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Inaugurata la DPLA – Digital Public Library of America

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L’attesa DPLA – Digital Public Library of America, annunciata da molti mesi, è stata ufficialmente inaugurata poche ore fa. La DPLA contiene 2 milioni e 400 mila documenti.

Leggi qui la notizia:

“The Digital Public Library of America has launched a beta of its website today. The previously planned launch event was to be held at the Boston Public Library this week, but was cancelled as a result of the Boston marathon bombings.The DPLA’s portal brings together the digital collections of public libraries and museums across the country, hoping to offer a streamlined, one stop destination for searching archives.

The project is still in beta, but it launches with several special sections beyond its search portal, including a map and timeline which allow users to browse and search information and items visually, and a library of applications, giving users access to apps created by developers using the DPLA’s API. At the time of launch, the app library includes two applications, both for searching and visualizing the DPLA collections.

The Library also launches with several special exhibitions, including A History of Survivance: 19th c. Upper Midwest Native American Resources in the DPLA, developed with the Minnesota Digital Library, This Land Is Your Land: Parks and Public Spaces, developed by the South Carolina Digital Library, and Boston Sports Temples, developed by the Digital Commonwealth.

The DPLA launches with 2.4 million records, including access to the illuminated 1514 manuscript of The Book of Hours, daguerrotypes of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, and works by Thomas Jefferson”.

URL: <http://dp.la/>

The New South Newspaper (1862-1866): un quotidiano che racconta la Guerra di secessione americana

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Tra le molte interessanti collezioni digitalizzate dalla Università della Carolina del Sud (University of South Carolina Digital Collection) segnaliamo quella che rende accessibili ai lettori le pagine del quotidiano storico The New South Newspaper (1862-1866).

Si tratta di una fonte di grande interesse per chi è interessato alla Guerra civile americana (1861-1865).

“The New South offers a glimpse into an era of unprecedented social upheaval in the South Carolina Lowcountry. In the Battle of Port Royal Sound of Nov. 7, 1861, Union Navy forces seized control of Port Royal Harbor, and Beaufort District’s white residents fled in their wake. Union forces occupied the district through the end of the war. Officials confiscated the abandoned properties and resold them to former slaves and Northern cotton speculators. Abolitionists resettled in the area to provide aid to the newly emancipated slaves, who comprised the overwhelming majority of district residents, and to open schools such as the Penn School on St. Helena Island. In 1865, U.S. Army General William T. Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15, which reserved for former slaves the islands from Port Royal to Charleston (President Andrew Johnson later revoked the order). The years immediately following the war saw Beaufort’s economy diversify, the district reorganize as Beaufort County, and African Americans and the Republican Party rise to political prominence, led by Hastings Gantt, Thomas E. Miller, and Robert Smalls”.

URL: <http://www.sc.edu/library/digital/collections/newsouth.html>

Documenti diplomatici degli Stati Uniti da Truman a Nixon

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Sul sito del Dipartimento di Stato degli Stati Uniti d’America (U.S. Department of State) si possono consultare i documenti diplomatici delle amministrazioni che si sono succedute dal 1945 al 1976.

Nixon-Ford Administrations (1969-1976)

> Vol. I, Foundations of Foreign Policy, 1969-1972
> Vol. II, Organization and Management of U.S. Foreign Policy, 1969-1972
> Vol. III, Foreign Economic Policy; International Monetary Policy, 1969-1972
> Vol. IV, Foreign Assistance, International Development, Trade Policies, 1969-1972
> Vol. V, United Nations, 1969-1972
> Vol. VI, Vietnam, January 1969-July 1970
> Vol. XI, South Asia Crisis, 1971
> Vol. XII, Soviet Union, January 1969-October 1970
> Vol. XIV, Soviet Union, October 1971-May 1972
> Vol. XVII, China, 1969-1972
> Vol. XVIII, China, 1973-1976
> Vol. XX, Southeast Asia, 1969-1972
> Vol. XXIV, Middle East Region and Arabian Peninsula, 1969-1972; Jordan, September 1970
> Vol. XXIX, Eastern Europe; Eastern Mediterranean, 1969-1972
> Vol. XXX, Greece; Cyprus; Turkey, 1973-1976
> Vol. XXXIX, European Security, 1969-1976
> Vol. XL, Germany and Berlin, 1969-1972
> Vol. E-1, Documents on Global Issues, 1969-1972
> Vol. E-2, Documents on Arms Control and Nonproliferation, 1969-1972
> Vol. E-4, Documents on Iran and Iraq, 1969-1972
> Vol. E-5, Documents on Africa, 1969-1972
> Vol. E-6, Documents on Africa, 1973-1976
> Vol. E-7, Documents on South Asia, 1969-1972
> Vol. E-8, Documents on South Asia, 1973-1976
> Vol. E-13, Documents on China, 1969-1976
> Vol. E-14, Part 1, Documents on the United Nations, 1973-1976
> Vol. E-15, Part 1, Documents on Eastern Europe, 1973-1976

