Posts Tagged ‘history’

SepiaTown = Historical Photos + Architecture

Friday, July 29th, 2011

This website allows registered users to upload scanned historical images of architecture and map them. Visitors see thumbnails of the images on a map. You can click on the thumbnail to bring up a full image with information and then click on that image to get a larger one, which is big enough to use in PowerPoint. Note that, on the page with the smaller full image, there is a box towards the bottom with a permalink. This is good to note in the image title, PowerPoint notes, or elsewhere so that you have a record of the image source.

It is helpful to visit the “How to Use SepiaTown” page before delving in too far since there are some interesting features that may not be initially obvious. Two examples are the figure on the map that shows the location of the photographer and direction of view and the “Then/Now” button that shows a contemporary street view from the same perspective. Images for many cities from around the world have already been uploaded.

Autumn 2010 Additions to soaMDID

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Since late September, Visual Services staff have added nearly 1700 images to soaMDID. Among these images are:

  • over 180 images of paintings and drawings by Diebenkorn, Freud, and Kitaj
  • more than 110 images of paintings by Hudson River School artists, Rackstraw Downes, and Giambattista Piazzetta
  • 290 images of figure drawings by a variety of artists: Balthus, Durer, Kollwitz, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rodin, and Rubens
  • more than 300 images of American architecture
  • over 110 images of spirit photography
  • 83 art historical maps

Stop by the Image Library (room 120) if you need help finding these images in soaMDID, or email soail@uw.edu.

Sidney D. Gamble Photographs

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The Sidney D. Gamble Photographs collection at Duke University Libraries provides a wealth of historical images. Gamble travelled in China several times and also took photos in Japan, Korea, and Russia. Currently available on this site are his images from 1917-1932. One can browse the collection by place and subject. Since the bulk of the images are from China, there is an interactive map that shows where and when he photographed. The images are available in a medium size that is appropriate for PowerPoint and a larger size that could be used to make details for teaching.

Marinetti’s Papers

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has several hundred images online from the Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Papers. Marinetti was one of the leaders of Futurism. The collection includes many historical photographs (notes on back scanned as well), some writings, and printed materials. It is possible to download at least two different sizes of each image by clicking through to the image size needed and then right clicking (control-click on a Mac) to save the image locally. The largest images are actually a bit bigger than what is needed for PowerPoint; the medium images will work for PowerPoint as long as they are not stretched to the point of pixelating.

Wellcome Images

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity, based in London, which funds research to improve human and animal health. The trust has an extensive library that includes an eclectic mix of photographs, paintings, prints, and drawings, many of which are now available online through Wellcome Images. Visitors to the site can browse by subject categories or search. The images are not large, but they would work fine for PowerPoint.

Historic Maps

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Happy New Year! Today I learned about an Israeli website that provides a wealth of historic map images. Historic Cities has maps of major cities from around Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Most of the map images are available in low resolution (about right for PowerPoint) and high resolution (some are nearly 3000 pixels on the long side). For some of the cities, links to maps on other sites have also been provided.

Interactive Nolli Map of Rome

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Today’s edition of The Scout Report has an entry on the interactive version of the Nolli Map of Rome that has been put on the web by the University of Oregon. The map engine is flash-based, which means it is not possible to right-click (ctrl-click on a Mac) to save a portion. However, on a Mac, it is possible to press command (apple)-shift-4 then use the cross-hairs to outline the image you want to capture. This creates a png file on your desktop, which can be used in PowerPoint. The file will have to be converted to a jpg to be imported into a soaMDID personal collection. Here is an example of what one of these screenshots looks like.

Online Archive of California

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The Online Archive of California provides access to collections from a variety of California institutions, many of which include images. These are primarily photographs, prints, and posters. While much of it relates to California, the coverage goes much farther afield. It is possible to browse by topic or search. Good size images are available by clicking for a larger view or clicking to zoom in to the desired detail.

Getty Research Library Digital Collections

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The Getty Research Library has been digitizing some of their special collections to make them available online. Currently these collections include early photography in Greece and the Mediterranean, images of festivals (mostly drawings and prints), prints created after Poussin paintings, and photography in Mexico. Image size is sufficient for PowerPoint. Each collection has one or more webpages describing the collection and its contents.

World War I and II Posters

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The University of North Texas has scanned a large collection (nearly 500) posters from World Wars I and II. The images are large, plenty big enough for digital projection, and the cataloging is extensive. It is possible to browse or search the collection.