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This collection of digital projects demonstrates Washington University's recent efforts to increase access to its extensive holdings of scholarly material for the broader research community. Our scholarly holdings include text, artifacts, photographs, maps, audio recordings, films and videos, manuscripts and archives. Additional projects will be made available as Washington University's Digital Library Services assists in the development of future digital projects.

Finding Aids

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Shakespear's Comedy of the Tempest

FINDING AIDS
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Washington University finding aids bring together material from Manuscripts, Rare Books, and the Modern Graphic History Library units of the Department of Special Collections. These finding aids contain information on a collection's content and creator, as well as a list of the materials in the collection.


Texts

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19th CENTURY ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY
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This ARTstor Shared Shelf Commons image collection is comprised of more than 1000 digitized photographs. While primarily related to architecture, these late 19th century photographs also document period travel, archaeological, and portraiture conventions. The photographs were acquired by Washington University at the direction of architecture professor, Frederick B. Mann, and reside in Washington University's Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library's Special Collections.

Picture of class meeting outside by the library at Washington University

AMERICAN LIVES
A compilation of digitized images, text, audio, film and video that documents student-led political activism on Washington University's campus from 1964 to 1972. The project was designed to encourage multidisciplinary research in the field of American Studies. The collection is searchable and allows visitors to save their own collection of American Lives materials.

Equal Justice Picture

CIVIL LITIGATION CLEARINGHOUSE
This collection indexes and posts documents and data that relate to civil rights litigation in the United States, to allow scholars, teachers, students, activists, and policymakers to better understand both individual cases and large case categories. The first part of the collection, documenting over forty years of litigation about prison and jail conditions, mental health and mental retardation facilities, and several other case categories, will be posted for public viewing in October 2006. The Clearinghouse continually solicits its users for proposals for cases and case categories to add; thousands of voting rights and employment discrimination cases will be added during 2007.

Image provided by Margo Schlanger.

Digital Commons

DIGITAL COMMONS AT BECKER LIBRARY
Digital Commons@Becker is a digital repository for hosting the scholarly work created at Washington University School of Medicine and enhancing its visibility and accessibility to scholars, researchers, and the public. Administered and maintained by the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Digital Commons@Becker provides groups, departments, centers, divisions, or programs at the School of Medicine with a platform for creating customized collections that reflect the wide range of their scholarly output.

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DRED SCOTT CASE
An online archive that provides access to the original 85 St. Louis Circuit Court documents that directly relate to Dred Scott's petition for freedom from slavery, beginning in 1846 through 1852. The documents are organized in chronological order, and appear in multiple digital formats, including complete transcripts in Word and HTML format.

THE REVISED DRED SCOTT CASE COLLECTION
A full-text legal case history of the Dred Scott case expanded to include thirty-three additional resources in a fully searchable collection in TEI encoded XML documents and images.

According to the Copyright and Reproduction Rules, the St. Louis Historic Circuit Court Records fall within the public domain, users may make use of these materials free of charge.

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EAMES & YOUNG ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHS
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This ARTstor Shared Shelf Commons image collection consists of over 200 digitized photographs and reside in Washington University's Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library. The photographs were donated to Washington University by William S. Eames & Thomas C. Young, who were two partners at a St. Louis architectural firm. The photographs document various stages of architectural projects in Missouri, California, Utah, and Washington.

Image taken from collection, which is pre-copyright material, and thus in the public domain.

ETDs

ELECTRONIC THESES & DISSERTATIONS
In spring of 2009, Washington University transitioned to a new program in accepting and delivering theses and dissertations in electronic form. Now students, researchers, and scholars can access this work online, free of charge. Users may search or browse the work and view or download it as a PDF.

Henry Hampton interviewing William Bradford Huie

EYES ON THE PRIZE INTERVIEWS COLLECTION
The Eyes on the Prize Interviews Collection provides full-text access to 115 transcripts of interviews filmed for the award winning PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize that premiered January 21, 1987. The collection includes eye-witness accounts of the American Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1965, which includes Rosa Parks, John Lewis and James Farmer. The interviews are part of the larger Henry Hampton Collection that resides in Washington University Libraries' Film and Media Archive.

