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In the newsletter we have Valentine's Day, a pioneer couple's love story, the state of the U.S. Postal service, statehood anniversaries for Oregon and Hawaii, and more on our presidents, including a terrific site about Jefferson. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Wendy.
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Jewelry at Historic New England
Online exhibition of jewelry held by a regional preservation organization. View illustrated essays covering style and design by time period (such as Colonial simplicity, classical style in the Federal period, Victorian opulence, international influence between World War I and World War II, and American design in 1940-1970). Also view selected jewelry by themes (marriage, childhood, mourning, souvenirs, societies, and male and female adornment), and find a checklist by type of jewelry, glossary, and links.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27881
Robert Indiana: LOVE
Image of and publication excerpt about artist Robert Indiana's "LOVE" screenprint. The site notes that "[f]ew Pop images are more widely recognized than Indiana's LOVE. Originally designed as a Christmas card commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art in 1965, LOVE has appeared in prints, paintings, sculptures, banners, rings, tapestries, and stamps." Includes a link to a biography of Indiana. From the Museum of Modern Art.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27481
Ruffs, Ribbons, Collars, and Cravats: A Brief History of Neckwear as Illustrated by the Rosenbach Collection of Portrait Miniatures
Using portrait miniatures, this presentation recounts the history of neckwear from the 16th to early 19th centuries. It notes that, for Western culture, neckwear seems to have originated with "the phenomenon of layering garment over garment. ... [An] undergarment, or chemise, had a drawstring around the neckline. When pulled tightly ... the neckline of the chemise would gather and form a shallow ruffle with a knotted or bow-tied string." From the Rosenbach Museum and Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27361
Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers
Companion to a 2008/2009 exhibit about 19th century jewelry that incorporated photographic portraits. "The evocative portraits preserved in photographic jewelry are rarely attributable to specific makers. ... [M]any of the nineteenth-century's major photographic artists offered these pieces." View images of selected bracelets, earrings, and pendants, and background about photographers. From the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27530
Collection of over 40 valentines, including greeting cards, 3-D cards, and postcards. "While browsing click on the thumbnail images to view the larger, full resolution, images of the Vintage Valentines day cards. From the full size image you may send a greeting and message via email." From the West Virginia University Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27415
Will You Be Mine? An Exhibition of Early Valentines
Small display of images of valentines from a "collection in honor of Esther Howland, a Mount Holyoke [College] alumna credited with having established the commercial valentine industry in the United States. ... The exhibit contains a selection of original valentines made by her New England Valentine Co., as well as some by George TC. Whitney, the designer who bought Howland's increasingly popular company in the early 1880's." From Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27413
Consumer Postal Council
Website for "an association of users of postal services who share the following objectives: (a) eliminating the government monopoly for postal services, (b) ensuring that while the government monopoly exists for postal mail services, the U.S. and other postal services do not abuse their monopoly." Features links to news and reports, an international "Postal Freedom Index" (that takes into account government or private ownership, competition, degree of regulation, and other factors), and bibliography.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27878
Report on Universal Postal Service and the Postal Monopoly
December 2008 report on "the scope of universal service and the postal monopoly under current law, the scope likely required in the future to meet the needs of the American public, and any recommended changes." Report covers definition of the postal monopoly, description of universal service obligation (including frequency of delivery), mailbox access, customer satisfaction, postal reform, and more. Also includes supporting documents. From the United States Postal Service (USPS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27875
The Slow Death of the U.S. Postal Service
This 1998 article describes the economic situation of the United States mail delivery system over the previous decade and suggests possible improvements. Faulting the postal service for cutting open hours, low worker productivity, late deliveries, throwing mail away instead of delivering it, better treatment of third-class mail than of first-class, and other problems, the article concludes that ending the postal monopoly could improve service. From the Cato Institute.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27874
50th Anniversary of Hawai'i Statehood
Official website for the 50th anniversary celebration in 2009 of the statehood of Hawaii, which will include a March statehood event and August conference. Features history, news and announcements about anniversary events and contests, and video clips from the anniversary's "50 Voices of Statehood" interviews. From Hawaii state government.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27268
Presidents of the United States: Resource Guides
These presidential resource guides "compile digital materials that are available throughout the Library [of Congress]'s Web site. In addition, each resource guide provides links to external Web sites and a bibliography containing selected works for both a general audience and younger readers. This site will be updated on a regular basis." As of early 2009, guides are available for 20 presidents, the most recent being Franklin D.
