1. iowawomensarchives:

    Sept. 17, 1918 - Tonight the big hospital train came in and every one was on duty until late bathing and dressing the poor boys. Such horrible wounds. How can any one of us complain after seeing the brave acceptance which the boys display…

    Here’s a sneak preview from our upcoming World War I digital collection and transcription project, featuing the photo album and journal of Louise Liers, a Clayton, Iowa, native and Army nurse who spent 16 months in France treating wounded soldiers. Check back for links to the full items soon!

    Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Louise Liers papers, 1911-1983

    View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

    (via uispeccoll)

  2. theabsolutemag:

    Rare Footage of Malcolm X Showing His Humorous Side on British TV

    From the way most of us are taught history, you’d be surprised to learn Malcolm X—El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, at the time this interview was conducted in late 1964—ever smiled. The juxtaposition of his evolving black nationalism with MLK-style integration rightly depicts his politics as more antagonistic but less accurately suggests humorlessness. Fortunately, that’s where YouTube comes in. While calmly fielding questions about the threat of a massive black uprising from an interviewer, Malcolm is all smiles, accompanying his quick responses with bits of humor that almost go unnoticed. A great interview for the personality as much as the history.


  3. "

    Horn left Russia with her family when she was 8 — “maybe because I immigrated, I took very seriously what the Constitution said,” she muses — and started working at libraries in 1942. In January 1971, she was the chief reference librarian at Bucknell University in sleepy Lewisburg, Pa., when two FBI agents showed up unexpectedly at her home.

    They asked her to answer some questions and look at photos. When she refused, she was handed a grand jury subpoena.


    FBI snooping has librarians stamping mad / Local woman jailed in ’70s in informant flap,” a San Francisco Chronicle article about Zoia Horn.

    Horn, who was 96, died on Saturday. (Hat tip to AL Direct, which linked to this obituary notice from OIF. Check it out for links to more information about Zoia Horn.)

    (Source: womenoflibraryhistory, via thelifeguardlibrarian)


  4. The Guggenheim wins at social media.


    If you’re like me and follow a bunch of museums on places like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc, you might have noticed more than a few posting about Marc Chagall’s birthday, where the museum/institution in question highlighted one of his works in their collection and wished him a happy birthday. I first started seeing these posts on Sunday, and, puzzlingly, they continued into today. When I googled his birthday, Wikipedia told me it was July 6 (Sunday). Why then, I wondered on twitter, were museums posting about it a day late?


    As someone who is in charge of social media for a museum, I know how hard it is to monitor your different channels and respond right away. Plus, huge institutions like the Guggenheim, the Met, and the National Gallery must get tons of mentions every hour. I didn’t really expect a reply.

    But then!


    Which set off this chain:


    Not only did the Guggenheim respond with a link to their website with his date of birth from their records, but they also promised to look into why the date was different on various websites - way above and beyond the scope of just their social media person.

    A few hours later, I got this notification:


    I had an answer! From a reputable source, which I could then pass onto all of you:


    This is how you do social media well. I’m insanely impressed and was reminded today why I love the internet.

  5. digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

    We’re celebrating insects all this week here at DPLA, and these lovelies are hard to ignore. Really, if all insects were as beautiful as these tiger beetles, more people might appreciate them!

    From Color and color-pattern mechanism of tiger beetles, with twenty-nine black and three colored plates, by Victor E. Shelford. Published in Urbana, Ill., University of Illinois, 1917. From the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign via the Biodiversity Heritage Library. 

    Like bugs? Check out some more over at DPLA.


  6. 15 New Libraries in the DMMapp


    15 New Libraries in the DMMapp!

    New libraries in the DMMapp

    June has been a productive month for the DMMmaps project: we were at the DH Benelux Conference in The Hague, Netherlands, presenting this project, but we have also received many new links to that were added to the database. So, without further ado, let’s present the additions:

    View On WordPress

  7. Are you an extremist?

    Since the news broke yesterday that we are an extremist publication according to the NSA, we at Linux Journal have thought a lot about what that might mean to our readers.

    […] So please join us in pronouncing that we support extremist causes like open source, online freedom, and the dissemination of helpful technical knowledge by adding one of these lovely graphics to your picture. And as always, thanks for your support. Available in red, black, or white.

    (via cipherface)

  8. time-for-maps:

    Map of the World in 395. (made in 1830) [1252 × 1536]

  9. radicalarchive:

    'Employed / Unemployed - Same Crisis / Same Fight', button produced by the United Workers Organizing Committee, affiliated with the Revolutionary Communist Party, United States, [mid-1970’s].