Collections in LUNA

Cartography Associates

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection focuses on 16th through 21st century maps of North and and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, globes, school geographies, maritime charts, and a variety of separate maps including pocket, wall, children's and manuscript maps. The online selection is an expanding cross section of images designed to highlight the depth and breadth of the collection. The digital images and associated descriptive data are copyright Cartography Associates.

The AMICA Library

The AMICA Library contains over 108,000 works of art from the collections of contributing museums worldwide. Cultures and time periods range from contemporary art, Native American and Inuit art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, along with Japanese and Chinese works. Types of works include paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs, as well as textiles, costumes, jewelry, decorative art, and books and manuscripts.

The Farber Gravestone Collection

The Farber Gravestone Collection is an unusual resource documenting the sculpture on over 9,000 gravestones most of which were made prior to 1800. The late Daniel Farber of Worcester, Massachusetts, and his wife, Jessie Lie Farber, were responsible for the largest portion of the collection. Others whose work is incorporated into the collection include Harriette Merrifield Forbes, who worked in the 1920s mainly in Massachusetts, and Dr. Ernest Caulfield, who documented Connecticut grave markers. These early stones are both a significant form of artistic creation and precious records of biographical information, now subject to vandalism and to deterioration from the environment. The data accompanying the photographs include the name and death date of the deceased, the location of the stone, and information concerning the stone material, the iconography, the inscription, and (when known) the carver. Some carvers whose work is known but who have not been identified by name are entered by stylistic groupings, rather than by name. Carver attribution is a young and healthy area of research in a constant state of flux. The American Antiquarian Society would like to acknowledge the assistance of Daniel and Jessie Lie Farber, Henry Lie, Dr. Ernest Caulfield, Laurel Gabel, and David Rumsey, all of whom worked to make this project a reality.

Japan Historical Maps

The Japanese Historical Maps Collection of the East Asian Library contains about 2,300 early maps of Japan and the World. Represented in this online collection are a selection of maps and books from the collection. The maps were selected by Yuki Ishimatsu, Head of Japanese Collections at the East Asian Library, and scanned and put online by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates. The project was initiated by Peter Zhou, Director of the East Asian Library. Funding and project management was provided by the East Asian Library and David Rumsey. When the University of California at Berkeley purchased the Mitsui Library from the Mitsui family in 1949, included among the 100,000 items was a collection of 2,298 maps which had been assembled by Mitsui Takakata (penname: Soken) (1882-1950), the 9th head of the Shinmachi branch of the family. The most unusual part of the collection is the 697 woodblock-print maps (and a few dozen manuscript maps) dating from the Tokugawa period (1600-1867). Esp

National Palace Museum

The curators of the National Palace Museum in Taipei have carefully selected thousands of works from their permanent collection to be included in a new digitized collection. The scope of these works spans seven millennia of Chinese history and pre-history. Works include rare books, ceramics, paintings, bronzes, jewelry, studio accessories, costumes, and more.

ADB: Mayor Abraham D Beame

Mayor Abraham D. Beame (1974-1977), 104th Mayor of the City of New York. Photographs from his official files. 1,583 images in collection; 41 in gallery (gallery under construction). Abraham D. Beame served as mayor from 1974 through 1977. Mayor Beame did not employ a staff photographer to document his daily activities in the way that later mayors did, but city photographers from other departments were drafted for that purpose on occasion. The Beame photograph collection includes images of the mayor, his family and staff. Many of the photographs in the collection had been sent to the mayor as souvenirs of his attendance at an event.

Almshouse Ledger Collection

The records of the Almshouse Ledger Collection represent the activities of the institutions under the purview of various city departments on Blackwell’s Island. Records in this collection date from 1758 to 1952, with the bulk of the records falling between 1832 and 1925. This collection represents a comprehensive, yet incomplete collection of materials produced by each department overseeing the Almshouses and their related entities. These records document the social service, cultural, medical and corrections histories of New York City. This collection was processed by the Municipal Archives in 2016 under a grant funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

ART: Design Commission

Established in 1898 as the Art Commission, New York City's design review agency was renamed the Design Commission in July 2008 to better reflect its mission. The Design Commission reviews permanent works of art, architecture and landscape architecture proposed on or over City-owned property. Projects include construction, renovation or restoration of buildings, such as museums and libraries; creation or rehabilitation of parks and playgrounds; installation of lighting and other streetscape elements; and design, installation and conservation of artwork. The Municipal Archives has a selection of images from the early years of the agency, for further research contact the NYC Design Commission.

Bodies in Transit registers

This collection consists of bound volumes recording the transportation of bodies in, out and through Manhattan during 1859-1894. These records were maintained by various iterations of New York City’s Health Department to prevent and track disease and death in the city.

BOE: Board of Education

Board of Education, 1900-1975. This collection consists of over 50,000 images documenting school buildings, staff, educational activities, and special events in the school system. The board's official photographers used many formats, including glass plates, lantern slides, and various types of film. Also included in the collection is a set of 19th-century engravings of school buildings.

Books and Manuscripts

Bound books and other archival documents from the Municipal Archives' collections. Some items in this collection are text searchable.

BPB: Borough President Brooklyn

Borough President Brooklyn, 1918-1970. 11,500 images in collection; 390 in gallery. The Office of the Borough President was created in 1898 to compensate the formerly independent communities in the four counties of New York, Kings, Queens and Richmond, for the loss of governmental power to the consolidated Greater City of New York. They operated as "local mayors," with substantial control over construction and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, highways, sewers and public buildings. In the Brooklyn series, construction of the Coney Island Boardwalk ca. 1919, and images of the December 1960 United Airlines crash in Brooklyn Heights are of particular interest. Accession #79-001, 1918-1934, approximately 6,100 8" x 10" gelatin-silver prints, mostly taken by photographer Edward E. Rutter. Accession #03-017, 1940-1970, 5,401 4" x 5" acetate negatives, and 47 prints.

BPM: Borough President Manhattan

Borough President Manhattan, 1900-1950s. 16,000 images in collection. The Office of the Borough President was created in 1898 to compensate the formerly independent communities in the four counties of New York, Kings, Queens and Richmond for the loss of governmental power to the consolidated Greater City of New York. They operated as "local mayors," with substantial control over construction and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, highways, sewers and public buildings. The Manhattan photographs document construction of the West Side (Express) elevated highway, East River Drive, Riverside Drive extension in Upper Manhattan, Sixth Avenue extension, removal of the elevated trains, street-widenings and sidewalk improvements. These large-format photographs provide detailed street scenes showing shopfronts, pedestrians, automobiles, private homes, billboards, gas stations, etc. Approximately 16,000 negatives and silver-gelatin prints, mostly taken by Savastano Studio.

BPQ: Borough President Queens

Borough President Queens, 1900-1950s. 15,000 images in collection. The Office of the Borough President was created in 1898 to compensate the formerly independent communities in the four counties of New York, Kings, Queens and Richmond for the loss of governmental power to the consolidated Greater City of New York. They operated as "local mayors," with substantial control over construction and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, highways, sewers and public buildings. The Queens series includes photographs of Rockaway and other beaches as well as an unusual collection of lantern slides depicting a Civil War Veterans' reunion, parades, Spanish-American War troops, and sample markings to identify World War II-era aircraft. Approximately 15,000 8" x 10" and 5" x 7" negatives, silver-gelatin prints and lantern slides.

BPS: Bridges/Plant & Structures

Bridges/Plant & Structures, 1901-1939. 20,000 images in collection. With consolidation of the Greater City of New York in 1898, all bridges over waterways were placed under jurisdiction of the newly-formed Department of Bridges. In 1916, Bridges merged with Public Works and became the Department of Plant & Structures with responsibility for streetcar lines, ferryboats, sewers, waste disposal facilities, homeless shelters, and bridges. The photographs are numbered in three series: General Series, Series III (Manhattan Bridge) and Series IV (Queensboro Bridge). The General Series includes construction of the Municipal Building, as well as images of ferry boats, trackless trolleys, buses, street scenes, construction laborers, office workers, and panoramas. From 1906 to 1934, the Department employed a single photographer, Eugene de Salignac. 12,500 8" x 10" gelatin-silver and cyanotype prints and 20,000 8" x 10" glass plate and acetate negatives in collection.

DCP: Department of City Planning

Photographs and graphics created by City Planning showing a changing New York. Highlighted here are excellent 35mm color slides that mostly relate to loft law regulations and how they affected neighborhoods such as SoHo and Tribeca.

DEG: DeGregario Collection

DeGregario Lantern Slide Collection, 1880-1899. 55 images in collection; 55 in gallery This unique series of glass lantern slides all date from the late nineteenth-century and depict eclectic subject matter including Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, High Bridge, Statue of Liberty, the Post Office formerly located in City Hall Park, and Grant's Tomb. There are Manhattan street scenes, tenements and children. The collection probably originated with the New York Camera Club; all known photographers were members of the club and W. T. Colborn was a founder. It was acquired through a private donation from Mr. & Mrs. Felice DeGregario.

DEP: Board of Water Supply

DEP Board of Water Supply, 1890s-1920s. 331 images in collection; 331 in gallery. Transferred from the Museum of the City of New York in 1988; their accession report indicates the negatives had been found in the Jerome Pipe Yard Pumping Station at 3201 Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. Accession #88-40 Lantern slides accessioned from the Department of Environmental Protection; images of the water supply system. Accession #85-36, 148 8"x10" glass plate negatives; Accession #88-32, 77- 8"x10" and 4- 4"x5" glass plate negatives and 2 silver-gelatin prints; Accession #88-40, 108 glass lantern slides. Accession #85-36 photographs depicting reservoirs originating from the Board of Water Supply. Accession #88-3 photographs of construction of the second Croton Aqueduct.

DND: Mayor David N Dinkins

Mayor David N. Dinkins Photograph Collection, 1990-1993. Approximately 65,000 images in collection. David N. Dinkins served as mayor from 1990 through 1993. The Mayor Dinkins photograph collection provides a very comprehensive visual record of the mayor and his daily activities. Staff photographers from the Press Office documented all of his public events in City Hall, Gracie Mansion, and his excursions throughout the City. The images are 35mm black and white and color negatives, contact sheets and prints. The photographers generally shot multiple images at each event; they sleeved the negatives and produced a contact sheet. They printed selected images for the Mayor to distribute with his signature. There are numerous pictures of the ticker-tape parades and City Hall receptions for South African leader Nelson Mandela and the soldiers returning from the Persian Gulf War.

