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