I’m ready for my close-up, or, one of the reasons I love working with high resolution scans from large format negativesPosted: November 27, 2013
Part of my job includes cataloging images from the University of Louisville’s extensive photograph collection. I’m currently working on the Caufield & Shook collection. In the 1920s, the Caufield & Shook photographers captured images of Louisville on a large-format camera that produced 8 x 10 in negatives. We scan the negatives at a high resolution which reveals details not immediately visible in the original. I’ve been zooming in and capturing some of the faces that returned the gaze of the giant camera pointed in their direction. The photographs below are close-ups and you can click on the links to see the full sized images. See if you can locate the faces looking back at you.
This is the first close-up I noticed when I started cataloging the collection. I was mesmerized and began collecting close-ups as I worked through the images. We believe this man worked at the Komstohk Candy Co. next door to the Marion E. Taylor building.
Children on the playground of the George Prentice school.
Although ostensibly just a photograph of the Mammoth Life Insurance building, this close-up revealed an image of the Louisville Leader office as well. Follow the Leader link to images of the newspaper and find information about how you can help transcribe pages for the digital collection.
Workers in the Campbell Company tobacco factory.
Woman looking out a window near railroad tracks on Frankfort Avenue.
by Sarah-Jane Poindexter
The University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections (ASC) recently launched The Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA) Project. This timely project will document the history and culture of Louisville’s underground music scene from the 1970s to the present, with a focus on the 1980s and 1990s. Generally speaking, records of popular culture are underrepresented in archives, putting this history at risk for loss, and in this case, creating a gap in the historical record related to independent/underground music culture in Louisville.
ASC’s goal is to address the gap by actively collecting a wide variety of materials including oral histories, show recordings, set lists, photographs, zines, posters, flyers, t-shirts, ephemera, correspondence, business records, and early web history related to the music scene. This is in keeping with ASC’s mission to collect, organize, preserve, and make available for research rare and unique materials, particularly relating to the history and cultural heritage of Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding region.
In addition to reflecting late-20th and early-21st century culture in the Louisville, the local music scene has had influence beyond the Ohio Valley, making it a subject of interest outside of our immediate community. Though the LUMA project just formally began, it has been developing for years in conversations between archivists Heather Fox, Carrie Daniels, Elizabeth Reilly, and Sarah-Jane Poindexter. Then in 2012 music writer and lawyer Paul Curry donated a run of the local music zines “Hard Times” and “Burt : the official Burt the cat fanclub newsletter.” This donation of local music writings, followed by the untimely passing of three major contributors to the music scene – Jason Noble, Jon Cook, John Kampschaefer – all within a year, the LUMA team felt a sense of urgency to officially launch the project.
Materials donated to this project will be professionally preserved, organized, described, and made accessible to students, scholars and the general public. LUMA project archivists will digitize select materials and make them available online via the Libraries Digital Collections. Items that are not digitized will be described and be discoverable through ASC’s website and may be accessed through the ASC research room on the lower level of Ekstrom library, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. Ultimately, the Louisville Underground Music Archive will be an authoritative and comprehensive research collection freely available to the community and preserved for future generations. ASC plans to use collection materials to engage the public with Louisville music history through the curation of exhibits and other programming.
Keep up with the LUMA project on Facebook and stay tuned for the launch of the digital collections website as well as a community donation/archiving event in 2014. For more information or to make a donation, please contact the LUMA project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you avoid business databases and reference books because you think they are packed full of financial ratios, P&L statements, or tax laws that will make your head spin? If so, you may be missing out on some interesting and useful information.
Although the word business originally meant simply the “quality or state of being busy,” over time it has acquired a monetary connotation, and is now generally considered “the activity of making, buying, or selling goods or providing services in exchange for money,” but not necessarily for profit. Thus, business encompasses almost everything we purchase, use, view, and participate in every day, and business resources cover everything from your morning coffee (Folger’s is the best-selling brand according to Business Rankings Annual, found on Table 15 in Ekstrom) to local banks, hospitals, and schools (see Louisville Business First Big Book of Lists 2012) to television shows (NCIS edged out Sunday Night Football for the most viewers during the 2012-2013 season according to Market Share Reporter, also on Table 15 in Ekstrom).
Looking for an auto repair shop near UofL? Use the custom search option in ReferenceUSA’s U.S. Businesses Database. Select “General Automotive Repair Shops” from the Major Industry Group list under Business Type, and “Radius Search” under Geography. Enter UofL’s address or zip code with the desired distance to get names, phone numbers and addresses of the closest repair places.
Starting a job search? Learn more about various industries and potential employers by using links on the Industry Profiles & Overviews and Company Profiles & Directories pages of UofL’s business research guide. Then use the company news links to stay up to date for your interviews.
Want to know which large charities are the most efficient in terms of converting your donations to charitable services? Check out ”Charity All-Stars” and “50 Largest U.S. Charities, by the Numbers” in Forbes, which is available through Business Source Premier.
Shopping for a new phone? Read the latest Consumer Reports reviews, also available via Business Source Premier.
 “business, n.”. OED Online. September 2013. Oxford University Press. 7 November 2013 <http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/25229?redirectedFrom=business>.
 “business.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/business>.
At some time in your life at UofL, you may have received a survey from one of the departments in the library. [It’s even more likely that you’ve participated in a survey from another department.] When they’re done right, surveys can provide a low cost opportunity to sample a population’s behaviors and attitudes. Currently, we’re analyzing the text responses from the last major survey in 2012. With almost 3700 free-form responses, it’s been quite a task! But, we’ve finished analyzing the faculty responses, are about 2/3 of the way through the graduate responses, and eager to start on the undergraduate responses.
While surveys provide valuable feedback, often times, they don’t explain why a behavior happens, or clarify/contextualize a response. For this purpose, the University Libraries utilizes focus groups, observation studies, and advisory boards. Many times, these qualitative studies require no more than an hour of your time. And, most times we give an incentive for participation!
Currently we have:
- Completed focus groups with 2nd year medical school students
- Conducted observation studies in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room
- An active Libraries Student Advisory Board
Upcoming studies include:
- Library website usability study
- Archives and Special Collections focus groups
Why does it matter?
For the Libraries
Collectively, the findings from of each type of study give us a more holistic understanding of user needs & expectations. This, in turn, informs changes that we make to the libraries and their resources.
This is an opportunity for you to not only share where you’ve had successes (or failures) with the libraries and its systems, but share insight as to how you think it can be done differently. I know you’re bursting with ideas! You’ve used other libraries, other sites, and had lots other experiences that have developed your creative muscle.
Additionally, by sharing through these formal channels, your voice will be heard by those empowered to make changes. In fact, we already have implemented changes that came from your suggestions – we’ve increased the number of electrical outlets, increased hours during finals, and most recently created more quiet study space with our 4th floor renovation.
How do I get involved?
- If you haven’t already done so, connect with us on our social media pages
- Keep an eye out for our calls for participation – we’ll post them on social media and via other avenues on campus
- Respond to that call – time involvement can be anywhere from 15 minutes up to an hour
We want to learn from you; we want to listen; and, we want to make your experience better.
On November 6, Archives and Special Collections opens its latest exhibit, “All Aboard!” We are celebrating our L&N Railroad collections — the Photographic Archives collection of L&N photographs (including glass negatives), Rare Books’ early railroad publications, and University Archives’ L&N Railroad Company records. For the last few months, I’ve had the privilege of going through these materials looking for photographs, documents, maps, menus, timetables… all sorts of items that will help tell the story of the L&N.
I was already familiar with the L&N collections, since these records are frequently used by academic historians, community researchers, and train modelers. But preparing this exhibit helped me see it in a whole new way. First, it made me appreciate the tremendous variety and quality of photographs in this collection. As you would expect, there are many pictures of trains – interiors, exteriors, loaded freight cars, locomotives — you name it, and there is a picture of it.
Among my favorites are several shots of workers on and around the locomotives, as in this image of locomotive number 209 in Decatur, Alabama, taken around 1915.
The photographs sometimes include sweet surprises, as with this image of the of Ringling Brother-Barnum and Bailey circus train. If you look closely, you can see elephants reaching their trunks out of the car:
Working with the L&N Magazine has also been a special treat. In addition to stories on different cities, it ran features on the different types of freight carried by the railroad: the L&N shipped everything from bananas, peanuts and other types of produce, to coal (lots of coal!), to appliances, to special shipments including “Iron Lungs” and race horses.
The magazine also featured photographs of company sports teams, and shared information about different employees’ hobbies and family events including weddings. It warned workers of possible threats to their safety and their health, including alcoholism and heart attacks. It also profiled employees, departments, and services, helping promote a wider understanding of the tremendous variety of activities going on within this large and multi-faceted organization.
All Aboard! runs through February 7, 2014. Archives and Special Collections is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; we are having a special Sunday showing of the exhibit on Sunday, November 10, from noon to 5:00 p.m.
