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Primary Sources: Women’s Magazine Archive

Covers rom women's magazines A recent acquisition is Proquest’s Women’s Magazine Archive, a searchable archive of women’s interest magazines, dating from the 19th century. It provides access to the complete archives (with some exceptions) of Good Housekeeping (1885-2005), Ladies’ Home Journal (1885-2005), and Woman’s Day (1937-2005). Other titles include:

Better Homes and Gardens 1925-1978
Chatelaine 1928-2005
Cosmopolitan 1965-1993
Essence 1970-2000
Parents 1949-2005
Redbook 1903-2005
Seventeen 1970-2005
Women’s International Network News 1975-1985

Additional content will be added by September 2017.

Primary Sources: East India Company Archives

Secretary's Office, East India HouseThe Library has acquired from Adam Matthew Digital their collection of East India Company records, which will be published in three modules. The module available now, “Trade, Government and Empire, 1600-1947” includes 932 volumes of the British Government’s India Office Records (IOR):

IOR/A: The East India Company’s charters, statutes and treaties
IOR/B: The minutes of the meetings of the Courts of Directors and Proprietors
IOR/C: The minutes and memoranda of the Council of India
IOR/D: The minutes and memoranda of the general committees and offices of the East India Company
IOR/Z: Indexes to selected documents in classes B and D

These records include minutes of council meetings, memoranda and papers laid before the councils, council resolutions, charters, text of legislation, correspondence, personnel lists, and printed monographs. The Nature and Scope section of the resource provides more details.

Primary Sources: Italian Reformation Online

logo for collectionA collection of over 140 texts from the Italian Reformation, housed at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, has been digitized and made available in the resource Italian Reformation Online.  Offers PDFs of main texts of the Italian Reformation. Users may search by keyword, author, title, year of publication, or place of publication. Most of the texts are in Italian or Latin.

This resource has been added to the European History and Medieval History subject guides.

Primary Sources: Food Studies Online

Image depicting victory gardens in CaliforniaFood Studies Online brings together archival content, visual ephemera, monographs, and videos that explore the important role of food and food systems. Key primary source collections are:

National Archives – Records related to the school lunch program 1940-1973 – Government documents related to the US school lunch program in the mid-20th century, including recipes used in school cafeterias, pamphlets about ending hunger in schools, and educational pamphlets on how to create healthful school lunches. Also includes factbooks with statistics of the national school lunch program in the 1950s.

National Archives – WWII Food Campaign Files, 1941-1948 – Documents, pamphlets and posters from the government’s food campaigns during WWII, including the rationing campaign “No Point-Low Point,” Food Fight for Freedom Campaign, Fat Salvage Campaign and Victory Garden Campaign. Full color posters show how campaigns were advertised. Includes packets of instructional materials for housewives who want to hold their own cottage meetings on conserving food during the war.

Food Ephemera Collection – Over 5,000 pages of ephemeral materials from the turn of the century through the 1960s. The collection is made up of educational pamphlets from food production companies as well as food labels, food advertisements, and recipe books. Brands include Jello, Quaker Oats, Libby, Kellogg, and more. These materials give insight into history of food and gender roles, foodways, food trends, food geography, and food and race.

Primary Sources: Cuban Culture and Cultural Relations, 1959-

image from newspaperAnother recent acquisition is Cuban Culture and Cultural Relations, 1959-, an online resource of more than 45,000 documents from the Casa de las Américas in Havana. This cultural institution, founded three months after the Cuban Revolution, has hosted writers and artists from Latin America and the Caribbean and the collection is a digitized version of its files on the activities of the institution in Cuba and beyond.

This resource has been added to the Latin American History Guide.

Primary Sources: Latin American Anarchist and Labour Periodicals (c. 1880-1940) Online

page of newspaper The Library has recently acquired Latin American Anarchist and Labour Periodicals (c. 1880-1940) Online, a collection of 971 titles held at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam. As described on the website, the “collection contains numerous rare, and in many cases unique, titles. It consists of periodicals accumulated by the Austrian anarchist, historian and collector Max Nettlau (1865-1944), together with a number of later additions. Included, among many others, are the Argentine periodicals La Protesta, La Vanguardia and Acción Obrera; the Brazilian O Exempio, Jornal do Povo and Battaglia; the Chilean Voz del Mar; and the Mexican Ariete, Redención Obrera, Revolución Social and El Sindicalista.”