DOF: Bronx 1980s Tax Photos

Department of Finance 1980s Bronx. 85,345 images in gallery. By the early 1980s, the Department of Finance determined that the 1939/40 photographs were too out-dated for property tax appraisal purposes. From 1983 to 1988, using 35mm cameras, they photographed every property in the five boroughs, including vacant lots and tax-exempt buildings. They used color film stock producing over 800,000 photographs in both print and negative formats. Taking advantage of then-new technology ca. 1989, they recorded each print as a single frame on Laser Video Disks (LVDs), using analog video capture. The Archives extracted low-resolution tiffs of each frame from the LVDs for viewing in the gallery. High-resolution scans or prints can be ordered from the original negatives. Contact the Archives if there is not a picture in the gallery of a building that is known to have existed in the 1980s.

DOF: Brooklyn 1980s Tax Photos

Department of Finance 1980s Brooklyn. 262,624 images in gallery. By the early 1980s, the Department of Finance determined that the 1939/40 photographs were too out-dated for property tax appraisal purposes. From 1983 to 1988, using 35mm cameras, they photographed every property in the five boroughs, including vacant lots and tax-exempt buildings. They used color film stock producing over 800,000 photographs in both print and negative formats. Taking advantage of then-new technology ca. 1989, they recorded each print as a single frame on Laser Video Disks (LVDs), using analog video capture. The Archives extracted low-resolution tiffs of each frame from the LVDs for viewing in the gallery. High-resolution scans or prints can be ordered from the original negatives. Contact the Archives if there is not a picture in the gallery of a building that is known to have existed in the 1980s.

DOF: Manhattan 1980s Tax Photos

Department of Finance 1980s Manhattan. 70,027 images in gallery. By the early 1980s, the Department of Finance determined that the 1939/40 photographs were too out-dated for property tax appraisal purposes. From 1983 to 1988, using 35mm cameras, they photographed every property in the five boroughs, including vacant lots and tax-exempt buildings. They used color film stock producing over 800,000 photographs in both print and negative formats. Taking advantage of then-new technology ca. 1989, they recorded each print as a single frame on Laser Video Disks (LVDs), using analog video capture. The Archives extracted low-resolution tiffs of each frame from the LVDs for viewing in the gallery. High-resolution scans or prints can be ordered from the original negatives. Contact the Archives if there is not a picture in the gallery of a building that is known to have existed in the 1980s.

DOF: Queens 1980s Tax Photos

Department of Finance 1980s Queens. 313,606 images in gallery. By the early 1980s, the Department of Finance determined that the 1939/40 photographs were too out-dated for property tax appraisal purposes. From 1983 to 1988, using 35mm cameras, they photographed every property in the five boroughs, including vacant lots and tax-exempt buildings. They used color film stock producing over 800,000 photographs in both print and negative formats. Taking advantage of then-new technology ca. 1989, they recorded each print as a single frame on Laser Video Disks (LVDs), using analog video capture. The Archives extracted low-resolution tiffs of each frame from the LVDs for viewing in the gallery. High-resolution scans or prints can be ordered from the original negatives. Contact the Archives if there is not a picture in the gallery of a building that is known to have existed in the 1980s.

DOF: Staten Island 1980s Tax Photos

Department of Finance 1980s Staten Island. 110,671 images in gallery. By the early 1980s, the Department of Finance determined that the 1939/40 photographs were too out-dated for property tax appraisal purposes. From 1983 to 1988, using 35mm cameras, they photographed every property in the five boroughs, including vacant lots and tax-exempt buildings. They used color film stock producing over 800,000 photographs in both print and negative formats. Taking advantage of then-new technology ca. 1989, they recorded each print as a single frame on Laser Video Disks (LVDs), using analog video capture. The Archives extracted low-resolution tiffs of each frame from the LVDs for viewing in the gallery. High-resolution scans or prints can be ordered from the original negatives. Contact the Archives if there is not a picture in the gallery of a building that is known to have existed in the 1980s.

DOS: Sanitation & Street Cleaning

Collection contains images from the Department of Sanitation, total collection 30,000 acetate (4x5), & some 8x10 glass & acetate negatives and 280 glass (5x7), and 360 lantern slides from its precursur agency the Department of Street Cleaning. The Department of Sanitation is also responsible for tickertape parades in the City, which are well documented. All the 8x10 glass plates in this collection were taken by Eugene de Salignac and have his original negative numbers etched in them.

DPC: Public Charities & Hospitals

Department of Public Charities/Hospitals, ca. 1890 to 1960. 2,800 images in collection. The collection comprises well-composed pictures of buildings, patients, and staff in hospitals and health-related facilities throughout the city. It includes images of buildings and "inmates" in various institutions on Blackwell's Island (Welfare Island), also known as the Almshouse; and a good series of ambulance photos.

DPR: Parks & Recreation

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, Drawings & Photographs The drawings collection includes design, presentation, and working drawings; plans, elevations, perspectives and full-scale details made for presentation, approval and construction of City parks between 1850 and 1934. More than 1,800 items in the collection pertain to Central Park, depicting every aspect of the park including Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace and Mall, bridges, buildings and structures, as well as maps and plans of the drainage and water supply systems, entrances and gates. The collection also includes the original drawings of Riverside Park, the Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It contains the only extant pre-1934 drawings relating to City Hall Park and Gracie Mansion, as well as drawings by McKim, Mead and White for the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park, and the New York Public Library facade drawings by Thomas Hastings of Carrère and Hastings.

DPW: Department of Public Works

Department of Public Works, 1939-1973. 20,000 images in collection; 728 in gallery. Established in 1939, the Department of Public Works assumed the functions of the former Department of Plant & Structures and took over the responsibility for the maintenance of public buildings from the borough presidents. The images are similar to the Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures series; public buildings and vehicles are well-represented in the collection. The 64 Kodachrome transparencies dating between 1939 and 1940 are some of the earliest color images in the Archives. They document all the major bridges and public buildings overseen by the DPW. Approximately 20,000 8" x 10" gelatin-silver prints and acetate negatives of varying sizes. 600 glass lantern slides and 64 -35mm color transparencies.

EIK: Mayor Edward I Koch

Mayor Edward I. Koch (1978-1989), 105th Mayor of the City of New York. Approximately 190,000 images in collection; 1,080 in gallery. The Mayor Koch photograph collection provides a very comprehensive visual record of the mayor and his daily activities. Staff photographers from the Press Office documented all his public events in City Hall, Gracie Mansion, his excursions throughout the City, and his trips abroad. The images are 35mm black and white and color negatives, contact sheets, and prints. The photographers generally shot multiple images at each event; they sleeved the negatives and produced a contact sheet. They printed selected images for the Mayor to distribute with his signature. There are numerous photographs of Mayor Koch greeting visiting dignitaries and celebrities.

FDNY: Fire Department New York

Fire Department New York, 1900-1960 763 images in gallery. This series had been discovered in the Fire Department's Forensic Unit office in the mid-1980s. It consists of 763 black and white photographs, the bulk in the form of negatives on glass and film supports as well as prints and glass lantern slides. Most of the images are of Fire Department activities and personnel.

FHL: Mayor Fiorello H LaGuardia

Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia (1934-1945), 99th Mayor of the City of New York. 2,574 images. Fiorello H. LaGuardia served as Mayor from 1934 through 1945. LaGuardia did not employ a staff photographer; many of the images in the collection had been sent to the mayor as souvenirs of his attendance at an event. It is an eclectic collection and many photographs appear to have no relevance to the mayor or his administration. There are portraits of the mayor taken by commercial photographers.

JVL: Mayor John V Lindsay

Mayor John V. Lindsay (1966-1973), 103rd Mayor of the City of New York. 1,000 images in collection. John V. Lindsay served as Mayor from 1966 through 1973. Lindsay did not employ a staff photographer to document his daily activities in the way that later mayors did, but city photographers from other departments were drafted for that purpose on occasion. The Lindsay photograph collection includes images of the mayor, his family and staff. Many of the photographs in the collection had been sent to the mayor as souvenirs of his attendance at an event.

MAC: Municipal Archives Collection

The Municipal Archives Collection, 1880-1990s. Over 3,200 images in collection. The Municipal Archives collection is comprised of photographs from a variety of sources ? many were separated from manuscript collections or transferred from the Municipal Reference Library. They are arranged by subjects such as bridges, buildings, city departments, parks, people, street scenes, transportation and waterfront.

Maps and Atlases

The items in the gallery include "estate and farm" maps that illustrate how the 1811 grid plan sliced up the original farms and estates into lots suitable for development. The Waterfront Survey Maps provide a comprehensive record of waterfront development in New York City. Aerial photographic survey maps trace development over time. Atlases records detailed block and lot information.

MRC: Mayors Reception Committee

Mayors' Reception Committee-Returning Soldiers, 1918-1921. 167 images in collection; 167 in gallery. Separated from the correspondence files of the Mayor's Committee on Receptions to Distinguished Guests, the collection is mainly comprised of 8" x 10" gelatin-silver prints depicting soldiers returning from World War I. It includes photographs of parades, receptions for military leaders and pictures of vaudeville entertainers performing for wounded soldiers. Professional news agencies such as Underwood & Underwood, and International Newsreels supplied many of the photographs.

NYPD & Criminal Prosecution

New York Police Department Photographs, 1915-1940s. WARNING: THIS COLLECTION CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES OF HOMICIDE VICTIMS. In addition to crime-scene and law-enforcement photographs, this collection includes photographs from the departmental operations and emergency services units, dating from 1928 to 1941. The departmental photographs document activities unrelated to criminal investigations such as political organizations monitored by the "Alien Squad." The Emergency Services Unit photographs document mayhem including street car accidents, early airplane crashes, explosions, drowning victims, and the proverbial cat stuck in a tree. Crime-scene photographs depict homicide victims, police officers, vehicles, horses, dogs, evidence, police equipment, mug shots, and fingerprints. For the homicide pictures, the police used special tripods with the camera suspended above the victim. The collection also includes images accessioned from the New York and Brooklyn District Attorneys.

Ports & Terminals

Ports and Terminals, 1880-1970s. The photographs in this collection document the City's considerable investment in construction and maintenance of waterfront infrastructure to support the maritime activities that were the basis of its economy from the Dutch colonial era until the 1960s. They originated from the Department of Docks and its successor agencies?Docks and Ferries, Marine and Aviation, Ports and Trade, Ports and Terminals. The photographs illustrate the intense commercial activity along the city's waterfront and include ships of all types?from tugs to ocean liners. The collection includes several excellent color aerial shots. The collection comprises glass-plate and acetate negatives and gelatin-silver prints. All the 8" x10" glass plates in the collection were taken by the Bridges Department photographer Eugene de Salignac.

Prints Posters & Drawings

In addition to photographs, the Municipal Archives has superb examples of illustrative artwork, including the architectural drawings for the Brooklyn Bridge, political posters, and folk art. This gallery shows highlights from our collections. The Parks Department drawings can be found under the DPR collection.

RFW: Mayor Robert F Wagner

Mayor Robert F. Wagner (1954-1965), 102nd Mayor of the City of New York. 3,273 images in collection; 1,000 images in gallery. Robert F. Wagner served as mayor from 1954 through 1965. The Wagner photograph collection includes images of the mayor, his family and staff. Many of the photographs in the collection had been sent to the mayor as souvenirs of his attendance at an event. There are numerous photographs related to infrastructure construction?highways, housing, airports, etc.?that took place during his administration. It also includes a series of well-composed photographs of buildings selected as examples of their particular architectural styles, including the Pan Am Building, Lever House, the Museum of Modern Art, as well as area schools and churches.

RWG: Mayor Rudolph W Giuliani

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (1994-2001), 107th Mayor of the City of New York. 80,000 images in collection; 43 in gallery (gallery under construction). The Giuliani collection provides a very comprehensive visual record of the mayor and his daily activities. Staff photographers from the Press Office documented all his public events in City Hall, Gracie Mansion, and his excursions throughout the City. The images are 35mm black and white and color negatives, contact sheets, and prints. The photographers generally shot multiple images at each event; they sleeved the negatives and produced a contact sheet. They printed selected images for the mayor to distribute with his signature. There are numerous photographs taken of the ticker-tape parades and receptions for the New York Yankees and the Rangers.

VRI: Mayor Vincent R Impellitteri

Mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri (1950-1953), 101st Mayor of the City of New York. Photographs from his official files.

WNYC: Radio, Film & TV

WNYC Radio, Film & TV **Adobe Flash Player required to play clips.** Grover Whalen, Commissioner of the Department of Plant & Structures launched WNYC Radio in 1924. Through their original programming and recordings made at City Hall events and press conferences, WNYC Radio reporters, engineers and producers captured a wide range of important cultural and political personalities. The Archives collection of sound recordings comprises lacquer phono-discs and audio tapes from 1937 to 1970. In 1947, WNYC added a film unit to create training and educational films about the City, and in 1962, they obtained a television broadcast license. Dating from 1947 to 1996, the moving image portion of the WNYC collection includes mayoral press conferences, dignitaries visiting City Hall, and educational films about city government.

WOD: Mayor William O'Dwyer

Mayor William O'Dwyer (1946-1950), 100th Mayor of the City of New York. Approximately 2,000 images in collection; over 300 in gallery. William O'Dwyer served as mayor from 1946 to September 1950. The collection includes photographs of the mayor, his staff and family. Many of the photographs in the collection had been sent to the mayor as souvenirs of his attendance at an event.

WPA Federal Writers Project

WPA Federal Writers' Project, NYC Unit Photograph Collection, 1935-1943. 5,000 images; 1,279 in gallery. In 1943, when the WPA ceased operation, the Municipal Archives acquired the manuscript records of the NYC Unit of the Federal Writers' Project, including the photographs assembled to illustrate their publications; most notably the Guide to New York City and New York Panorama. The Writers' Project staff acquired the photographs from their colleagues on the Art Project, commercial sources, and their own staff photographers. The photographs are arranged by subject?aerial and panoramic views; bridges; buildings; industry and trade; parks; people; street scenes; transportation; waterfront; WPA activities. Caption information is generally the description originally recorded by Project staff. 5,000 gelatin-silver prints in various sizes; 1,200 negatives in various sizes

Georg Stahl Mural Collection

In the early 1970s, art historian Georg Stahl extensively researched and documented the Chicago Mural Movement. This material was used to teach a Mural Painting course at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with the late UChicago Professor Emeritus, Harold Hayden. In late 2014, Stahl graciously reached out to the Visual Resources Center and offered his material to help build our digital collections of Chicago Black Art. Over 600 slides, maps, and charts were digitized and now make up The Georg Stahl Mural Collection.

Middle East Photograph Archive

The Middle East Photograph Archive consists of about 400 photographs, most dating to the second half of the nineteenth century and produced by professional photographers. The images depict the monuments of the Middle East's medieval and ancient past as well as scenes of daily life in urban and rural locations.

Public Art Workshop Mural Archive

The collection contains images of murals and public projects of the Public Art Workshop, along with documentation of the workshop's activities and images of other murals created in Chicago from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

Robert Sengstacke Photography Archive

Images from the Sengstacke Archive are provided to the University of Chicago community for educational purposes and private study only. They may not be downloaded for use in electronic or print publications (including websites), exhibitions or broadcasts, without permission. More images are available at www.gettyimages.com. For further information, see www.sengstackeimages.com.

South Side Community Art Center

As the oldest African American Art Center in existence, the South Side Community Art Center takes pride in its past and present contributions to the development and showcasing of emerging and established artists. The mission of the SSCAC is to continue to establish the organization as a resource for the arts community locally and abroad.

The Renaissance Society Archive

Founded in 1915 at the University of Chicago to encourage a greater understanding of culture, The Renaissance Society set out to include Chicago in the artistic discoveries and movements of Europe in the early 20th Century. Throughout the 1920s and 30s, the Society presented works by such artists as Picasso, Mondrian, Noguchi, Miro, Moholy-Nagy, and Leger, often taken straight from the artist's studios.  In recent decades, the Society has introduced Chicago to the work of Louise Bourgeois, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Thomas Struth, Mike Kelley, and Kara Walker, among many others.  The Society's commitment to the art of the present moment makes its archive a document of the avant garde over the last 100 years.

The University of Chicago Map Collection

The University of Chicago Map Collection is one of the largest university map libraries in North America. Its 470,000 maps 10,000 air photos, 2000 books, and hundreds of gigabytes of spatial data constitute a rich source of information for scholars and other users.

Agriculture and Natural Resources - Beef and Animal Agriculture

Agriculture and Natural Resources - Child and Youth Development

Agriculture and Natural Resources - Crops and Rural Scenes

Agriculture and Natural Resources - Food, Nutrition, Health and Technology

Agriculture and Natural Resources - Lawn, Garden and Architecture

Agriculture and Natural Resources - Water, Climate and Environment

Animal Science Interviews

Arthropod Pests of Potato

Arthropod Pests of Sunflower Crops

Blue Heron Press Collection of Artists Books

Cuban Battlefields

Deon Bahr Architectural Image Collection

Educational Comics

Erwin H. Barbour, Papers, Museum Photograph Series

Foundation Seed Division

Gallery of the Open Frontier

Government Comics Collection

Harambee Flame

For years the leaders of the Harambee Afrikan Cultural Organization (“HACO”) knew that one of the keys to combatting—and perhaps reversing the damage of—imperialism and the racism, sexism, capitalist fundamentalism, and those aspects of American culture associated with it, was to grapple with the mass media. This included keen awareness, of course, of the need to liberate the mind when their bodies daily withstood the deprivations and indignities of Nebraska correctional system. Hence the birth of the Harambee newsletter, published by African-American men of HACO imprisoned in Tecumseh and Lincoln, Nebraska. Theirs was not a new battle, for the principal eighteenth and nineteenth-century genres of anti-slavery agitation—abolitionist newsletters, African-American-controlled newsletters like Freedom’s Journal, and fugitive slave autobiographies—were efforts to spread the word against the propaganda machinery of the industrial slavery complex and agrarian capitalism. The aim, of course, was multiplicitous: To enlighten those like Frederick Douglass who awoke to new possibilities and understanding of the depth of his own physical and mental imprisonment after his chance encounter with the Columbian Orator (a collection of essays used in American classrooms); to document the atrocities and shape public and elected officials’ opinions; and, to win over those nonpartisans who knew too little of how slavery fit into a larger cultural scheme of control that regulated and monopolized their own lives. Consequently, when the Harambee newsletter returned as the Harambee Flame, its editor stating, “It has been quite sometime since you’ve seen the Harambee newsletter” (sic), it was joining a long and distinguished tradition. Written by David Rice, the editor/publisher and former Omaha Black Panther Party co-leader who would soon change his name to Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa, the Flame entered a new phase even as it kept true to its original purpose. Rice, a poet, dramaturge, sculptor, organizer/activist, and fierce educator, tapped into his abilities to introduce the Flame as a means of recovering African culture as a corrective. Why rename it the Flame? That is best left in the words of Mondo, whose cause (along with Ed Poindexter) was championed by locals and international human rights leaders—e.g., Danny Glover, Kathleen Cleaver, Jimmy Carter. Warehoused as a political prisoner, like many other Black Panther Party members, Mondo, as I and other people of good will who have had the privilege of knowing him can attest, was never one at a loss for words. He was an articulate, sardonically humorous Elder statesman, and is now an Ancestor (he passed in March 2016) who epitomized the concept of the flame, which I am happy to let him describe for you: Flame is what enables us to find our way through darkness. And there is little question that much darkness surrounds us here in the U.S., darkness thick like fog, which pours out at us when we turn on our televisions and radios, when we turn the pages of the newspapers, when we open the doors to enter ‘our’ schools and ‘our’ government buildings. We grope & bump against things because the lies and illusions impede our vision. It is the purpose of the HARAMBEE FLAME to shed some light, if it isn’t but a flicker, on who we are as displaced Afrikans in the U.S. and to provide some insight as to the sum and substance of the conditions in which we find ourselves. Our symbol (seen at the top of this page) is the key-and-spear. Keys unlock and spears kill. We see knowledge/cultural awareness as being the key to liberation and a weapon against continued enslavement. And it is toward this end that FLAME is directed. We will present news articles, reports, essays, poetry, short stories, anything that has the capacity for bringing enlightenment. And we call upon you, our Brothers and Sisters, to contribute your knowledge and talents to the pages of forthcoming issues of FLAME. If you have enjoyed the simple, yet elegant, lyricism of this introduction, whose prophetic tones are painfully a propos to our own times, I am sure you will find your own “flame” and “key-and-spear” in the rich, liberating content of the Flame, and Mondo’s everlasting spirit. —Gregory E. Rutledge Associate Professor of African-American Literature Harambee Volunteer, 2006 to Present

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Collection

The Hispanic-Latino Heritage Collection in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Archives & Special Collections preserves and documents family images and other historical materials relating to the lives of Nebraskans of Hispanic and Latino descent. Selected photographs are presented online on this site. Photographs in the initial collection are courtesy of Elizabeth Jane and Steve Shanahan of Davey, Nebraska.

La Colección de la Herencia Hispana-Latina en los Archivos y Colecciones Especiales de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Nebraska, Lincoln, preserva documentos, fotografías familiares y otros materiales históricos sobre la vida de las familias de ascendencia Hispana o Latina de Nebraska. En este sitio electrónico se presenta una selección de las fotografías en la colección. Las fotografías en la colección inicial son cortesía de Elizabeth Jane y Steve Shanahan de Davey, Nebraska.

Historic Costume Collection

Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design (TMFD) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln holds over over 3,500 textiles, garments, and accessories in their Historic Textile and Costume Collections. Historic Costume Collection holdings represent 19th and 20th century dress, with emphasis on 20th century American designers.

Historic Textiles and Ethnic Dress Collection

Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design (TMFD) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln holds over over 3,500 textiles, garments, and accessories in their Historic Textile and Costume Collections.Historic Textiles and Ethnic Dress Collection includes items from India, China, Japan, the Middle East and Africa.

History of Costume

History of Textiles and Clothing

J. Patras WWI Photographs

These photographs, taken by J. Patras in France and surrounding areas during World War I, illustrate areas of France affected by the war, soldiers in camps and bunkers, cemeteries and burials, hospitals, churches and trenches.

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film Archive

In the fall of 2015 the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film began the process of organizing and digitizing materials from previous theatrical productions and significant department events, beginning with the years 2004-2014. Going forward, all future productions will be available at this location while we also continue to add items from previous years, going back to the University Theatre’s first production, George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell, in 1908. The Carson School is fortunate that many people have endeavored to preserve these historical materials since the school’s inception. Consequently, a great deal of sorting, organizing, and scanning will be needed to accomplish our goals. The addition of materials to this website will occasionally deviate from a chronological progression in order to provide outreach for alumni groups or provide resources for other areas of interest. Some files, such as reviews from The Lincoln Journal Star, are in folders with restricted access in order to honor copyright. The contents of these folders will only be available to current faculty and students or to the public by visiting the Library on campus. All production materials belonging to the department are made available for personal use only. For commercial use, please contact the Carson School at jcstf-archive@unl.edu Do you have production photos or other materials that are missing from the archive? If so, please contact us at jcstf-archive@unl.edu. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated.


Joseph Messana Architectural Image Collection

Joseph Messana traveled the world photographing architecture first as a photographer for the University of Detroit, Architecture School and later for his company Slides for Education. As a result, the Joseph Messana Collection, consisting of over 20,000 images, was created as a resource for teaching and learning architecture.

Larsen Tractor Museum Collection

Lentz Collection

Omaha Indian Heritage Project

Opera Scores from the Rokahr Family Archive

The Opera Scores and Rokahr Family Archive includes:

  • French and Italian composers, with the complete works of Auber, Audran, Bruneau, Hervé, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Massenet, Messager, Offenbach, Puccini, Respighi, Varney, Verdi, and Zandonai, as a few examples
  • 19th and 20th century German and Austrian composers
  • 18th century full scores by Grétry, Gluck, Monsigny, Philidor, Piccini, Rousseau, and Sacchini, many of which are first or early editions
  • Scores from Danish, Polish, Brazilian, Czech, Swedish, Finnish, American, English and other composers
  • Librettos and French livrets, including several volumes of the works of Eugène Scribe
  • French opera posters of Cheret and Chaix from the 1860s through the 1880s
  • André Gill caricatures of theater and musical personalities of Paris of the 1860s and 1870s
  • LP opera recordings from 1950 to 1985, as well as CDs, videocassettes, and tape recordings of live opera performances

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Copyright Information

Peterson Construction Company Archives

Physics and Astronomy Historical Lantern Slide Collection

Plains Tribes - comparative collection

Prodigies of the Prairie

Ruth Etting Collection Image Gallery

Ruth Etting (1897-1978), a native of David City, NE, left Nebraska for Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles to become a "torch singer", recording artist, Ziegfeld girl, and movie star. The archives contain video recordings, sheet music, recordings (LP's, cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel tapes), photographs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, scrapbooks, and correspondence which chronicle her career in the 1920's and 30's.

Sheldon Museum of Art

Theatre Arts

UNL Emeriti Oral Histories

UNL Football Consecutive Sellouts

Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Glass Lantern Slides

Western Trails

Whitman Photographs

Archaeological Research Center

Photos from the Archaeological Research Center

Central American Broadsides

This collection features broadsides from the Kenneth Spencer Research Library's William J. Griffith Collection of Guatemala and Central America. Dating from the 1820s to 1922, the broadsides are primarily Guatemalan, with a smaller number from Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Many pertain to national and local politics and include election materials, political manifestos, and government pronouncements. -- La colección consiste en volantes de la Biblioteca de investigación Kenneth Spencer pertenecientes a la colección de William J. Griffith sobre Guatemala y Centroamérica. Publicados entre 1820 y 1922, los volantes son mayormente de Guatemala, con un número menor de Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador y Nicaragua. Muchos se relacionan a la política nacional y local e incluyen material electoral, manifiestos políticos, y pronunciamientos gubernamentales.

Dole Archives

Photographs from the Dole Archives of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas spanning the career and personal life of Senator Robert J. Dole from childhood to post-retirement.

From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up is an on-going collaboration between artists living in Lawrence, and scientists and teachers from the the University of Kansas and the Kansas Geological Survey. The project seeks to capture the imagination of students of all ages who are interested in the landscape around them and exploring the connections between human history, art, geography, biology, and other disciplines. The collection is organized by content modules, each containing an archive of artworks which serve as a basis for, or a response to, work in other disciplines. What each of the artworks have in common is that they are specific to a particular place. Each has been mapped to a particular GPS coordinate which allows users to locate them on a map.

Invertebrate Paleontology

Fossils from the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History and Biodiversity Research Center, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology

John Gould Ornithological Collection

This collection of the large-format bird books published by John Gould (1804-1881) also includes several thousand pieces of pre-publication artwork produced by Gould and his artists. It is part of the Ralph Nicholson Ellis, Jr. natural-history collection in Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Kansas City Aerial Photographs

Aerial photographs of Kansas City, taken in 2002 by Alex S. MacLean. The project was sponsored by the Kansas City Design Center. The Luna Insight images are hosted by the University of Kansas.

Kansas City Hopewell Collection

The University of Kansas Anthropological Research and Cultural Collections curates approximately 2000 cubic feet of artifacts recovered from investigations of 23 Kansas City Hopewell Archaeological sites, which represents the largest holdings of materials from this culture in the United States. The Kansas City Hopewell represents the westernmost regional variant of the Hopewell archaeological complex that dates to the Middle Woodland or Early Ceramic (100 B.C. - 700 A.D.) period. These images are comprised images of artifacts and scanned photographs from five Hopewell sites in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Kansas Collection Photographs

Historical photographs from the Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas. The Kansas Collection is the regional history division of the University of Kansas Libraries. The Photo Collection consists of images documenting the history of Kansas, the region, and the people who have lived here. Currently, this online collection contains only a small sample of 3600 images from the Libraries' collection of hundreds of thousands of photographs, but will grow steadily as more photographs are digitized and cataloged.

Kansas Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

The Sanborn Map Company, of Pehlham, New York created these maps for insurance purposes but can now be utilized for historical reference.

Kansas Wildflowers

The Kansas Biological Survey Kansas Wildflowers database includes images of common wildflowers of Kansas. Image descriptions include common and scientific names, as well as information one might expect to find in a field guide.

Leon K. Hughes Photography Collection

The Leon K. Hughes Photography Collection is a chronicle of African American family and community life in Wichita, Kansas from the late 1940s through the 1970s. The images provide an "inside" view of African American life rarely seen by the general public. They show family gatherings celebrating marriages, birthdays and graduations and reveal a vibrant community life comprised of a wide array of churches, schools and organizations. Together, these photographs suggest how African Americans, for centuries, refused to allow the nation's color line deny them experiences of love, faith, dignity, and grace. It is this rich context of family and community life in Wichita, Kansas that enabled the city's African American youth to express their pride and determination by successfully organizing the nation's first successful lunch counter sit-in during the beginning of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, July 1958.

Maps and Cartography

Maps from the University of Kansas Libraries Map Collection, primarily USGS topo maps of the central plains region.

Mediterranean Travel and Trade 1300-1800

Taking Special Collections outside the Library by Digital Repackaging: Primary Sources from the Spencer Research Library for the Study of Mediterranean Cartography, Navigation, Travel and Trade 1300-1800.

Pennell Photography Collection

The Pennell Collection consists of more than 30,000 glass plate negatives that represent the life work of Joseph J. Pennell, a successful commercial studio photographer who worked in Junction City, Kansas, from the early 1890s to the early 1920s. It provides a comprehensive view of life in a moderately-sized, Midwestern, army-post town on the Great Plains at the turn of the last century. The University of Kansas acquired the negatives, along with 10 ledgers of business records, in 1950. Pennell's novelist son, Joseph Stanley Pennell, was persuaded to donate them by KU faculty member Robert Taft. Taft selected 4000 images that he considered significant, printed them, and prepared a traveling exhibition, which generated a great deal of interest, especially in Kansas. In 1983, with funding provided by NEH, the entire collection was surveyed, and additional images were printed, and cataloged along with the images selected by Taft. It is this subset that has been digitized and presented

Robert B. Riss Collection

The collection includes several photographs, personal and professional letters, and other writings by authors, artists, American presidents, nobility, royalty, and other notable persons from the United States, British Isles, and Continental Europe. The series include United States of America: Presidents and other notable persons; British Isles: Royalty and other notable persons, Continental Europe: Royalty and other notable persons; America, British Isles, and Continental Europe: Authors and artists; and Miscellaneous.

Rossetti Family Collection

This collection of correspondence from the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas offers insight into the lives and artistic endeavors of the Rossetti family, a British family of Italian descent whose members influenced art and literature during the second half of the nineteenth century. Principal correspondents include painter, poet, and founder of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in art, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882); poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894); and critic and biographer William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919).

University Archives

Photographs from the University Archives.

Boynton Collection of Early Claremont History

The Boynton Collection offers a view of early Claremont through the eyes of an amateur photographer. This collection of glass plate negatives captures aspects of life in Claremont and at Pomona College around the turn of the twentieth century. As well as documenting local buildings and landscape, they present a candid glimpse of Pomona College student life, including athletic events, theatrical productions, college outings, and residence halls. The physical collection is housed in the Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections.

Ceramics Highlights from the Williamson Gallery

Fred and Estelle Marer donated to the Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery an international collection of contemporary ceramics, including American, British, Japanese, Korean, and Mexican works. The collection's core is focused on West Coast ceramics, especially the work of the "Otis Group," who challenged the traditional direction of the field of ceramics in the mid-1950s. Fred Marer was not a man of wealth but a teacher of modest means, teaching mathematics at Los Angeles City College. Though he never had substantial resources, he slowly amassed his collection by interacting with ceramic artists and buying works directly from them. His collection came to Scripps through the influence of renowned ceramist Paul Soldner, who turned the Scripps ceramics program into a major center of study and exhibition, convincing Marer to make this generous gift to the college. From the 1970s sections of the collection have come to Scripps through long-term loans and donations.

Chikanobu and Yoshitoshi Woodblock Prints

The Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery Collection of Japanese Prints, which numbers over 1500 works with more than 500 works by the artists Chikanobu (1838-1912) and Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), is primarily a teaching collection, with woodblock prints and illustrated books from the late 17th century to late 20th century. Most Japanese print designers working in the 18-19th centuries are represented, including more than 150 works by Hiroshige (1797-1858). Various donors have contributed to the Collection, including Lilian Miller (in 1944), Mrs. James S. (Emiline) Johnson (from 1946), Fred and Estelle Marer (from 1993), Dr. and Mrs. William Ballard (in 1993), Mrs. Ruth LeMaster (in 2002) and the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Culture (from 1998).

City of Claremont History Collection

The City of Claremont History Collection documents the development of Claremont from its boom years at the end of the nineteenth century to the present day. Composed of photographs taken by various amateur and professional photographers over a one hundred year span, the collection provides a glimpse of Claremont's past through photographs of its buildings, neighborhoods, local landscape, and daily life. The physical collection is housed in the Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections.

Claremont Colleges Photo Archive

This collection contains digital facsimiles of photographs, housed in the Library's special collections, of Claremont Colleges' buildings and landscapes. These digital images are the first phase of a larger digitization project that seeks to preserve the original photos by providing online access to The Colleges' archival photographs for teaching and research. The physical collection is housed in the Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections.

Photography from the Scripps College Collection

An extraordinary gift of twenty-seven 19th- and 20th-century photographs was given to Scripps College in 2008 by C. Jane Hurley Wilson '64 and Michael G. Wilson, who thoughtfully selected works that will enhance students' understanding of the history of photography. Among these are photographs by Diane Arbus, Anne Brigman, Julia Margaret Cameron, Gregory Crewdson, Jack Delano, Roger Fenton, Francis Frith, Arthur Kales, David Octavius Hill and Roger Adamson, Russell Lee, Margrethe Mather, John Jabez Mayall, Emily Pitchford, and Edward Weston.

Pomona College Museum of Art

Welcome to the Pomona College Museum of Art's LUNA Insight collection database. Begin your search by selecting the "Browse" option at the top, or by using the "search LUNA" option at the top right. All inquires about the collection should be directed to Steve Comba at scomba@pomona.edu.

Pomona College Theatre Archive

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery Paintings

The Young Collection of paintings was given to Scripps College by General and Mrs. Edward Clinton Young in 1946. The majority of the works in the collection are in the Impressionist style and were painted by well-renowned American and European masters, including Mary Cassatt, George Inness, Winslow Homer, and Theodore Robinson. The Youngs developed their extraordinary collection while living in the eastern United States. Their goal was to include high quality, representative work by the best American painters active during the period 1870-1930.

Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection

In 2007, Scripps College inaugurated the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection in honor of Dr. Samella Lewis, who taught at Scripps from 1969 to 1984. An artist, art historian, curator, editor, and filmmaker, Dr. Lewis wrote the first textbook on African American art history, as well as monographs on leading artists Elizabeth Catlett and Richmond Barth?�?�©. The collection focuses on contemporary artists, with a special emphasis on art by women and African American artists. Featured are mixed-media works by Stas Orlovski and Susan Rankaitis; drawings by Elizabeth Turk; prints by John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Sue Coe, Floyd Coleman, Samella Lewis, Nancy Macko, Adrian Piper, Faith Ringgold, Alison Saar; and photographs by William Anderson, Joyce Campbell, Anton Hardt, and Carrie Mae Weems. For other photographs, see the Scripps College 19th and 20th Century Photographs collection.

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Collection

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre is a library and archive dedicated to combating racism through education, and is part of the University of Manchester. Founded in 1998 by Professor Lou Kushnick, MBE, the Centre is named in memory of Ahmed, a thirteen year old Bangladeshi boy, murdered in 1986 by a fellow pupil in a local Manchester school. Now housed in Manchester Central Library, the Centre has over 12,000 catalogued books on race and racism. It also has a growing Local Studies collection, notably containing many oral histories carried out with community members. The Centre holds over 70 individual archives, which can be viewed in Central library’s searchroom, and which include papers of BME organisations and significant individuals, as well as archives with broader themes such as Civil Rights, scientific racism and fascism and anti-fascism. The Centre has a growing digital collection, which includes the publications of the Commission for Racial Equality.

Dante Collection

The library has outstanding holdings in early Italian printing, and its Dante collection is particularly renowned. The coverage is exceptional, including 14 of the 15 editions printed before 1500, and in total, 39 of the 44 editions of the Divine Comedy printed in Italy before 1629, often in multiple copies, as well as editions of Dante’s other works of the period.

Digital facsimiles of eight early editions have now been completed, in part with funding from the British Academy and John Rylands Research Institute. These editions were produced at a time when editorial conventions in the new medium of print were still extremely fluid and they express very different approaches to and intentions for Dante’s poem in their format, layout, and accompanying paratexts. We hope to add more to this collection in the future.

Manchester Digital Dante

Early Printing Collection

The library has significant holdings relating to the early development of printing in Europe. A collection of over 4000 incunables (books printed with movable metal type before 1501) covers the earliest examples of printing from Johann Gutenberg in Mainz to William Caxton at Westminster and beyond. There are also an important number of blockbooks and prints.

Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

The Library holds the world’s most important collection of literary manuscripts by Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), including the only complete manuscript of one of her novels (Wives and Daughters) and her celebrated biography of her friend Charlotte Brontë. Her archive also contains nearly 400 letters from notable figures – including Brontë, Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle, George Eliot, John Ruskin and many more – some of which were sent to Gaskell herself and some which she acquired for her own autograph collection. In addition there are artefacts (such as Gaskell’s inkstand) and famous portraits. Two related collections also contain significant Gaskelliana: the Jamison Family Archive, and the papers of Gaskell scholar and collector J.G. Sharps. Material from all of these collections has been digitised, along with some items which remain in the possession of Gaskell’s descendants. Together, these constitute an outstanding digital resource relating to Gaskell, her work and the circles in which she moved.

Exhibition Collection

The John Rylands Library hosts a regular programme of exhibitions. This collection enables our visitors to further explore the items on display in our current exhibition. Download the images that catch your attention, or discover more by turning the pages.

Women who shaped Manchester

In this exhibition, you will witness some of the incredible women behind a tide of progress that shaped a city in its wake. Join us and delve into the sepia-tinted days of 19th and 20th century Manchester. You’ll see the city through the words and actions of extraordinary women and know their fight for rights and battle against social expectations. Be amazed by their feats as they paved new paths with their dedication and determination. Women Who Shaped Manchester captures the passion and strength of these pioneers.

  • Women who shaped Manchester
  • 6 September 2018 - 10 March 2019
  • Free entry

Genizah Collection

The Special Collections Division of The University of Manchester Library holds a collection of nearly 15,000 fragments, mostly written in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic, from the Genizah of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, purchased from the estate of Dr Moses Gaster in 1954. About 90% of the items are on paper, the remainder on parchment. The vast majority are very small fragments. They date from the 10th to the 19th century AD and include religious and literary texts, documentary sources, letters, and material relating to grammar, philosophy, medicine, astrology and astronomy. Rylands Genizah contains high resolution images of the great majority of these fragments.

Library Publications Collection

Publications of the John Rylands Library. This collection includes the John Rylands Bulletin established in 1903, The Bulletin showcases the Special Collections of the University of Manchester Library, one of the finest collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives and visual materials in the world.

The collections span five millennia and six continents, and cover a wide range of subjects including theology and philosophy; literature, drama and music; art and archaeology; science and medicine; economic, social, political, religious and military history; travel and exploration. Articles are broad ranging and multi-disciplinary, enhancing the scholarship and understanding of the collections.

Volumes 1-80 are made publically available here.

Maps Collection

The University map collection is the largest in the North West and comprises approximately 150,000 printed map sheets and 1,300 atlases. The collection offers an extensive range of topographic and thematic mapping for the UK, as well as wide-ranging coverage for the rest of the world. Historical mapping of the North West, generally, and Greater Manchester in particular, is excellent. The university's rare book collection includes 500 atlases, early manuscript maps and county maps. Special collections include the Manchester Geographical Society book and atlas collection and the Mills collection of 16th-19th century maps. The collection provides a rich resource for many disciplines including; geography, earth sciences, architecture, planning, sociology, visual arts, and politics as well those interested in examining the development of Manchester's vibrant history.

Mary Hamilton Papers

Mary Hamilton (1756-1816), courtier and diarist, stood at the nexus of several interlocking royal, aristocratic, literary and artistic circles in late eighteenth-century London. The Mary Hamilton Papers include almost 2,500 letters, 16 meticulously detailed diaries, and six manuscript volumes. Together these form a rich resource providing a window into the intellectual and social world of Hamilton’s day, particularly the Court of George III (Hamilton was governess to his daughters), and the Bluestocking circle. Among the major figures represented in the archive are members of the royal family and other courtiers, members of Hamilton’s own family (including her uncle, the diplomat Sir William Hamilton), and prominent members of the Bluestocking circle, such as Elizabeth Montagu, Frances Burney, Frances Boscawen, Elizabeth Vesey and Mary Delany. Significant portions of the archive have been digitised and are included in this collection.

Medieval Collection

The Special Collections Division of The University of Manchester Library holds outstanding collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives from the Middle Ages. Our Medieval Collection contains complete works of paramount importance in a variety of key subject areas, including History, Theology, Art, Literature, Language, and the History of Science and Medicine. We acknowledge the generosity of JISC who provided the funding to digitise the Middle English manuscripts.

Methodist Collection

The archive, manuscript and rare print collections owned by the Methodist Church in Britain and deposited at the John Rylands Library are the richest in the world for the study of the early Evangelical Revival and its Methodist and Holiness offshoots. This huge resource spans over 300 years and comprises hundreds of thousands of individual items in hundreds of sub collections. These digital images of some of the treasures from the collection provide a fascinating insight into the diversity of the Methodist holdings and demonstrate the invaluable, accessible and expanding nature of the collection for researchers and the Church.

Nashriyah: digital Iranian history آرشیو آنلاین نشریات دانشگاه منچستر

For further details please visit the Nashriyah: digital Iranian history webpages

Difficult to access for years, now exclusively available here. View digital versions of Iranian newspapers and periodicals capturing key historical events as they happened.

These newspapers and periodicals, many of which have been only partially accessible inside Iran, cover the defining moments from the following three eras:

  • The premiership of Mohammad Mossadegh and the August 1953 coup d'état against his government (1950-53)
  • The 1979 Revolution; and
  • The late 1990s/early 2000s ‘reform era’ of former President Mohammad Khatami.

Containing more than 12,000 pages, the collection is freely accessible without restriction.

List of titles

  • Āyandigān
  • Āhangar
  • Andīshah hā-yi Rastākhīz
  • Firdūsī
  • Ilm va Zindagī
  • Irān-i Bāstān
  • Ittiḥād-i Javān
  • Ittihād-i Mardum
  • Javānān-i Imrūz
  • Junbish
  • Kayhān
  • Khāk va khūn
  • Mardum-i Irān
  • Mujāhid
  • Nabard-i Zindagī
  • Nīrū-yi Sivvum
  • Pighām-i Imrūz
  • Parkhāsh
  • Rāh-i Ārānī
  • Rāh-i Āzādī
  • Rāh-i Kārgar
  • Rāh-i Mujāhida
  • Rastākhīz
  • Rastākhīz-i kārgarān
  • Shurāi-yi Nivīsandagān
  • Shūrish
  • Sipı̄d va Sı̄yāh
  • Sugand
  • Tihrān Musavvar
  • Ummat

Non-conformist Collection

Since its earliest days, the John Rylands library has been active in the collection of archives, manuscripts and printed material documenting the birth and development of Protestant Nonconformity in Britain. The result is one of the world's finest research collections relating to the Baptist, Moravian, Quaker, Congregational, Christian Brethren and Unitarian traditions. The material includes personal papers, institutional records and rare published titles, some of which cannot be found elsewhere. The library is also home to the official archive and printed collections of the Methodist Church of Great Britain comprising several hundred thousand printed items and over a million manuscripts, representing the richest resource anywhere for study of British Methodism from its 18th century beginnings to the present. The library's holdings in the field of religious nonconformity also provide a rich resource for the study of British society in its wider aspects during the last 400 years.

Papyri Collection

The John Rylands University Library, The University of Manchester, holds one of the richest and most wide-ranging papyrus collections in Britain. It includes religious, devotional, literary and administrative texts. There are 7 Hieroglyphic and 19 Hieratic papyri; all are funerary documents dating between the 14th century BC and the 2nd century AD. There are a further 166 Demotic fragments, mainly from the Ptolemaic period, and approximately 500 Coptic papyri. The 800 Arabic papyri consist of private letters, tradesmen's and household accounts. The Greek papyri, numbering approximately 2,000 items, include the famous fragments of St John's Gospel and Deuteronomy, the earliest surviving pieces of the New Testament and the Greek Old Testament respectively. Several of the collections contain fragments on paper and parchment, as well as papyrus. The Rylands Genizah collection, which contains 11,000 fragments, mostly in Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic, is a separate collection within Insight

Peterloo Collection

On the 16 August 1819 around 80,000 men, women and children gathered to hear the charismatic orator Henry Hunt speak upon the pressing need for democratic and social reform. They had filed into St Peters Field from across Manchester and its satellite villages and towns. Some had walked many miles to attend.

In 1819, despite its size and importance, Manchester did not have an MP and only a small number of wealthy male inhabitants were eligible to vote. Rapid industrialisation, urbanisation and population growth had catapulted Manchester from a sleepy town to the shock city of the industrial revolution. Conditions were squalid and wages low. Many working people felt that if they had the vote their voices would be heard and their sufferings remedied.

At that eventful meeting in August, just as Henry Hunt mounted the hustings and started to speak, the yeomanry charged in to arrest the key speakers. During the ensuing panic the Cavalry also charged, ostensibly, to restore order. Casualties included the old and young, women and children. As news of the traumatic events circulated, it acquired the satirical name ‘Peterloo’ in mockery of the battle of Waterloo which had taken place only four years previously. The events at St Peters Fields remain a pivotal event in British history and one which is critical to the democratic freedoms we enjoy today.

The records selected for digitisation reflect a range of perspectives from those indignant and horrified to see a peaceful crowd attacked and murdered to those who congratulated Manchester’s Magistrates bravely quashing a potential revolution. We are particularly pleased to include a full run of the Manchester Observer (1818-1821) which documents the events leading to Peterloo and its aftermath

Photography Collection

The John Rylands holds a number of important visual collections, including, fine art (paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures), decorative art (textiles, ceramics, and glass), and photography. The photographs date from the 1840s to the present and has an international scope. It contains an excellent representation of British and local photographs and it includes the full range of analogue photographic processes and formats. The collection is most rich in the area of British art photography, especially of the Victorian period. Particular strengths are evident in the genres of portraiture, landscape, and architecture. This digital collection represents only a fraction of these works, but contains excellent examples of early British photo-books and examples of works by eminent British Victorian photographers, including William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, Julia Margaret Cameron and Francis Frith.

Rylands Collection

The Special Collections Division of The University of Manchester Library holds outstanding collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives. Some images of the highlights and treasures from these collections can now be viewed on-line in astonishing detail. Spanning five millennia, the manuscript collections include literary, historical, antiquarian, genealogical, biblical, devotional, ritualistic, medical, scientific, legal and administrative texts in numerous languages. The archives of the Methodist Church and the University of Manchester are well represented, in addition to examples of personal papers and family muniments. The printed book collections encompass almost all the landmarks of printing through five centuries, including magnificent illustrated books, examples of fine printing, landmark works in typography, key historical texts and exquisite bookbindings.

The John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library is a late-Victorian neo-Gothic building on Deansgate in Manchester. The Library was founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband, John Rylands, and opened to the public in 1900 . Since 1972 it has been part of The University of Manchester Library and in 1994 was granted Grade I listed status. The library holds personal papers and letters of notable figures, among them Elizabeth Gaskell and John Dalton. The Reading room has two large stained glass windows with portraits of religious and secular figures, designed by C. E. Kempe; a series of statues in the reading room by Bridgeman's of Lichfield; and bronze work in the art nouveau style by Singer of Frome. Also featured is the work of Manchester-based sculptor John Cassidy including the portrait statues of John and Enriqueta Rylands in white marble. This online collection contains images of the building, its interior and some items relating to the Rylands.

American Public Transportation records

The organization that would eventually become APTA first organized as the American Street Railway Association on December 12, 1882, in Boston, Massachusetts. The initial meetings focused on the price of oats for the horses that pulled transit vehicles, but that focus evolved as more transit companies built electric systems. In January 2000 the name of the organization was changed to the American Public Transportation Association. Despite various name changes, the mission of the organization has more or less remained the same, specializing in issues dealing with transit equipment, transit management, and labor issues. More content is available in the physical collection described here: https://scrc.gmu.edu/finding_aids/apta.html

Arthur E. Scott photograph collection

This collection contains photographs taken by Arthur E. Scott, a photojournalist and photo-historian for the U.S. Senate. Arthur E. Scott, widely known as "Scotty" on Capitol Hill, first covered the United States Congress in 1935 as a photographer for the Washington Times. Later, he worked for International News Service and United Press International. In 1955, he became the photographer for the Republican Senatorial Committee where he served for the next twenty years. During his last year with the U.S. Senate, he was the official photo-historian for the Senate Historical Office. There he set to work on a project he had advocated for many years: collecting a likeness of every person who had served as a United States senator. His collection reflects the entire forty-years of Scott's association with Congress. More photographs are available in the physical collection described here: http://sca.gmu.edu/finding_aids/scotta.html

Artist Book: Dirtylaundry

Atchison Union Depot & Railroad Company collection

This collection consists of five original photographs by an unknown photographer. Three of the photographs show extensive damage to the tracks, platform, and bricks at the railroad station and two of these show Dr. Dan and C. M. Rathburn, who was President of the Atchison Union Depot & Railroad Company. The other two photographs are of a non-damaged locomotive and two railroad employees. On January 6, 1888, a locomotive boiler explosion occurred at the railroad station in Atchison, Kansas. It is possible that these photographs were taken after that explosion. The explosion created a fire and enough damage that the station had to close. Rebuilding was delayed due the high price of acquiring needed extra track room.

Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany

This collection consists of framed photographs and supporting documentation for the exhibit "Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90" that was shown throughout Virginia as part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Statewide Exhibition Program from 1995 through 2009. The exhibit was also shown at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia, in February 2012.

Broadside photograph collection

The George Mason University Broadside photograph collection consists of negatives, contact sheets, and prints created for use in the student newspaper Broadside. These photographs are from the Office of Student Media. The total collection contains over 50,000 color and black and white images taken between the 1970s and 2001. The collection includes images of student life, campus architecture and construction, campus events, sports, faculty and staff, concert performances, and art.

Edith McChesney Ker papers

This collection contains approximately 10,000 slides, photographs, scrapbooks, publications, and audio visual materials relating to Edith Ker's nature expeditions. Aside from visiting safaris in Africa, she traveled all over the world to countries like Canada, Russia, Australia, Turkey, Namibia, Argentina and around the United States. She kept scrapbooks of each trip to showcase postcards, articles, research notes, itineraries, pictures and brochures. Her photographs capture a variety of different animals from around the world as well as buildings, landscapes, and people.

Eyewitness Account of the Snow Riot

This letter, probably from Mary Elizabeth Fendall (according to dealer information accompanying the letter), describes the 1835 Snow Riot, a racially motivated riot in Washington DC in which young white men attacked and destroyed property belonging to Beverly Snow and other African-Americans in the city.

Federal Theatre Project collection

The Federal Theatre Project (FTP) was a division of the Works Progress Administration WPA which was established to provide work for unemployed citizens during the Great Depression 1929-1939. The FTP began in August 1935 and flourished as the first and only government sponsored and subsidized theater program in the United States. It was headed by Hallie Flanagan (1890-1969) and was a way for theatrical professionals to gain employment during the Depression. The repertoire of plays was vast including revivals of the classics and new and experimental works like the Living Newspaper. A photographic unit was set up to document the productions and ensure a graphic record of the FTP. The photographers who made up the unit worked in every major city and on each major production. In addition to the actual theater productions, project photographers captured the rehearsals, the audience, the behind the scenes work of the stage crew, and the equipment used to produce the plays.

Federal Theatre Project photograph collection

The Federal Theatre Project FTP was a division of the Works Progress Administration WPA which was established to provide work for unemployed citizens during the Great Depression 1929-1939. The FTP began in August 1935 and flourished as the first and only government sponsored and subsidized theater program in the United States. It was headed by Hallie Flanagan (1890-1969) and was a way for theatrical professionals to gain employment during the Depression. The repertoire of plays was vast including revivals of the classics and new and experimental works like the Living Newspaper. A photographic unit was set up to document the productions and ensure a graphic record of the FTP. The photographers who made up the unit worked in every major city and on each major production. Project photographers recorded not only the actual theater productions themselves they captured on film the reheasals the audience the behind the scenes work of the stage crew and the equipment used to produce FTP plays.

George Mason letters to John Augustine Washington III

The collection consists of two letters from George Mason to John Augustine Washington III in fall 1859. Both letters were written in the weeks after John Brown attempted to begin an insurrection of enslaved African-Americans at Harper's Ferry in what is now West Virginia.

George Mason University Yearbook collection

This collection contains George Mason University yearbooks. Each yearbook contains information about a single academic year at the GMU Fairfax campus. The date listed for the yearbooks is the date they were published following the spring semester but the yearbooks themselves document the previous fall semester. There are a couple of notable exceptions. One yearbook documents the GMU School of Law from 1981-1982, the first year of operations. The other exception is the two volume set for 1978-1979. One volume documents the 1978 fall semester and the other documents the 1979 spring semester.

Japanese invasion of Manchuria collection

The Japanese invasion of Manchuria photograph collection consists of 99 lantern slides and 4 glass negatives. The majority of the slides show images of the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1932, but many also show images of conflict from earlier periods possibly including the Chinese revolution of 1911 and the reign of the Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin. Several of the slides are maps dated to 1933. The photo slides show various images of war throughout a possible 10 to 20 year period. The images include soldiers in and out of combat, soldiers demonstrating and displaying weapons, civilian casualties, destruction of cities, rebuilding of cities, armored vehicles and buildings around Manchuria. More information is available in the physical collection described here: More information is available in the physical collection described here: http://sca.gmu.edu/finding_aids/japaneseinvasionphotos.html

Manuscripts

This collection contains digitized manuscripts from various collections of Special Collections and Archives.

Mary Elsie Fox photograph collection

This collection contains 323 photographs and one document from the discarded scrapbook of Mary Elsie Fox found after her death. The photographs are mostly 3x4" snapshots of Fox and her close friends and document domestic life in the 1940s Washington, D.C. area.

Midwest commercial architecture photo collection

Thirty-two photographs depicting commercial buildings in rural northwestern Ohio and Pennsylvania with recently installed Central Union Telephone Company phones. The Central Union Telephone Company brought local and long distance calling to commercial buildings and advertised the new service with signage. Signs for Central Union can be seen in twenty-seven of the photographs. These photographs could have been used as a way to document their placement. There are a variety of commercial buildings present in the photographs, as well as, telephone poles, merchant's signs, displays of goods, customers, horse drawn wagons, and bicycles. Three of the photographs do not depict buildings but, instead, one is of the set up of a telephone operator, and the two others depict three men posing humorously for the camera.

Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Team 58 photograph collection

The digitized portion of the collection contains 199 black and white photographs measuring 3.75 x 2.5 inches, of MACV Team 58. The images in this collection document the camp life of MACV Team 58. Photographs in the collection largely show the day-to-day life in the camp.

Office of the President records

Records in this collection contain memoranda, correspondence, studies, reports, speeches, meeting minutes, calendars, articles and newspaper clippings, publications, scrapbooks, and photographs originating in or directed to the GMU Office of the President.

Oliver F. Atkins photograph collection (1943-1975)

The Atkins collection consists of approximately 60,000 images that extensively document American political and cultural history from the 1940s through the 1970s. Most of the images that document American political life date from the early 1960s through the mid-1970s when Atkins worked as a photographer for the Saturday Evening Post and then later as the personal photographer to President Richard M. Nixon. The bulk of the American cultural documentation is from Atkins work in the 1950s and early 1960s on specific stories for the Saturday Evening Post, and these stories cover other areas of the United States, particularly the Southeast up through the Northeast coast.

Planned Community Archives collection

The era of new town development in the United States, which is of special interest to Planned Community Archives (PCA), begins with the Greenbelt towns developed by the federally sponsored Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The next major new town development was Reston, Virginia, in 1962. Since that time, at least thirty-eight planned communities have been developed throughout the United States. Thirteen of these communities were sponsored by the Federal New Communities Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1970 - 1983). The collection consists of a variety of materials relating to planned communities across the United States with a particular emphasis on the planned community of Reston, Virginia and international communities as well. The collection includes correspondence, reports, promotional material, community brochures, newspapers, videos, slides, photographs and architectural drawings and blueprints.

Round Hill, VA school correspondence

This collection contains 10 letters, plus associated letters of recommendation, regarding applications for teaching and principal positions available at the Round Hill and Wood Grove schools in Loudoun County, Virginia, between 1897 and 1900. The recipient of the letters was Dr. J.E. Copeland. Three of the letters specifically reference the Round Hill "colored" school.

Virginia Woolf letter

Letter from Viriginia Woolf to her brother-in-law Clive Bell.

Archivision Base to Module 12

The Archivision Digital Research Library is currently comprised of 89,000 images of architecture, archaeological sites, gardens, parks and works of art with broad appeal in humanities teaching. The collection is curated by Scott Gilchrist, a trained architect as well as professional photographer, who is actively adding new content. The Library is divided into Modules, which are licensed in sequence. The Library spans the globe and all time periods, with each Module offering a mix of historic and contemporary material. http://www.archivision.com

Catena-Historic Gardens and Landscapes Archive

Catena, the Digital Archive of Historic Gardens and Landscapes, is a collection of historic and contemporary images, including plans, engravings, and photographs, intended to support research and teaching in the fields of garden history and landscape studies. Created through the collaborative efforts of landscape historians and institutions, the initial offering of images is focused on the Villas as a Landscape Type. This project is sponsored by the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture and has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Samuel H Kress Foundation. The images in this collection are for educational use only. Any other use is unauthorized.

Estate Collection

The Estate Collection is a database of high quality images representing the works of artists with HIV/AIDS. With the ability to find and see these works of art in detail, the Estate Project will ensure continued access, presentation, and study of the cultural legacy created by the artistic community during the AIDS crisis. The images are drawn from the collections of Visual AIDS, Visual AIDS/Boston, Visual Aid/San Francisco, and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Center.

Hoover Institution Poster Collection

These Russian posters were selected from the 33,000 cataloged political posters at the Hoover Institution Archives. Embracing posters from around the world, the largest numbers are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Russian empire and the Soviet Union, and France. (The posters are available for educational purposes only; the archives does not own the copyrights on its Poster Collection.)

Museum and the Online Archive of California

Selected works from the permanent collections of eight California museums: Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive; Japanese American National Museum; Oakland Museum of California; Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, University of California, Los Angeles; Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles; California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside. The background image is Working on a Farm by Henry Sugimoto, ca. 1970, from the Henry Sugimoto Collection at the Japanese American National Museum.

Pratt Institute Ex Libris Collection

The Ex Libris Collection consists of nineteenth- and twentieth-century bookplates from private and institutional libraries. The plates feature finely detailed engraving or etching and serve as outstanding examples of period book art and typography. Represented in the collection are prominent American bookplate artists such as William Fowler Hopson and Joseph Winfred Spenceley, as well as important Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, Swedish, and Spanish artists.

Pratt Institute Fashion Plate Collection

The Fashion Plate Collection consists of hand-colored fashion plates from the French periodical La Gazette du Bon Ton (considered the most influential fashion magazine during its existence from 1912 to 1925) and its American edition, La Gazette du Bon Genre, distributed by Cond�� Nast. The plates in Pratt?s collection date from 1922, were created by such prominent French artists as George Barbier, Pierre Brissaud, and Georges Lepape, and anticipate the Art Deco movement of the mid-1920s.

Architectural Drawings

This collection is based around the architectural drawings of William Henry Playfair (1789-1857) and Robert Rowand Anderson (1834-1921).

While Playfair's most important works in Edinburgh have been executed in the Greek revivalist or classical style - earning for Edinburgh the title of 'Athens of the North' - he was competent in other styles too. New College, housing the University's Faculty of Divinity and the Church of Scotland's General Assembly Hall (the latter being the temporary home of the Scottish Parliament from 1999) is a jagged-lined rendering of the Gothic style. He also built country houses and mansions in the Italianate and Tudor styles.

Anderson had four years of legal training, and then while serving with the Royal Engineers he studied construction and design. He then entered the Architectural Section of the School of the Board of Manufactures, and before setting up in practice in Edinburgh, in around 1875, he spent a year in continental travel. His practice was very successful and his output was large. His work included the University of Edinburgh Medical School, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (and Museum of Antiquities), Edinburgh, the Montrose Memorial within the High Kirk of St. Giles, Edinburgh, Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute and Central Station Hotel, Glasgow. Anderson was knighted in 1902 and he was the first President of the Scottish Institute of Architects.

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Art Collection

The University holds around 2,500 works of art. The Art Collection is now an amalgamation of the University of Edinburgh's original art collection, which spans some 400 years of collecting, and the Edinburgh College of Art collection of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture. The ECA collection tells a unique story of the artistic output of the College, particularly in the early to mid-20th century. Some of the most respected names in Scottish art appear, such as S.J. Peploe, John Bellany, Anne Redpath and Elizabeth Blackadder.

The Art Collection has as its centrepiece the Torrie Collection of 17th century Dutch and Italian Masters with works by Ruisdael, ten Oever, Van der Meulen, Pynacker, Rosa and van de Velde. The University also holds the second largest collection of portraits in Scotland ranging from 17th century portraits of John Napier and John Knox to the recent dynamic painting of Peter Higgs by Ken Currie. Other portrait artists represented are Sir Henry Raeburn, Stanley Cursiter, Sir George Reid, James Cowie and Victoria Crowe.

A large percentage of the Art Collection is on display enhancing the public, staff and student spaces of the University. A number of works from the Torrie Collection are on long-term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland. The principal areas of display include Edinburgh College of Art, Old College, Playfair Library, Raeburn Room, the University of Edinburgh Library, New College, McEwan Hall and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

As well as supporting research at all levels of the University, the uniqueness of the Art Collection lies in its innovative use. The collection is interpreted and displayed in new and exciting ways, introducing contemporary insights and conversations to constantly reinvigorate debate. This involves working closely with Edinburgh College of Art and The Talbot Rice Gallery to ensure that collections are developed through contemporary collecting and also utilised by some of the world's leading contemporary artists, academics and curators and presented to as wide an audience as possible.

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Carmichael Watson

CRC Gallimaufry (Miscellaneous Images)

gal•li•mau•fry/,galə´môfrē/

Noun:

A confused jumble or medley of things.

A hash made from diced or minced meat.

A high proportion of the work of the Library's Digital Imaging Unit is the completion of reader's orders for digital images. In most cases these orders might be for one-off photographs of a particular item or perhaps a few pages from a book. These photographs are retained for potential future orders but unless the entire original item has been digitised, the images are stored in a miscellaneous grouping entitled "Gallimaufry." The sheer variety of the images held in this group give a fantastic overview of the breadth of material held within the University Library.

Book Reader Icon Digital Book: Wode's Partbooks Bassus (Set 2)

Book Reader Icon Digital Book: George Focus' Recueil de Desseins Ridicules

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Book Reader Icon Digital Book: James Wilson's Illustrations of Zoology

Book Reader Icon Digital Book: Phoebe Anna Traquair's Song School St Mary (1897)

Direct link to media group: Religion In Medieval Scotland (no longer a discrete collection).

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ECA Photography Collection

Using the Collections

  • Access to the ECA Photography Collection is restricted to the staff and students of the University of Edinburgh.
  • Images from these databases may be used in lectures, seminars and presentations, and purely for the purpose of non-commercial research, private study, criticism or review.
  • Any presentation slides with these images should not be placed on a virtual learning environment (e.g. WebCT) or on webpages as this is considered to be dissemination and would infringe copyright. The images should be redacted before the presentation is shared.
  • Acknowledgement of the source of the image is good practice and this can be placed adjacent to the image or towards the end of the research, study, critical or review piece.

    Copyright information

  • The images in the ECA Photography Collection are in copyright under the laws of the United Kingdom, and through international treaties, other countries.
  • They may not be republished or reproduced in print, electronic form, or by any other means, (except in the case of screen prints for the purpose of strictly non-commercial private study and academic research) without the specific permission, in advance, of the copyright holder and the holding institution.
  • The copyright and intellectual property rights in some images are owned by third parties. The responsibility for identifying copyright holders and securing any necessary permission to use an item rests ultimately with the person or persons desiring to do so.

  • ECA Rare Books

    Geology and Geologists

    Geo science was first taught in Edinburgh under the title of Natural History. Professors included Robert Ramsay, John Walker (1731-1803) and Robert Jameson (1774-1854), who held the Chair for fifty years. When George Allman (1812-1898) was about to retire, the University received a letter from Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792-1871), Director of the Geological Survey of the United Kingdom, proposing that the Chair of Natural History to be divided, in order to create a separate Chair of Geology. To this end he offered to provide an endowment of £6,000.

    The University received a further letter from Murchison, in which he added that the endowment was conditional on him being the person to nominate the new Chair of Geology. The University then wrote to the Treasury asking for a grant of £200 per annum to make the Chair viable. The Treasury replied that they were prepared to provide this sum on condition that Murchison's clause regarding nomination be deleted.

    In March 1871, Archibald Geikie presented his commission to the Senatus Academicus, as the holder of the first Regius Chair of Geology. At that time Archibald Geikie was the President of the Edinburgh Geological Society and, coincidentally, Sir Roderick Murchison was its patron. One way or another, Murchison got his own way. Geikie was succeeded by his younger brother James Geikie (1839-1915) in 1882.

    The Geology Department was located in Old College until 1932, when it moved to King's Buildings. Its new home was named The Grant Institute, in recognition of an endowment from Sir Alexander Grant and was opened by Prime Minister James Ramsay Macdonald on 28 January, 1932.

    Inter-related collections held in the department and in Special Collections, include papers and objects relating not only to University of Edinburgh geologists but also the wider community, including both Murchison and Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1975).


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    Incunabula

    Mahabharata Scroll

    Maps

    Welcome to the maps image collection. This repository holds Edinburgh-owned items digitised for the Charting the Nation project. More maps will be added to this collection in due course.

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    MIMEd (Musical Instrument Museums Edinburgh)

    St Cecilia's Hall is home to the University of Edinburgh's musical instrument collection, which ranks among the world's most important collections of musical heritage. St Cecilia's Hall has been granted official Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland status.

    The emphasis of the Collection is on instruments that are no longer in regular current use and the collecting policy is to acquire instruments when they fall out of use rather than to collect instruments by contemporary makers. The Collection thus covers the period from the 16th century (the earliest from which examples are available for acquisition) to the 20th century (the most recent from which instruments can be regarded as historic).

    Many of the instruments are still playable and through an established concert programme and as a regular venue during the Edinburgh International Festival, the Concert Room provides a contemporaneous setting for performances, within which the audience can be seen as the interface between the University and the public. For instance, St Cecilia's Hall is the only place in the world where it is possible to hear 18th century music in an 18th century concert hall played on 18th century instruments.

    The instruments are supplemented by an archive of original materials, working papers and a sound archive. The Collection as a whole attracts researchers from far and wide and is an extensively cited resource in international scholarship. Instruments are lent to prestigious exhibitions at home and internationally.

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    Oriental Manuscripts

    A large part of the Oriental Manuscript Collection consists of Arabic and Persian manuscripts. Arabic manuscripts include commentaries on the Koran; traditions of the Prophet and Imam; prayers; law, general history and biography; medicine, mathematics, philosophy and ethics; and, grammar, rhetoric, poetry, prose, tales, dictionary, and controversy. Persian manuscripts include theology, history, biography, and travel; mathematics and astronomy; ethics, poetry, music, composition and proverbs, tales and romances; grammar and dictionary; and, agriculture and war. The Arabic and Persian manuscripts include the World history of Rashid Al-Din, and the Chronology of ancient nations of Al-Biruni, from the 14th century A.D. Hindustani manuscripts include history; poetry and tales; and, astrology. Turkish manuscripts consist of material acquired in Astrakhan and includes several early Ottoman texts, divans of Neva'i and items of dialectical interest. Included in the Oriental Collection are around 100 bundles or parcels of Buddhist works on palm leaves in Burmese, Pali, Sanskrit, Siamese, Tamil, and Tibetan. There are also Sanskrit charters on copper plates, and Oxyrynchus Papyri.

    Book Reader Icon Digital Book: Rashid Al-Din's World History

    Book Reader Icon Digital Book: Al-Biruni's Chronology of Ancient Nations

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    Roslin Institute

    Salvesen Collection

    The history of the firm of Christian Salvesen goes back to 1851 when Christian Salvesen arrived in Leith and set up in business as a shipowner and broker. Two years later he joined the Edinburgh merchant George Vair Turnbull, continuing in partnership with him until he went solo in 1872. Three of his sons, Thomas, Frederick and Theodor joined him in the business; the fourth, Edward, preferred a legal career which began with a law degree from the University of Edinburgh, and which culminated in his elevation to the College of Justice and the Bench as The Hon. Lord Salvesen (1857-1942).

    The archives of Christian Salvesen Ltd were surveyed by the National Register of Archives (Scotland) 1968 and deposited with the University Library in 1969, with several tranches of additional material coming in later years. "A List of the Archives of Messrs Christian Salvesen Limited deposited in Edinburgh University Library" was compiled by Tom Hubbard on a grant from the firm, and was published by the Library in 1981; copies are available for consultation in the Special Collections Department. Histories of the firm held in the Library include "Salvesen of Leith", by Wray Vamplew (Edinburgh & London: Scottish Academic Press, 1975) and "A whaling enterprise: Salvesen in the Antarctic", by Sir Gerald Elliot (Wilby, Norwich [U.K.]: Michael Russell, 1998), both of which have been presented to the Library. Sir Gerald Elliot, Chairman of Christian Salvesen plc from 1981 to 1988, has also presented to the Library a collection of historic books on whaling in the South Atlantic and the Antarctic.

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    Scottish Session Papers

    The case papers of the Scottish Court of Session, Scotland’s supreme civil court, are the most significant, yet still unstudied, printed source for the history, society and literature of Scotland from 1710-1850. During this period, every paper which came before the Court was required to be printed for the lawyers, in a small number of copies. There are three surviving collections of the Session Papers, held by Edinburgh University Library, the Faculty of Advocates, and the Signet Library, all in the city of Edinburgh and containing approximately 250,000 items. From October 2016 to April 2017 – and in partnership with the Faculty of Advocates and the Signet Library – the University led a pilot project which captured 13,500 images from the three collections, tackling examples of volumes from different series, dates and physical states, and surveyed the overall conservation and preservation needs. Further digitisation will be carried out later in 2018 and more images will then be made available.

    Thomson-Walker Portraits

    Walter Scott Image Collection

    The Walter Scott Image Collection is based primarily on the visual materials and realia contained in Edinburgh University Library's Corson Collection. The former include portraits of Scott and of people associated with Scott, art inspired by his novels and poems, illustrations to editions of his works, and pictures of places associated with Scott. They cover a variety of formats: oil and watercolour paintings, drawings, engravings, etchings, lithographs, and photographs. The realia consist of memorabilia and other examples of material culture associated with Scott and his homes and haunts (especially Abbotsford). In addition, there are playbills, title pages, and illustrative material relating to theatrical and musical adaptations of Scott and to translations of his work. The Image Collection also contains manuscripts of Scott's works and correspondence drawn from the Corson Collection and the Library's Laing Collection.

    Like the Corson Collection itself, the Image Database is wide-ranging and eclectic. It is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the diffusion of Scott's work in Scotland, Great Britain, and abroad, in Scott's role in the creation of Scottish national identity, and in his influence on British and foreign depictions of Scotland.

    For more information on Scott's life and work, visit Edinburgh University Library's Walter Scott Digital Archive.

    Have a look at our Flickr map, which shows the locations of some of the engravings in modern-day Edinburgh!

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    Western Medieval Manuscripts