Wednesday, December 19, 2012


FirstBASE is a brand new website from the Social History Curator's Group which allows users to search a well-stocked cellar of resources including books, articles, websites and museum collections to better inform your research.

The website has been designed primarily as a job-aid for museum professionals who are finding in their jobs that they need to know a bit about everything. The aim of the resource is to provide the means to interpret and improve their identification of social history objects. Don't let this curatorial slant put you off however, as the search criteria are broad enough to allow searches by theme, product or period in history. The interesting results return books, websites and details of museum collections. Add your own suggestions for resources to the site and comment on the ones you've used. The editor's choices are particularly good.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Bibliodyssey Blog

Bibliodyssey's blog showcases the best and most arresting illustrations found in unique, archival collections. The one pictured for example, forms part of December's blog on plant anatomy charts which is taken from a nineteenth century plant systematics wall chart series called 'Dodel-Port-Atlas.' More drool-inducing illustrations have been added since the blog-posting, this time looking at 'Le Buffon Choisi,' a humorous children's zoology book modelled loosely on the 18th century scientific works of Buffon, a leading figure of the French Enlightenment. Alongside the drip-feed of beautiful pictures, the blog also recommends other blogs and resource sites. Navigate your way to previous blog postings by clicking on the images in the central right-hand margin to find more natural history images and other esoteric collections.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Audio Interviews with Popular Music Icons

Retired music executive Joe Smith has donated his collection of over 200 interview recordings with popular music artists and moguls to the Library of Congress in Washington who have turned it into a digital resource. The collection was put together by Smith over two years whilst he was president of Capitol Records/EMI. There are 238 hours of unabridged conversations with artists from all popular music genres talking about their lives, music, experiences and contemporaries. Bob Dylan's thoughts on the 1960s, the creation of the first Les Paul guitar in 1929 and the culture of work in Motown are some of the excerpts to eavesdrop on.

Smith made all of his recordings on cassette tape and the library have kept any modifications to a minimum to allow the distortion and dropouts in the audio to be    preserved. With 50 years of the cassette past, this resource is interesting not only for its content but for its retro format and the endeavoring of the Library of Congress to preserve the original, tinny sound quality.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Gothic Ivories Project- The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art recently reported that their Gothic Ivories Project founded in 2008 is thriving with over 2,800 objects from a variety of sources now searchable online. Thanks to funding from charitable arts foundations, new research is being done into the field which will advantage those interested in the study of  European, medieval and neo-Gothic art.

The online collection of Gothic ivory sculptures has more than tripled in size since the website was launched in 2010 and is expected to expand yet further. Each object has been meticulously catalogued to provide a description, size dimensions and information about its provenance making it possible to learn more about the tradition of the art-form whilst browsing for inspiration. Add your images to an online folder and compare the results across cultures and time periods.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Costume Inspiration - World of Steam Age

Fashion and textile designers can browse a colourful selection of bourgeoisie, period dress at the Pinterest site 'Costume Inspiration.' The social, photo-sharing site allows you to browse the pinboard for inspiration,'re-pin' images to your own collection, or 'like' photographs. The array of costume on show reveals fashions trends and social traditions from the late eighteenth century through to the turn of the twentieth century. Photographs, drawings and magazine cuttings decorate the site which not only shows the corseted, heavy-skirted fashions of the day, but also has an interesting collection of accessories. Aristocratic Russian and Japanese fashions features prominently as does British dress from the 1800s. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Art of the Title Sequence

'Art of the Title' is an online collection of title sequence design which provides classical and contemporary sequences from film, television and video-game releases. The resource can be used as an image gallery for popular culture from the 1950s onwards or, as a handy resource for researching the work of designers and digital design studios.

It's searchable by title sequence, designer or studio and provides features on the work of designers such as Saul Bass (Carmen Jones, Vertigo) and Richard Morrison, (The Dreamers, High Fidelity) plus analyses of trends. The old cinema and television classics are here as well as more modern titles. The content is saturated with American film titles, however some world cinema is represented (e.g. Delicatessen, Elektra Luxx).

