American Memory is an aggregation of more than 9 million transcriptions, audio files, and still and moving images from the Library of Congress and other institutions, all documenting the American experience. The material is grouped into more than 100 collections browsable by topic (maps, religion), LC subject headings (i.e. Posters, Haymarket Affair), or by title (i.e. “African American Odyssey” or “The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920”). The metadata is excellent throughout and images range from good to excellent, with some even offered as high resolution TIFFs.
Digital Resources from Libraries, Museums and Archives features descriptions of and links to digital media resources developed by IMLS grantees (a few notable examples include “Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project” and “Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books”). Collections range in focus widely, from oral histories of rural farmers to historic costume to rock art, but users can search or browse to access specific collections. Media types and quality also vary from collection to collection (and sometimes within collections) but may include transcriptions, still and moving images, or sound files.
The Domestic Interiors Database tracks the evolution of the domestic interior (through secondary representations) from the Renaissance until today. It includes interpretative data as well as standard reference information, and both simple keywords and advanced parameters can be used to search records. The database includes both visual and textual sources, in the first case prints, paintings, photographs, film stills, etc and in the second novels, correspondences, advertisements, periodicals, etc. The depth of information and the breadth of sources make this a particularly valuable resource for scholars of domestic spaces.
The Smithsonian Archives Image Gallery offers a single interface for the browsing and searching of the vast holdings of the Smithsonian’s many sub-institutions, including the National Museum of the American Indian, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and National Anthropological Archives. Users can browse by sub-institution, subjects, or object types, or access images using keyword searching. A variety of media types are available, including very good quality still and moving images, sound files, transcriptions, etc., and users can limit searches by media type.
The World Digital Library offers historically significant primary documents (including books, manuscripts, and still and motion pictures) from all inhabited regions of the world in high quality digital format. One can browse by region, time period, object type and more, or search by keyword. Individual images can be saved as high quality TIFFs; multi-page works can be saved page-by-page as TIFFs, or as whole documents in PDF format; and video and audio recordings are available for download as MPEGs or MP3s, respectively.
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