12.0132 K-12 practices; American Memory collections

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 16 Jul 1998 08:15:42 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 132.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (72)

[2] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (99)
Subject: Four new "American Memory" collections

Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 13:32:52 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>

July 15, 1998

The Arts: On-Site and On-Line

A year-long study of how arts organizations can best use digitally
networked resources to engage K-12 students in learning and experiencing
the arts has produced a set of "promising practices" as part of its on-line
final report.

Members of the project, "Arts: On-Site and On-Line," devised seven broad
categories as criteria for evaluating on-line and electronic educational
materials. Within these categories, the group made recommendations it felt
characterized the most promising practices. The seven categories are:

1.Quality of content and its interpretive presentation
2.Diversity of Information
3.Graphic Design
4.Applicability for Teaching
5.Links and Related Resources
6.Engaging and Stimulating
7.Enhancing the Real Experience.

The report suggests that the outline of recommendations within these
categories could be used by museums developing educational resources
on-line, by teachers developing collaborative projects with arts
organizations, as a framework for planning and as a list of recommended

The web site contains a detailed account of the project, a collaboration
between the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Cal Performances, and
K-12 teachers from several schools in the San Francisco Bay Area under the
umbrella of UC Berkeley's Interactive University Project.

David Green


>Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 15:27:48 -0700
>From: rinehart@uclink2.berkeley.edu (Richard Rinehart)
>The Arts: On-Site and On-Line
>This website is the product of a year-long collaborative project between
>the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Cal Performances, and K-12
>teachers from several schools in the San Francisco Bay Area under the
>umbrella of UC Berkeley's Interactive University Project. This group asked
>the question:
>"How can site-based arts organizations - museums and performing arts
>presenters - best employ new technologies and the Internet to engage K-12
>students in learning and experiencing the Arts?"
>This comprehensive web site contains a full project description, all
>meeting minutes, links to case studies, and a list of suggested "promising
>practices" for using the Internet to foster improved education and
>collaboration between arts organizations and schools. The information and
>recommendations contained here may be useful for: K-12 teachers when
>looking for educational resources on the Internet; museums and arts
>organizations when creating educational electronic resources; performing
>arts institutions, museums, and K-12 schools when planning collaborative
>educational projects that will make use of technology and the Internet; and
>the larger community of individuals and organizations wishing to make
>effective use of electronic educational materials.
>If you have any questions regarding this project please contact Richard
>Rinehart at rinehart@uclink2.berkeley.edu.
>Richard Rinehart
>Information Systems Manager & Education Technology Specialist
>Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
>@ University of California
>& President-Elect, Museum Computer Network, http://www.mcn.edu/

Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 16:19:24 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Four new "American Memory" collections

July 15, 1998


Railroad Maps, 1828-1900

From the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the Farm
Security Administration - Office of War Information, 1935-1945

Buckaroos in Paradise: Cattle Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982

An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, 1490-1920

An eclectic covey of four new digitized collections has recently been
announced by the Library of Congress: 19th century railroad maps; 164,000
of the rather famous FSA photographs of depression America; motion
pictures and sound recordings documenting Nevadan cattle-ranching practice;
and some two hundred
social dance manuals.

David Green

>Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 09:37:08 -0500
>From: Tamara Swora <tswo@loc.gov>
>To: david@ninch.org
>The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program has released
>four new collections.
>(This message is being widely posted)
>The first release with more to follow -- Railroad Maps, 1828-1900
>The maps presented are a selection from the Geography and Map Divisions
>holdings, based on the popular cartobibliography, "Railroad maps of the
>United States: A Selective Annotated Bibliography of Original
>19th-century Maps," in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of
>Congress. Additional railroad maps from this bibliography will be added
>throughout 1998. The digital images were created by staff in the
>Geography and Map Division by scanning the original map on a
>large-format (24 x 34 inches) flatbed scanner using RGB (red-
>green-blue) color separation. The TIFF files were compressed, using a
>wavelet-based image compressing software called Multi-Resolution
>Seamless Image Database, or MrSID. This software integrates multiple
>resolutions of an image in a single file which enables Internet users to
>zoom in, getting more and more detail.
>The FSA/OWI photo collection -- From the Great
>Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945
>The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information
>Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever
>produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the
>images show Americans in every part of the nation. In the early years,
>the project emphasized rural life and the impact of the Great
>Depression, farm mechanization, and the Dust Bowl. In later years, the
>photographers turned their attention to the mobilization effort for
>World War II. The core of the collection consists of about 164,000
>black-and-white photographs. This release provides access to nearly
>45,000 of these images; future additions will expand the black-and-white
>offering. The FSA-OWI photographers also produced about 1600 color
>photographs during the latter days of the project.
>Buckaroos in Paradise: Cattle Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada,
>The Buckaroos in Paradise collection presents documentation of a Nevada
>cattle-ranching community created by the Paradise Valley Folklife
>Project, with a focus on the family-run Ninety-Six Ranch. This initial
>release includes 42 motion pictures and 28 sound recordings that
>document the work and life of the Ninety-Six Ranch and its cowboys,
>known in the region as buckaroos. In the next release, an archive of
>about 2,400 still photographs will portray the people, sites, and
>traditions in the larger community of Paradise Valley, home to persons
>of Northern Paiute Indian, Anglo-American,Italian, German, Basque,
>Swiss, and Chinese heritage. Most of the collection was created by the
>folklife research project,undertaken by the American Folklife Center
>from 1978 to 1982
>The first release with video to follow later this year -- An American
>Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490- 1920
>An American Ballroom Companion presents a collection of over two hundred
>social dance manuals at the Library of Congress. Along with dance
>instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a
>significant number of histories, treatises on etiquette, and items from
>other conceptual categories. Many of the manuals also provide historical
>information on theatrical dance. All illuminate the manner in which
>people have joyfully expressed themselves as they dance for and with one
>another. Library of Congress staff selected this set of materials
>relating to ballroom dance from various divisions and collections in the
>Library. Selections came from the General Collections, the Music
>Division, and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

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