To organize the many pieces that form just one stained glass window, artists often create full-scale drawings of the final work that serve as maps for the intricate process.
Last week, the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford launched an online portal to over 115,000 open-license images from their collections.
The 11-volume On the Mixtures and Powers of Simple Drugs by 2nd-century Greek physician Galen, with its ancient guidelines for pharmacology, was standard reading for centuries in the medical profession.
Considered the “people’s literature” in the 17th century, broadside ballads were sold for a penny or halfpenny, their pairing of a comic or satiric song alongside a woodblock illustration making them popular bawdy amusement across classes.
One of the major textual resources on pre-Columbian Mexico is now online in a digital platform launched this month.
By this summer, Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art plans to have over 4,000 Native American art objects digitized.
Wallpaper has been the subject of exhibitions at institutions like New York’s International Print Center and Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery, and artists like Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst have even created their own designs.
Around 52,000 letters, sketchbooks, photographs, and other ephemera of 20th-century British artists will be accessible online by next summer. The first 6,000 items were revealed this month as part of the Tate Archive.
The digitization of Charles Darwin’s scientific archive is half completed. When it’s finished, the project will allow researchers and anyone who’s curious to follow the steps that brought the 19th-century naturalist to formulate his evolutionary theory.
A few weeks ago, the Wellcome Library announced a new initiative to digitize more than 800,000 pages of material from British psychiatric hospitals. Dating between the 18th and 20th centuries, the trove includes examples of patient artwork and writing, as well as patient-produced publications.
Getting museum and library archives digitized is one thing; uniting them on a platform that’s uniform and accessible is another.
The Internet Archive is using public domain digitization to offer an entryway into its over 500 years of historical texts already online.