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News from CSU Special Collections
The start of the Spring Semester witnesses the blossoming of a new group of incoming students from the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, doing a professional internship ("practicum"), an independent studies project, or volunteering for the experience. This semester we are pleased to welcome Rebecca Bailey, Mike Boone, Daniel Jergovic, Aaron Mason and Rich Wisneski to Special Collections. Rebecca will be digitizing another of the Ethnic Women of Cleveland oral history tapes and transcriptions, as well as assessing a collection donated by famous Cleveland journalist Roldo Bartimole. Mike will be digitizing a pair of 16mm black & white films recently donated by a benefactor in New York, showing (we expect) the excavation work for the Terminal Tower, in the 1920s. Dan has been hard at work for several weeks now, cataloging electronic resources and digital images in Cleveland Memory. Aaron will be helping to digitize e-books, such as Cleveland: an inventory of historic engineering and industrial landmarks, by Daniel Bluestone. Finally, Rich will be working with our cataloging and processing staff to develop a template for Special Collections' finding aids, marked up in the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) metalanguage. We thank them all for their help, as we also thank the 15 wonderful SLIS students who have worked with us in Special Collections in past semesters!
News from Around the Region
The Greater Cleveland History Digital Library consortium held its second full meeting on January 27th, 2:00 p.m., in Special Collections at CSU. Twenty-four representatives of major libraries and historical societies, as well as guests from OCLC and the community, heard committee reports, discussed issues and shared ideas on how the group should proceed in its goal of making local history information widely available over the web. In between these semi-annual plenary meetings, the group meets in active committees, studying what information about the history of greater Cleveland should be made available on the web and what means should be employed in this task. For more information, contact Bill Barrow. (More in Cleveland History Blog)
Plans to restore Doan's Brook, in Rockefeller Park, to a natural state have alarmed the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation who are concerned about the possible effects on the various ethnic gardens in the park, along Martin Luther King Drive north of University Circle. The city has agreed to remove portions of the historic stone retaining walls currently channeling the stream, as part of a mediation agreement with the FAA, in exchange for being allowed to destroy some wetlands in the course of expanding the Cleveland Hopkins Airport's runways. Preservationist argue that the channelization of Doan's Brook, done early in the twentieth century as part of the creation of Rockefeller Park, was beautifully done and is now a critical part of the park's historic fabric. To remove the walls and allow the stream to wander, they claim, would destroy that historic ambiance, undermine other portions of the park and damage some of the Cultural Gardens. CCGF press release.
Historic bridges and roads have been in the news lately:
People on the Move
Brian Craig, until recently the Assistant Cataloger and Metadata Specialist for the Western Reserve Historical Society Library, has accepted a position with the Ursuline College Library. The WRHS appears to have a couple of other interesting job openings at present, as listed on their Employment page.
The East Cleveland Public Library is advertising for a part-time Project Archivist to process the historical collection donated by the late Icabod Flewellen. Application period closes February 1st!
If you don't already know of it, the Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System (CAMLS) maintains a comprehensive jobs listing. Worth watching!
Did You Know?
The folks at the Kelvin Smith Library, at Case, have been hard at work digitizing works on Cleveland history and mounting them to a new web site, "Digitized Books on Cleveland”. The work of the library's Preservation Department, the site is an important part of their Philanthropic Families of Case Western Reserve University website and was funded by a generous, long-time contributor. It offers full-text, PDF images of the pages of 50 important books on Cleveland history and includes links to other full text e-books, including many titles from Cleveland State's Cleveland Memory Project. Watch for more digital Cleveland titles at this site, as they move into phase two of their project.
Recent Books, Current Exhibits, etc.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History. "Balto and the 80th anniversary of the Alaskan Serum Run.". An exhibit, opening January 29th, 2005.
Harper, Constance. Who's Who in Black Cleveland. Call and Post. 2004. $25.
Pfingsten, Ralph. From Rockport to West Park. John Marshall Alumni Association. 2004.
This Month in History
1869 - Cleveland Public Library opens for the first time, housed in the Harrington Block. (2/17)
1931 - Severance Hall dedicated as the home of the Cleveland Orchestra. (2/5)
1933 - The worst bank run in Cleveland history begins. Two of the city's largest, Union Trust and Guardian Trust, loose half their deposits in one day and never reopen after the National Bank Holiday. (2/25)
1970 - Nick Mileti awarded NBA franchise, the Cleveland Cavaliers. (2/5)
First, we should all remember that February is Black History Month, so there will be many events celebrating that going on all around town.
February 20th to the 27th is National Engineers Week, so watch for events around those dates, too.
Thursday, February 10th, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 12th, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 13th, seatings at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 13th, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, February 14th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 16th, 7:00
Monday, February 21st, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 26th, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
March 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 20th, 2:00 p.m.
IF YOU HAVE CALENDAR OR NEWS ITEMS FOR MARCH, PLEASE LET US KNOW
(from the Cleveland Press Collection)
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