The resource will be useful for graphic and digital designers, animators and illustrators as well as those with a general interest in the stylisation of film.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Online Catalogue of National Gallery Archive

The National Gallery, London has made the catalogue for its archive collections available to search online. The records document the history of pictures in the gallery's collection. They also record the history and development of the institution from its foundation in 1824 to the present day. The records are wide in scope and among other curiosities contain exhibition details, photographs, architectural plans and publicity materials. The results are particular to the gallery's activities, however the list of past events on the website gives a flavour of the exhibition content. Check the 'Access to the Archive' link for useful further research links: the Artists' Papers Register can be used to locate the archives of artists and art related bodies, and the War Artists' Archive at the Imperial War Museum contains papers relating to the commissioning of official war artists since 1916.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Start the Week: Art and Design with Antony Gormley and Ron Arad

On Radio 4 show 'Start the Week,' journalist Andrew Marr debates with industry experts how Britain trains the artists and designers of the future. Christopher Frayling, former Rector and Sarah Teasley, a current tutor at the Royal College of Art wax lyrical over the 175th anniversary of the art and design school. Their enthusiasm for the school's style of teaching is counteracted by the industrial designer Ron Arad, a former teacher who argues for a more comprehensive approach to teaching in art schools which does not distinguish between forms of art and design. Sculptor Anthony Gormley, best known for his 'Angel of the North' and 'Another Place' projects discusses the evolving role of sculpture in a 42 minute examination of whether good design as taught in art schools can benefit the economy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lucy Mckenzie in 'A Bigger Splash'

A new exhibition 'A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance' opened last week at Tate Modern featuring Glasgow artist Lucy Mckenzie. The exhibition which takes its title from David Hockney's iconic 1967 image of a swimming pool in California explores the relationship between performance art and painting since the 1950s and the shift that performance art has had on the nature of, and ways of thinking about painting. As part of the show which also presents works from Jackson Pollock and Yves Klein, Lucy Mckenzie has created a set for an imaginary version of Muriel Spark's 1963 novella The Girl of Slender Means. The space that Mckenzie creates is evocative of a once stately imagined home, faded by time. The beauty of the work is its refusal to be classified as either painting or dramatic set design; a space in which self-reflexively, performance is to be played out by the Tate's many visitors during the exhibition's run from 14th November 2012 - 1st April 2013. View more at TateShots:

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Launch Rijks Studio

In the build up to the relaunch of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, (due to open its doors again in April 2013 following a ten year renovation) the art museum has launched Rijks Studio, a digital collection of 125,000 works from the museum's collection. As part of the initiative, the online 'Rijks Studio' invites anybody visiting the site to create their own art by imaginatively reinterpreting the images found by exploring the collection. Art students, architects, designers and general enthusiasts can use the tool to download images for free to an online studio, to reprint artworks or to extract details from them for use in their own projects. One of the first examples to emerge is from Dutch Design Studio Droog, who have created a tattoo for the skin, based on the 17th century painting Still Life with Flowers by Jan Davidsz. de Heem.
To sign up to Rijks Studio, visit

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sounds of the City - London Sound Survey

The London Sound Survey is a sound mapping project using historical and present day maps and grid references to investigate life in the city. Working under the premise that place cannot be conveyed through words alone- as in travel guides, or through literature- the site provides samples of urban sound recordings in a candid rendering of the city. Perhaps the most compelling feature is the use of the grid reference, super-imposed over a map of the city which helps visitors to the site locate the origins of the audio sample. Buskers, soapbox preachers and market sellers' cries from around the city are among the various sounds held on this one simple topographical database which serves to reinforce literary, and visual representations of London.

All audio files are published under the creative commons (non-commercial) license meaning that the recordings can be shared and remixed provided the work is attributed to the site and it is used for non-commercial purposes. More licensing information can be found at the link:

Visit to make use of a resource which is definitely worth making some noise about!

