Friday, October 24, 2014

Trial: Classic Arabic Texts Online

From now through November 21, 2014, we have trial access to a beta version of Classic Arabic Texts Online from Brill.
The trial version includes access to the following texts:

Kitab Futuh al-buldan (Arabic text) | Author: Ahmad b. Yahya al-Baladhuri | Edited by: M.J. de Goeje (1866) The Kitab Futuh al-buldan by Ahmad b. Yahya al-Baladhuri (d. c. 892 CE), edited by M.J. de Goeje and originally titled Liber expugnationis regionum (Leiden, 1866), offers an account of the early conquests of the Islamic polity. It has the form of a geographical survey of the Caliphate’s territories, describing how each location came under Muslim rule.

Kitab Futuh al-buldan (English translation) | Subtitle: The Origins of the Islamic State | Author: Ahmad b. Yahya al-Baladhuri | Translation by: P.K. Hitti (volume I: 1916) and F.C. Murgotten (volume II: 1924) The Origins of the Islamic State is the English translation of Kitab Futuh al-buldan, written by Ahmad b. Yahya al-Baladhuri (d. c. 892 CE). The work offers an account of the early conquests of the Islamic polity. It has the form of a geographical survey of the Caliphate’s territories, describing how each location came under Muslim rule. It was translated into English by Philip KhĂ»ri Hitti (volume I: 1916) and Francis Clark Murgotten (volume II: 1924).

Mukhtasar Kitab al-Buldan | Subtitle: Bibliotheca Geographorum Arabicorum 1-5 | Author: Ibn al-Faqih al-Hamadhani | Edited by: M.J. de Goeje (1885) Ibn al-Faqih was the Iranian author of a Geography in Arabic entitled Kitab al-buldan written around the year 903. The original work is lost, but the abridged version, possibly composed around 1022, has survived in a handful of manuscripts. Only three manuscripts were known during De Goeje’s life and he used them all for his edition, which was originally published in 1885. Its introduction includes a summary of Ibn Faqih’s life on the basis of the classical sources by De Goeje. Ibn al-Faqih’s Kitab al-buldan offers geographical and historical details not found in other sources, and it was in itself an important source for later works, for example by Muqaddasi and Yaqut.

As Brill builds out this product, they plan to add the following texts by the end of 2014:
Bibliotheca Geographorum Arabicorum (with indices and glossaries) edited by M.J. de Goeje and J.H. Kramers
De Goeje’s edition of al-Tabari’s Ta'rikh al-rusul wa l-muluk
Origins of the Islamic State by Murgotten and Hitti, the English translation of al-Baladhari's Kitab Futuh al-buldan

Please send comments and feedback to Shayee Khanaka.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Event: Learn more about ProQuest tools and databases

On Thursday, November 13, a team from ProQuest will be coming to campus to tell us more about some of the products we are considering licensing and to answer our questions.  A series of short sessions will be offered following the schedule below (note a few repeat sessions).

These sessions are open to all -- librarians, faculty, graduate students, etc.  Anyone with an interest in learning more is welcome.
All sessions will be held in 305 Wurster Hall.  It's a food-friendly room, and ProQuest is planning to bring in snacks, so come hungry and come curious!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Primary Source: Collections related to World War I

Europeana 1914-1918 is an ongoing effort to digitize primary and secondary pan-European resources illustrating the history of World War I. The collection will include over 400,000 documents digitized by 10 state libraries in Europe, 600 hours of unique film material, and personal papers and memorabilia of people involved in the war.

World War I Postcards from the Bowman Gray Collection includes war-themed cards produced in Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, and the U.S. during the war. More than 6,400 cards are on display in this collection and are searchable and browsable by different categories.

First World War 100 at The National Archives is a collection of British armed forces records and government papers being digitized to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Trial: ProQuest Trial Extended to November 30

If you did not explore the extensive resources offered by ProQuest during the Sept/Oct trial period, you have another chance. The trial has been extended through November 30.

The URL for the trial is (be patient, it takes a while for the page to load).

These resources include Historical Newspapers, British Periodicals, History Vault collections like Slavery and the Law and Politics and Society 1960-1975, and many, many others. If any of these resources support the research that you or your students are doing, it is important that you let me know. Please email me with your feedback.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Exhibit: California: Captured on Canvas

California: Captured on Canvas represents a first for the Bancroft Library Gallery: it consists exclusively of paintings from The Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection. These paintings depict many aspects of California from the 1840s to the 1960s, including landscapes both vast and intimate, colorful urban scenes, and depictions of its inhabitants from the Californios of early Mexican California to a vibrant likeness of tennis great Helen Wills.

More than 40 paintings have been selected from the Library’s collection, including scenes of Yosemite, the Gold Rush, and turn-of-the-century Chinatown. Artists represented include William Keith and Thomas Hill along with more contemporary painters. A six by eight foot painting by Charles Grant, of "The Great White Fleet entering the Golden Gate in 1908," is only one of the numerous and varied artistic interpretations of the Golden State on exhibit.

The gallery is open Mon-Fri, from 10am-4pm.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Primary Source Collection: Law and Society Since the Civil War

One last resource recently required through by the Law Library is ProQuest History Vault: Law and Society Since the Civil War

This module consists of 11 collections from the Harvard Law School Library. These are the papers of Albert Levitt, Felix Frankfurter, Livingston Hall, Louis D. Brandeis, Richard H. Field, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Roscoe Pound, the Sacco-Vanzetti Case, Sheldon Glueck, William H. Hastie, and Zechariah Chafee. Taken together, Frankfurter’s and Brandeis’s papers provide a behind-the-scenes view of the Supreme Court between 1919 and 1961. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Papers include Holmes’s correspondence from 1861 through 1935. Holmes was a prolific and brilliant correspondent and his letters have been acknowledged as an extraordinary record of a wide-ranging and imaginative intellect. The Sacco-Vanzetti case papers offer researchers an inside view of the legal strategy in this controversial case.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Primary Source Collection: Women's Studies Manuscript Collections

Another recent purchase of the Law Library was ProQuest History Vault: Women's Studies Manuscript Collections

This valuable collection of materials from the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College tells the story of the fight for voting rights for women at the national, regional, and local levels. The papers of key national leaders like Julia Ward Howe, Anna Howard Shaw, and Matilda Gage are included. Equally important are the papers of lesser known state and local leaders like Catharine Waugh McCulloch of Illinois, Olympia Brown of Wisconsin, and Nellie Nugent Somerville of Mississippi. In addition to the Voting Rights papers, this module also includes records on women involved in national politics, like Mary Dewson and Jeannette B. Rankin.