Friday, May 30, 2008

Civil Rights Digital Library



The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale. The CRDL features a collection of unedited news film, including a clip of Martin Luther King accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.
Link: http://crdl.usg.edu/voci/go/crdl/home/
Access: Free

Stewardess Uniform Collection


Images of hundreds of retired and current airline flight attendant uniforms, mostly from the 1980s to the present. Browse though images by name of over 300 airlines such as Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Bangkok Airways, Debonair, Iranair, Kuwait Airways, South African Airways, Tikal Jets Airline, and Virgin Atlantic.
Link: http://www.uniformfreak.com/
Access: Free

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Increased Holdings in Philosophy and Social and Cultural Theory


We're just purchased a considerable number of new titles on philosophy, cultural theory, sociology, psychology and anthropology. This is in response to feedback from our students and researchers, and has enabled us to plug gaps in our collection in these areas. Our expanded holdings in these subjects will help us to serve the increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary study within art and design.
Holdings for the following writers and theorists have all been vastly expanded. Full details of all the titles can be found in the Library Catalogue.
  • Adorno, Agamben, Althusser, Arendt
  • Badiou, Barthes, Bataille, Blonsky, Bourriaud, Buber
  • Camus, Chomsky, Confucius
  • De Beauvoir, Debord, DeLanda, Deleuze, Derrida, Descartes, Durkheim
  • Engels
  • Foucault, Freud, Fromm
  • Gadamer, Galbraith, Girard, Gramsci, Guattari
  • Habermas, Hayek, Hegel, Heidegger, Horkheimer
  • Irigaray
  • Jung
  • Kant, Kierkegaard, Klein, Kropotkin
  • Lacan, Laclau, Lenin, Levi-Strauss, Levinas, Lyotard
  • McLuhan, Marx, Mauss, Merleau-Ponty, Mouffe
  • Negri, Niebuhr, Nietzsche
  • Popper
  • Ranciere, Ricoeur, Rousseau, Russell
  • Said, Sartre, Saussure, Schopenhauer
  • Veblen, Virilio
  • Weber, Williams, Wittgenstein
  • Zizek

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Atoms to Patterns


The Wellcome Collection has provided this online resource to complement their exhibition `From Atoms to Patterns'. Leading Cambridge scientist, Dr Helen Megaw, instigated the Festival Pattern Group comprising X-ray crystallographers, designers and manufacturers, who produced a number of patterns based on atomic structures identified by the use of X-ray crystallography. These designs were applied to a range of objects, such as curtains, wallpapers, carpets, lace, dress fabrics, ties, plates and ashtrays, as a unique project for the Festival of Britain 1951. After fifty years in store at the Victoria and Albert Museum, this collection has now been put on display. An online gallery provides a selection of images to illustrate the story of the exhibition.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/68m5b4
Access: Free

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Voices in the Visual Arts


Launched in 2004, Viva is an oral history research project by Camberwell College of Arts, one of the constituent colleges of University of the Arts London. The website includes extracts from life history recordings with former Camberwell alumni, as well as people associated with the college, and includes their reflections on living and working in the arts and creative industries.
Current interviewees include: designer Aziz Cami; painter Juliet Kindersley; publisher Peter Kindersley; designer Alex Maranzano; and ceramicist Sara Radstone.
The website also includes the Design History Society oral history project, which includes interviews with historians, academics, and writers who have shaped the field in the last 30 years. The 'context' section of the website includes a select bibliography of available texts in the areas of oral history and narrative research.
Link: http://www.vivavoices.org
Access: Free

Spode Pottery


The website of the New York Public Library has provided this digitised version of `Spode and his successors: a history of the pottery: Stoke-on-Trent 1765-1865' a book written by Arthur Hayden, which was originally published in 1925. The forty-six images, many in colour, illustrate the various objects produced by the Staffordshire potteries of Spode and W. T. Copeland. Objects illustrated include vases, plates and dishes, as well as figures, including an earthenware bust of Josiah Spode the second. Pages from old pattern books are also included in this volume.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/6mady4
Access: Free

