A collection of Anglo-European avant-garde and modernist magazines dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries has been compiled by Monoskop.
Clubs for ugly people, ear trumpets designed for mourners, mesmerism as a cure — disability in the 19th century reflected all of the Victorian era’s oddities and societal changes. Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts is a digital research archive of text and images on this more overlooked aspect of history.
From rows of tiny pinned insects to drawers of stuffed birds of prey, the holdings of natural history museums are as varied as the biodiversity they collect. However, accessibility is often a problem, as is the connection of data across institutions.
After serving as a Romanian war photographer from World War I through 1920, Costica Acsinte settled in Slobozia in the south of the country and set up a studio called Foto Splendid Acsinte. There he proceeded to document the surrounding community in over 5,000 images.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle — also called, at various times, the Brooklyn Eagle and Kings County Democrat and simply the Brooklyn Eagle — covered the goings on of the city and borough of Brooklyn for over a century. The Brooklyn Public Library’s local history division, the Brooklyn Collection, has teamed up with Newspapers.com to make the entire run of the Eagle available online for free.
Back in the 1930s and 40s, the NYPD was keeping a close eye on potentially subversive political groups.
Three decades of activist material from what is one of Great Britain’s most intensive international grassroots political organizations is now online.
Through the recently digitized scrapbooks of Harry Houdini, you can be transported to the world of 19th-century magic, an era of deception and curiosity about the unknown.
The French Revolution Digital Archive, a partnership between Stanford University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, was announced this week with some 14,000 high-resolution images.
Sometimes museums and archives don’t know the treasures they already have, collecting dust on some forlorn shelf or hidden away in a forgotten box. Through mislabeling or earlier disorganization, great works of art and history are sometimes lost for years before being “discovered” right inside the museum walls.
Ahmed Zaky Abushady was a polymath in the Victorian mold, a preeminent Egyptian literary figure, bee scientist, inventor, and physician who found pathways between modes of thought and scholarship long before “interdisciplinary” became an academic catchall.
The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford and the Vatican Library have some of the richest collections of ancient biblical texts, but most of them are inaccessible to the general public. Now, through a collaborative project, 1.5 million manuscript pages are being digitized for public access online.