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Many notable women in this week's collection, plus statistics on labor unions in the U.S., Julia Child's kitchen, traffic volume counts, how to read tea leaves, and a serious side of Edward Lear. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Wendy, and Maria.
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Alice's Drive: Women Who Drove the Century
Website about a 2009 effort to recreate the landmark cross-country drive of Alice Ramsey, who, in 1909, became "the first woman to drive across America." Features background about Ramsey's 1909 Maxwell DA and a facsimile vehicle, Ramsey's 1909 route and the proposed 2009 route, and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27285
Design by the Book
In "this online-only miniseries, ... the [New York Public] Library partnered with [a] leading design blog ... to invite five New York City-based artists to sift through our collections in search of inspiration. Watch as the artists, who range from a glassblower to a letterpress printer, create unique works inspired by what they found." From the New York Public Library (NYPL).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27231
Intimate Circles: American Women in the Arts
This exhibit "explores the lives of women -- writers, artists, publishers, performers, collaborators, and community builders -- whose energies set in motion lasting aesthetic and cultural practices. The women portrayed here lived primarily in the late-nineteenth through the mid- twentieth centuries." Features essays on the Chicago Renaissance, expatriates, Harlem Renaissance, New York, and the southwest and associated annotated images (also viewable by name or profession). From the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27435
Never Mind the Pussycat: The Ornithological Art of Edward Lear
Exhibit about Edward Lear, who "is best remembered for his Nonsense, the preposterous rhymes and sketches loved by generations of children. ... This exhibit focuses on a brief period of Lear's youth [when] ... he created some of the most extraordinary images of birds ever made." Features examples of his illustrations of birds such as the parrot, crow, toucan, and owl. Also includes limericks and a brief bibliography. From Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27949
Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration
This exhibit explores book illustration as inspiration (sacred texts and letterforms), information (geography and travel, natural history, and anatomy), and influence (such as product literature and architecture). It also includes details about the process of illustration, and selected readings and online resources. From the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27387
War, Women & Survival
This exhibit features images representing "[t]he roles played by women in military conflicts across time and place." Includes photos and images of propaganda posters, sheet music, recipe books, leaflets, press clippings, ration books, and more. Curated by Manuscripts and Special Collections, University of Nottingham, England, in partnership with Midland East Region of Soroptimist International.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27539
A Woman's Work Is Never Done
"This exhibition brings together a selection of images from the [American Antiquarian] Society's collections that illustrate many facets of American women's work, from the beginning of the American Revolution through the Industrial Revolution." View annotated images relating to domestic work, women as merchants, women and war, teaching and education, factory workers, performers and artists, and other occupations. Also includes a bibliography. From the American Antiquarian Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26611
Rosie: A Legend on the Home Front
Transcript of a round table talk with the author of the book "Our Mothers' War" and two women "home front" veterans of World War II: one a tack welder on PT boats at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and the other an African American clerk for the segregated boilermakers' union serving the San Francisco Bay Area's Kaiser shipyards. Accompanied by a slide show. From the fall 2007 issue of Common Ground, a National Park Service publication.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27495
President Barack Obama in His Own Words
This online book "includes the complete text of the 44th President's Inaugural Address. Also featured are extended excerpts from eight other significant campaign and pre-presidential speeches." Daily highlights (on Twitter) are available for this publication. From America.gov, a website of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27903
Global Library of Women's Medicine (GLOWM)
This site aims to be "a comprehensive reference to current clinical practice for clinicians and other medical professionals -- constantly updated, fully referenced and peer reviewed." Includes hundreds of specialist chapters, covering topics such as gynecology, obstetrics, fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, infertility, contraception, and safer motherhood. Some material only available to professionals. This site is "made available free by the publishers as a service to women's health and in loving memory of their daughter."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27403
Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian
This exhibit provides a look at chef Julia Child's kitchen, which was donated to the Smithsonian Institution. Features an interactive view of the kitchen (zoom in to learn about appliances and other items), images of selected items in the collection, sample stories from Julia Child (some with audio), and related items about the chef and the exhibit. From the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27388
