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Free event: Dorothy Cotton-Civil Rights Icon: Celebration of Her Life and Legacy

The Africana Library is one of six places to get your tickets to this free event celebrating Dorothy Cotton. 


Dorothy Cotton-Civil Rights Icon: Celebration of Her Life and Legacy

2:00 – 4:30 pm, August 11, 2018

Bailey Hall, 230 Garden Ave,

Cornell University Campus, Ithaca, NY


Expected guests and speakers include:

The Honorable John R. Lewis

Ambassador Andrew Young

Reverend William Barber

and others from our community and around the US who knew and admired Dorothy Cotton and her life’s work.


The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers will be performing songs of inspiration and praise in the African American tradition.


Dorothy Foreman Cotton passed peacefully on June 10th. While many of us mourn her passing, this event will be a celebration of her extraordinary life and a legacy that has truly changed not only our nation but the world.


The event is free and open to the public.

Free tickets are available at several locations including:

Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center, 171 Center Ithaca, on the Commons

Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green St, Ithaca

119 Anabel Taylor Hall, 548 College Ave, on Cornell  Campus

Africana Library, 310 Triphammer Rd, on Cornell Campus

Greater Ithaca Activities Center, 301 W Court St, Ithaca, NY

Southside Community Center, 305 S Plain St, Ithaca, NY

Tickets are not available online.



Kirby Edmonds
DCI Senior Fellow and Program Coordinator
PO Box 321
Ithaca, NY 14851
fax: 607-277-9402

Notice of Free Trial: Women’s Magazine Archive II

Cornell University Library currently has trial access to the Women’s Magazine Archive II, which includes the full runs of the following magazines:

  • Cosmopolitan (1886 to 2005)
  • Essence (1970 to 2005)
  • Seventeen (1944 to 2005)
  • Town and Country (1846 to 2005)
  • Woman’s Day (1937 to 2005)
  • Women’s International Network News (1975 to 2003)

Cornell University Library has already purchased Women’s Magazine Archive 1, which provides access to the complete archives of the foremost titles of this type, including Good Housekeeping and Ladies’ Home Journal, which serve as canonical records of evolving assumptions about gender roles and cultural mores. Other titles here focus on narrower topics but deliver valuable source content for specific research areas. Parents, for example, is of particular relevance for research in the fields of children’s education, psychology, and health, as well as reflecting broader social-historical trends. Collection 1 titles:

  • Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005)
  • Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
  • Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
  • Ladies’ Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
  • Parents (1926 to 2005)
  • Redbook (1903 to 2005)

Like its predecessor collection, Women’s Magazine Archive 2 features several of the most prominent, high-circulating, and long-running publications in this area, such as Woman’s Day and Town & Country. Collection 2 also, however, complements the first collection by including some titles focusing on more specific audiences and themes. Cosmopolitan and Seventeen, for example, are oriented towards a younger readership, while black women’s interests are represented by EssenceWomen’s International Network News differs in being a more political, activist title, with an international dimension.

Topics covered these collections include family life, home economics, health, careers, fashion, culture, and many more; this material serves multiple research areas, from gender studies, social history, and the arts, through to education, politics, and marketing/media history.

The magazines are all scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color, ensuring that the original print artifacts are faithfully reproduced and those valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Detailed article-level indexing, with document feature flags, enables efficient searching and navigation of this content.

The trial ends June 8, so please email Heather Furnas, American Studies Librarian, to let me know what you think.

New: American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection!

Cornell now has access to American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection, a highly comprehensive digital collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912 which are held by the American Antiquarian Society (AAS).  Subject coverage includes: advertising, health, women’s issues, science, the history of slavery, industry and professions, religious issues, culture and the arts, and more. Illustrations are included.  The digital collection was produced by a partnership between EBSCO and the American Antiquarian Society (AAS).  The collection includes five series of periodicals, arranged roughly in chronological order:

  • Series 1 (1684-1820)
  • Series 2 (1821-1837)
  • Series 3 (1838-1852)
  • Series 4 (1853-1865)
  • Series 5 (1866-1912).

All five series can be searched as a whole and are full text searchable. Pages, articles, and illustrations are available as pdfs.

30 day trial: American History in Video until November 11, 2017

We have a trial to this product until November 11, 2017. Access the collection through this special link:

American History in Video is a collection of thousands of titles. Semantic indexing makes the entire collection powerfully cross-searchable. New, powerful tools and features let you navigate, access, re-purpose, and share video as never before.

Contemporaneous footage
American History in Video includes 2,000 total hours of streaming video content. More than half is contemporaneous video from the 1890s to the 1980s. The early newsreels, including the complete series of United Newsreel and Universal Newsreel, available online in their entirety only in this collection, capture history as it was made and reported to viewers of the time.

Award-winning documentaries
American History in Video also includes hundreds of the documentaries most frequently used in history classrooms, from leading video content producers such as PBS, California Newsreel, Bullfrog Films, Documentary Educational Resources, Pennebaker Hegedus Films, The History Channel®, and others. Featuring dramatic reenactments and engaging analysis from prominent scholars and experts, these documentaries bring history alive for students and give public library patrons hundreds of educational video titles they can enjoy from home. Learn about the Battle of Gettysburg from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson. Understand the scope and legacy of the American Civil War with Ken Burns’s riveting PBS series. Grasp the zeitgeist of an era through PBS’s Summer of Love, Ken Burns’s The West, and Africans in America.

Tools for teaching and research
American History in Video is designed specifically for teaching and research, packed with features that help you find, view, share, and analyze.

  • Search power: Fifteen combinable search fields—including subject, event, era, date, place, historical figure, and speaker—let you quickly find what you’re looking for.
  • Browse tools: In addition to the browse fields, the visual Tables of Contents let you scan what’s in a thirty-minute video within seconds.
  • Synchronized transcripts scroll along with the videos and are keyword searchable, letting you jump around within the video quickly.
  • Linking and sharing: Permanent, per-second URLs let you cite, bookmark, link, embed, and share either entire videos or custom clips that you create yourself. Organize clips in playlists by theme, research topic, or course unit.
  • Embed video directly in your online syllabus, course management system, library Web site, and online subject guides. Show clips or entire videos without worrying about permissions or copyright infringement—you’re automatically covered by the terms of your library’s subscription.

More information here, including a downloadable list of titles:

As always, feedback is appreciated!


British Online Archives: India in the records of the Governor-General


British Online Archives (BOA) contains about 70 digitized collections of primary sources concerning the British Empire including Africa and India, and beyond, from 1700-early 20th century. Cornell subscribes to many of the collections, but not all. (Bookmark for off campus access:

We have a trial to the two collections below until September 23, 2017.


1. India, business and control 1806 to 1814: in the records of the GovernorGeneral: The Indian papers of the 1st Earl of Minto, 1606-1814

The 1st Earl of Minto served as Governor-General of India from 1806 until 1813. An employee of the East India Company, Sir Gilbert Elliot Murray Kynynmound rose from President of the Board of Control to run the colony. The diplomatic and Indian material is detailed, with a clear focus on his work. The 1st Earl also served as a Civil Commissioner at Toulon, Minister to the Italian states, Viceroy of Corsica, and an Ambassador at Vienna. These records include his personal letters and those of his wife Anna Maria.

On campus: India, business and control 1806 to 1814: in the records of the GovernorGeneral

Off campus:

2. India, uprising and reform 1879 to 1910: in the records of the GovernorGeneral: The Indian papers of the 4th Earl of Minto

The 4th Earl was confronted with the sensitive political situation surrounding the partition of Bengal and the rise of radical nationalism. The papers of Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, the 4th Earl of Minto, (1845-1914), Viceroy of India between 1905 and 1910, cover a period of dramatic and momentous change in the history of colonial India. The beginning of Minto’s tenure in India was marked by unprecedented anti-colonial protests against the partition of Bengal, initiated by his predecessor, Lord Curzon of Kedleston. It ended with the crucial ‘Morley-Minto reforms’ contained in the Government of India Act and the Indian Councils Act, both of 1909. These two new laws established, among other things, the constitutional principle of separate electorates for India’s Muslim communities. This rich, varied and complex collection of documents forms part of a larger archive now held at the National Library of Scotland, and which covers almost the entire Elliot family of Minto. The 4th Earl’s great-grandfather was the first family member to build an official connection with the Indian subcontinent, assuming the office of Governor General in 1807. Almost a century later, the 4th Earl was confronted with the sensitive political situation surrounding the partition of Bengal and the rise of radical nationalism in that same province, as well as inMaharashtra and Punjab. Accompanied with this collection is an online guide to the microfilm version by Dr William Gould, University of Leeds.

On campus: India, uprising and reform 1879 to 1910: in the records of the GovernorGeneral 

Off campus:


As for other collections in British Online Archives, once you’re in this database, individual collections are marked with icons of locks to indicate access. A green, open lock indicates a collection to which Cornell subscribes.

30 day trial to Church Missionary Society Periodicals

As of today, we have a 30 day trial to Church Missionary Society Periodicals Modules I and II–

  • Church Missionary Society Periodicals, Module I: Global Missions and Contemporary Encounters, 1804-2009
  • Church Missionary Society Periodicals, Module II: Medical Journals, Asian Missions and the Historical Record, 1816-1986

Publisher description from the Adam Matthew website:

Against the backdrop of colonialism and its decline, this fully text-searchable, global history resource allows a myriad of themes to be explored, from gender and families to medicine, education, the development of native churches, political conflict, social reform, linguistics and exploration. Founded in 1799 as an Anglican evangelical movement, the Church Missionary Society (CMS) has been active across the globe, proving one of the key agents of evangelism in the non-Western world. The publications featured in Church Missionary Society Periodicals span more than 200 years of this rich history, making published content like journals, letters and reports easier to research than ever before.

The periodicals were key in promoting the work of the society, fundraising and reporting from a great number of countries as well as communicating within mission communities. As such they offer the modern researcher an interesting perspective on world events through the eyes of an organisation which enjoyed (or sometimes endured) a unique relationship with the countries and people with which it worked. Detailed woodcut illustrations and thousands of photographs offer a further angle on the societies’ work as well as thought-provoking presentations of indigenous cultures…. More info

The resource will be available for the next four weeks (ending 19th July 2017).

Off campus access is through this link: (Please let me know if you encounter access problems!)

Downloading pdfs during a trial is not possible but please do explore the content and functionality and send your feedback to me (vac11). Also let me know which of the two modules would be most valuable to you.

Please feel free to share this info with other Cornellians you know who may be interested!

New: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990

The Cornell Library has purchased access to a new digital collection, The American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990, one of the collections forming The Making of the Modern Law produced by Gale-Cengage.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has throughout its history consistently stood at the center of controversies involving the rights of Americans. Its records offer researchers a unique view of the inner workings of the organization and the hundreds of groups with which the ACLU interacted. Covering the years from before the ACLU’s official founding in 1920 through the 20th century, this archive offers an array of primary source materials on some of the most important issues that affected the United States.

These papers consists of two major collections comprising myriad subseries. The Roger Baldwin Years, 1912-1950, contains subseries with clippings and files on academic freedom; censorship; legislation; federal departments and federal legislation; state activities; conscientious objectors; injunctions; and labor and labor organization correspondence. Years of Expansion, 1950-1990, encompasses foundation project files on the Amnesty Project, 1964-1980; the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee, 1964-1976; and subject files on freedom of belief, expression, and association; due process of law; equality before the law; international civil liberties; and legal case files, 1933-1990.


What is ScanIt?

You may have noticed a new option at the bottom of records in the new catalog for “request a scan of an article or chapter.”  When you click that button, you’ll be asked to log in to the Interlibrary Loan/My Document system in order to place the request. The Library has had this option for articles/chapters from books, journals, microfilm, etc. at the Library Annex for years, and it’s always been free.  Scans from the Annex will continue to be free, but we’ve recently expanded the service to other libraries (for a small fee) and given it the name of ScanIt.

ScanIt is a service for Cornell students, faculty and staff that provides electronic scans of articles and book chapters from material held by Cornell University Library. The Ithaca campus libraries provide this service to all Cornell faculty, students, and staff regardless of location.


Is there a fee for ScanIt?

The fee for scans of articles from most collections held by Cornell University Library is $4.00 for up to 30 pages.

Scans of material held in the Library Annex are always free. Articles obtained on Interlibrary Loan for titles not held in the Cornell Library are always free. Other instances where articles are free:

  • On-campus patrons who are permanently or temporarily disabled.
  • You are away from campus doing research or you work in an off-campus Cornell office, e.g. faculty and staff at the Geneva Experiment Station.

If you believe you are eligible for a fee exemption please indicate the reason in the “notes” field of your request upon submission.

How do I pay for articles that are not exempt from the fee?

Payment is accepted securely online via MasterCard or Visa credit card. Payment is made once the article is available for viewing. Departmental account charges can also be accepted by contacting the staff in your nearest interlibrary loan processing unit.

What items can be scanned?

  • Articles from journals, conference proceedings and newspapers
  • Book chapters
  • Parts of musical works
  • Parts from manuscripts
  • Pamphlets
  • Documents from CDs
  • Microform material held at the Library Annex

Materials not available for scanning:

  • Microform items held by any other library except the Library Annex
  • Items held in the Division of Rare and Manuscripts (contact them directly)
  • Items already available electronically
  • Items restricted by copyright policy
  • Maps

How soon can I expect my article?

Most ScanIt requests are available in about 48 hours; however, we cannot guarantee a 48 hour turnaround time.

What are the limitations on scanning?

  • We must adhere to copyright fair use guidelines in providing articles and book chapters through ScanIt.
  • Articles are provided for the purpose of private study or research. Any other use may require the permission of the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the requestor to comply with all applicable copyright laws.
  • We can only provide one article or chapter from a book or single issue of a journal at a time.
  • The Library Annex will scan up to 50 pages.
  • Documents are scanned at 300 dpi, black and white, but color is available upon request. Note that images are not generally print-quality.

