Have you seen LA Public Library’s “Shades of LA” archives?


The Los Angeles Library’s “Shades of LA” photo archive contains more than 10,000 images of black, Latino and Asian-American families throughout Southern California dating back to the early 20th century. Here, librarian Kathy Kabayashi explains the very deliberate process of gathering so many images from people’s private archives as part of this grass-roots community history project.



Fashion Drawings & Sketches in the Collections of FIT and the New York Public Library


Looking for eye candy? This digitized collection of thousands of fashion drawings and sketches produced by André Fashion Studios between 1930 and 1941 is the result of a partnership between the Picture Collection of The New York Public Library and the Special Collections & FIT Archives of the Fashion Institute of Technology Library. Thank you!! Browse seasonal designs like winter wear for 1937-38, search for costume components like scarves, collars, blouses, peplums, and raglan sleeves, or enjoy the artistry of designers like Chanel, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Lelong, Patou and many others. Where? Here.

The Stereogranimator


Happy Friday! I highly encourage you to play with The Stereogranimator, The New York Public Library’s new website which allows patrons to create their own animated files or 3-D images from the Library’s collection of stereographs, a popular 19th Century photo format. The web project gives this important, historic medium new life, and also highlights the work of NYPL patron Joshua Heineman, who started creating his own moving images from Library stereograms as an art project for his blog.

Robert Frederick Bernstein: Architectural and Sculptural Works, 1975-1993


My father, Robert Frederick Bernstein (1950-1993) lived and worked as an artist and architect in Los Angeles, California. He died when I was 13 years old. Recently I have developed an archive of his known works using the Web-based content management system, Omeka. It is my hope to gather as many materials as I can representing the artistic and architectural work that my father produced in his lifetime.

Images of my father’s work have been preserved for close to 20 years now in my mother’s garage, or else generously donated to me by his former clients, co-workers and associates. It has really been a wonderful experience for me getting in touch with so many of these people. I am learning more and more about Robert with each phone call, email, and letter I receive. Thank you 1,000 times over to all of you who helped me make this collection come to life.

Listen & Play With Victor Talking Machine Company Audio Files via The National Jukebox!

Image: Library of Congress
The Library of Congress (and Sony Music) have created The National Jukebox, historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The National Jukebox features more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925 as well as playlists compiled by Library of Congress curators, project partners, and guest experts from audio selections available on the website.
Want to have some fun? Create your own playlist! Listeners can compile a group of recordings that they think will be of interest to others, describe it, and send it to LC. For existing playlists and further instructions on how to submit, go to http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/playlists