Monday, November 12, 2012


Philpapers is a repository of online research in philosophy based at University of London. At its core is a database of close to 200,000 articles and books including the latest, professional research outputs about philosophical subjects. Around this database, the site has tools for: accessing the articles and books online, for discussing them online via discussion forums, for classifying them into relevant areas of philosophy, for searching and browsing, and for creating personal bibliographies and personal content alerts. It will be necessary to create a free account at the website to take advantage of all these useful features, however many articles can be searched simply by entering a term into the homepage. The results are helpfully broken down into meaningful categories with some, freely available to read. The profile of the resource (Philpapers has over 2000 likes on Facebook) and the quality of the research from a variety of international academic sources, makes it a reliable source of information for referencing in project work.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Aqua Velvet Blog

Aqua-Velvet is the brainchild of designer Amy Collier featuring contributions from art blogger Sandi Vincent. The sumptuous visuals are focused on graphic design, illustration and typography. "Plus other curiosities." The range of content and the guaranteed esoteric nature of the posts is the attraction here with the blog featuring designs found in old specialist magazines and in other mid-twentieth century graphic art forms. A look at Japanese illustration from the 1960s and 70s, Soviet propaganda posters and the latest posting on Swank interiors are some of the snippets to 'ooh' and 'ahh' over at your leisure.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham on SCRAN

New images by Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912 -2004) have been added to Scran, the learning resource service which GSA library users have access to via the catalogue. The Fife-born artist who was best known for her representational and abstract works -which drew inspiration from landscapes- was a member of the St Ives Society of Artists and later became a founding member of the splinter group of artists, the Penwith Society of Arts. She was well traveled throughout the course of her life and her works range from representational drawings of the views around St Ives, to abstract pictures inspired by her walks in the Swiss Alps, and later to an expressionist style following visits to Spain. Her connection to the natural world and her experimentation with composition, shape and colour are striking motifs as is the energy explicit in her painting style. Access to these new resources can be gained at the link to 'Shibboleth Log In' using a MyGSA username and password.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Blighty and Sea-Pie Magazines

In keeping with November's theme of remembrance, The National Library of Scotland has made online access available to two war-time cartoon magazines through its digital library. Editions of 'Blighty' (1917, 1918) and 'Sea-Pie' (1917-1919) contain cartoon drawings, poems and stories from contributors who served on the front-line and in the fleet during the First World War. These included cartoonists such as Tim Cottrell, Lawson Wood and Bert Thomas who were published in 'Punch' and 'The Stand Magazine,' both of which GSA library hold editions for reference use. 

Blighty was the weekly British official armed services magazine. Sea-Pie was started in 1917 to raise funds for charities helping seamen and their families. Both magazines portrayed the war effort in a positive and humorous light and raise interesting debate about the politicised use of cartoon, a permeation of which can still be found in the graphic novel genre. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

International Directory of Art Libraries

Vasser College Art Library in New York have devised an ambitious virtual resource for searching the location of art libraries across many international countries. Nearly 3000 libraries with specialist holdings in art and architecture are available to search with information at the link for each institution including opening hours, librarian contact details and a link to the library site. Information was compiled through the use of an electronic survey circulated by the Arts Libraries Society of North America to respective art library societies in the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. A useful page to bookmark if you are out and about and wish to consult an alternative range of art resources - just check the individual library's site concerning access before you go. SCONUL membership may be required in the case of UK academic libraries. Access for reference only will be permitted by some public libraries.

Friday, October 26, 2012

October launch of The Google Cultural Institute

Google's Cultural Institute, launched earlier this month, is a virtual museum with the aim of preserving and promoting culture in online. As well as an imposing website aesthetic, the resource also excels in presenting digitised exhibits of archives which chronicle historical figures and events from the twentieth century up to the present day. Not only do the archives provide a comprehensive visual account of a certain period, they also interweave the personal stories of individuals in the form of narratives which run through each of the 42 exhibits. Major world events such as D-Day, the Holocaust and the anti-apartheid movement are documented with reference to manuscripts, old photographs, artifacts and videos. 
Google have worked with a number of international partners to bring the highly visual and personal nature of the archive to life. Perhaps most useful to GSA researchers is the ability to zoom in and out on the images on the site as found in studying the digital collections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the facility to search across the archive for specific persons, places, events or dates.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The latest Journal Table of Contents (TOCs)

