'The Joseph Henry Papers Project is documenting the life of Joseph
Henry (1797-1878), the most revered American scientist of his times
and the first Secretary (director) of the Smithsonian Institution.
Henry's pioneering work in electricity and magnetism helped bring
about the invention of the telegraph, the electric motor, and the
telephone. At the Smithsonian Institution he created the outlines of
the unique research and cultural institution that we know today.'
Voices of the Holocaust.
'During the summer of 1998, Galvin Library staff uncovered a 16-volume
set of typescripts that detail first-hand accounts of horrible
brutality, incredible survival, and liberation of Holocaust victims.
The set includes 70 of the original 109 interviews that were conducted
in 1946 and transcribed into English by Dr. David Boder. The survivors
interviewed included farmers, lawyers, artists, carpenters and others
representing all economic levels, many religions, and various
nationalities and language groups from across Europe. The Paul V.
Galvin Library of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) identified
the collection as primary source material for scholars interested in
the Holocaust, as well as a learning tool for the general public, and
decided to republish it through the World Wide Web. A micro-opaque
card edition was published in 1957. However, few libraries own this
set and most no longer own the equipment to read the cards. The actual
voices of the survivors can be heard on wire recordings, which are
held at the Library of Congress. The site is still under construction.
In the near future, the actual voices of the survivors will be made
available on this site using audio streaming. '
Daguerrotype Portraits and Views
'The Library's daguerreotype collection consists of more than 725
photographs dating from 1839 to
1864. Portrait daguerreotypes produced by the Mathew Brady studio make
up the major portion of the
collection. The collection also includes early architectural views by
John Plumbe, several
Philadelphia street scenes, early portraits by pioneering daguerreotypist
Robert Cornelius, studio
portraits by black photographers James P. Ball and Francis Grice, and
copies of painted portraits. '
Edmund Dulac. A
'He was born in Toulouse, France. His artistic bent manifested
itself early and drawings exist from
his early teens. Many of these early efforts are watercolors, a
medium he would favor through most
of his life. He studied law at the University of Toulouse for two
years while attending classes at
the Ecole des Beaux Arts. As Colin White puts it in his inestimable
Edmund Dulac, "Two years of
boredom at the law school and the winning of a prize at the Ecole
des Beaux Arts convinced Dulac
where his future lay." He left law school and enrolled full-time
in the Ecole. He won the 1901 and
1903 Grand Prix for his paintings submitted to the annual
competitions. A scholarship took him to
Paris and the Académie Julien where he stayed for three
weeks. That same year (1904) he left for
London and the start of a meteoric career ... '
'The Fifties in America were a contradictory time. This was a vibrant
and wholesome era,
characterized by malt shops, sock hops, beatniks and the hula hoop, hot
cars and cool jazz. At the
same time, however, the nation was plagued by racial injustice,
anti-Communist paranoia and the
dread of nuclear war. The atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 taught
Americans an unforgettable
lesson about the power of humanity's terrible new weapons, and this
frightening awareness increased
their concern about the spread of Communism. The Cold War divided the
world into two armed camps
under the banners of the Soviet Union and the United States. As Communism
spread purposefully around
the globe, the U.S. adopted a foreign policy of containment, holding back
the rising tide of
Communism with diplomacy, military might, and nuclear deterrence. '
'Welcome to Virtual Portmeirion, a site created by admirers of this
enchanting place. Portmeirion is a private village in North Wales that was
created by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, using a combination of rescued
architectural follies and specially designed buildings which provide a
fascinating mix of architectural styles. It is open for day visits and
daily/weekly stays in either hotel serviced or self-catering
Great Plains 1880-1920.
'These two collections from the Institute for Regional Studies at
North Dakota State University contain 900 photographs of rural and
small town life at the turn of the century. Highlights include images
of sod homes and the people who built them; images of farms and the
machinery that made them prosper; and images of one-room schools and
the children that were educated in them. '
The Life of a City:
Early Films of New York, 1898-1906.
'This collection contains forty-five films of New York dating from
1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of
Congress. Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope
and Biograph Company, while the remaining twenty are Edison Company
Van Gogh at Etten.