Image is free to use for research purposes only. If researcher intends to use transcripts for publication, please contact Washington University's Film and Media Archive for permission to republish.

1853 Engraving of Edmund Spenser

FINAL VERSIONS
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A digital archive of revision for scholars & students that examines medieval scribal revision, translation and revision of Renaissance writer Edmund Spenser, and twentieth century modernist Samuel Beckett, the twentieth century American poet Robert Duncan's painstaking revisions for publication, and the mid-twentieth century collaboration between May Swenson and Elizabeth Bishop. This broad range allows teachers, students, and scholars to explore and study the fascinating and complex methods of revision employed by authors who have influenced the literary traditions of Europe and America.

Image taken from collection, which is pre-copyright material, and thus in the public domain.

THE GREAT DEPRESSION INTERVIEWS
From the stock market crash of 1929 to the beginnings of World War II, The Great Depression tells the dramatic and diverse stories of struggle and survival during the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. These interviews are part of the Henry Hampton Collection housed at the Film & Media Archive at Washington University Libraries. Each video and transcript represents the entire interview conducted by Blackside, Inc., including portions that did not appear in the final program.

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HENRY HAMPTON COLLECTION
Washington University recently acquired the complete set of materials Henry Hampton, a Washington University alumnus, used to make 10 films at Blackside, Inc., a film production company he established. The collection includes film and video, photographs, scripts, storyboards, notes, music, posters, and other associated materials used for his films including the award winning Eyes on the Prize documentary series. Currently, this online collection includes limited information on each film however it is continually updated as new material is digitized.

Schiele Print

JAMES E. AND JOAN SINGER SCHIELE PRINT COLLECTION
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This ARTstor Shared Shelf Commons collection consists of Civil War prints and other historical images, representing abolition through the Civil War and reconstruction. The prints include portraits, battle scenes, and political cartoons, and represent a variety of printing techniques, from woodcut to chromolithograph. A highlight of the collection is a set of thirty-six Kurz & Allison prints.

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MEDICINE IN TIMES OF NEED
This project grants access to digitized images and historical narratives that illustrate the daily life on army hospital bases during wartime: Base Hospital 21 of World War I and the 21st General Hospital of World War II. The image gallery is searchable, and the project provides links to Finding Aids of Bernard Becker Medical Library's entire 21st General Hospital and Base Hospital 21 Collections of 2000 items. In addition, the Becker Medical Library hosts numerous digital exhibits and projects at Becker Exhibits.

MUSIC FROM GAYLORD SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
Gaylord Music Library Supplementary Catalog: A supplementary catalog that contains Gaylord Music Library Special Collections materials that are not cataloged in the general Library Catalog, which includes scanned images from the Sheet Music Collection.

Kunkel’s Musical Review: In 1868 the Kunkel brothers moved to St. Louis, where they established a music store, publishing business, and the periodical, Kunkel’s Musical Review (1878-1906), which included informative articles and sheet music some written by local musicians.

Musical News: Spang and Luhn’s short-lived monthly magazine was published from September 1897 through November 1898. It included instructive articles, gossip-column news of musical events in and around St. Louis and sheet music by masters and local composers alike.

Sheet Music from the 1904 World's Fair Collection: The sights and sounds combined in sheet music published for or about the 1904 World’s Fair provide a window into the excitement that captured St. Louis then and for generations to come. "Meet Me in St. Louis" became the unofficial song of the Fair and maintains a special place in the hearts of many St. Louisans. The range of musical styles and composers includes Harvard’s John Knowles Paine to up-and-coming ragtime star Scott Joplin. The cover art depicts the buildings and pageantry of the Fair as see in "Along the Plaza" and "Down the Pike" and provides insight into the social realities with the cover of “St. Louis Tickle” where African-American children are shown playing *outside* the fence surrounding the Fair left looking in on denied attractions.