JournalTOCs sponsored by Heriot-Watt University, pulls together a database of Table of Contents (TOCs) from 20,263 scholarly journals and provides a convenient point of access to search these TOCs.
As well as providing comprehensive lists of the most highly regarded journals, the latest published research from some 1282 publishers is also searchable online with the aim of providing alerts to researchers when new issues of academic publications are about to be published. Even if you’re not a researcher or academic these publications can still be useful to identify likely future trends, or how technology or an idea is being implemented. You can also learn the names of researchers and where the research is taking place. 
A substantial number of these publications are open access so the full text is quickly and directly accessible online for free. GSA subscribe to the relevant art and design, and architecture journals.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Information Environment Service Registry

IESR is an online catalogue of academic online resource descriptions  that enables users to search across disciplines with particular emphasis on health and social sciences. Information on how to access a variety of continually up-dated resource contributions including e-journals, research publications and image collections is at the website alongside details of the contributor. Based at University of Manchester, this useful tool has been designed with a view to supporting the UK academic community.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


ZineWiki is an open-encyclopedia covering a history of international small press publishing including its changing production and distribution. Zines and independent media are the focus of the resource with the opportunity for visitors to add their own projects or make contributions to the online information. It is easy to become immersed in the index of zines at the link

Monday, October 15, 2012

Winston Churchill Archive Digitised

A plethora of original documents belonging to Winston Churchill have been digitised by Bloomsbury and made instantly available to academics, historians as well as politicians interested in reading his comments on coalition governments. There are some novel entries, (copies of Churchill's school reports and a cigar bill feature) yet this expansive archive containing nearly one million documents also documents the private commentary behind the public facade of office. The significance of the collection is apparent by accessing remotely at the link .

Friday, October 12, 2012

Black and White Movies

An almanac of black and white films spanning all classic film genres from the 1910s to 1960s is available to watch for free at . All films on the website have been copyright-cleared with many able to be legally dowloaded. Try searching the site for Hollywood classics as well as rarer film titles. GSA library's DVD collection may hold titles contained within the same film movement or by the same director. Search the catalogue to find out.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ooga Booga Artist Book Publishers

A list of publishers has been published on Los Angeles- based, boutique shop 'Ooga Booga's' website. Follow the link to for a list of useful international printer resources.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Imaginations electronic journal

Philosophy, art and literature converge on this electronic journal from the University of Alberta in Canada. Each bi-annual issue concentrates on a select theme and features contributions from a series of international academic contributors with the aim of engendering discussion and debate about the role of the image and visual culture. The most current issue looks at the topic of environmental sustainability.

Monday, October 08, 2012

TheatreVOICE Audio Resource

TheatreVOICE is the digital media archive featuring freelance journalists, theatre critics and newspaper journalists from British theatre. The archive spans the genre of theatre with commentary not limited to Shakespeare's plays but harnessing debate on the work of emergent new playwrights. With sound recordings and transcripts back to 2003, the archive is easily accessible at the link .Fully comprehensive and a bit alternate. As You Like It.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Art World in Britain 1660 to 1735

The Art World in Britain 1660 to 1735 publishes primary sources and research tools for the study of the arts in late 17th and early 18th century Britain. Launched in 2011 this long-term project will create a large body of transcribed sources that will underpin a biographical dictionary, a topographical index, a calendar of art sales and a database of transactions.

Asia Through a Lens

The National Archives has put hundreds of early photographs of Asia online as part of our Asia Through a Lens project. The images from the Colonial Office's Photographic Collection date back to the middle of the 19th century and include pictures of buildings, people and places.
The photographs are a vivid reminder of the dramatic changes which have turned Hong Kong from an island of several thousand people to a modern metropolis and home to more than 7 million people. On this day in 1984, China and Britain finalised an agreement to hand control of Hong Kong to China, ending more than 150 years of UK rule.
In addition to the images of Hong Kong and China, the collection includes black and white photographs of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Sri Lanka among others.