How do I place a request?

Log into Interlibrary Loan and ScanIt using your NetID and password. The first time you use this service you will have to register. The first time you register you will need to select your processing unit. This is the unit that will receive and process your request: Olin Library, Mann Library, the Law Library or the Veterinary Library.

  • Select “Request an article.”
  • If you are willing to pay the fee for scans of non-exempt articles, select “yes.” If you are not willing to pay, or the article will be exempt from fee, leave the selection at “no” or select “exempt.” Please indicate reason for exemption in the “notes” field.
  • Fill in your citation information and submit request.

You will receive an e-mail notification when your article is available to view through your ScanIt account. All articles will remain available for viewing in your account for 30 days.


Contact a library:

Library Phone Email
Olin Library (607)255-9564
Mann or Veterinary Library 607)255-7754
Law Library 607)255-5750

Smithsonian Collections Online

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Smithsonian Collections Online offer rich digitized primary source materials from the Smithsonian’s museums, libraries, and archives. Cornell now subscribes to these three collections:


Images of Trade Literature and the Merchandizing of Industry

Trade Literature and the Merchandizing of Industry
This collection is comprised of items selected from the National Museum of American History Archives Center and Smithsonian Libraries and covers approximately 1820-1926. It allows researchers to:

  • Determine the history of companies/industries
  • Analyze marketing and management techniques
  • Examine illustrations of the items Americans used at home and in business

The collection exposes technological advances over time, changes in fashion/design, architectural advances, societal changes, and business history. In doing so, it reveals vital aspects of our culture, society, and history, making Trade Literature and the Merchandizing of Industry an ideal complement to Making of the Modern World, Nineteenth Century Collections Online, Sabin Americana, and Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2010.

Key research areas covered include:

  • Railroads and railway equipment
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Transportation equipment
  • Power generation
  • Building and construction
  • Iron and steel
  • Mines and mining equipment
  • Motorized vehicles



World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow

This collection documents landmark exhibits from 1840 to 1940.  Materials drawn from the Smithsonian Libraries, Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, Smithsonian Libraries, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library, the Archives Center, and the Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of American History Library include:

  • Books of the Fairs: From the Holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  • General histories, exhibition catalogs, official histories, commemorative accounts, exposition publications, visitors’ guides, lectures, technical reports, promotional publications, and more
  • Exposition Records of the Smithsonian and the United States National Museum, 1867-1940
  • Larry Zim World’s Fair Collection, 1841-1988 (panoramas, postcards, photos, ephemera — content included only up to 1940)
  • Selections from the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, c.1723-1977 (content included only up to 1926)

Images of World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow

The international nature of the collection is illustrated in the comprehensive range of material. A partial list includes: London, Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations (1851); Melbourne, International Exhibition (1880); Barcelona, Exposición Universal (1888); Paris, Exposition universelle (1889); Chicago, World Columbian Exposition (1893); and Rio de Janeiro, Exposição Nacional (1908).

The unique insights in this collection provide rich fodder for the study of:

  • History
  • Architecture and Industrial Design
  • Fine Arts and Decorative Arts
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Gender and Ethnic Studies
  • Photography
  • And other disciplines

Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive (1970-present)

Images of Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive

Not just limited to the American experience, Smithsonian Magazine is a great source for those researching and traveling the world outside of the U.S. as well as an excellent repository of articles on important science and technological discoveries and advances.


For help with any aspect of the library or research, please don’t hesitate to contact Cornell’s Ask a Librarian reference service.


More Historical Newspapers

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender

Over the summer the Library purchased the digital backfiles of three more historical newspapers: The Baltimore Sun, The New York Tribune/Herald Tribune, and The Globe and Mail.  All three of are available through the collection Proquest Historical Newspapers and can be searched individually or with the other titles in the collection.

Cornell now has access to 15 titles:

Baltimore Sun (1837-1990)
Boston Globe (1872-1984)
Chicago Defender (1909-1975)
Chicago Tribune (1849-1991)
Chinese Newspapers Collection (1832-1953)
Globe and Mail (1844-2012)
Hartford Courant (1764-1990)
Los Angeles Times (1881-1991)
New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
New York Times (1851-2011)
New York Tribune / Herald Tribune (1841-1962)
Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
Times of India (1838-2005)
Wall Street Journal (1889-1997)
Washington Post (1877-1998)

More recent issues of these newspapers are often available through other databases such as FactivaLexis-Nexis Academic, or Library PressDisplay.

Additional newspaper resources are described on this research guide: American Historical Newspapers Online.

Contact Ask a Librarian for help with newspapers or other questions.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post


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