History (General)

Soteriou Papermaking Archive

Description

"The purpose of this website is multiple: to visually preserve and document vanishing Indo–Islamic hand papermaking traditions, and as well, to offer free use of any and all images.

Life through time is known by expressions revealed through fine art, manuscripts and preservation of historic and cultural information. All rest upon a quiet substrate – paper. Paper has its own story to tell. Artisans trace their family’s papermaking heritage back generations and through countries in times of peace and times of conquest. Their migrations, family culture and norms, and the techniques and materials they used, are in tandem with history and culture through time. Stories and recollections from elder artisans inspired Alexandra Soteriou to gather and photograph their way of life, papermaking methods and heritage....

Tabs on the left allow the viewer to search for images by subject. Pictures may be freely used but must include one or more of the attributions shown at the Terms of Use tab above. Double click on any of the images to view a high resolution version. Click on the link below the high resolution image to access a download.

The Soteriou Papermaking Archive has been made possible through collaborative effort. Early research and original photography was facilitated in part by a 1985 Fulbright Fellowship and along with decades of subsequent personally funded fieldwork. Digitization of original slide images was accomplished thanks to a 2015 grant from The Islamic Manuscript Association, TIMA. Creation of this website would not have been possible without the continued support of Professor Timothy D. Barrett, The University of Iowa Center for the Book, and The University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Department and Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio."

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Database
Images
Stable URL
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Istanbul Urban Layers

Alternative Titles
Istanbul Urban Database
Description

"Istanbul Urban Database is an accessible, interactive mapping platform for historians, architects, city planners and other researchers to examine and contribute to the collective memory of Istanbul. This project is a sustainable platform that blends a wide range of historical data, and is the most comprehensive online archive of Istanbul’s urban history.

The project is an ongoing digital humanities project developed by Nil Tuzcu, a researcher at MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative. The project is being developed in collaboration with Professor Sibel Bozdogan, Gul Nese Dogusan Alexander, and Marysol Rivas Brito.

The platform presents a series of historical maps, aerial imagery, historical photos, geographical features like historical transportation routes, as well as many points of interest such as the historical beaches of Istanbul. Users can selectively examine historical maps or superimpose multiple maps with adjustable transparency values, and overlay georeferenced features to the base maps. The project also provides a tool for side-by-side comparison of two maps from different times, allowing users to examine in detail the changes took place over time. The Istanbul Urban Database can be used on its own or be integrated into other projects. This is a unique approach to history research: focusing not only on the examination of archives but also supporting seamless integration with ongoing historical research. An API is currently being developed for serving and exporting different layers, so that the database can serve an even wider range of interests and purposes.

Istanbul Urban Database currently has 8 categories: base maps, transportation, photos, major roads, spaces of everyday life, housing, master plans, and growth: Base maps include aerial photos, Jacques Pervititch insurance maps which were drawn between 1921 and 1946, and several Ottoman era maps provided by the Harvard Map Collection.

The transportation layer currently hosts 1922 city transportation layers: ferry lines, train lines and tramway lines. Major roads are presented as a different category because of their impact on city growth. Both transportation and major roads layers were studied and drawn by Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative researchers.

The master plans layer presents the archive of Henri Prost, a renowned French architect and urban planner, who was invited to Istanbul by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to develop the city’s master plan. Although Prost stayed briefly in Turkey from 1936 to 1951, his master plans had a long term impact on city’s redevelopment.

The spaces of everyday life category includes beaches, casinos, movie theaters and patisseries that reflect the modernization of Istanbul in the mid-century. This category also presents spaces that no longer exists."

Type
Database
Images
Map(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/42772
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Foreign Office Files for the Middle East 1971-1981

Description

This collection includes diplomatic correspondence, minutes, reports, political summaries and personality profiles from the British Foreign Office Files for the years 1971-1981

The collection addresses the policies, economies, political relationships and significant events of every major Middle East power. Conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli War, the Lebanese Civil War and the Iranian Revolution are examined in detail, as are the military interventions and peace negotiations carried out by regional and foreign powers like the United States and Russia.

Commercial interests are also scrutinised, with in-depth analyses of Middle East nations’ economic stability and reviews of international arm sales policies. The activities of oil producing nations such as Saudi Arabia are closely monitored, with particular reference to the Gulf States and members of OPEC.

