As the fifth largest in the nation, the Libraries extend their reach through the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, and the Copyright Advisory Office, each of which partners with researchers to create and share new knowledge.
The Georgetown University Library is an agile organization that respects the heritage of the past while anticipating the requirements of the 21st century. By providing preeminent services, collections and spaces, the Library shapes the creation of knowledge, conserves culture for posterity, and transforms learning and research.
The Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI) aims to preserve the University’s vast compendium of historical and cultural artifacts and to make them easily accessible for future generations. The initiative is supported by $15 million allocated by Indiana University’s president.
Contributing to its rich environment for research and learning is the former home of Ambassador John Work Garrett, which houses 16th and 17th century English literature, including Shakespeare, Bacon, Spenser and Milton, plus some of the most important and beautiful ornithological works by Audubon, John Gould, and Alexander Wilson.
The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library is so cutting edge that it has been selected for the nationally syndicated PBS series, Cool Spaces!, a prime-time television program that profiles exciting architecture in the United States and ‘the daring architects who push the boundaries of design and materials’.
ScholarSphere, a suite of repository services that support the long-term durability of the University’s increasingly digital research and cultural heritage collections, enables faculty, staff, and students to share scholarly works such as research datasets, working papers, research reports, and image collections. ScholarSphere will make these works more discoverable, accessible, and usable.
Marcel Breuer, one of the most influential architects and furniture designers of the 20th century, passed through the city of Syracuse briefly and then decided to donate his papers to the university library, which has digitized over 30,000 of his drawings, photographs, and letters. Scholars now study his work online.
The mysterious marginalia found in a rare 1504 Venetian edition of Homer’s The Odyssey, which is housed in special collections, has finally been identified as a shorthand system invented by Jean Coulon de Thevenot in the late 18th century.
The Neil Armstrong Commemorative Website and Archive contains images, documents and texts relating to the teaching career of Neil Armstrong at the University of Cincinnati, as well as an interactive timeline describing his life and career. He was an engineer, pilot, astronaut, and teacher.
An 1899 picture of women employees in the Ansonia Brass & Copper Company in Waterbury, Connecticut, found in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, shows that women of many ages were hired to work with heavy machinery. There is no evidence of any kind of protective gear common today.
The culture and history of public and commercial broadcasting are documented in The Library of American Broadcasting and the National Public Broadcasting Archives collections of audio and video recordings, books, pamphlets, oral histories, photographs, and personal collections.
As early as 1926, faculty from the University of Havana taught at the University of Miami. Library materials related to Cuba grew to support scholarship in Latin American and Caribbean studies. The Cuban Heritage Collection reinforces the University’s commitment to a continuing relationship with its neighbor.
Archeology professor emeritus Jeffrey R. Parsons donated photographs, now digitized, from his fieldwork in the Basin of Mexico and in Peru where he documented Pre-Columbian settlement patterns. Among the locations he examined are Ixtapalapa, Zumpango, Texcoco, Chalco, Xochimilco, Jauja, Huasahuasi, Junin, and Tarma.
For more than three years, a library blogging team has posted a letter, diary entry, news story, or document corresponding to the same date of the Civil War, exactly 150 years earlier. The Civil War Day by Day is now the winner of a Primary Source Award from the Center for Research Libraries.
The strengths of the Library’s extensive collections in theology and church history generally correspond to the graduate research emphases of Notre Dame’s theology Department: biblical studies; church history; moral theology, and liturgical studies. The Catholic tradition and the Jewish context of Christian origins are thematic emphases.
Thomas Jefferson created the original University of Virginia library, selecting nearly all of its 7,000 books. Some of these books survived the disastrous 1895 fire in the Rotunda and are now found in special collections.
Extensive Civil War manuscript collections include letters, memoirs, and diaries from both Union and Confederate soldiers. The collections include the memoirs of Archibald Atkinson, Jr., a Confederate surgeon with the Army of Northern Virginia.