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Trial: Newspapers and Associated Press collections

cover of magazine ap worldUntil October 20, 2017, the Library has trial access to the following resources:
Associated Press Collections including,
Associated Press: European Bureaus Collection
Associated Press: Middle Eastern Bureaus Collection
Associated Press: News Features & Internal Communications
Associated Press: US City Bureaus Collection
Associated Press: Washington Bureau II Collection
Associated Press: Washington/D.C. Bureau Collection

Daily Mail Historical Archive
International Herald Tribune
The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000

Your feedback on the usefulness of these is greatly appreciated.

Primary Sources: KKK Newspapers

snippet of article "principles of the Klan are right"KKK Newspapers: Hate in America: The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s is a growing collection of digitized newspapers published by Ku Klux Klan organizations, publishers sympathetic to the KKK, and also some anti-Klan organizations. This resource was developed by Reveal Digital as part of their goal to “document a range of viewpoints that chronicle the historical record of 20th century America.”  Their first project, Independent Voices, provides access to alternative press newpapers, magazines, and journals from the latter half of the 20th century.

Access to the first 18 titles in the collection is available to funding libraries, including the UC Berkeley Library. When the project is complete, it will be available to everyone.

The KKK newspapers project was recently featured in Slate, in a feature titled “Guess Whether These Headlines Came from Breitbart or 1920s KKK Newspapers.”

Trial: Arte Publico Hispanic Historical Collection

image from database The Library has a trial of EBSCOhost’s Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection series 1 and 2, lasting through February 28, 2018.

The Series 1 database includes articles and historical books about 17th to 20th century Latino-Hispanic history, literature, and culture, as well as primary sources such as pamphlets and broadsides. 80% of the materials are in Spanish, but are fully indexed in both Spanish and English. Click here to explore the collection, which includes handwritten as well as printed resources.

The Series 2 focuses in more detail on Hispanic civil rights, religious movements, and Latina authors over the past 100 years in North America. Coverage includes 100 digitized newspapers, 300 manuscript collections/papers, and rare books, again indexed in both English and Spanish. Click here to explore this collection,

The collections include full-text which can be searched, page through, and downloaded as a PDF.

Please contact me at dorner@berkeley.edu with your feedback.

Trial: Colonial America, with handwritten text recognition

Adam Matthew Digital (AMD) has completed three of five modules of Colonial America, an online resource that will include all 1,450 volumes of the CO 5 series from The National Archives, UK, covering the period 1606 to 1822. The Library currently has trial access to the three modules until October 16, 2017.

It is with Colonial America that AMD is also implementing an artificial intelligence technology that allows for full text searching of handwritten documents. The default search will search both metadata applied to documents and their text. When results are found in the text, they are displayed as snippets.

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Clicking on a hit will take you to the page where the word appears.

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This search function is ground-breaking, but not 100% accurate. I’ve searched for words that exist in a document and have retrieved no results. I have also searched for words that were written sloppily or with a long s and have retrieved results.

I am interested in your feedback on both the value of the database and your successes (or failures) with full-text searches. Email me at dorner@berkeley.edu.

(Please note that PDF downloads are not available during the trial.)

Primary Sources: Brazilian Government Documents digitized by CRL

image of sealThis is the first of a series of posts featuring digitized collections available through the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

In 2000, CRL, working with the Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, completed digitizing over 670,000 Brazilian government documents selected because of their scarcity, importance, and volume. It is not possible to search these collections; access points are described below.

Provincial Presidential Reports (1830–1930)

These state-level messages, issued annually, summarize activities within each province. Access is by province and year, while subject access to selected quantitative information is provided through the Subject Guide to Statistics in the Presidential Reports of the Brazilian Provinces, 1830–89 compiled by Ann Hartness.

Presidential Messages (1889–93)

The President’s annual message has summarized executive branch activities since Brazil became a republic in 1889. These documents are accessible by year and, where available, by the message’s table of contents.

Almanak Laemmert (1844–89)

The Almanak, published annually, reported on the Brazilian Royal Court. It listed officials of the Court and its Ministries. Also included were sections on provincial officials for Rio de Janeiro and a supplement including a variety of information such as legislation, census data, and commerical advertising.