Fanny Lewald

THE NOVELS OF FANNY LEWALD
This project is a collaboration among Professor Lynne Tatlock, Brian Vetruba (Catalog Librarian/Germanic Studies, Comparative Literature, and European Studies Librarian), and Washington University Libraries Digital Library Services. Fanny Lewald (1811-1889) was a popular and prolific writer of novels, novellas, short stories, travelogues, letters, political essays, and other works. This collection provides access to digitized page images from ten of Lewald's novels in their native German.

The Oral History Project

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
The Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project is an ongoing series of recorded interviews and transcripts dating from 1959. The project was envisioned to capture and preserve first person accounts and reflections on the history of the medical school, medical practice in St. Louis, and developments in the field of medicine.

Payments in Money and Grain

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY PAPYRI COLLECTION
The Manuscripts Division of Washington University's Special Collections unit houses 445 manuscript fragments, dating from the first century BCE to the eighth century CE. The fragments were excavated in 1923 by Sir William Flinders Petrie and the Egypt Exploration Society at the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus. This online resources includes an index and selected images of the Papyri collection by inventory number and by publication number.

The Red Brush

THE RED BRUSH
Professor Beata Grant’s Red Brush project is based on the volume, The Red Brush: Writing Women of Imperial China (彤 管: 中華帝國的女性書寫) by Beata Grant and Wilt Idema. The Red Brush digital project is a collection of all the texts translated in print volume, in the original Chinese. The collection is fully searchable in both English (for bibliographic information) and Chinese (for the content of the texts). The project is a collaboration between Dr. Grant and the Washington University Libraries’ Digital Library Services.

Picture of Austro-Hungarian Empire from Architectonic Fixations: Photographs from the Collection of Russell Sturgis

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DIGITAL EXHIBITIONS
A collection of digital exhibitions that are arranged by topic, that include digitized images of maps, photographs, sketches, and other archival material, including Finding Aids, selected from Washington University's Special Collections unit.

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ST. LOUIS CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS
The St. Louis Circuit Court Records project is the culmination of The St. Louis Legal Encoding Project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and a partnership between Washington University's Digital Library Services and the Missouri History Museum. WU's Humanities Digital Workshop and Law Library made significant contributions to the project. The collection includes fully searchable court cases, city directories, record books, and slave freedom bonds. Users may browse and search the materials as well as contribute genealogical or historical information to the project. Another major deliverable of the project is the development of extensions to the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) for encoding legal documents.

According to the Copyright and Reproduction Rules, the St. Louis Historic Circuit Court Records fall within the public domain, users may make use of these materials free of charge.

true crimes

TRUE CRIMES: LATE IMPERIAL CHINESE CRIME REPORTS
A digital companion to the book, True Crimes in Eighteenth-Century China: Twenty Case Histories by Professor Robert Hegel. This collection contains the original Chinese language transcripts of legal reports which "tell the sad stories of real people who got into very real trouble and, at least to some extent, the reasons why they did so." These materials are relevant to many different discplines, including Chinese literature and culture, history, law, and criminal justice.

Unreal City

UNREAL CITY
The 19th-century St. Louis fire insurance maps are an important source of historical information to study the growth and development of post-Civil War St. Louis. Originally created for the fire insurance industry, these maps provide the most complete visual record of the evolving built environment in St. Louis, covering commercial, industrial, and residential neighborhoods.

Urban Books

URBAN BOOKS
The Urban Books Collection contains artists’ books from Olin Library Special Collections at Washington University. It is intended as a study resource for students in the Urban Books class, an interdisciplinary project combining Urban Theory (taught by Professor Zeuler Lima) and the production of Artists’ Books (taught by Jana Harper). The original collection consisted of 91 books and, with the addition of student final projects, now numbers over 150.

Kemper Videos

VIDEOS FROM THE KEMPER ART MUSEUM
[Restricted access to Washington University community.]
Video lectures hosted at the Kemper Art Museum. These are currently restricted to access on the Washington University campus.

Women Artists in the Washington University Collections

WOMEN ARTISTS IN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
This collection contains digitized images of selected artworks by women artists that are housed in the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Collections. In addition, the collection provides a bibliography of texts by women artists in Olin Library's Special Collections.

Image derived from the homepage of the collection.

 

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