The collection is in three modules:

Module 1: Middle East, 1971-1974: The 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the Oil Crisis
Module 2: Middle East, 1975-1978: The Lebanese Civil War and the Camp David Accords
Module 3: Middle East, 1979-1981: The Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War (available early 2017)

Access is through the Archives Direct platform and the collection may be cross-searched with other resources such as Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969.

Type
Database
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/42707
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British Periodicals

Description

British Periodicals I and II includes facsimile page images and full text for a broad range of British periodicals published between the 17th and the 20th century.

British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals that comprise the ProQuest microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, and the social sciences.


British Periodicals Collection II consists of more than 300 journals from the ProQuest microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts together with additional titles, amounting to almost 3 million pages. Topics covered include literature, music, art, drama, archaeology, and architecture.

Type
E-Journal(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/42639
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British Periodicals

Description

British Periodicals I and II includes facsimile page images and full text for a broad range of British periodicals published between the 17th and the 20th century.

British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals that comprise the ProQuest microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, and the social sciences.


British Periodicals Collection II consists of more than 300 journals from the ProQuest microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts together with additional titles, amounting to almost 3 million pages. Topics covered include literature, music, art, drama, archaeology, and architecture.

Type
E-Journal(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/42637
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Zhonghua Ancient Books Database 中华经典古籍数据库

Description

This is a database of ancient books created by Zhonghua Book Company 中華書局 (ZHBC).  All the materials included are proofread, collated, and published by ZHBC, covering Confucian classics, history, philosophy, and literature.  This database features the Twenty-Four Histories (dynastic histories from remote antiquity until the Ming Dynasty), annotation and commentaries of Thirteen Classics in the Qing Dynasty, collection of historical notes, and basics of classical literature, among many others.  Currently there are 630 titles in the database, with 400 million characters.

Note: Two concurrent user limit.

Type
Database
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/42272
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Codices Vossiani Latini Online

Description

"The Codices Vossiani Latini Online publishes all 363 codices which form the world-famous Latin part of Isaac Vossius’ manuscript collection held at Leiden University Library. The Codices Vossiani Latini count a large number of early medieval manuscripts (a whopping 76 Carolingian manuscripts dating from before 900), including major sources of many classic texts. Famous are the oldest sources of Lucretius’ De natura rerum, of Cicero’s philosophical works, and the earliest manuscript of Plinius’ Historia naturalis known to be produced north of the Alps (Northumbria, eighth century). Other highlights include an illustrated herbal from around 600 and the Aratea, an astronomical treatise from around 840, manufactured at the court of Louis the Pious with 39 beautiful miniatures of the constellations....

The 363 codices in all comprise 40,278 openings, resulting in 84,266 images, including covers and flyleaves.

The manuscript collection is enriched by detailed information drawn from by K. A. de Meyier's catalogues of the codices, providing users, both students and researchers, with essential information on the content, context, and physical appearance of each codex."

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Database
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/42116
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Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia Online

Description

"The Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia is one of the most important European primary sources for the study of the modern Gulf region from the 17th to the early 20th century. The Gazetteer, was compiled and written by John Gordon Lorimer (1870-1914), an official of the Indian Civil Service. The Gazetteer was intended as handbook for British policy makers and agents in the area. The wealth of historical, political and geographical information from which Lorimer composed the Gazetteer was sourced from official documents of the British government in India and the Gulf, from British naval and military establishments and the East India Company archives, and first-hand research and surveys. It is the fullest account of the state of knowledge of the region in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and as such is still an important tool for researchers.
This full-text searchable online version offers scholars and students unique possibilities to study and consult this important work."

Type
Database
Dictionary
Handbook
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/41857
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McGill Library's Islamic Lithographs digital Collection

Description

"The Islamic Studies Library Collections at McGill University include over 750 lithographed volumes printed in the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century in the Middle East (Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Turkey), North Africa (Morocco), and South Asia (India, Pakistan).

The McGill Library's Islamic Lithographs digital Collection started with a selection of sixteen Arabic lithographed books, which were physically displayed in the Islamic Studies Library between February 1st and September 30th 2014. The digitization of Islamic lithographs at McGill is now a work in progress, and this digital collection is therefore a continually updated resource.

Visitors can browse the collection by country of publication or language [Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Urdu]. All books are accessible full text, either in PDF on the McGill website, or using the online reader of the Internet Archive."

Type
Catalog
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/41656
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