Posted by: Amanda Rust
Google Books, in partnership with many of the great libraries in Europe, has just released full-color scans of important texts from the 16th and 17th centuries. They include Nostradamus’ prophecies, Kepler’s textbook on astronomy, and several works by Galileo including his Systema cosmicum, arguing that the Earth revolves around the Sun.
The full-color scans are particularly important for illustrations, diagrams, maps, and distinguishing handwriting. Some of the books ages’ lead to bleedthrough (where the type on the other side of the page is visible), but even in those cases the full-color images give a sense of how the physical material has changed over time.
There is not a separate interface through which you can access these books, but using the date limiters in the Google Books Advanced Search will help you find them. More detail is available at the Inside Google Books blog post.
Posted in: English and American Literature, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Research Online
Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian
We are pleased to announce that the historical records of the Cambridge Eviction Free Zone are now available in the NU Archives, located on the lower level of the Snell Library.
This collection is part of the local history collections in the NU Libraries Archives and Special Collections. Many people do not realize that, in addition to collecting historical records of Northeastern, we also collect local history records and documents, focusing especially on Boston-area social justice organizations that serve under-represented communities.
Founded in 1988, the Cambridge Eviction Free Zone (EFZ) was an independent, tenant-run community organization that worked for social and economic justice in the areas of housing and tenants’ rights, rent control, and immigrant voting rights.
The collection includes meeting minutes, reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, promotional materials such as flyers, photographs, signs, and memorabilia. View a guide to the collection and read a complete press release about the collection.
Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, History, Library News and Events
Posted by: Jamie Dendy
Northeastern University Libraries announce the acquisition of two new digital collections to further our support of important research and teaching at the University. Both collections provide critical resources that complement the expanding interdisciplinary nature of scholarship across the campus.
Historical Black Newspapers. This collection consists of three leading African-American newspapers: Chicago Defender (1910-1975), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), and Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002). These primary source materials are vital to the study of African-American history and culture and to a comprehensive understanding of U.S. history in general.
Full text searching includes valuable photographs and images, advertisements, and arts reviews. This collection celebrates the achievements and documents the struggles of the African-American community through much of the twentieth century. The collection supports research among multiple disciplines, including African-American studies, history, political science, sociology, and urban studies.
JSTOR: Arts & Sciences VIII Collection. This new addition to the valuable and popular JSTOR database of important journals across most subject areas expands the JSTOR collection by adding over 140 journal titles in the core humanities disciplines.
The new addition includes journals in art history, classical studies, history, language and literature, music, and philosophy. Art and architecture journals include rare 19th century titles taken from important collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick collection
For more information about these collections and how to effectively search and make use of them, please contact a subject librarian or request research assistance.
Posted in: African-American Studies, Art, History, Journalism and International Affairs, Library News and Events, Music, Research Online