National Trust Collections

Discover and view the national inventory of Collections at all National Trust Places - from fine art and furnishings in grand show rooms to many rarely seen items from behind closed doors. National Trust staff, volunteers and specialists are constantly expanding and improving the inventory with new information and images. When a new Property is acquired, the inventory of its contents is added. Over time, records will be enhanced by specialists, reflecting the latest research and knowledg. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

RCA Research Repository

The Royal College of Art has just launched its new Research Repository, featuring its academic research activities since 2008 in the areas of Art, Design and Communication. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Moving Image Education

Moving Image Education helps you question, analyse, explore and understand the meaning of film and motion pictures. Analyse how to read films, explore their culture and heritage, and learn how to make your own.

Creativity Portal

The Creativity Portal is a joint initiative of Creative Scotland and Education Scotland, and provides up to the minute news on free and subsidised partnership opportunities, workshops, CPD and competitions from creative partners as well as celebrating creative learning across Scotland. It also features a number of videos of artists, designers and practitioners talking about their work.

Early Modern Letters Online

Early Modern Letters Online is a combined finding aid and union catalogue for basic descriptions of early modern correspondence. Currently containing eight contributiong collections, it aims to become the first union catalogue of sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century letters.

Friday, September 14, 2012

House of Illustration Resources

Earlier this year, House of Illustration worked with scientists, illustrators, teachers and primary school pupils on an exciting exploration of science and illustration, supported by the Wellcome Trust. They have now launched the associated Project Galleries and freely downloadable Teaching Resources. "With expert guidance, the children studied the human circulation, plant life cycles, micro-organisms and the nature in their local environment and turned their findings into animations, a website, fact cards and giant plant portraits. All of these are showcased, and we created the resources so that anyone, anywhere can have a go at Illustrating Science."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Victorians

A unique e-learning resource The Victorians, which combines documents from The National Archives with objects from the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to teach learners about the Victorian era, has been launched today. The Victorians website encourages students to think like historians, by examining and evaluating artefacts such as census returns, newspaper articles, illustrations and photographs.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

UK WW1 Collections

To mark the centenary in 2014 of the outbreak of the War, King's College London has created an accessible online database which captures information on UK university, archive, library and museum holdings relating to the conflict. Collections may be in both analogue and digital form, however the project has mainly focused on those collections which have already been digitised.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery

The New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery contains over 870,000 images. Selected from the world-class historical collections of the Archives, most of these unique photographs, maps, motion picture and audio recordings are being made accessible for the first time. Visitors are invited to explore and search the collections individually, or across all collections by keyword or any of the advanced search criteria. The gallery includes many complete collections; for others, only representative samples are currently on display

Friday, August 24, 2012

National Portrait Gallery Images

The National Portrait Gallery now provides free downloads of a large range of images from its Collection for academic and non-commercial projects through a new website facility. Over 53,000 low-resolution images will now be available free of charge to non-commercial users through a standard ‘Creative Commons’ licence and over 87,000 high-resolution images will also be available free of charge for academic use through the Gallery’s own licences. Since 1997 over 100,000 portraits from the Gallery’s Collection, including paintings, photographs, drawings, prints and sculptures have been digitised. 

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Photographs of the Carribean

To commemorate 50 years of Jamaican and Trinidadian independence, The National Archives is publishing images from the Colonial Office photographic collection on Flickr, the photo sharing website. The hugely diverse collection spans the colonial period.

Photographs of the Americas

You can now view hundreds of Americas photos from the National Archives online. The images are from the Colonial Office's Photographic Collection and include some of the earliest known photographic depictions of Canada dating back to the 1850s. Some of the images have accompanying background information to give them context, but many do not. The photographs have been uploaded to Flickr.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Theatre Posters

A collection of eye catching theatre posters promoting the shows and leading actors and actresses of yesteryear, is now available to view online from the National Library of Scotland. The collection covers the period between 1870 and 1900 and includes playbills, programmes and photographs for operas, plays and comedies.Many of the theatres are still in existence today, including the Theatre Royal, Lyceum Theatre and Princess's Theatre in Edinburgh.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Database

A Database is a pioneering open-source research engine and digital archive for contemporary visual culture.

Contemporary Culture Index

ccindex database is an online, open-access bibliographical database indexing international journals and periodicals. Areas covered are architecture, art, cinema, cultural studies, design, literature, music, philosophy, social sciences and photography.

