April 29, 2013

Early Canadiana Online Newsletter (Spring 2013)

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Ontario Local and Family History

Ontarians are jealously proud of their local and family history, but this history remains largely inaccessible to scholar and folklorist alike, hoarded in small libraries and archives from one corner of the vast province to the other. In response to member feedback, Canadiana.org has substantially bolstered collection efforts in this area, providing and enhancing access to materials that chronicle the rich historical texture of settlement, industry, culture and local government in Upper Canada and early Ontario.

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Canadian Advertising Art

Each week, we publish image sets from the newest Early Canadiana Onlinetitles on Flickr and Facebook, platforms that support sharing, visualization, and community feedback. This latest series showcases advertising from lavishly-illustrated Canadian magazines, digitized and preserved as part of the Early Canadian Periodicals project.

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Learning From Primary Sources

This guide by York University librarian Vivienne Monty advises teachers on how to work with historical documents to help students read the past in its own context, a critical component to good research. Presenting students with challenges to understanding, and then showing them how to interpret these documents through reference sources and other documents, is an important pedagogical exercise.


Landmark Mass-market Magazines

The British Columbia Fruit and Farm Magazine courted settlers and investors in BC agriculture, most notably in the lush Okanagan Valley fruit farms whose products symbolized the province as a “land of plenty.” This magazine was typical of the agricultural publications that remained dominant in Canada until the 1940s, when farmers began to decline as a serious political and demographic power.
The Canadian Magazine launched in 1893 and continued for over 40 years – an impressive feat of longevity in a small market like Canada’s! It explored a diverse range of topics through contributions from some of Canada’s best creative minds: poets Bliss Carman and E. Pauline Johnson; authors L.M. Montgomery and Nelly McClung; Group of Seven artists Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson and J.E.H. MacDonald; and legendary cartoonist J.W. Bengough.
Everywoman’s World was the most widely-read magazine in Canada by the First World War and also the first Canadian magazine to breach the 100,000 household subscription threshold. Its pages include original writings from L.M. Montgomery, Nellie McClung and Stephen Leacock, among others.
Early Canadian Periodicals is Canadiana.org’s project to identify, digitize, archive, and provide access to all Canadian periodicals published before 1920.

April 12, 2013

ARTstor Update - Tuesday 16 April

Please be advised that we will be performing an upgrade to the ARTstor Digital Library on Tuesday, April 16th between 6:00 AM and 1:00 PM EST. During this time, users will be able to access the Digital Library but may experience some slowness. This upgrade will eliminate the need for Java in the ARTstor Digital Library and single image downloads will be delivered in Zip files (find out why here).

Many versions of Windows come equipped with a built in zip program, but if you need to install a program on your PC, ARTstor recommends 7-Zip, available free at 7-zip.org. Mac users will not need to install software to handle zip files as it is already built into OS X. If you experience any difficulties, please clear the cache on your browser and restart your Web browser. If you continue to experience difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact User Services atuserservices@artstor.org.

Kind regards,

ARTstor User Services Team

April 02, 2013

ARTStor News - April 2013

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Yupik Eskimo | Mask: The Bad Spirit of the Mountain | late 19th century | Dallas Museum of Art

ARTstor to help launch the Digital Public Library of America
ARTstor is partnering with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to provide access to more than 10,000 high-quality images from six leading museums. The DPLA will aggregate and make available data records and links to images from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art (paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection), the Walters Art Museum, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. 
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Sandro Botticelli | Primavera; Allegory of Spring | c. 1478 | Galleria degli Uffizi | Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com; scalarchives.com | © 2006, SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

Spring mysteries: Botticelli's Primavera
Spring is here! Sandro Botticelli's Primavera is arguably the most popular artistic representation of the season, but many unanswered questions surround this masterpiece of the early Renaissance. When exactly was it painted, and for whom? What are its sources? What was its original title?
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Salvador Dali | Cybernetic Lobster Telephone from Imaginations and Objects of the Future | 1976 | Image © Dallas Museum of Art | © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, VEGAP, 2006Now available: Additional images from the Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art has collaborated with ARTstor to make 2,751 additional images available in the Digital Library and in the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program. The release includes images of works by artists such as Bonnard, Dalí, Delacroix, Dürer, Kandinsky, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Rauschenberg, Rembrandt, Renoir, and more.
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New agreement: Contemporary architecture in Mexico from ART on FILE)
ARTstor Digital Library and ART on FILE are collaborating to release approximately 1,200 new direct-digital capture photographs of architecture, built environment projects, and landscape architecture in Mexico City.
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New agreement: Images from the permanent collection of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
ARTstor and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) are collaborating to share 250 images from the permanent collection of the Museum at FIT.
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René Magritte | The Eye, c. 1932/35 | The Art Institute of Chicago Collection | © 2009 C. Herscovici, London / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New YorkARTstor to drop Java
In response to security concerns, ARTstor will eliminate the need for Java in the ARTstor Digital Library. In the near future, single image downloads will be delivered in zip files. In addition to removing the need for Java, using zip will allow ARTstor to pursue other feature enhancements, such as additional options for image group downloads.
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