Johnson Administration (1964-1968)

> Vol. I, Vietnam, 1964
> Vol. II, Vietnam, January through June 1965
> Vol. III, Vietnam, June through December 1965
> Vol. IV, Vietnam, 1966
> Vol. V, Vietnam, 1967
> Vol. VI, Vietnam, January-August 1968
> Vol. VII, Vietnam, September 1968-January 1969
> Vol. VIII, International Monetary and Trade Policy
> Vol. IX, International Development and Economic Defense Policy; Commodities
> Vol. X, National Security Policy
> Vol. XI, Arms Control and Disarmament
> Vol. XII, Western Europe
> Vol. XIII, Western Europe Region
> Vol. XIV, Soviet Union
> Vol. XV, Germany and Berlin
> Vol. XVI, Cyprus; Greece; Turkey
> Vol. XVII, Eastern Europe
> Vol. XVIII, Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1964-67
> Vol. XIX, Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1967
> Vol. XX, Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1967-68
> Vol. XXI, Near East Region; Arabian Peninsula
> Vol. XXII, Iran
> Vol. XXIV, Africa
> Vol. XXV, South Asia
> Vol. XXVI, Indonesia; Malaysia-Singapore; Philippines
> Vol. XXVII, Mainland Southeast Asia; Regional Affairs
> Vol. XXVIII, Laos
> Vol. XXIX, Part1, Korea
> Vol. XXIX, Part 2, Japan
> Vol. XXX, China
> Vol. XXXI, South and Central America; Mexico
> Vol. XXXII, Dominican Republic; Cuba; Haiti; Guyana
> Vol. XXXIII, Organization and Management of Foreign Policy; United Nations
> Vol. XXXIV, Energy Diplomacy and Global Issues

Kennedy Administration (1961-1963)

> Vol. I, Vietnam, 1961
> Vol. II, Vietnam, 1962
> Vol. III, Vietnam, January-August, 1963
> Vol. IV, Vietnam, August-December 1963
> Vol. V, Soviet Union
> Vol. VI, Kennedy-Khrushchev Exchanges
> Vol. IX, Foreign Economic Policy
> Vol. X, Cuba 1961-1962
> Vol. XI, Cuban Missile Crisis and Aftermath
> Vol. XIV, Berlin Crisis, 1961-1962
> Vol. XVII, Near East, 1961-1962
> Vol. XVIII, Near East, 1962-1963
> Vol. XXII, Northeast Asia
> Vol. XXV, Organization of Foreign Policy; Information Policy; United Nations; Scientific Matters

Eisenhower Administration (1953-1961)

> 1952-1954, Vol. IV, The American Republics (Guatemala Compilation)
> 1952-1954, Guatemala
> 1958-60, Vol. X, Part 1, Eastern Europe Region; Soviet Union; Cyprus

Truman Administration

> 1945-1950, Emergence of the Intelligence Establishment
> 1950-1955, The Intelligence Community

 

URL: <http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/frus/c1716.htm>

L’emigrazione negli USA (1789-1930)

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 è una collezione digitale che offre in libero accesso una selezione di materiale storico conservato presso le biblioteche, gli archivi e i musei della Harvard University al fine di documentare il fenomeno della migrazione verso gli Stati Uniti nel periodo che va dalla firma della Costituzione alla Grande Depressione.

La raccolta comprende circa 1.800 libri e opuscoli digitalizzati, nonché 9.000 fotografie, 200 mappe e 13.000 pagine di manoscritti e materiale d’archivio, che testimoniano l’esperienza di vita dei migranti e documentano le politiche adottate dal governo statunitense nel corso dei decenni.

Il progetto non si limita a garantire libero accesso ai documenti, ma si arricchisce di un’utile tavola cronologica che aiuta a contestualizzare il materiale disponibile fornendo, al contempo, una serie di interessanti dati statistici.

Da segnalare, per la ricchezza dei contributi, la pagina dedicata ai link esterni.

URL: <http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration>

Il lavoro femminile negli USA (1800-1930)

La Biblioteca della Harvard University ha curato la digitalizzazione di una collezione di documenti (libri, pamphlet, riviste, manoscritti, fotografie) che testimoniano le condizioni del lavoro femminile negli Stati Uniti d’America tra il 1800 e il 1930.

La collezione, che porta il titolo Women Working, 1800 – 1930, comprende circa 500.000 immagini digitalizzate di eccellente qualità, disponibili anche in versione stampabile. Nel dettaglio:

  • 7.500 pagine manoscritte
  • 3.500 libri e opuscoli
  • 1.200 fotografie

URL: <http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww>