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       [1] From: ubiquity <ubiquity@HQ.ACM.ORG> (9)
             Subject: Ubiquity 3.34

       [2] From: "danna c. bell-russel" <dbell@loc.gov> (86)
             Subject: New Ameritech Collections in American Memory

             Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 06:40:04 +0100
             From: ubiquity <ubiquity@HQ.ACM.ORG>
             Subject: Ubiquity 3.34


    Ubiquity: A Web-based publication of the ACM
    Volume 3, Number 34, Week of October 7, 2002

    In this issue:

    Interview --

    Inside PARC

    Johan de Kleer talks about knowledge tracking, smart matter and
    other new developments in AI.

             Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 06:41:26 +0100
             From: "danna c. bell-russel" <dbell@loc.gov>
             Subject: New Ameritech Collections in American Memory

    Good afternoon,

    This announcement is being sent to a number of lists. Please accept our
    apologies for duplicate postings.

    With a gift from Ameritech in 1996, the Library of Congress sponsored a
    three-year competition ending in 1999 to enable public, research, and
    academic libraries, museums, historical societies, and archival
    institutions (except federal institutions) to create digital collections of
    primary resources. These digital collections complement and enhance the
    collections of the National Digital Library Program at the Library of
    Congress. They will be part of a distributed collection of converted
    library materials and digital originals to which many American institutions
    will contribute. The most recent additions to the American Memory
    collections are The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820,
    Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869, and
    Reclaiming the Everglades: South Florida's Natural History, 1884-1934.

    The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 is drawn from the
    holdings of the University of Chicago Library and the Filson Historical
    Society of Louisville, Kentucky. Among the sources included are books,
    periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, scientific publications, broadsides,
    letters, journals, legal documents, ledgers and other financial records,
    maps, physical artifacts, and pictorial images. It incorporates roughly
    15,000 pages. The collection documents the travels of the first Europeans
    to enter the trans-Appalachian West, the maps tracing their explorations,
    their relations with Native Americans, and their theories about the
    region's mounds and other ancient earthworks. Naturalists and other
    scientists describe Western bird life and bones of prehistoric
    animals. Books and letters document the new settlers' migration and
    acquisition of land, navigation down the Ohio River, planting of crops, and
    trade in tobacco, horses, and whiskey. Leaders from Thomas Jefferson and
    James Madison to Isaac Shelby, William Henry Harrison, Aaron Burr, and
    James Wilkinson comment on politics and regional conspiracies. Documents
    also reveal the lives of trans-Appalachian African Americans, nearly all of
    them slaves; the position of women; and the roles of churches, schools, and
    other institutions. This collection can be found at
    <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award99/icuhtml/ >.

    Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 incorporates
    49 diaries, in 59 volumes, of pioneers trekking westward across America to
    Utah, Montana, and the Pacific between 1847 and the meeting of the rails in
    1869. The diarists and their stories are the central focus and the
    important voices in this collection, which also includes 43 maps, 82
    photographs and illustrations, and 7 published guides for
    immigrants. Forty-five men and four women wrote of their experiences while
    traveling along the Mormon, California, Montana or Oregon trails.
    Twenty-three writers (21 men and 2 women) were travelers along the Mormon
    Trail, while 19 men and one woman were chroniclers of the California Trail.
    Three men wrote about their travels to Oregon. John C. Anderson traveled
    with his brother-in-law and a cook by "ambulance" to Montana and returned
    by boat to the east, while Kate Dunlap traveled with her husband and
    children to settle permanently in Bannock City, Montana. Benjamin Ross
    Cauthorn, along with his parents and brothers, thought their destination
    was the 1860s gold rush territory of Montana, only to discover, upon
    reaching Montana, that it was late in the gold game and so they pushed on
    to Oregon. Stories of persistence and pain, birth and death, God and gold,
    trail dust and debris, learning, love, and laughter, and even trail tedium
    can be found in these original "on the trail" accounts. The collection
    tells the stories of Mormon pioneer families and others who were part of
    the national westering movement, sharing trail experiences common to
    hundreds of thousands of westward migrants.

    The source materials for this collection are housed at Brigham Young
    University, the University of Utah, Utah State University, the Church
    Archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Utah State
    Historical Society, the University of Nevada, Reno, the Churchill County
    Museum in Fallon, Nevada, and Idaho State University. This collection can
    be found online at <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award99/upbhtml/>

    Reclaiming the Everglades: South Florida's Natural History, 1884-1934
    includes a rich diversity of unique or rare materials: personal
    correspondence, essays, typescripts, reports and memos; photographs, maps
    and postcards; and publications from individuals and the government. Major
    topics and issues illustrated include the establishment of the Everglades
    National Park; the growth of the modern conservation movement and its
    institutions, including the National Audubon Society; the evolving role of
    women on the political stage; the treatment of Native Americans; rights of
    individual citizens or private corporations vs. the public interest; and
    accountability of government as trustees of public resources, whether for
    the purposes of development, reclamation, or environmental protection. The
    materials in this online compilation are drawn from sixteen physical
    collections housed in the archives and special collections of the
    University of Miami, Florida International University and the Historical
    Museum of Southern Florida. These collections are normally available only
    by appointment at the holding library in Miami. "Reclaiming the
    Everglades" now makes these valuable materials freely accessible to users
    worldwide. This collection can be found online at

    Additional information on the LC/Ameritech competition can be found at
    <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award/>. Please direct any questions to

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