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'Very Quiet Day, Vague Tension': Digitizing And Sharing The Stories Of School Desegregation And Busing In Boston, Andrew Elder Dec 2015

'Very Quiet Day, Vague Tension': Digitizing And Sharing The Stories Of School Desegregation And Busing In Boston, Andrew Elder

Andrew Elder

In the summer of 2015, University Archives & Special Collections at UMass Boston began to work with a number of area archival institutions to create “a digital library of material that can be widely disseminated for both curricular and scholarly use” related to the history of school desegregation and busing in Boston. Too often, the history of Boston school desegregation seems weighted down by some of the most visible characters involved – politicians, policy-makers, court officials – so we decided early on to focus largely on identifying materials that tell a more complex, personal history of school desegregation and busing in Boston. After ...


The William F. Charters Collection: An Introduction, George W. Geib Nov 2015

The William F. Charters Collection: An Introduction, George W. Geib

George W. Geib

No abstract provided.


Graduate Student Project Provides Digital Access To Civil War Materials, Desiree Butterfield-Nagy Oct 2015

Graduate Student Project Provides Digital Access To Civil War Materials, Desiree Butterfield-Nagy

Desiree Butterfield-Nagy

Thanks to Edward Andrew Kobylarz, a University of Maine graduate student in history, a selection of Civil War related letters and pamphlets from Fogler Library's Paul W. Bean collection is available and searchable online.


Scholarly Communication Institutions: Transforming Scholarship With History, Shawn Martin Oct 2015

Scholarly Communication Institutions: Transforming Scholarship With History, Shawn Martin

Shawn Martin

The current scholarly communication system has developed over centuries; yet, more recently it has been breaking down.  Different disciplines have diagnosed this as an economic breakdown between libraries and publishers, a social failure among academics, and as a technological disruption.  Of course, all of these answers are true to some degree.  By combining approaches from information science and history, it may be possible to understand scholarly communication system more clearly.  Historians such as Steven Shapin in A Social History of Truth (1994) have suggested that academic dialogue rests on “trust.”  As the number of people participating became larger, that trust ...


This Was J.C. Penney: A Century Of James Penney’S Main Street Department Stores In The Rocky Mountain West, David Delbert Kruger Sep 2015

This Was J.C. Penney: A Century Of James Penney’S Main Street Department Stores In The Rocky Mountain West, David Delbert Kruger

David Delbert Kruger

The article discusses the history of the department store chain J.C. Penney in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. West, particularly focusing on Montana. It comments on founder James Cash Penney's early retailing efforts and his time working for the Golden Rule chain of stores. The author examines the configuration, size, and logos of J.C. Penney stores, and describes the shift in the location of stores from main streets to shopping malls. The impact of the Great Depression in the 1930s is also addressed.


The Humanities: The Challenge Of Preserving History In The Digital Age, Irwin Gratz, Desiree Butterfield-Nagy, Michael Grillo Aug 2015

The Humanities: The Challenge Of Preserving History In The Digital Age, Irwin Gratz, Desiree Butterfield-Nagy, Michael Grillo

Desiree Butterfield-Nagy

Irwin Gratz of Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Morning Edition talks with University of Maine professor Michael Grillo and UMaine archivist Desiree Butterfield-Nagy about their recent articles in a special edition of Maine Policy Review focused on the importance of the humanities and the future of archives in a digital age.


Libraries And The Apocalyptic Imagination, Michael J. Paulus Jr. Jul 2015

Libraries And The Apocalyptic Imagination, Michael J. Paulus Jr.

Michael J. Paulus, Jr.

Books and libraries figure prominently in apocalyptic and related forms of literature. The representations of libraries in these imagined, catastrophic futures reveal important roles libraries have had and continue to have in helping individuals, communities, and cultures find ways forward through time. This paper explores the long history of library eschatologies—including ancient apocalypses of the Dead Sea Scroll Library and the book of Revelation, modern apocalypses from Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, and the dystopian anti-libraries of Jorge Luis Borges’s Babel and Tlön—and highlights deep continuities connecting our historical memories, future expectations, and present experiences of libraries ...


Book Review - It's Not My Mountain Anymore, Rita J. Spisak Jun 2015

Book Review - It's Not My Mountain Anymore, Rita J. Spisak

Rita J. Spisak

No abstract provided.


Mass. Memories Road Show Heads To Wayland, Allston-Brighton, The West End, And Umass Boston, Carolyn Goldstein Apr 2015

Mass. Memories Road Show Heads To Wayland, Allston-Brighton, The West End, And Umass Boston, Carolyn Goldstein

Carolyn M. Goldstein

The Mass. Memories Road Show is an event-based public history project that digitizes personal photographs and stories shared by the people of Massachusetts. We work with local communities to organize free public events where every-one is invited to bring photographs to be scanned and included in the archives at UMass Boston. The goal of the Road Show is not only to document local history, but to build and strengthen connections within the communities of Massachusetts.


London Low Life, Jeremy Beneteau, Robert Fletcher, Dayne Lesperance, Omo Oleko, Michael Robinson, Matthew Zahorak Apr 2015

London Low Life, Jeremy Beneteau, Robert Fletcher, Dayne Lesperance, Omo Oleko, Michael Robinson, Matthew Zahorak

Robert P. Fletcher

Publisher's Description: Colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London. It is designed for both teaching and study, from undergraduate to research students and beyond. In addition to the digital documents, London Low Life contains a wealth of secondary resources, including a chronology, interactive maps, essays, online galleries and links to other useful websites. This collection brings to life the teeming streets of Victorian London, inviting students and scholars to explore the gin palaces, brothels and East End slums of the nineteenth century's greatest city. From ...


The Great Divide Of 1890, Meg Miner Dec 2014

The Great Divide Of 1890, Meg Miner

Meg Miner

Learning more about an election dispute that drove an IWU class apart showed the importance of documenting our own lives.