Collection News: March 2009
From Women's clubs to Womyn's collectives, the University Libraries offer a wide range of materials to support research in gender and cultural history. Here are a few highlights from Special Collections' guide to Manuscript Resources for Women's Studies and beyond:
The collections of women's clubs, societies, and organizations are especially rich. While you may be thinking garden clubs and tea parties, these include political organizations, such as the records of the Arkansas Woman's Suffrage Association and the Arkansas Council on Human Relations, sororities and honor societies such as Delta Delta Delta and Delta Kappa Gamma, and professional organizations such as the Fayetteville Business and Professional Women's Club Scrapbooks and the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association Records.
The Arkansas Cookbook collection offers more than 1,000 hard-to-find community, advertising, church, and club publications, dating from 1929 to the present day. Here you will find such classics as Pel-Freeze Rabbit Recipes, Burnt Offerings, and Don't Sit in... Cook Out!. As many chuckles as these clever titles offer, the books serve as important documents of the food, foodways, social history, and culture of Arkansas. Read more about this collection in a 2008 Research Frontiers article.
The Fayetteville Women's Library was founded by Diana Woodall and "Guthrie'' (the publisher of Up and Coming, a Fayetteville feminist/lesbian newsletter) in 1982 to provide access to publications concerning women, particularly feminists and lesbians. The materials in Special Collections' Manuscript Collection 1180 include books, periodicals, reprints, clippings, and other vertical file material on general subjects concerning women, including women's rights, abortion rights, health, and violence against women. Files also pertain to local and regional feminist and lesbian activities. The balance of the collection consists of books and feminist and lesbian periodicals from all over the United States. Books from this collection can be found both in Special Collections and in the Main circulating library. Researchers can browse a combined list of book and periodical titles in this collection by searching the subject "Fayetteville Women's Collection" in the library catalog.
Perhaps you have already stopped by to watch --or contribute to-- the mandala in progress in the Walton Reading Room this month.
Want to know more about the arts and culture of Tibet? The Libraries offer a number of research databases to help you discover books, articles, and other scholarly materials in our collections and beyond:
|Check the library catalog, InfoLinks, under subjects such as "tibet history" or :"buddhism tibet" or "tibet art" for books, recordings, and other materials in our collections.|
|Search WorldCat for books, recordings and other materials held by other libraries.|
The Libraries offer several research databases to locate scholarly articles and other publications on Tibet. The Bibliography of Asian Studies indexes articles, book chapters, and and conference proceedings published since 1971 on all aspects of East, Southeast, and South Asia.
The Religion Index covers scholarly articles, books, and dissertations on all faiths; coverage of comparative religion is especially strong.
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) holds extensive collections on Asia; you can browse many of these items in the CRL catalog. You can read more about CRL Tibetan resources in a recent issue of their newsletter.
CRL is a "library's library." Research libraries who are members of CRL can borrow rare research materials for their users. Read more about what CRL can do for you.
The ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) has added a number of backfile journal and conference volumes to their subscription service, the Online Research Library. In many cases, journals now are online back to the first date of issue. The ASCE Online Research Library currently includes complete ASCE conference papers published from 2001 to the present, with select papers published from 1996 to 2000. Some of the topics covered by the ASCE Research Library include:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Architectural Engineering
- Coast, Ocean, Port, and River Management
- Cold Region Engineering
- Computing in Civil Engineering
- Construction Engineering
- Energy Engineering
- Engineering Mechanics
- Environmental Water Resources Management
- Forensic Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- History and Heritage of Civil Engineering
- Pipeline Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Transportation & Infrastructure Engineering
- Urban Planning and Development
Classical Music Library, an online collection of more than 50,000 music tracks from labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more, has a new interface.
Users can now Browse by Album, which allows users to browse all classical works by album and find associated recordings of those works. They can also develop and share personal playlists or selected recordings and tracks.
Users will also find links to Classical Music Library from Oxford Music Online, a gateway to several different music reference sources.
Thanks to a faculty gift, the Libraries have recently added online access to the Oxford Classical Dictionary (OCD), the comprehensive one-volume reference source covering all aspects of the classical world, including Greek and Roman history, literature, myth, religion, linguistics, philosophy, law, science, art and archaeology, and topics in near eastern studies and late antiquity.
The online version of the OCD allows you to search for names, places, concepts, and events across the entire dictionary. So handy for those late night arguments over Phidippides and Philippides!