Ministerial Reports (1821–1960)

Each federal ministry issues an annual report that recounts its activities. Access is by ministry, year, and table of contents (where available).

 

Primary Sources: Meet the Press

panel of commentators Explore over 1500 hours of streaming media footage from Meet the Press, from its premiere in 1947 to 2013. Search the collection or browse by timeline, subject, people, places discussed, historical events, or organizations.

Transcriptions accompany the episodes and close-captioning is available. Links and embed codes allow you to easily include content within bCourses and a clipping feature is available if you create a (free) account on the site.

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Exhibit: Bancroft’s New Favorites

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Next week will be the last full week of the Bancroft’s New Favorites Gallery Exhibit, which closes on 1 September.

The gallery is open from 10am-4pmMonday through Friday, excluding holidays.

For the first time in many years The Bancroft Library presents an exhibition of recent additions to its major collections. The exhibition also includes recently rediscovered masterpieces carefully collected in years past. Gold-Rush-era memoirs and advertisements, early editions of William Langland and Jane Austen, “branded” books from 18th c. Mexico, and David Johnson’s photographs of the African American community in San Francisco after World War II are but a few of the items featured. The exhibition showcases the Bancroft curators and their distinctive collecting practices, which expand the remarkable vision of library founder Hubert Howe Bancroft—documenting California as it was happening and building a library for the American West that would rival its older European antecedents.

Trial: Foreign Office Files for Japan, 1919-1952

map of railway Until September 29th the Library has a trial of Foreign Office Files for Japan, 1919-1952, which is sourced from Foreign Office Files from the UK National Archives.  Only the first module, Japan, 1931-1945: Japanese Imperialism and the War in the Pacific has been released at this point.

As described at the site, “these papers throw light on Anglo-Japanese ties in a time of shifting alliances. Documenting Japan’s journey to modernity, the files discuss a period in which the country took on an increasingly bold imperialist agenda. Strong relations following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles were tested then ultimately destroyed, and by December 1941, Japan and the United Kingdom were on opposing sides of the Second World War.

“These Foreign Office files cover British concerns over colonial-held territory in the Far East, as well as Japanese relations with China, Russia, Germany and the United States. Following surrender at the end of the Second World War, Japan was occupied by foreign forces for the first time in its history. The occupation resulted in disarmament, liberalisation and a new constitution as the country was transformed into a parliamentary democracy. Japan emerged once again as a player on the world stage.

“Consisting of diplomatic dispatches, correspondence, maps, summaries of events and diverse other material, this collection from the rich FO 371 and FO 262 series unites formerly restricted Japan-centric documents, and is enhanced by the addition of a selection of FO 371 Western and American Department and Far Eastern sub papers.”

More detail about the scope of the collection can be found at http://www.archivesdirect.amdigital.co.uk/FO_Japan/Introduction#NatureAndScope

As always, your feedback will influence the Library’s decision to purchase this resource (if funds are available). Please email me at dorner@berkeley.edu with your comments.

Workshops: Learn Citation Management Tools

Logos for citation management toolsOver the course of the past decade a number of free software tools and apps—including Mendeley, Zotero, and RefWorks—have cropped up to help you to create, format and manage your citations. The Library has arranged this series of Fall 2017 drop-in workshops to help you get started (or dig deeper) with the citation management software of your choice:

Writing and Citing Tools: What are your options?

Citation Management: Best Practices

  • September 7, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

LaTeX: Creating Tables, Figures, and Bibliographies

  • September 7, 4-5pm, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room

Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

  • September 12, 4-5pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

EndNote: Basics to Advanced

  • September 13, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

Refworks: Citation Management with Google Docs

  • October 4, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)

Introduction to Zotero 5.0

  • October 10, 4:30-5:30pm, Moffitt Library Room 405

Advanced Zotero 5.0

  • October 17, 4:30-5:30pm, Moffitt Library Room 405

For more help managing your citations check out these library guides:

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.

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