This resource has been added to the Latin American History guide.

Resource: Brill’s Medieval Reference Library Online

List of 4 online resourcesThe Library has recently acquired Brill’s Medieval Reference Library Online. This includes:

Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, an English translation of the second edition (2013) of the well-known German-language Enzyklopädie des Mittelalters, published by Primus Verlag / Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.

Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, a unique work bringing together the latest research from across many disciplines that contribute to our knowledge of medieval dress and textiles.

Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, an interdisciplinary reference work, giving wide coverage of the role of travel in medieval religious life.

Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, a resource offering the latest research in chronicle studies from a variety of disciplines and scholarly traditions

Resource: International African Bibliography Online

cover imageThe Library has recently acquired the International African Bibliography Online, a “leading specialist bibliography of African Studies,” published by De Gruyter, in cooperation with the Center for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa. It contains over 140,000 entries that were published in the print edition, published in the years 1971 to 2016, and will be updated four times a year, with approximately 4,000 entries each year.

The resource is searchable by author, editor, title, publication year, ISSN/ISBN, keyword, full text and categories like regions and countries.

Workshops: Digital Publishing

flyer imageWhether you are looking to create a companion website for your book or a full-scale digital project, this workshop series is designed to get you up and running with the user-friendly, open source web publishing platforms Scalar, WordPress, Omeka and Drupal.

  • All platforms are easily managed right through your web browser.
  • No programming or coding knowledge is required.
  • Options for hosting will be covered.
  • Technology workshops will be hands-on; bring a laptop if you can.

This series is designed for faculty, graduate students, and staff in the Humanities and Social Sciences and is open to any member of the UC Berkeley community. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

WordPress for Easy and Attractive Websites
Thursday, April 20, 4-5pm
Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the basics of creating a WordPress site, a web-based platform good for blogs, scholarly portfolios, and websites. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to post content, embed images and video, customize themes and appearance, and work with plugins.

Omeka for Digital Collections and Exhibits
Wednesday, April 26, 1-2pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

Omeka is ideal for creating and displaying an online collection or exhibit composed of many digital items. If you have a bunch of digital images, scans, and files around a certain theme or project, and you would like to organize, describe, and showcase these files, Omeka may be a good fit for you. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to add and describe items in Omeka, the basics of the Dublin Core metadata schema, and how to create webpages with the Simple Pages plugin.

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects
Thursday, April 27, 11-12noon
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related digital scholarship questions will make you more confident in your publication. We will also provide an overview of your intellectual property rights as a creator and ways to license your own work.

Designing in Drupal
Friday, April 28, 11-12noon
Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

Drupal is a powerful open source content management system that provides a flexible platform for developing web-based digital research projects. This workshop will cover the basics of how Drupal works, how you can create templates for storing your research materials, and how you can organize, display, and analyze those materials. Drupal is a good choice for many kinds of projects, including websites and projects underpinned by a database.

Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects
Tuesday, May 2, 5-6pm
Berkeley Center for New Media Commons, 340 Moffitt

Developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Scalar is a web platform designed especially for multimedia digital projects and for multimedia academic texts. Like WordPress, it is easy to create content, but it is distinguished by multiple ways of navigating through a project, annotation and metadata features, and image and video options. Choose it to develop born digital projects and books, or as a companion site for traditional scholarship. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to create a Scalar project, create pages and media, add metadata and annotations, and define paths.

Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Event- Maps and More: Sugar and Sand: Tracing Cuba’s Shifting Export Economy in Maps

with guest curators Liz Vasile (Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging) and Chris Lesser (Geography)
Friday, April 14, 2017
11 am – 12 pm
Earth Sciences & Map Library
50 McCone Hall
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