Peter Blake Video


Tate Online's TateShots website has provided this MP4 five-minute video by the pop artist, Peter Blake. Published to accompany a retrospective exhibition of his work, which was held at Tate Liverpool from 29 June to 23 September 2007, Blake discusses the evolution of his style from his early days at the Royal College of Art, to his latest work. The video can be played on a range of media player software including iTunes and QuickTime. A transcript in RTF is also available.
Link: http://www.tate.org.uk/tateshots/episode.jsp?item=11307
Access: Free

Victorian Music Covers

This is a searchable database of digital images deposited with the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) by the University of Reading, of their Spellman Collection of Victorian Music Covers. Printed mainly using lithographic techniques, most of the items are colour-illustrated and many of them are examples of outstanding music illustrators of the period, including John Brandard and Alfred Concanen. Each record is accompanied by a detailed catalogue entry.
Link: http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/SCVMC.html
Access: Free

Journal of Design and Manufactures


Part of the University of Glasgow library's website, this 'Book of the Month' online exhibition features volume one of `The Journal of Design and Manufactures'. The library holds four of the six volumes published by Chapman and Hall between 1849 and 1852 under the editorship of Henry Cole and Richard Redgrave, with the aim of improving British standards of design and manufactures. This online exhibition includes a number of colour images of the actual samples of textiles and wallpapers bound into the volume, as well as examples of the steel-engraved illustrations and samples in situ on the page.
Link: http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/aug2001.html
Access: Free

Monday, May 12, 2008

Children's Book Illustration


Baldwin Library of Children's Literature : Digital Collection in an online collection of digitised children's books at the University of Florida libraries. The collection contains volumes published in the UK and US from the early 1700s, and numbers over 3,000 titles. Specialised collections on the site include: the Afterlife of Alice and her Adventures in Wonderland, a collection of early editions of Carroll's work and works based on it; Daniel Defoe and the Robinsonades, a collection of early editions of Robinson Crusoe and works inspired by it (such as Swiss Family Robinson); and St. Nicolas Magazine, a popular US children's magazine which ran from 1873 to 1941.
Link: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/UFDC/?c=juv
Access: Free

Ocean Liners 1891-1919


Bedford Lemere Collection : National Maritime Museum is an online collection of over 500 photographs of ocean liners taken between 1891 and 1919. Taken by Bedford Lemere & Co., a company of architectural photographers active from the late 1860s to the 1940s, the collection covers the interiors and exteriors of 35 liners. The images were digitised from 12 x 10 inch glass plate negatives which were taken with small apertures and long exposures to allow their subjects to be captured in fine detail. Each image is accompanied by metadata detailing its provenance and describing its contents, and is available in a number of resolutions.
Link: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/index.cfm/category/90536
Access: Free

Century of Shoes


'Solemates' is an online feature which traces the history of shoes through the 20th Century and their importance to our cultural landscape. Produced by the staff of 4th Revolution, a California-based company, the site offers both a Flash and non-Flash version. Well-designed and easy to navigate, the site provides a decade-by-decade guide, containing, for each decade, an essay, a list of items which were 'all the rage', images of advertisements from the period and movie clips of scenes from the decade. A selection of shoe images are also available, augmented by a description, a facility to zoom in and alternate views of each pair.
Link: http://www.centuryinshoes.com/
Access: Free

19th Century American Trade Cards


The historical collections website for the Baker Library Bloomberg Center at Harvard Business School has provided this online resource on 19th century American trade cards, which were used as a form of advertising of products and businesses in the nineteenth century. As the website points out, they could be "an indicator of consumer habits, social values, and marketing techniques, [and] trade cards are of interest to scholars across many disciplines, including business history, American studies, graphic design and printing history, and social and cultural history". This website provides access to an exhibition on `A New and Wonderful Invention: The Nineteenth-Century American Trade Card', which is organised in four sections: the development of the trade card; new markets, new methods; the art of the trade card; and the public appeal of these cards.
Link: http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/19th_century_tcard/
Access: Free

V&A Research Reports


This website brings together the research reports of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The reports, dating back to 1990 present the whole range of research conducted at the museum, including lectures and exhibitions. Each (annual) report is available to download, and subjects cover the entire of the Museums interests in fine and decorative arts.
Link: http://www.vam.ac.uk/res_cons/research/research_reports/index.html
Access: Free

Gilbert Stuart 1755-1828


This online version of an exhibition which ran from 21 October 2004 to 16 January 2005 on the American portraitist, Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) has been provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). Arranged in chronological order this online exhibition charts Stuart's work during his time in Newport (Rhode Island), Scotland, London and Dublin from 1755 to 1793, his subsequent return to the United States, and examples of his work from his time in New York, then Philadelphia, Washington and finally Boston where he settled in 1805 and remained until his death. Each of the online galleries features an introductory text and four high quality images of Stuart`s portraits. Clicking on each image provides a very brief biography of the sitter, together with comments on Stuart's painting style. This exhibition also includes the George Washington gallery featuring six versions of Stuart`s portrait of the first President of the United States.
Link: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/Gilbert_Stuart/stuart_gallery.asp
Access: Free

Defence Image Database


Official Ministry of Defence imagebank, holding thousands of images from the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and MoD photographers. Includes images from Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia.
Link: http://www.defenceimagedatabase.mod.uk/fotoweb/
Access: Free

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Northern Italian sketchbook


The Archive here at Glasgow School of Art holds an original sketchbook used by the celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh during a tour of continental Europe in 1891. Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has enabled the digitisation of this unique resource and the creation of a website which presents both the sketchbook and the results of additional research into it. The website also includes maps and photographs, and is searchable and browseable.
Link: www.gsa.ac.uk/mackintoshsketchbook
Access: Free












Library Releases Updated Listings of Peer-Reviewed Journals


To support the School's growing research culture, the Library has just compiled updated listings of peer-reviewed journals in its 3 subject disciplines, plus Cultural Studies, Media and Film. Articles in these journals all undergo peer review as part of the editorial process, and publication of research findings within these journals is therefore well-respected. Our listings provide a useful and convenient way for GSA academics and researchers to identify potential routes to publication.
Link: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/collections/collections_journals_peer.html

Tate Library Now on Copac


The complete catalogue of the Tate Library has now been loaded onto Copac. The library covers British art since 1500 and international art since 1900. The focus is on fine art in the Western tradition, although coverage is being extended to other regions. The collections' emphasis is on modern and contemporary art. The library holds over 40,000 books, 140,000 exhibition catalogues and many rare items in its special collections.
Copac is the UK union catalogue of national, university and research libraries, and allows users to search across the catalogues of several institutions at the same time.
Link: http://www.copac.ac.uk
Access: Free

Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education



We have just activated online access to the Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education. Now all our students and staff can access back issues of this journal direct online, back to Vol. 3 in 2004. Access is available from on-campus only.
Link: http://www.atypon-link.com/INT/loi/adch
Access: On campus access only.

Journal of Visual Arts Practice


We have just activated online access to the Journal of Visual Arts Practice. Now all our students and staff can access back issues of this journal direct online, back to Vol. 4 in 2005. Access is available from on-campus only.
Link: http://www.atypon-link.com/INT/loi/jvap
Access: On campus access only.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

In the Artists' Footsteps



'In the Artists' Footsteps' is a website about the landscape painters who have worked in Dumfries and Galloway over a period of 200 years. The website is funded by the European Union, and Dumfries and Galloway Council.
The website contains a wealth of biographical information, accessible via an A-Z name listing of artists. There are over 700 images of landscape paintings, accessible via a map/list of the geographical locations the works depict. There are also details of local art galleries and museums and their holdings of relevant pictures.
Link: http://www.artistsfootsteps.co.uk/
Access: Free

Andy Warhol


The National Galleries of Scotland website offers this collection of podcasts that accompanied the Bank of Scotland totalART exhibition on Andy Warhol held in Edinburgh in 2007.
This collection of six podcasts in MP3 format includes the talk by Tom Sokolowski, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh opening the exhibition; Mark Francis, Director of the Gagosian Gallery on Warhol's installations; Glyn Davis, Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies, University of Bristol, on Warhol's screen prints of 20th century icons; Dr Jonathan Blackwood, Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Fine Art in Dundee, who considers Warhol`s career from 1962-1970; Matt Warbican, Archivist at the Andy Warhol Museum on Warhol`s time capsules and art historian and critic, Jean Wainwright, on Warhol as a portrait artist, celebrity partygoer and media manipulator.
Link: http://www.nationalgalleries.org/education/page/6:251/
Access: Free

Daguerrotypes at Harvard


Harvard Library has provided this website on their collection of daguerreotypes. The collection includes images taken by daguerreotypists, such as Matthew Brady and John Adams Whipple, and includes images of prominent scientists, writers and performers of the 19th century, including James McNeill Whistler, Jenny Lind and Tom Thumb. The collection also includes the first detailed daguerreotype of the moon taken at Harvard in 1851. The collection can be searched by collection, by photographer or portrait sitter and by subject.
Link: http://preserve.harvard.edu/photographs/daguerreotypes.html
Access: Free

Tiffany


This Web resource on the American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) has been provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. Different sections feature Tiffany`s work ranging from stained glass windows to wood and metalwork, covering mosaics, favrile glass, lamps, enamels, ceramics, jewelry, paintings and drawings. Another section considers Tiffany`s architectural masterpiece, Laurelton Hall, overlooking Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Each section includes a number of pages with colour photographs of designs by Tiffany, with a description and provenance of each item. A short bibliography is also provided with a hyperlink to a list of New York area locations with works by Tiffany.
Link: http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/Tiffany/menu.html
Access: Free

Traipsin' Woman


This website provides access to a collection of over 1,000 digitised photographs that relate to Jean Thomas (1881-1982). Known as 'The Traipsin' Woman', Jean Thomas was a photographer who "traveled the mountains of eastern Kentucky taking snapshot photographs of the mountain way of life, writing, and promoting mountain folkways. She was particularly interested in the music, crafts and language patterns of the area."
The images are of musical instruments, quilts, baskets, and scenes of family and community life. They also include images of the American Folk Song Festival, which was established by Thomas in September 1930.
Link: http://digital.library.louisville.edu/collections/jthom/
Access: Free

Japanese Woodblock Prints


The Nagoya TV Ukiyo-e Museum has a collection of over 8,000 Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyoe (pictures of the floating world), and this website presents a virtual exhibition of many representative works from the 17th to 19th centuries. The site can be accessed in English and Japanese, and in various ways, and each image is accompanied by a brief description. The List section categorises the prints into: portrait; landscape; sumo and kabuki; and eccentric characters. The works of individual artists (Hokusai, Hiroshige, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi) can be accessed via the Collection section, but the images here are quite small; much larger versions can be viewed via the List section.
Link: http://www.nagoyatv.com/ukiyoe/museum/
Access: Free

The Future Designer


The first of a series of ThinkTanks from the V&A Museum on future issues facing contemporary design. This ThinkTank looks at The Future Designer. Watch the videos and join in the online debate.

Link: http://www.vam.ac.uk/thinktank1/
Access: Free

Royal Opera House Collections Online


This website provides access to the Royal Opera House collections' catalogue and performance database. The Performance Database is a catalogue of every performance at the Royal Opera House from 1732 to the present day. It is divided into three levels: work (creators and premieres); production (director and design team); and performance (dancers, singers, and music staff). Currently online are all the works performed by the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet (and their earlier names) since 1946, as well as all new productions and first night casts of each production. Similar data for the Birmingham Royal Ballet will be available shortly, and nightly performance records will be added on a regular basis. The database can be searched by title, person, company, character, and date. Records are linked to items in the Collections Catalogue, such as costumes worn in a certain production, and therefore searches can be undertaken across both sets of information.

In addition, the website offers interactive 'Highlights from the Collections', allowing users to focus in detail on certain items, through magnifying images, brief textual explanations, and audio clips. The website launched with three highlights: the costume for Turandot worn by Amy Shuard and Birgit Nilsson, designed by Cecil Beaton in 1963; Constant Lambert's score for Frederick Ashton's ballet Dante Sonata (1940); and an architectural detail of the theatre.
Link: http://www.rohcollections.org.uk/
Access: Free