Posts Tagged ‘digitization’

WPA Music Manuscripts, 1935-1943

Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Copyists from the Detroit Music Project, taken on 8/4/1938. Photo courtesy Walter P. Reuther Archives

Copyists from the Detroit Music Project, taken on 8/4/1938. Photo courtesy Walter P. Reuther Archives

Interested in graphic design, fonts and typography? Unique Michigan histories? We’ve just added a new collection, WPA Music Manuscripts, a digitization and access project that digitized and cataloged detailed and ornate hand-copied music manuscripts produced by Michigan men and women under the WPA during the Great Depression.  The collection and accompanying resources highlight the people and work that were a part of the Music Copying Project, supported by the Federal Music Project and WPA.  The Federal Music Project employed men and women to copy music for WPA orchestras, bands, and choruses to perform.  The collection is currently housed at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s archives.

WPA Music Manuscripts is a collaboration between WSU Music Department, Art and Art History Department, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Library System.

NEW! Visual Resources@WSU

Monday, March 30th, 2009

We’re happy to add to our digital collections–and make available WSU wide–the new Visual Resources Collection.

This collection is an outgrowth of a project to digitize, catalog and make available portions of the Art and Art History Department’s analog slide library.  These efforts by the Art and Art History department have increased access to the collection along with preserving the slide library in digital format.  Most importantly, the Visual Resources Collection contains over 100,000 images from other resources: licensed images from Scholars Resource and AMICA, Art Images for College Teaching, and faculty slide collections housed in the Art and Art History Department.

But what can you do with these images?  The Visual Resources Collection is powered by the latest web-version of Luna, which provides a host of viewing tools, image management, and presentation tools that allow you to embed images in Blackboard and search for images in Flickr.

The collection is available to all WSU faculty and students.  We’re planning to add flash tutorials in the future and the OTL is creating training workshops for Luna, so stay tuned for more.  In the meantime, create an account and start exploring the endless possibilities with the Visual Resources Collection!