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New collections added to the Stanford Digital Repository in July, 2012

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by Tony Navarrete | Sunday, August 12, 2012

In July, approximately 300,000 images representing nearly 800 items were accessioned into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). These materials include ~700 books from the Stephen J Gould Rare Books collection, roughly 150 Japanese maps, and the Montana Gothic publication.

Stephen J Gould Rare Books
Stephen Jay Gould was a renowned evolutionary biologist, paleontologist, historian of science, educator, popular science author, and polymath, as well as an enthusiastic collector. This project, focused on digitizing Gould's extensive holdings of rare books which  the Libraries acquired after his death, is part of the Stephen Jay Gould Papers project that enables research and educational communities to discover and access this unique collection of materials. Books digitized under this project are also being sent to Google and will be visible in the Google Book Search.
Example image: http://purl.stanford.edu/vh879sb9999
Added to SDR: 693 volumes, consisting of over 288,000 scanned pages
Content Contact: John Mustain

Gaihozu Maps
Known collectively as "Gaihozu Maps", these maps of Japan and territories outside of Japan (referred to as "Gaihozu") were produced by the Japanese Land Survey Department of the General Staff Headquarters. Created between the Meiji era and the end of WWII, this collection is part of a world-wide effort to preserve this historically and scientific important set of materials. More information about this collection is available in an article in ReMix, the Stanford Libraries Newsletter. Branner Library holds ~10,000 of these maps. This represents the initial portion of the digitization work.
Example image: http://purl.stanford.edu/cg640zz1731
Added to SDR: 147 maps, 294 images
Content Contact: Julie Sweetkind-Singer and Salim Mohammed

Montana Gothic
Montana Gothic was the first independent (small press) literary magazine published in Montana. Mixing Montana poets and artists with national and international expatriate literary culture, all with a surrealist flavor, during its brief existence the publication developed an international following.
Example image: http://purl.stanford.edu/wy556fb3061
Added to SDR: 6 volumes consisting of roughly 700 pages
Content Contact: Roberto Trujillo

Inclusion in the Stanford Digital Repository ensures that these materials are available to researchers and scholars (while upholding appropriate access restrictions), now and in the future through a secure, sustainable stewardship environment. While many of these objects are already discoverable via SearchWorks others will get SearchWorks records in the coming months. All materials are currently available via the item’s PURL (a persistent URL which ensure that these materials are available from a single URL over the long-term, regardless of changes in file location or application technology).

Questions about the Stanford Digital Repository service should be directed to sdr-contact@lists.stanford.edu.

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