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The GetHuman site will get you past a lot of businesses' phone trees to an actual human being, which could be a week's worth of goodness all by itself but we also have fashion shows, Japanese American and African American history, and folklife and oral histories of the South. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Charlotte, Maria, and Jennifer.
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African American Odyssey
"The exhibition 'The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship,' showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress." This online companion features annotated images of books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, photos, artworks, and musical scores. Topics include slavery, the antebellum period, abolition, the Civil War, reconstruction, World Wars I and II, the Depression, and the Civil Rights movement.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23308
Exploring the Japanese American Internment Through Film & the Internet
This website "utilizes a rich collection of video clips as a starting point for examining the many aspects and implications of the Japanese American internment." Essays and video clips explore topics related to World War II and prewar discrimination, experiences in the internment camps, and the postwar period and impact of the internment camps today. Produced by the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23317
Folklife in Louisiana
Documents, photos, audio and video clips, exhibits, and other material about the "folk cultural resources of Louisiana. Folklife includes living traditions learned informally over time within ethnic, regional, occupational, and family groups." Features resources about traditional cultures, rituals, festivals, religion, folk arts, self-taught artists, musicians and musical instruments, food, and much more. From the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23332
Thomas Jefferson Papers: An Electronic Archive
This online exhibition includes high resolution scans (some with transcriptions) of Thomas Jefferson's manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence, Farm Book, Garden Book, 1783 Catalog of Books, 1789 Catalog of Books, and Architectural Drawings. From the Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23310
British Vogue Fashion Shows
Photos from the fashion shows of major fashion designers in London, Paris, Milan, and New York. Includes news updates and photos from key collections of women's ready-to-wear and menswear back to the autumn/winter 2001-2002 season. From British Vogue.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23329
This website features a list of customer service telephone numbers and tips for how to bypass a phone tree and speak to a person. The company lists also include a letter grade and are browsable by category, such as automotive, credit, finance, insurance, products, and travel. The site includes a description of how grades are assigned, a blog, and discussion forums. From a consumer advocate and other volunteers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23119
Investor Protection Trust (IPT)
IPT's primary mission is "to provide independent, objective information needed by consumers to make informed investment decisions." Features booklets on topics such as investing in stocks and bonds, mutual funds, and investing for college and retirement. Also includes "The Basics of Saving and Investing: Investor Education 2020," which was designed as a curriculum resource for high school teachers. The IPT was created as part of a settlement to resolve charges of investment firms' misconduct.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23068
First Spouse 24-Karat Coin Program
Details about the U.S. Mint program "honoring our Nation's First Spouses by issuing one-half ounce $10 gold coins featuring their images, in the order that they served as first spouse, beginning in 2007 with Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, (Thomas Jefferson's Liberty), and Dolley Madison." Provides images of the coins, biographies of the first spouses, and information about issue dates and coin features. From the United States Mint.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23305
The Book of Household Management
Electronic version of this book that was originally published by Isabella Beeton in 24 monthly parts in 1859-1861. The book presents "information for the
mistress, housekeeper, cook, kitchen-maid, butler, footman, coachman, valet, upper and under house-maids, ladys-maid, maid-of-all-work, laundry-maid, nurse and nurse-maid, ... also, sanitary, medical, & legal memoranda;
with a history of the origin, properties, and uses of all things connected with home life and comfort." Also includes recipes. From the University of Adelaide Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23326
Handwriting, Typewriting, Shoeprints, and Tire Treads: FBI Laboratory's Questioned Documents Unit
This 2001 article describes how personnel in the Questioned Documents Unit (QDU) of the FBI perform examinations of material. Includes illustrated discussions of physical examinations (often of paper surfaces), comparison examinations (of handwriting and typewriting), and shoeprint and tire tread examinations. Includes details about specific cases. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) journal Forensic Science Communications.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23334
By George, IT IS Washington's Birthday
