorious technicolour.

Link: http://www.artisancam.org.uk

Access: Free

Friday, November 14, 2008

Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product

The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum website provides this online version of their exhibition, `Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product' which was held from 9 November 2007 to 10 September 2008. Sample books that contain examples of a product or technique have been around "for more than 300 years for the merchandizing and recording of design alternatives in many areas of the decorative arts, including wallcoverings, ceramics, and textiles". This website provides an introduction on the origin of the sample book, and includes images of samples of tableware, interior decoration, textiles and fashion, as well as paper and colour, to which is added a glossary of relevant terms. A video is also provided of a late 18th century to early 19th century French salesman's sample book, which featured in the exhibition. The Curator of the exhibition, Sarah Scaturro, has contributed a blog to this website.
Link: http://cooperhewitt.org/EXHIBITIONS/multiple_choice/site/
Access: Free

Major New Purchase: Arts and Architecture Magazine 1945-1954

The Library has just purchased the Taschen reprint of the entire 1945-1954 run of Arts and Architecture Magazine. The purchase fills a major gap in the Library's journals collection.
John Entenza's groundbreaking magazine was instrumental in putting American Architecture on the map and championing the Case Study House Program. Focusing not only on architecture but also design, art, music, politics, and social issues, A&A was an ambitious and groundbreaking publication. The era’s greatest architects were featured in A&A, including Neutra, Schindler, Saarinen, Ellwood, Lautner, Eames, and Koenig; and two of today’s most wildly successful architects, Frank Gehry and Richard Meier, had their debuts in its pages. Other key contributors to the magazine include photographers Julius Shulman and Ezra Stoller, writers Esther McCoy and Peter Yates, and cover designers Herbert Matter and Alvin Lustig.
The journal is available for reference only in the Mackintosh Library between 11 and 12 weekdays.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dictionary of Pastellists

This Web edition of a dictionary of pastellists before 1800 is based on the print version, of the same title, written by Neil Jaffers and published in 2006. Pastels by French artists, such as Joseph Vivien, Jean-Marc Nattier, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau and Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun are represented, and works by other major pastellists, such as John Singleton Copley, John Russell, Anton Raphael Mengs, Rosalba Carriera and Jean-Étienne Liotard from the American, English, German, Italian and Swiss schools, as well as a number of minor portraitists.
The online edition is structured as closely as possibly on the print version, with articles for each artist which open as a PDF file. A search facility is provided, as well as an index of sitters, a list of exhibitions and a topographical index of some 500 museums and other collections which hold pastels.
Link: http://www.pastellists.com/
Access: Free

Artists in Industry

This website results from a programme of artists’ placements in industry between 2005-2007 and offers a place to exchange best practice, case studies and guidance for future collaborations. Details of the placements are provided, describing the artist, the host business or institution and the dialogue between them. Additionally, the ‘resources’ section includes papers, information from conferences and a ‘Documents and Templates Toolkit’ which offers a starting point for developing future programmes.
Link: http://www.interact.mmu.ac.uk/
Access: Free

Native American Dress

This online exhibition highlights American Indian dress designs and designers from the Great Plains, Great Basin, and Plateau regions. The site features zoomable images, photos, maps, animated illustrations, video clips, and more. The introduction includes profiles of designers. From the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Link: http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/identity_by_design/IdentityByDesign.html
Access: Free

Great War Archive

Oxford University is marking the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day by launching two new websites which allow educators, scholars and the public to view previously unseen memorabilia and poetry from World War I.
The 'Great War Archive' and the 'First World War Poetry Archive' bring together 13,500 digital images of items mainly of rare primary source material. Many items submitted to the 'Great War Archive' by members of the public are treasured family heirlooms which have never been on public display.
Link: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa
Access: Free

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Tom Eckersley

This month's showcase from the Archives Hub is on designer Tom Eckersley.
Eckersley (1914-1995) was one of the foremost graphic designers of the twentieth century working in the UK. His works employ minimal text, instead transmitting their message by pared-down graphic elements and bold blocks of colour. Eckersley's career spanned from the 1930s until the 1990s, during which time he worked for a huge range of employees from London Transport, Gillette and Guinness to Crisis, World Wide Fund for Nature and the Inner London Education Authority.
Link: http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/nov08.shtml
Access: Free

David Klein

David Klein designed and illustrated numerous travel posters for TWA as well as broadway show window cards during the 1950s and 60s. His abstracted shapes and playful typography proved influential. This site provides examples of his graphic poster work with a detailed biography.
Link: http://www.davidkleinart.com/Home.html
Access: Free

Friday, October 31, 2008


Blir is a regularly produced online magazine which acts as a platform for emerging artists in the fields of illustration, photography, graphic design, printmaking and painting. Each issue features the work of a handful of artists, and focuses on full screen examples of each artist's work, with some accompanying explanatory text. Now in its tenth issue, back copies are available for viewing in PDF format, dating back to 2005. The website also has information on submitting items for inclusion in future issues, a regularly updated news blog, and it is possible to sign up to be included in the mailing list.
Link: http://www.blir.net/
Access: Free

Critical Studies in Television

'Critical studies in television' is an online scholarly resource and critical forum for studying television. It is sponsored by the Department of Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is related to the hard copy journal of the same name published by Manchester University Press. Information relating to the journal is provided on this website, including submission guidelines, and an index of previous articles, dating back to the first copy, published in 2006. Other sections of the website include information on television-related courses throughout the world, including academic vacancies; details of forthcoming conferences, talks and reports; useful links; and related resources, including broadcasting companies, industry links and TV archives, books and history.
Link: http://www.criticalstudiesintelevision.com/
Access: Free

Atlas of Cyberspace

The Atlas of Cyberspace' (2001) was an influential book examining the ways in which the internet and networked systems had been visualised between 1970 and 2000. The book... "contained 300 full colour images [which] comprehensively catalogues 30 years". The book is now freely available online under a Creative Commons licence, in PDF format. There is a high-resolution version available, which is 228Mb in size. Individual chapters can also be downloaded. This book will be of interest to those examining the history of the emergence of the networked society, and may also be of interest to graphic designers involved in infographics.
Link: http://www.kitchin.org/atlas/
Access: Free

Vintage Poison Labels

Just in time for Hallowe'en, this gallery provides images of vintage poison labels.
Link: http://www.spookshows.com/poison/poison.htm
Access: Free

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Brill Journals Archive

The Library has just taken out a subscription to Brill Journals Archive, providing full-text access to over 50,000 articles published before 2000 in 80 journals. Suitable for graduates and postgraduates, this resource has content relevant to medicine, behavioural science, the humanities, human rights, international law, science, and the social sciences. All articles are available in full-text via the IngentaConnect platform. A list of the journals covered is available here.
Link: http://www.ingentaconnect.com
Access: Free (on campus only)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Frieze Art Fair Podcasts

The Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. It features around 150 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world. The fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.
This year, Frieze have made a series of podcasts available on their website. The podcast series includes Music critic Simon Reynolds chairing a panel that examines the notion of a subculture; Artist, writer, architect, educator, ecologist and radical gardener Fritz Haeg giving a keynote talk exploring populist projects; Raqs Media Collective performing a selection of reports and conversations gathered from their nomadic practices as artists, curators and theorists; and many, many more.
Link: http://www.friezeartfair.com/podcasts/
Access: Free

Friday, October 24, 2008


Fact, Liverpool's centre for Film, Art and Creative Television, has just launched Fact.tv, its innovative platform of exclusive videos and interviews with artists and filmmakers. The channel also provides views of exhibition previews, tips and behind-the-scenes footage.
Link: http://www.fact.tv/
Access: Free

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Life of a City

Produced by the Library of Congress' Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division on their American Memory website, the Life of a City website brings together a collection of films of New York City dating from 1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. There is also background information on New York at the turn of the century to put the material shown in the films into context.
Twenty-five of the films in this collection were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, while the remaining twenty were made by Edison Company Productions. In addition there is a selected bibliography and a selection of resources related to the collection. One can search the collection by keyword, browse the subject index or view a list of the film titles. This resource would be of interest to film historians and students concerned with the history of film.
Link: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/papr/nychome.html
Access: Free

Le Garde-Meuble

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries website provides this online edition of their run of the periodical, `Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne' (Furniture repository, ancient and modern). The Cooper Hewitt has an almost complete set of the periodical and it is the only known library collection in the United States.
This bi-monthly periodical exerted an enormous influence by promoting French styles in furniture, fabrics and interior decoration for nearly a century, from 1839. Created by furniture designer and publisher Désiré Guilmard (ca.1810-ca.1885), the periodical "consisted entirely of illustrations of designs for furniture, window treatments and room settings". The collection of nearly 400 hand coloured plates, for the period 1841 to 1851, can be browsed by style/period of furniture ranging from Directoire through to Rococo Revival and Troubadour, or by type of furniture: floor plans, window treatments, furniture-casework and seating. The plates can also be browsed by volume. Larger images are available by clicking on the thumbnails in the galleries, and this visual resource is of great value to restorers, curators, historians, and furniture designers.
Link: http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/Art-Design/garde-meuble/
Access: Free

Maps of London

The British Library website has provided this online exhibition featuring the Crace collection of maps of London. Collected by the 19th-century designer, Frederick Crace (1779-1859), these 1,200 printed and hand-drawn maps chart the development of the city of London and its immediate vicinity from around 1570 to 1860. The British Library's Head of Maps, Peter Barber, has selected five of these maps as his personal favourites. Ranging from 1593 to 1854 these are featured on the front page of this site. All the items in this exhibition are available to view via a listing, which is not searchable. Clicking on any title provides a short description, medium, date and cartographer, with the image. By clicking on the more metadata button, further information relating to the size, scale and ratio of each map is also available. As well as an option to print a full size copy, there is also a facility for an interactive zoomable image (requires Flash).
Link: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/crace/
Access: Free

Researcher's Guide to Screen Heritage

This website is a comprehensive directory of the publicly accessible sources of material related to the history of moving images and sound in the United Kingdom. It combines the former BUFVC Researcher’s Guide Online (RGO) with a new directory of artefacts produced by the UK Screen Heritage Network.
You can search for both moving image content and artefacts, as well as sound collections across the UK. The Advanced Artefacts search enables you to refine your search across ten categories including TV, Video and Digital, Animation, Film-making, Sets and Costumes, Cinema and Sound.
Link: http://joseph.bufvc.ac.uk/rgo/index.php
Access: Free

Journal of Popular Film and Television

We have just activated online access to the Journal of Popular Film and Television. GSA students, researchers and staff can now get access to all issues of this journal between 2004-2008. Access is on-campus only.
Articles discuss networks, genres, series, and audiences, as well as celebrity stars, directors, and studios. Regular features include essays on the social and cultural background of films and television programs, filmographies, bibliographies, and commissioned book and video reviews. Each year, the journal publishes one theme issue on such subjects as "Media Literacy and Education: The Teacher-Scholar in Film and Television" and "Fantastic Voyages: Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction/Speculative Cinema."
Link: http://www.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0195-6051
Access: On-campus only.