Getty Research Portal

The Getty Research Portal is a new free online gateway to digitised art history texts. A number of cultural institutions in both the US and Europe are contributing towards the project, which numbers nearly 20,000 searchable works.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

War Art

Hundreds of original wartime art works are going online following a partnership between The National Archives and Wikimedia UK. The collection is now freely available on Wikimedia Commons and includes oil paintings, drawings, posters, caricatures and portraits produced as propaganda for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War. There are currently over 350 pieces available to view online, but there are plans to digitise the entire collection of almost 2,000 art works. The collection includes portraits of leading figures such as Stalin,Churchill and Eisenhower. Also showcased are some of the original works behind famous campaigns such as 'Dig for Victory' and 'Careless talk costs lives', as well as works by artists such as Terence Cuneo and Laura Knight.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Olympic Record

The National Archives, which holds a range of records on the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games and Cultural Olympiad from 1896 to the present, has made these available online for the first time, providing you with access to this rich resource on sporting and cultural history.

British Council Film Collection

The British Council has now made 80 films from its collection free to view online. Subjects include Architecture, Ceramics, Sport, Fashion and Textiles.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Popular Graphic Prints

About 15,000 historical prints (ca. 1700-1900) created to document geographic locations or popular subjects and sometimes used for advertising and educational purposes. Most are by American printmakers (e.g., Baillie, Currier & Ives, Sachse & Co.), but publishers in many other countries are also represented (e.g., Antonio Vanegas Arroyo). Subjects vary widely, from city and harbor views, street scenes, and manufacturing plants to genre scenes, historical events, religious iconography and portraits.

Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs

The William A. Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs provides almost 350 images showing African Americans and related military and social history. The Civil War era is the primary time period covered, with scattered examples through 1945. Most of the images are photographs, including 270 cartes de visite.

17th Century Letterforms

Designed in the mid-1600s by the Polish goldsmith, Jan (or Johann) Christian Bierpfaff (1600-?1690). Courtesy of Bibliodyssey

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


myShakespeare is a brand new interactive website from the Royal Shakespeare Company designed to inspire global conversations and discover how we interpret Shakespeare today. Discover how artists have created new and original work inspired by Shakespeare; Read, debate and discuss with guest bloggers and commentators on the myShakespeare; Create your own visual snapshot of Shakespeare online to share with your friends.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Award-Winning InfosmART Portfolio Released by Glasgow School of Art Library

The Glasgow School of Art Library’s award-winning InfosmART portfolio is now freely available to the UK’s art and design communities, following Innovation and Development funding from the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC.
InfosmART is the Glasgow School of Art Library’s portfolio of online interactive modules in information and research skills, specifically designed for creative practitioners. It has been produced for the learning, teaching and research communities in art, design and architecture, and helps artists and designers to develop and improve their research capabilities and information handling, at either undergraduate, postgraduate or research levels. It does this through an easy-to-follow 5-step programme: Define, Find, Evaluate, Cite and Use.
In 2010, InfosmART was recognised at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, where its development team was named Outstanding Library Team of the Year. In 2011, its lead developer was named Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year for his work on the resource.
InfosmART was developed in-house by the Library of Glasgow School of Art. It has now been released for free non-commercial use and adaptation under Creative Commons licensing at

Garden Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston

The Library of Congress today is releasing online the digital images of a rare collection of more than 1,000 hand-colored, glass-plate lantern slides of American gardens taken a century ago by one of the first professional female photographers to achieve international prominence, Frances Benjamin Johnston. This online collection expands the book significantly by providing hundreds of additional images that reveal more fully such beautiful and vanished places as the color-themed gardens of the artists Albert and Adele Herter in East Hampton, N.Y. The collection also includes urban sites in New York City and estates from Pasadena, Calif., to Brookline, Mass. These remarkable color slides have not been seen since Johnston last projected them during lectures in the 1910s to 1930s to rally Americans to grow gardens on tenement lots, in row-house yards and in parks, which had deteriorated from industrial pollution and neglect during the Gilded Age.
Johnston has long been acknowledged as an important photographer for her many contributions to early photojournalism and documentation of historic architecture. But her front and center role in the Garden Beautiful movement as an advocate and artist working with garden clubs, horticultural societies and museums has been neglected, until now. Johnston advocated for gardening the nation back to "America the Beautiful," one elm, one rose and one fountain and shady terrace at a time.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Chronicle: BBC Northern Ireland's television news from the 60s and 70s