This 2004 article discusses how "debate over the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill in 1968 [which designated the third Monday in February as Presidents' Day] touched on the fear that George Washington would be forgotten in the schoolrooms." Topics include background about Washington, the first celebration of Washington's birthday in the 1870s, and the 1960s analysis of the benefits of a three-day weekend. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Prologue Magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23323
George Washington: A National Treasure
Presents the first U.S. president through an exploration of the Landsdowne portrait of him by Gilbert Stuart. The site provides an interactive, detailed look at the portrait, using symbolic, biographic, and artistic filters. The site also has a chronology of Washington's life, a Town Hall with several discussion forums, a section for children, and more. From the Smithsonian.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/16594
Southern Oral History Program (SOHP)
"The Southern Oral History Program performs the vital task of recording and preserving research interviews for future generations." Its website features audio and some transcripts of selected interviews with people such as Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Albert Gore, Sr. Also includes descriptions of recent projects. The SOHP is a component of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for the Study of the American South.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23312
Today in History: February 22
This site celebrates George Washington's birthday with a presentation of materials about him in the Library of Congress. Includes a portrait, a discussion of the date of his birth (which was described as being on the "11th of February Old Style. ... When the Julian Calendar was 'corrected' to the Gregorian Calendar, February 11th became February 22nd."), and details about his life. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23321
Louisiana Division Fact Finder
Compilation of "fugitive" fact files related to Louisiana, including New Orleans neighborhoods and ward boundaries in New Orleans, past and future Mardi Gras dates, origins of New Orleans words and traditions (such as Carnival colors and pralines), burial places of New Orleans musicians, New Orleans telephones exchanges, and more. From the Louisiana Division of the New Orleans Public Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23330
Saving Time, Saving Energy: Daylight Saving Time, Its History and Why We Use It
Explains why we adjust our clocks one hour forward in the spring and back in the fall ("spring forward, fall back"). Also find and explanation of resultant energy savings and the history of daylight-saving time. Includes trivia about time and links to related sites. From the California Energy Commission.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6254
The Man in Seat Sixty-One
This website caters to travelers looking for alternatives to flying. It provides details about traveling by train and ship, with an emphasis on destinations in the United Kingdom and Europe. Also includes sections on the Trans-Siberian railway and the Orient Express. A personal website run by "a career railwayman" from London.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23281
Noonsite: The Global Site for Cruising Sailors
This site's mission is to provide "essential information on all matters of interest to sailors planning an offshore voyage anywhere in the world." Features profiles for dozens of countries, with details about "clearance formalities, visa requirements, fees, weather, special events and other facts needed by visiting sailors." The site also includes piracy updates "with up to date reports on incidents around the world." From a sailor and author.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23271
Electronic version of the most recent edition of this handbook, "first published in 1942, [which] is regarded as one of the most authoritative and detailed sources on our state's legislative branch of government." Topics include California's historical background, the California Constitution, elections, the executive branch (governor, lieutenant governor, and other state officers), the judicial branch, legislative sessions, legislative districts, the legislative process, and more. From the California legislature.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23331
The Partisans of Ali: A History of Shia Faith and Politics
This five-part series looks "at the origins of the Sunni-Shia split in Islam, the religious and historical differences, how Iran became Shiite, and how conflicts involving Shiism have made an impact beyond the Middle East." Discusses origins, key individuals, and related topics. Includes a chronology, map, and bibliography. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23335
Forensic Science Service (FSS)
The FSS "is the market leader in the supply of forensic science services to police forces in England and Wales." It also provides its services internationally. Its website describes FSS services and activities, including paternity testing, digital crime analysis (such as computers and mobile phones), and DNA analysis. Also includes descriptions of cases in which the FSS was involved, such as whether bones found in Russia in 1991 were those of the Romanovs.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23320
UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Website for this United Nations (UN) office that acts as a "public advocate and moral voice on behalf of children whose rights and wellbeing have been and are being violated in the context of armed conflict." Features overviews of issues such as child soldiers, girls in war, landmines, and displaced children. Also includes background documents, reports, photos, videos, conference details, press releases, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23319
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