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This week, add your tags to Library of Congress photo collections and read about Saul Alinsky and community organizing, kids and cough concoctions, animals in space, and the birth of television, and you'll find more resources for Black History Month, too. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Maria, Wendy, and Charlotte.
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Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas
This exhibition "traces the graphic art made by Emory Douglas while he worked as minister of culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until its discontinuation in the early 1980s." View images of the physical exhibit and of the art for posters, pamphlets, and newspapers. Website also includes a gallery guide, audio of a talk with Douglas, and suggestions for further reading. From the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25145
Black Presence: Asian and Black History in Britain, 1500-1850
"The exhibition covers Black [people of African descent] and Asian [people of South Asian origin, that is from modern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh], history in Britain from 1500 to 1850." View galleries with illustrated essays on topics such as black Moors in Scotland, abolition of the slave trade, and black musicians. Also includes two interactive features. From the British National Archives and the Black and Asian Studies Association (BASA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24285
Chinese Paper Gods
The images in this collection were assembled in 1931 by a Christian missionary in Beijing (Peking). "The images are divided initially by usage: Those which were purchased to be burned immediately ... and those which were purchased to be displayed for a year" in areas such as the front door and kitchen. Also includes essays on New Year's prints, reading the images, and conservation. From the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24457
The Commons: The Library of Congress Pilot Project
Browse photos in this collection that is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the online photo management and sharing application Flickr. Users are invited to view photos and help describe the photos by adding tags and comments. Free account required to comment or tag photos. Initial photo sets include "1930s-40s in Color" (with photos from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information) and "News in the 1910s."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25282
The End of Slavery: The Creation of the 13th Amendment
"Editorials, feature stories, news items, illustrations, cartoons, a poem, and an advertisement" from the pages of Harper's Weekly, "the leading American illustrated newspaper in the second-half of the nineteenth century," about the 13th Amendment and "the nation's transition from slavery to freedom." Features a timeline (1787-1865), commentary, and biographies. Includes a glossary and list of sources. Also includes links to sites about the 14th and 15th Amendments. From HarpWeek.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25241
Get Lost: Artists Map Downtown New York
"Get Lost is a collective portrait of downtown New York. Twenty-one international artists were invited to create a personal view of the city and draw a map of downtown New York, uncovering a territory that is both real and imaginary. ... Get Lost brings together fictional landscapes, utopian visions, private memories, and obsessive instructions to explore Manhattan, its past, present, and future." Browse by artist. From the New Museum, New York.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25262
Images of the Antislavery Movement in Massachusetts
This website "presents digital images of 840 visual materials from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society that illustrate the role of Massachusetts in the national debate over slavery." Browse by format, such as engravings and prints, patriotic covers (envelopes featuring images and slogans), and manuscripts. Also includes a website overview, highlights from the collection of portraits of American abolitionists, and a brief bibliography.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25272
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
Website for this Washington, D.C., museum (the building for which has not yet been constructed) that "aspires to tell the story of America's history through an African American lens." Features an interactive diagram of selected people and places of African American history and culture, personal memories, images from exhibitions, classroom materials, family activities, children's literature list, a timeline of African American history, and other material related to black history. From the Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25144
The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy
Companion website to a 1999 documentary that "examines both the history of community organizing -- through the work of Saul Alinsky [1909-1972] -- as well as the current state of community organizing." Features essays about Alinksy and community organizing in 1930s Chicago through the formation of groups such as the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, Alinksy's legacy, and the filmmakers. Includes a bibliography. Preview video clip no longer available. From Independent Television Service (ITVS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25281
FDA Releases Recommendations Regarding Use of Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Products
Material about the January 2008 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendation "that over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold products should not be used to treat infants and children less than 2 years of age because serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur from such use." Provides a press release, public health advisory, and questions and answers for consumers. From the FDA.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25283
Chinese New Year
"Celebrate the Chinese New Year holiday with great kids' activities and crafts." Crafts include making red envelopes, a Chinese orange tray, and paper plum blossoms. Also includes Chinese-style recipes and a short list of Chinese New Year books for children. From Kaboose.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25291
A project "that collects, summarizes, and gives context to some of the best self-published content found on blogs, podcasts, photo sharing sites, and videoblogs from around the world, with a particular emphasis on countries outside of Europe and North America." Browse by country, topics, or contributors. Available in several languages. Founded at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25204
Ida B. Wells, 1862-1931