Roosevelt. From the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27126
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
Website for an "organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States," and is "the largest non-governmental enforcer of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)." Includes information about advocacy efforts, details about issue areas, links to disability organization sites, and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27759
Cowboys and Presidents
Companion to a "national traveling show [that] will explore the fascinating and ongoing intersection of cowboy culture and presidential politics from Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush." Features images and commentary on topics such as "Black Hat/White Hat" (cowboys with unsavory and noble reputations), cowboy presidents, cowboys in movies, and cowboy talk (video clips). Also includes a dress-the-president game and a presidential geography activity. From the Autry National Center of the American West.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27036
Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia
"Trustworthy information on Thomas Jefferson and his world by Monticello researchers and respected Jefferson scholars." Search, or browse by topics such as agriculture and gardening, legends, Sally Hemings, science and exploration, and slavery. Provided by the Thomas Jefferson Library at Monticello.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27596
This travel guide visits sites along U.S. scenic byways related to presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Some of the stops include Mt. Rushmore, the Washington Monument, Jefferson College, the inauguration site in New York of Roosevelt, and statues commemorating the Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debate about slavery. From the National Scenic Byways Program of the Federal Highway Administration.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27471
Valley Writers Read
Archive of radio shows featuring writers from California's San Joaquin Valley reading from their works of literary fiction. Archived audio from the show goes back to 2006. From Valley Public Radio.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26483
By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Revisiting the 1926 Dutch and American Expedition to New Guinea
This online publication "aims to 'revisit' a historically important scientific expedition ... through interpretive essays accompanied by the publication, for the first time, of two expedition diaries by the American participants and a wealth of additional expedition records that had never before been published." Browse interpretive essays, over 700 photos, film footage, and expedition source material. From the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22941
Happy Birthday, Oregon: Oregon 150
Website for the 2009 commemoration of the sesquicentennial of Oregon's statehood on February 14, 1859. Features print and audio user-submitted stories about Oregon history, contacts for the May 2009 "Take Care of Oregon" community volunteer project, and list of events throughout the state.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27272
The Oregon Encyclopedia
"'The Oregon Encyclopedia' is an authoritative compendium of information on Oregon people, places, events, and institutions. ... [C]ulminating in 2009 as part of Oregon's State Sesquicentennial, the Encyclopedia will grow to contain thousands of entries on Oregon history and culture written by knowledgeable authors, reviewed by experts, and meticulously checked to ensure accuracy." Search, or browse by topic such as the waterfront strike of 1934 and the maraschino cherry industry. From Portland State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27593
Marine Protected Areas of the United States
Background about U.S. marine protected areas (MPAs), which are, in practice, "defined [marine environment] areas where natural and/or cultural resources are given greater protection than the surrounding waters." Includes fact sheets, science and analysis, publications, photos, case studies, data, and much more. Site notes that the "List of National System MPAs is expected to be published in Spring 2009." From the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24021
I Do: Love and Marriage in 19th Century Canada
This online exhibition presents digitized letters and journal entries of a Canadian couple, "covering a period roughly from 1843 to 1846, [which] provide us with one example of courtship and record the trials they endured for the sake of love." The exhibit is accompanied by a database of more than 10,000 microfilm images of marriage bonds from the 18th and 19th centuries. Also includes links to related sites. From Library and Archives Canada.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27443
Collection of radio programs and written features about Valentine's Day, which "elicits a variety of responses: joy, glee, bliss, and even annoyance." Topics include hickeys, kissing, Valentine's Day poetry, mix tape playlists, the meaning of the color red in textiles, gold, recipes for chocolate raspberry heart cake and a vegan cake, and more. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27514
Thanks for reading LII New This Week!
Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder