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Growing Fields in the Bailey/Howe Lobby

Friday, May 10th, 2013

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The Bailey/Howe Lobby is host to a colorful summer collection of farm and food images in a new exhibit called “Growing Fields.”  The gallery features UVM’s Farmer Training Program, as well as historical snapshots from the Center for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections and the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project.

Image reproductions, broadsides, and books document the changing face of farming in Vermont, from traditional practices of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to the back to the land movement, to a new generation of farmers working in the model of sustainable agriculture.

To learn about the nutritional value of Vermont’s local foods, visit the related exhibit at Dana Medical Library entitled Super Foods of Summer.

Fleming + CDI Digitize Images of Japan

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

A Tourist’s Album of Japan

Katherine Wolcott and her uncle, Robert Hull Fleming, compiled this photo album on their visit to Japan in 1909. It contains nearly 40 leaves of collected photographs and postcards, numbering two to three per album page. The pictures range in content, some depicting staged photos of daily life while others portray landscapes and countryside. The album itself measures approximately 11 x 14 x 4 inches. Users can view the entire album, or individual images.

A Collaboration

This collection represents a collaboration between the university’s Robert Hull Fleming Museum, where the album is housed, and the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives. Conceived of as part of the Museum’s Shadows of the Samurai: Japanese Warrior Traditions exhibit, this new online resource invites many perspectives on early twentieth century Japan.

Japan in Context

Wolcott’s album captures a unique view of Japan at the brink of burgeoning Western influence. After defeating the Russians in the Russo Japanese War (1904-05), Japan began to cement itself as a global power, and its efforts to modernize began to attract Westerners. The images in this album depict a Japan with a strong national heritage and cultural appreciation as well as a newfound embrace of modernization and technology.Most of the pictures in the album sold commercially as a form of postcard. In the early 1900s, the Japanese populace began consuming millions of these types of commercially produced picture postcards. Eventually, the medium became so popular that it started to replace the more traditional wood block print. The citizenry sought pictures of their budding nation, wanting to hold a still image of the rapidly modernizing and changing countryside.

Free Cake and Cider!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

McAllister Photographs Digitization Complete

It’s taken three years, but we have finally digitized over 9,000 photographs by Louis L. Mcallister!

Come celebration the culmination of this huge collection.

McAllister Photographs Reception
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Bailey/Howe Library
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Meet the folks who worked hard on this collection, view some of the images, and enjoy free cake and cider!

The cake will even feature one of the photographs from the collection.

Porter Thayer Photos Online

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This collection is being digitized through a collaboration between the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives and the Brooks Memorial Library.  The collection launched with 100 initial photos in December 2010, after which batches of 50 images will be added to the collection on a continuous basis.  This work is supported in part by a grant from the Windham Foundation.

When completed, the collection will contain 1300 photographs of Windham County made from silver gelatin prints by this early 20th century itinerant town photographer. The prints were made in 1980 from the 5×7 glass plates negatives held at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, Vermont.

“During the time period Porter worked, Vermont was extremely poor and rural, yet held a close-knit population that shared the labors of life. Farmers helped one another to survive in a subsistence and barter economy. For women, men, and children, life meant constant work. Thayer’s images describe the work and the tools involved. His landscape images reveal this working landscape, which today is mostly hidden by trees.” (by Jessica Weitz and Forrest Holzapfel)

Read more about this collection in a recent article from The Commons News.

New Digital Collection of Long Trail’s Early Years

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives is pleased to announce our newest collection, the Long Trail Photographs, is now available online. This collection documents the nation’s first long-distance hiking trail. It is comprised of over 900 digitized glass lantern slides dating to the 1910s – 1930s. The collection captures the landscapes seen by early hikers, documenst recreational and maintenance activities on the trail, and provides an historical record of people associated with the trail’s formation. The photographs were taken by early Long Trail advocates Theron S. Dean and Herbert Wheaton Congdon.

This collection launch coincides with the March 11, 2010 centennial of the Green Mountain Club, the member organization which built and maintains the Long Trail. The CDI will present the collection to Green Mountain Club members at their Birthday Gala celebration. This GMC event is open to the public, but RSVP soon – space is limited.

CDI Discusses Local History Resources on TV

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

As Seen On TV – Historical Sources Online

Live at 5:25 – Thursday, February 25, 2010 – Channel 17

The UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives shared some of its excellent local history resources with the audience of Preservation Burlington’s “Live at 5:25.” Outreach Librarian Robin Katz was joined by two Library staff members who have helped create CDI collections.

Mary Van Buren-Swasey of the Cataloging department uses her local history expertise to create rich museum-level descriptive records for the ongoing additions to the McAllister photograph collection. Dan DeSanto, a staff member in Reference and Instruction and a recent graduate of the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Science, is currently working on our forthcoming collection of Long Trail photographs.

In this video, Robin, Mary and Dan highlight collection materials, share anecdotes about the research involved in digital collection production, and invite viewers to further explore the CDI.

This episode will be shown again on Channel 17 on these dates:
Tuesday March 2, 2:30 PM
Tuesday March 9, 2:30 PM
Tuesday March 16, 2:30 PM
Tuesday March 23, 2:30 PM

To invite the CDI to address your audience, please contact us.

See how the CDI was mentioned on a previous “Live at 5:25″ show entitled “Researching Your Old House” and featuring historian and museum consultant Erica Donnis:

Louis McAllister’s Historic Burlington Photos Now Online

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Audio Slideshow: Louis McAllister

It has been said that the 25,000 photographs in Special Collections’ Louis McAllister collection “span the marvelous (circus sideshows with signs promising ‘Viking giants,’ ‘freaks,’ and ‘strange people’) to the mundane (serene shots of bank interiors and children’s dance recitals).”  This heavily-used collection of commercial photography is now available online.

Researchers will appreciate the collection’s “museum-level cataloging” created by library faculty and staff. Extremely detailed records for individual photographs will aid scholars, genealogists, and history buffs.

See the Louis L. McAllister Photographs for yourself at the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives. New materials are constantly being added.

CDI’s Top Ten Most Viewed Items of 2009

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Presenting the year’s most used materials in the Center for Digital Initiatives online research collections:

10. Circus People, McAllister photographs

9. Burlington Lakefront, McAllister photographs

8. A.D. Pease Grain Co., McAllister photographs

7. Using the One-Man Pick-Up Baler, Hay Harvesting in the 1940’s

6. Andrew Craig Fletcher to Andrew and Ruth Fletcher, 1864 October 20, Fletcher Family papers

5. Burlington Dump, McAllister photographs

4. Deer Hanging Upside Down Surrounded by Hunters, Tennie Toussaint photographs

3. Hand Methods of Harvesting Hay, Hay Harvesting in the 1940’s

2. The Buck Rake, Wind Stackers, and Field Chopper in Use, Hay Harvesting in the 1940’s

1. Horses Pulling a Snow Roller, Tennie Toussaint photographs