GSA Library now has access to Chronicle: BBC Northern Ireland's television news from the 60s and 70s.
The audio-visual archives of the BBC contain a wealth of material gathered since it was founded in the 1920’s but it remains untapped. ‘Chronicle’ has made part of that archive available to UK higher and further education by digitising hours of content from the BBC Northern Ireland’s vaults.The digitised material will allow users to explore events over a 7 year time period (1969-1976) of Northern Ireland’s history, delivering a rich and contextual experience from a political, historical and cultural perspective. Chronicle provides authenticated users with free access to digitised copies of selected news and current affairs material covering Northern Ireland and The Troubles, via a simple, user-friendly interface and web-based tools for searching and viewing.
A MyGSA account is required both on and off-campus to access this resource.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Word and the Image: Narrative in Fiction and Photography

James Robertson, in conversation with Robin Gillanders.
How the two media, the written word and the captured image, compare and contrast is the fascinating subject of this event which will include readings by James Robertson and photographs which might just possibly have been made by a fictitious photographer.
James Robertson won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award 2010 for his novel And the Land Lay Still in which the central character is a photographer curating an exhibition of his father’s work. The father, perhaps a better photographer than the son, has recorded the key moments and personalities of Scotland in the middle years of the twentieth century.
Robin Gillanders is one of Scotland’s most distinguished photographers. His work includes portraits of many of the best-known names in Scottish life and arts. He has a particular interest in how photography expresses narrative.
Presented by The Scottish Society for the History of Photography.
The Word and the Image: Narrative in Fiction and Photography
The 2012 Annan Lecture
Thursday April 5 at 6.00 in the Jeffrey Library, The Mitchell Library.
Admission Free

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Journal of European Television History and Culture

The EUscreen project has released its first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of European television history and culture. The aim of this e-journal, Journal of European Television History and Culture, is to provide an international platform for outstanding research and reflection on television as an important part of our European cultural heritage. The journal builds on recent digitisation initiatives in European archives and audiovisual libraries and addresses the need for critical study of the cultural, social and political role of television in Europe’s past and presence with the help of television material that has now become available on a large scale. The journal is the result of a cooperation between the EUscreen platform and researchers from the European Television History Network,which was launched in 2004 to promote a transnational perspective on the history and culture of television in Europe.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama's interactive Obliteration Room begins as an entirely white space, furnished as a monochrome living room, which people are then invited to 'obliterate' with multi-coloured stickers. Over the course of a few weeks the room is transformed from a blank canvas into an explosion of colour, with thousands of spots stuck over every available surface. TateShots have produced this timelapse video of The Obliteration Room covering the first few weeks of its presentation at Tate Modern.

Oxfam Research Repository

Oxfam GB has just launched it's new research repository, which holds and showcases the charity's research, programme and policy publications and data from its anti-poverty work. For the first time, the full extent of research on ecology, politics, social policy, government and equality is available to the public from a single interface.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


Images from a 16th century anonymous manuscript of thirty watercolour sketches of polyhedra. Via Bibliodyssey.

Fluxus Reader

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Fluxus—the international laboratory of art, architecture, design and music—Swinburne University of Technology has released a free digital copy of The Fluxus Reader.
Fluxus began in the 1950s as a loose, international community of artists, architects, composers and designers. By the 1960s, Fluxus had become a laboratory of ideas and an arena for artistic experimentation in Europe, Asia and the United States. Described as 'the most radical and experimental art movement of the 1960s', Fluxus has challenged conventional thinking on art and culture for half a century. Fluxus artists had a central role in the birth of such key contemporary art forms as concept art, installation, performance art, intermedia and video. Despite this influence, the scope and scale of this unique phenomenon have made it difficult to explain Fluxus in normative historical and critical terms.
 In The Fluxus Reader, editor Ken Friedman offers the first comprehensive overview of this challenging and controversial group. The Fluxus Reader is written by leading scholars and experts from Europe, the United States and Australia.