NAACP 100 Years 100 Films, 1909-2009
"The Purpose of the NAACP Top 100 Films of the Century (1909-2009) is to identify the top 100 multicultural film projects that have had the greatest influence on people of color, primarily African Americans, and American popular culture." Browse films using the scrolling timeline and then slide the rating bar for each film. Requires free registration to rate films. From the NAACP.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27189
Anne Sullivan Macy: Miracle Worker
This exhibit honors Anne Sullivan Macy (1866-1936), who was "a pioneer in the field of education. Her work with Helen Keller became the blueprint for education of children who were blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired that still continues today." A detailed biography of her life is accompanied by photos and images of documents, a chronology, and recommended reading. From the American Foundation for the Blind.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27490
George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers
This collection "offers a rare glimpse into the life of [Amelia Earhart,] America's premier woman aviator. ... [who, in] 1928 ... was the first woman to across the Atlantic." It "includes more than 3,500 scans of photographs, maps, and documents relating to Earhart." Also provides a finding aid, biography of Earhart, a timeline, images of Earhart's medals in the collection, and links to related sites. From Purdue University Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27496
Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science
Companion website to an exhibition that "charts the artistic and scientific explorations of German artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) and her daughters Johanna Helena and Dorothea Maria [who] raised the artistic standards of natural history illustration and helped transform the field of entomology, the study of insects." Features a slideshow with commentary, images, an essay, and bug coloring pages. From the Getty Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26434
"Starting in March 2007, daylight time ... will begin on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November." Includes a brief history of daylight-saving time in the U.S. From the U.S. Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications Department.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19423
Traffic Volume Trends
Traffic Volume Trends (TVT) is "a monthly report based on hourly traffic count data reported by the States. These data are collected at approximately 4,000 continuous traffic counting locations nationwide and are used to estimate the percent change in traffic for the current month compared with the same month in the previous year." TVT archive goes back to 1992; additional vehicle-miles of travel (VMT) data back to 1970. From the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27838
Delia Locke Diaries
Collection of digitized diaries of Delia (Hammond) Locke, part of a larger collection "of materials on the [Locke] family and Lockeford, California, the town they founded in the 1850s." The collection includes Locke's diaries from 1855 to 1879, which "provide a remarkable documentation of life in rural northern California in the 19th century." From the Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27914
Birds, Bees and Blooms
"Presented here is a selection of some of the wonderful natural history books now in the care of Glasgow University Library's Special Collections." Features images from John James Audubon's "Birds of America," Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species" Robert Hooke's "Micrographia," and others. Includes a selected bibliography. From the Special Collections Department, Library, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27485
When Roses Bloomed in Winter: Women Graduates of Cleveland Medical College, 1852-56
Based on a Ph.D. thesis, this exhibit provides an illustrated narrative about women who graduated from Cleveland Medical College in the 1850s. Women "were banned because of the supposed frailty of their gender from attending the medical schools established in this country after the 1770s. ... Another path followed by women who desired to become doctors was to attend a separate school for women." From Dittrick Medical History Center, Case Western Reserve University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27537
Women of Science at the MBL
Profiles of women who studied at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in its early days. "Founded in 1888, [MBL] was unusual for its time in that it encouraged the enrollment of women students of science on an equal basis with men." Some of the featured women include authors Rachel Carson and Gertrude Stein, Barbara McClintock (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1983), and embryologist and neuroscientist Julia Barlow Platt. From MBL.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27483
Yale Environment 360
This online publication provides reports, opinion, analysis, interviews, and other material about the environment. Browse by world regions or by topics such as biodiversity, climate, energy, forests, and water. Also includes an environmental news digest. A publication of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27606
Reading Tea Leaves
Introduction to the art of reading tea leaves to tell fortunes. Includes description of the ritual ("Put a pinch of tealeaves in the cup and pour boiling water over them. ... Drink the contents of the cup leaving tealeaves and a very small amount of liquid." Then swirl the contents of the cup.), and how fortunes are told based on the shape and location of leaves. From the Tea Association of the USA.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23479
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder