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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Palo Alto Online interviewed Ben Stone, the Stanford Libraries’ curator of American and British history, about the recent acquisition of the Bob Fitch photographic archive.  Working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Fitch captured on film the movements led by Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez, to each of whom he was granted close privileged access by SCLC’s support of the civil rights movement.  Stone stated, "These images that Bob Fitch took add a visual component to these histories. Images often tell the story in different ways. I think they add great depth and complexity to the story. It's hard to study these movements without seeing the images. They capture things that paper-based archives don't or can't."

To read the full article, visit Palo Alto Online.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A new exhibition has just opened at the Music Library entitled Treasures from the Archive of Recorded Sound, on show through August 14. The exhibition was curated and installed by the Archive of Recorded Sound's Interim Operations Manager, Benjamin Bates, who describes the content and theme of the exhibit in more detail. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Satirical print of French aristocrats

The Stanford Libraries is highlighted in today's issue of the Stanford News for its recent release of the French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA). The archive, a collaboration between the Stanford Libraries and the Bibliothéque nationale de France, contains both images and textual documentation of the French Revolution's early years.

Friday, March 14, 2014

We've set up trial access for a new database called VoxGov (http://voxgov.com). Please take a moment to put the database through its paces and send any feedback you have to me at jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu by April 8, 2014.

VoxGov has a powerful search and pulls together a large swath of US federal public domain government information with social media data and displays it in a visually understandable way.

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