'Vincent Van Gogh is undoubtedly one of modern art's most appreciated
artists. Behind this gifted artist is a series of sad and strange
stories. In general he felt insecure about his life and didn't feel a
sense of individuality or uniqueness. Therefore, in this interactive
and informative website, we will look at the time he lived in Etten, a
small town in the south of The Netherlands. The original paintings of
Vincent which were used for the billboards in Etten are discussed, a
small art course will be added iis in the site, as welll as links to
Van Gogh sites, games, quizzes, chatrooms, discussion boards,
guestbooks and much more...'
19th Century Scientific American Online.
'The Scientific American of the 19th century bears little resemblance
its 20th century sibling. The first volume was a four page 15 x 20
newspaper that provided the reader poetry, religious news, interesting
tid-bits from around the country and technical news and instruction
of Meiji: A Portrait of Old Japan.
'A strict policy of isolationism and non-interference was instituted
by Japan's Shogun Tokugawa in the early 17th century, resulting in a
medieval society locked in time. It was not until the overthrow of the
Shogun and his Samurai by imperial forces in 1868 that Japan began to
modernize. The reinstatement of full power to the Imperial court and
fourteen year old Prince Mutsuhito initiated Japan's period of
industrial growth. The title "Meiji." which means enlightened peace,
was given to the new Emperor and his reign--a period which lasted
forty-five years until his death in 1912...'
and the Russian Revolution.
'The Russian revolution of October 1917 was a defining point for
socialism. What was the role of the Bolsheviks in destroying workers
democracy and creating Stalinism? Was there an anarchist alternative
to both Leninism and the return of Czarism?'
'Reformer militant, mathematician, computer pioneer, economist,
mechanical engineer, code-breaker, inventor, society figure, etc. etc.
The Warsaw Uprising.
'The Warsaw Uprising was probably the largest single operation
organized and executed by a partisan organization in WWII. It lasted
two months, and when it was over, 200,000 people were dead, and the
entire city was in ruins. In trying to achieve its goals, the uprising
was a terrible failure. In showing the courage and the dedication of
the Polish nation, it was a remarkable success. This page was created
on the 50th anniversary of the start of the uprising. '
'we collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework,
to-do lists, ticket stubs,
poetry on napkins,
telephone bills, doodles-anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's
Voyages and Travels.
'These seven accounts move from the ancient fathers of historical prose
Herodotus and Tacitus in
Egypt and Germany, respectively, to the great Elizabethan explorers
Drake, Gilbert and Raleigh as
they colonize new lands.'
A Front Yard View of the
Holidays in America.
'For more than 30 years, Texas photographer Christina Patoski has been
documenting holiday displays
in the front yards of Americans across the country. Patoski's images of
America's seasonal displays
appear in her new book, Merry Christmas, America: A Front Yard View of the
Holidays. ' Via
Chloe, by Jules Lefebvre.
'Perhaps the most famous, notorious, well loved, well hung and
controversial painting in Australia.'
'Tracking the country's oldest beauty contest -- from its inception in
1921 as a local seaside pageant to its heyday as one of the country's
most popular events -- Miss America paints a vivid picture of an
institution that has come to reveal much about a changing nation. The
pageant is about commercialism and sexual politics, about big business
and small towns. But beyond the symbolism lies a human story -- at
once moving, inspiring, infuriating, funny and poignant. Using
intimate interviews with former contestants, behind-the-scenes
footage, and photographs, the film reveals how the pageant became a
battleground and a barometer for the changing position of women in
A Chinese Canadian
Story: The Yip Sang Family.
'Yip Sang came to Vancouver in 1881. He first worked for the Canadian
Pacific Railway, and later started a business in Vancouver's
'Yip Sang was one of Vancouver's most successful merchants in the
early 1900s. His wealth allowed him to support four wives and to raise
23 children. Generations of Yips have grown up in Vancouver, and
hundreds of Yip Sang's descendents live throughout North America.
' 'This web site tells more about Yip Sang, his family, and his
legacy to Vancouver. The artifacts seen in this site are from the Wing
Sang building and were donated by the Yip family to the Vancouver
Museum. We would like to extend our great appreciation to the Yip
family for their support and assistance. '
Uncensored L. Ron
'The life of L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) was surely one of the most
extraordinary which this century has seen. He already has an entire
Web site devoted to him, at the handsomely-produced. The account of
his life given there is, however, a rather limited one - perhaps not
surprisingly, given that the site belongs to Hubbard's brainchild, the
Church of Scientology. This site contains copies of a number of
publicly-available documents about Hubbard. The items listed below all
come from public sources in the US. Most were obtained through the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); some come from the still-sealed
exhibits of the 1984 case Church of Scientology of California vs
Gerald Armstrong (but were obtained legally, both here in Europe and
in the US). They present a rather different picture of Hubbard,
showing him to have a much darker side than is officially admitted by
Art on a
Stick: Drawings and
Comics by B. Amundson.
'B. Amundson specializes in large multimedia constructions and colored
pencil drawings. His work reflects an interest in the mauve and grey
areas between bad taste and the acceptable middle class aesthetic and
explores differences between the two, particularly as reflected
through such American staples as the subdivision, the chain
restaurant, interstate travel, and the vacation experience with its
ubiquitous industry of curio production.'
'These images are based on a group of about two hundred 3x4" identification
photographs made between 1914 and 1937 that I found in a drawer in the
Arkansas penitentiary in the summer of 1975. The photographs of the men
were loose in the drawer; the photographs of the women?all of them white?
were in a small brown envelope. Most of the photographs of the men were
taken inside, against a wall or a cloth; most of the photographs of the
women were taken outside, near a fence, in a wicker chair.'
'In the spring of 1942, just months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor,
more than 100,000 residents of Japanese ancestry were forcefully evicted
by the army from their homes in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona
and Alaska, and sent to nearby temporary assembly centers. From there
they were sent by trains to American-style concentration camps at remote
inland sites where many people spent the remainder of the war. This
exhibit tells the story of Seattle's Japanese American community in the
spring and summer of 1942 and their four month sojourn at the Puyallup
Assembly Center known as "Camp Harmony." '
'Samuel P. Taylor came to California in 1849 to look for gold. His
success in the gold fields enabled him to purchase 100 acres of land on
Daniels Creek (later called Papermill Creek), where, in 1856, he built
the first paper mill west of the Mississippi. He created his own
papermaking process and was a pioneer in the manufacture of square-
bottomed paper bags. The area became known as Taylorville ... '
British Church History.
'Power in the medieval world flowed between two poles. Temporal power
was wielded by the Monarch and spiritual power was wielded by the
Church, sometimes to the point that it looked and felt just like the
temporal power. In this section, we look at the men and women who shaped
the institution, the hierarchies they created and the buildings they
'The composer, conductor, writer, and teacher Leonard Bernstein
(1918-1990) was one of 20th-century America's most important musical
figures. The Leonard Bernstein Collection is one of the largest and
most varied of the many special collections held by the Library of
Congress Music Division. Its more than 400,000 items, including music
and literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio and video
recordings, fan mail, and other types of materials extensively
document Bernstein's extraordinary life and career.
This online Leonard Bernstein Collection makes available a selection
of 85 photographs, 177 scripts from the Young People's Concerts, 74
scripts from the Thursday Evening Previews , and over
1,100 pieces of correspondence, in addition to the collection's
complete Finding Aid. '
Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century.
'This digital collection presents 7,949 publicity brochures,
promotional advertisements and talent circulars for some 4,546
performers who were part of the Chautauqua circuit. These talent
brochures are drawn from the Records of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau,
held by the University of Iowa Libraries. One of the largest booking
agencies for the Chautauqua performers, the Redpath bureau managed a
vast talent pool. Performers and lecturers were familiar names as
popular entertainers or well known in the political, religious, and
cultural worlds. '
Western Europe, 1958.
'I have written FESTIVALS OF WESTERN EUROPE as one who loves the old
in relation to the new, and looks upon the past as the heritage of the
future. Festas, fairs, holy days, pilgrimages and patronal village
feasts--all these events have come down through the centuries, and
intermingled with the traditions of the church and the lives of
peasant folk. Festivals once held to honor pagan deities have become
associated in the course of time with the saints' days of the
Christian calendar. Ancient fertility rites have been transmuted into
parish ceremonies to welcome spring and ensure growth of crops and
health to beasts. The fires once kindled to light the Sun God on his
dark midwinter journey through the heavens now glow brightly in honor
of the Christ Child's birth ... '
Acvaghosha's Discourse on the Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana.
'Asvaghosa's The Awakening of Faith is one of the most concise works
on Mahayana Buddhism, and was translated at an early date from the
Sanskrit to the Chinese. The original Sanskrit text is lost. The
Awakening of Faith has been used as a textbook for Buddhist priests.
This translation was the first into English; it is by Teitaro Suzuki,
one of the principal writers on Buddhism of the 20th century. Suzuki,
a Zen Buddhist scholar, manages to convey the difficult sense of this
work, which sometimes requires inventive English neologisms. '
JFK Link. Speeches and writings of
Kennedy, public papers of US Presidents from Hoover to Clinton.
Teutonic Myth and Legend, 1912.
'This is Donald Mackenzie's able retelling of the Northern mythological
cycle. He weaves a coherent narrative from the Eddas, the Niebelunglied,
the Volsung Saga, Beowulf, the primordial Hamlet myths, and Medieval
German tales of chivalry.'
'This United Kingdom based blog attempts to draw public attention to, and
comments on, some of the current trends in ever cheaper and more widespread
surveillance technology being deployed to satisfy the rapacious demand by
state and corporate bureaucracies and criminals for your private details,
and the technological ignorance of our politicians and civil servants who
frame our legal systems. '
The Four Colour Theorem.
'The Four Color Problem dates back to 1852 when Francis Guthrie, while
trying to color the map of counties of England noticed that four colors
sufficed. He asked his brother Frederick if it was true that any map can
be colored using four colors in such a way that adjacent regions (i.e.
those sharing a common boundary segment, not just a point) receive
different colors. Frederick Guthrie then communicated the conjecture to
DeMorgan. The first printed reference is due to Cayley in 1878. '
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.
'Dixville Notch is an unincorporated small village in the Dixville
township of Coos County, New Hampshire which is known for being one of
the first places to declare the results in Presidential elections. It is
located in the far north of the state, approximately 20 miles (30 km),
by the best road route to a border-crossing between Vermont and Quebec,
A protest blog collective focusing on the erosion of civil
liberties in the UK and worldwide.
'It was set up to point a finger at the erosion of personal freedom in the UK.
Government's active measures introduce new means of control such as identity cards and
surveillance cameras, the passive measures such as weakening of double jeopardy and presumption
of innocence. '
'1792?1822, English poet, b. Horsham, Sussex. He is ranked as one of the
great English poets of the romantic period.'
Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election.
'The Nation's Forum Collection consists of fifty-nine sound recordings of
speeches by American leaders from 1918-1920. The speeches focus on issues
and events surrounding the First World War and the subsequent presidential
election of 1920. Speakers include: Warren G. Harding, James Cox, Calvin
Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Samuel Gompers, Henry Cabot Lodge, and
John J. Pershing. Speeches range from one to five minutes. '
'Rosslyn Chapel, or the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew as it was to have
been, was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, third and last St Clair
Prince of Orkney. It is in fact only part of the choir of what was
intended to be a larger cruciform building with a tower at its centre ...
'More than 100 prints by French artist Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) were
donated to the University of
Montana Museum of Fine Arts by Fra Dana as part of her extensive estate.
She collected these prints
while living and working in Paris at the turn of the century. '
'The evolution of Human Species followed different stages beginning
with the Australopethicus and
continuing with homo habilis, homo erectus and homo sapiens. The last
stages include those people
who lived thousands of years ago in the Palaeolithic and Neolithic Age
and are the immediate
ancestors of modern man. The discovery of the evolution of man is
attributed to two scientists of
the 19th century: Sir Charles Lyell and Charles Darwin. '
'Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the son of a banknote engraver,
Mauricio Lasansky's love for the
print first brought him to the United States with the aid of the
prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
A long list of awards and distinctions follow this artist wherever he
goes. His talent was given
even greater acknowledgment during his tenure at the University of
Iowa's School of Art and Art
History. It was Lasansky's presence that was responsible for the
reputation of the University's
print department acquired as the "printmaking capital of the US" and
Lasansky himself as "the
nation's most influential printmaker." (Time Magazine, 1961) Retiring in
1985, Lasansky's home and
studio remain in Iowa City.'
Tales from Shakespeare.
'Brother-and-sister writing team Charles and Mary Lamb interweave
the words of Shakespeare with
their own (some 200 years later in 1807) to bring 20 of his best plays
to the young reader. '
Bill Hocker's Photographs of
'More than other places visited Japan is a paradox, at once modern and
ancient, chaotic and serene,
conformist and unique, tacky and profound. That duality escaped my camera
which seemed only
interested in the traditional tourist venues of Shinto shrines and
Buddhist temples. I needn't
apologize; however touristic these sites may be, one has the sense that
they still contain the soul
of Japanese culture.'
Marxist Writers on
'Index to the works of Marxists on the causes and nature of Fascism and
how to fight it.' Mostly
by Trotsky and Gramsci.
'The Left Communists were those Marxists who supported the 1917 Russian
Revolution, but differed
with Lenin and Trotsky over a number of issues including the formation of
the Soviet government in
the U.S.S.R., the tactics of the Comintern in Europe and America, the role
to be given to autonomous
and spontaneous organisations of the working class as opposed to the
working class political
parties, participation in Parliament, the relationship with the trade
unions and the trade union
leadership ... '
'This site features historic photographs of all 21 California Missions,
from as early as 1895. '
The Promised Key.
A proto-Rastafarian tract.
'In 1933, Howell started to preach that the Emperor Haile Selassie of
Ethiopia (Ras Tafari) was the Messiah, that Black people were the chosen
people, and would soon be repatriated to Ethiopia. He soon attracted the
attention of the colonial authorities, and was arrested in December 1934
for sedition. In March of 1934 he was sentenced to two years
imprisonment, during which he apparently wrote The Promised Key ... '
'The Western History / Genealogy Department houses a major collection
of photography documenting the development of the American West. The
gallery exhibits will introduce you to topics chosen from the
Building Big. Civil
engineering history -
companion site to a PBS series.
Maathai. Nobel peace prizewinner,
'Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya (Africa) in 1940. The
first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree,
Prof. Maathai obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St.
Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas (1964). She subsequently
earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh
(1966). She pursued doctoral studies in Germany and the University of
Nairobi, obtaining a Ph.D. (1971) from the University of Nairobi where
she also taught veterinary anatomy. She became chair of the Department
of Veterinary Anatomy and an associate professor in 1976 and 1977
respectively. In both cases, she was the first woman to attain those
positions in he region. Wangari Maathai was active in the National
Council of Women of Kenya in 197687 and was it chairman in 198187.
It was while she served the National Council of Women that she
introduced the idea of planting trees with the People in 1976 and
continued to develop it into broad-based, grassroots organization
whose main focus is the planting of trees with women groups in order
to conserve the environment and improve their quality of life.
However, through the Green belt Movement she has assisted women in
planting more than 20 million trees on their farms and on schools and
The Book of
'Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was a Vicar in the Church of England in
Devon, an archaeologist, folklorist, historian and a prolific author.
Baring-Gould was also a bit eccentric. He reputedly taught classes with a
pet bat on his shoulder. He is best known for writing the hymn 'Onward
Christian Soldiers'. '
'This book is one of the most cited references about werewolves. The Book
of the Were-Wolf takes a rationalistic approach to the subject.'
Tools for Thought.
A history of computing written in the 1980s.
'Tools for Thought is an exercise in retrospective futurism; that is, I
wrote it in the early 1980s, attempting to look at what the mid 1990s
would be like. My odyssey started when I discovered Xerox PARC and Doug
Engelbart and realized that all the journalists who had descended upon
Silicon Valley were missing the real story. Yes, the tales of teenagers
inventing new industries in their garages were good stories. But the idea
of the personal computer did not spring full-blown from the mind of Steve
Jobs. Indeed, the idea that people could use computers to amplify thought
and communication, as tools for intellectual work and social activity, was
not an invention of the mainstream computer industry nor orthodox computer
science, nor even homebrew computerists. If it wasn't for people like
J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Bob Taylor, Alan Kay, it wouldn't have
happened. But their work was rooted in older, equally eccentric, equally
visionary, work, so I went back to piece together how Boole and Babbage
and Turing and von Neumann -- especially von Neumann - created the
foundations that the later toolbuilders stood upon to create the future we
live in today. You can't understand where mind-amplifying technology is
going unless you understand where it came from.'
New Deal for the Arts.
