ARTstor and the University of Illinois Library Announce Collaboration

ARTstor is collaborating with the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to share approximately 9,100 images from a variety of special collections in the ARTstor Digital Library. The collection in ARTstor will consist of images digitized from visual materials held in the University Library, which are relevant to a variety of fields, including Irish political history, theater and costume history, and campus architecture and design. The University Library’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library is the principal repository for early manuscripts and rare books, including three special collections that will be shared in the ARTstor Digital Library. The Collins Collection of Irish Political Cartoons consists of approximately 70 images relating to the political history of Ireland from the late 19th century to the early 20th century; Portraits of Actors, 1720-1920 features nearly 3,500 images of actors and actresses, including studio portraits, images of actors in costume, and illustrations of actors in performance; and the Motley Collection of Theater and Costume Design consists of approximately 5,300 individual items relating to more than 150 stage productions designed by the Motley Group between 1932 and 1976, including costume and set designs, sketches, notes, photographs, prop lists, storyboards, and swatches of fabric.  The University Library will also share its Built Environment Collection, approximately 250 images of primary source materials related to the development of the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the University Library (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) collection page in ARTstor.

Friday diversions

Google’s Keyword Guessing Game is a fun way to think about image indexing, keyword relevancy, and finding images online. The game asks you to think of the keyword that produced the grid of 20 images shown. You have 20 seconds to guess the keyword, but extra points are awarded for speed. View How to Play for some tips.

The game is developed by Grant Robinson, who is working on other projects such as Montage-a-google or Make It-Share It. More information can be found on his blog.

Works Progress Administration Posters

By the People, For the PeoplePart of the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress, the By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress’s collection of more than 900 is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library’s holdings in the 1940s. (Text and images from By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943)

Tuberculosis PreventionPrints for the People One third of a nation