ARTstor is much more than great, high resolution images of art works. It’s a fabulous resource for many topics and can help you jazz up your paper or presentation. Here are some examples:
For your costume class you can find fashion images:
For a class on U.S. history, civil rights, sociology or African American history, you can find relevant images:
For an anthropology class, you might find this image useful:
For a class in biology or natural history, these images might fill the bill:
For a class in Political Science, perhaps this might be visual that says it all:
For Women’s History or Military History, you might need a picture of Eleanor Rigby – Lieutenant Commander Eleanor G. Rigby, that is.
Or you just might want to browse through a few cartoons from The New Yorker:
The bottom line is this: images can help you make your point. They can make your paper or power point look better. They can sometimes even get you a better grade.
And using images from the ARTstor database is smart for a number of reasons:
- There are 1.5 million to choose from.
- You can use them in papers, power point presentations or any time you need visuals.
- The images are very high resolution.
- Each image has metadata which means you can easily get the correct creator, title, date, size, place where the image is held, who to contact for publication rights and sometimes even annotations that add an explanation and context to the image.
Find ARTstor in the Databases A-Z list on the Libraries home page.
A help page for using ARTstor has video tutorials and other materials to help you get the most about of the database.
Prepared by Melissa Laning, Rosalinda Linares, Samantha McClellan and Toccara Porter
Rosalinda Hernandez Linares
Rosalinda Linares joined the University Libraries Faculty as the Diversity Residency Librarian on August 19, 2013. She received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2012. The Diversity Residency position, housed within the Reference and Instruction department, is an ongoing program to support entry-level librarians from historically underrepresented minorities in higher education. Along with her duties as the subject liaison to Classical and Modern Languages, teaching information literacy sessions, and providing reference services, Rosalinda is working on several projects across campus that promote the visibility of diverse groups within our UofL community. She is currently on a grant-writing team for the Kentucky Latino Education Alliance (K’LEA), which will focus on the strategic retention of Latino students at UofL.
Rosalinda received her undergraduate degree in Classical Civilizations from Wellesley College. Prior to receiving her degree in library science, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Toledo Public Schools and also spent two years as a Literacy*Americorps Service Member. She has also worked with the Big Sisters Association of Greater Boston and the Girls’ LEAP (Lifetime Empowerment & Awareness Program) Self-Defense Program, also in Boston.
As a former National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) intern at the National Park Service office in Seattle, Washington, and a recent transplant to Louisville, Rosie is very excited to explore the cultural landscapes of the Metro Parks system.
Samantha “Sam” McClellan is the new Social Sciences Teaching and Faculty Outreach Librarian. Her appointment to the Libraries Faculty was effective on July 8, 2013 following completion of her MLS degree from Indiana University in May 2013. In her new position, Sam works with students and faculty to assist them in finding appropriate resources for their research; this can be through one-on-one meetings or in a classroom setting. She views it as treasure hunting for information. The resources she will help students and faculty discover can include books, blogs, speeches, journal articles and more. She is currently working on a research guide to assist faculty in managing the information they gather from their own research projects.
Sam’s undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in Anthropology. While she was a grad student at IU, Sam served in a user services position at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. She also held several positions at the IU Wright Education Library and helped to organize the records of the IU Student Recreational Sports Center. During her undergraduate days in North Carolina, she volunteered at the Wake County Public Library and with Nourish International, an organization with the goal of eradicating poverty through small business ventures.
Sam is currently exploring the laws of gravity. Last year, she went skydiving and this year, she is planning on spelunking at Mammoth Caves.
Toccara Porter was appointed to the position of Coordinator for Distance Learning Library Services effective July 1, 2013. Toccara has been on the libraries faculty since spring semester 2008 as Diversity Residency Librarian so she is already a familiar face on campus, and has taught many of our information literacy and Endnote classes. In her current position, Toccara provides online library research support to students and faculty at UofL who participate in distance education programs both locally and overseas. She assists distance learning students and faculty by creating online research guides tailored to individual programs of study and creating electronic reserves pages with full-text journal articles for use as supplemental reading materials. Essentially, Distance Learning Library Services provides the online equivalent to on-campus library services.
Before joining the faculty at UofL, Toccara was a library assistant at the Louisville Technical Institute providing research support for interior design students. Some of her prior experiences include working as an elementary school substitute teacher and in the circulation department of the Columbus OH Metropolitan Public Library. Her MLIS is from Kent State University and her BA in History is from Berea College.
Toccara collects Hot Wheels cars – VROOOOM, VROOOOM! – and is a Buffalo Bills fan.