Of the wealth of information available on the Web today, perhaps no bounty is richer than digitized artifacts from an academic library’s Special Collections Department. Many students, scholars, and history aficionados aren’t aware what treasure there is to be found on the Web. Libraries often have rare, fragile, old, expensive, or archived items which are not included in their circulating collections. In the past, these materials, which cannot be checked out and are often locked away in special collections departments, were only accessible to on-site visitors. Today many libraries are creating Web-based repositories to house digitized versions of their special collections. You may have heard recent news coverage about the library at Cambridge University’s exciting addition of nearly 20,000 papers to the library’s online collection of the works of Charles Darwin. If you haven’t had a chance to explore this rich archive, please make sure to find some time. It is chock-full of naturally selected goodness.
Thirsty? Try some of Emma Darwin’s ginger beer. Click here for this and other recipes.
(Click image to view Catich collection homepage)
Did you know that SAU also has a database of digitized artifacts? The database provides access to the artwork of Father Edward Catich, a former SAU art professor. Catich was an accomplished calligrapher and an international authority on stone incising, topography, and the origin and history of the Roman alphabet. You can view this collection by clicking here or through the Library’s databases link on the homepage.