Background material about black journalist and activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Features a brief biography discussing her civil rights and feminist activities, an overview of her anti-lynching pamphlets, the full text of one anti-lynching publication, and video clips of a professor describing Wells' life and activities. Part of the Illinois During the Gilded Age website from the Northern Illinois University Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25292
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Companion to the 2007-2008 inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of African American History and Culture with "images ... selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. The theme, African American resistance across 150 years of United States history, was inspired by the words of Henry Highland Garnet, an abolitionist and clergyman." The gallery of portraits includes Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, Josephine Baker, and Malcolm X. From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25134
The Original Harlem Globetrotters: Globetrotters History
Learn about the history of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, started in Chicago in 1926 as the Savoy Big Five and renamed the Harlem New York Globetrotters in 1930, "lending emphasis that all players were black." Click on the "History" tab near the top of the page to find a detailed timeline and biographies of important players such as Wilt Chamberlain and Meadowlark Lemon. From the Harlem Globetrotters.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25258
1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet Research Collection
Digital collection of images from the "first international aviation meet (air meet) in America ... held on Dominguez Hill [in California] in 1910." Searchable, or browse by topics such as planes, dirigibles and balloons, events and market dedications, and ephemera. Includes a link to a related website about the event. From the Department of Archives and Special Collections, California State University, Dominguez Hills.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25062
California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection
This online collection "comprises more than 3500 pages of electronic text, more than 30 pictorial images, and 15 audio clips, which document the controversy (1949-1951) that roiled the University [of California] during the McCarthy Era." View material using the timeline (from "Preview" 1940-June 1949 through "Aftermath" 1951-1956), search, or browse by author, subject, or other factors. Also includes a bibliography and links to related material. From the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25280
A Brief History of Animals in Space
This article lists highlights of the history of animals involved in space flight, mostly monkeys, mice, and dogs. Describes early attempts with animals in space flight, the first chimpanzee in space (Ham), the expansion of species in space (such as an Apollo flight that recorded spiders' attempts to spin webs in space), and other notable history. Includes links to related articles. From the NASA History Division.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25270
MZTV Museum of Television
Website for this Canadian museum started by collector Moses Znaimer (MZ) devoted to the history of television, with an emphasis on television technology before World War II. The site features online exhibits of quotes about television, a timeline with images of artifacts, background about television pioneers (such as John Logie Baird and Philo Farnsworth), discussion of television and the 1939 New York World's Fair, and a 3-D interactive historical television set gallery.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25254
Sydenham Town: John Logie Baird: TV Inventor
This website describes the work of John Logie Baird, an inventor of television who "helped the BBC begin the first public television service in 1932" and who "moved to Crescent Wood Road on Sydenham Hill and established the world's first major TV Studio and Broadcasting Complex at the Crystal Palace." Includes photos and links to articles about Baird and his work. From the community website for Sydenham Town, the SE26 district of London.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25255
Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings
Companion website to a documentary that investigates U.S. communities where blacks where forcibly expelled during the 1860s to the 1920s, and where "even a century later, these towns remain almost entirely white." Read about some of these communities, some of the families who were affected, opinions about reparations and race relations, and other topics explored in the film. Includes a map, video clips, behind-the-scenes material, and related website links. From Independent Lens.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25275
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) P.O.V. documentary by "director Hubert Davis, the son of former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis. Mel ... fell in love at first sight with Hubert's mother, a white woman, at a time when racism seemed to make their union impossible." Includes a history of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team (founded in Chicago in 1926), interviews with Hubert and Mel, and writings on fathers and sons, and interracial families.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25259
An Imperfect Revolution: Voices From the Desegregation Era
The public radio series American RadioWorks "traveled to Louisville, KY and Charlotte, NC to talk with people about their memories of [racial] integration" in schools. This website features some of the stories, the full audio program and transcript, essays on school desegregation, and links to related websites. From American Public Media.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25147
The Jewish Americans
Companion to a 2008 Public Television Service (PBS) "documentary that explores 350 years of Jewish American history. ... [It] is a journey through time, from the first settlement in 1654 to the present." The website features introductions to themes (such as migration, assimilation, pursuit of economic opportunity, anti-Semitism, political activism, and being Jewish in modern America) and related video clips. Also includes lesson plans and links to related sites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25278
Jews in America: Our Story
"In September 1654, 23 Jews from Recife, Brazil ... landed in the harbor of New Amsterdam (later to become New York City). ... Two out of the 23 refugees stayed and planted the seeds of what would become the first American Jewish Community. This web site tells the story of how that community grew." Features a timeline and artifact galleries browsable by time period. From the Center for Jewish History.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25277
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder