Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Cool Things On The Internet

Harvard University Library has made a number of their collections available online. Through Harvard's Open Collections Program (OCP), the University advances teaching and learning on historical topics of great relevance by providing online access to historical resources from Harvard's renowned libraries, archives, and museums. OCP's highly specialized "open collections" are developed through careful collaborations among Harvard's distinguished faculty, librarians, and curators.

Two "open collections" are currently accessible: Women Working, 1800-1930, and Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930. They are currently developing two additional collections: Contagion: Historical Views of Contagious Disease and the Islamic Heritage Project. These collections include digitized books, maps, photographs, pamphlets, etc.

Other online collections made available by Harvard University include: Digital Scores from the Collections of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, and the Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection, to name just a few.

For those of us without means to travel to Harvard to utilize their rich resources of archival and historical material (primary sources), these digitized collections open up a whole new world. Check out Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program as well as their other web-accessible collections.

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