'During the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s and into the early
years of World War II, the Federal government supported the arts in
unprecedented ways. For 11 years, between 1933 and 1943, federal tax
dollars employed artists, musicians, actors, writers, photographers, and
dancers. Never before or since has our government so extensively sponsored
'Cat lovers adore this strip! Hollander uses her strong cast of
characters -- a fairy godmother, the Woman Who Does Everything More
Beautifully Than You, demon dogs and malicious cats -- to discuss
social issues. Sylvia provides advice on everything from feminism to
fashion, making it a hit with female readers. '
'Far below the city streets of Paris, in the quiet, damp darkness,
seven million Parisians lie motionless. Their skeletons, long since
dis-interred from the churchyard graves their survivors left them in,
are neatly stacked and aligned to form the walls of nearly one
kilometer of walking passage ...'
Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy
'Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy,
1921-1929 assembles a wide array of Library of Congress source materials
from the 1920s that document the widespread prosperity of the Coolidge
years, the nation's transition to a mass consumer economy, and the role of
government in this transition. The collection includes nearly 150
selections from twelve collections of personal papers and two collections
of institutional papers from the Manuscript Division; 74 books, pamphlets,
and legislative documents from the General Collections, along with
selections from 34 consumer and trade journals; 185 photographs from the
Prints and Photographs Division and the Manuscript Division; and 5 short
films and 7 audio selections of Coolidge speeches from the Motion Picture,
Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. The collection is particularly
strong in advertising and mass-marketing materials and will be of special
interest to those seeking to understand economic and political forces at
work in the 1920s.'
Fables of Jean De La Fontaine in English and French.
'The following are the fables of Jean De La Fontaine in English and
French. There are 243 fables originally written in French by the poet Jean
De La Fontaine in the late 1600's. He spent 26 years writing his versions
of the fables. Most of these are originals from La Fontaine and those that
are not are often quite different and more eloquent than other aesops
fables of the same title. '
'1797-1875, British geologist. After studying and briefly practicing law,
he spent most of his life in travel and in popularizing scientific ideas.
He championed and won general acceptance of the theory of uniformity of
causes, which was first proposed by James Hutton (as opposed to the theory
of catastrophism) in his Principles of Geology (3 vol., 1830?33), which
went into 12 editions in his lifetime.'
Report from Iron Mountain.
'The Report From Iron Mountain was a hoax written by Leonard C. Lewin in
1967 and published by the Dial Press. The idea for the Report came from
Victor Navasky. In 1966, Navasky read an article in the New York Times
on a stock market downturn due to a "peace scare". This gave him an idea
for a report that would get people thinking about a peacetime economy
(the hoax came out during the Vietnam War) and the stupidity of the arms
race. With these aims in mind, Lewin wrote the hoax.'
C6 - H0: The Centre Harvard Game of 1921.
'As practically anyone who grew up in Kentucky knows, the Centre College
football team defeated Harvard in 1921 by a score of six to nothing. In
losing to the smallest college it had ever played, Harvard suffered its
first intersectional defeat in four decades. Coming as it did at a time
in which football was the most outstanding spectator sport in the
nation, the game had such an impact on the sporting world that in 1950
the Associated Press named it the upset of the half century. For one
glorious moment Centre College was, as the New York Times noted,
catapulted into the center of the football universe ... '
Cabeza de Vaca. 'The
Spanish conquistador Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was shipwrecked in 1528
on what is now Galveston Island. He lived among America's native peoples
for the next eight years, transcending enslavement to become recognized
as a great spiritual leader. Cabeza de Vaca was the first European to
explore what is now Texas and the Southwest. His account, La relación,
offers a remarkable historical portrait. It is also one of humankind's
great adventure stories. '
The Devi Gita (Song to the Goddess).
'This is an excerpt from a much larger work, the the Srimad Devî
Bhagavatam. This self-contained text describes an incarnation of the
Devi, the Goddess. She discourses on her nature, and how she wants to be
worshipped, particularly with Yogic practices, meditation and rituals.'
The Daniel De Leon Archive. American
'The Daniel De Leon Internet Archive (DDLIA) presents the works listed
below through courtesy of the Socialist Labor Party of America. The SLP
(established 1890) has graciously agreed to allow the Marxists Internet
Archive to mirror these files on the DDLIA.'
'The works assembled here have been transcribed from newspapers and
other periodicals that De Leon edited or for which he wrote. Most come
directly from bound volumes of The People (established as a New York
weekly on April 5, 1891) and the New York Daily People (1900-1914).'
Alive: The Andes Survivors.
'Friday, October 13, 1972, A Fairchild FH-227 twin turboprop
airplane crosses the Andes Mountains carrying 40 passengers and 5
crew. The plane would disappear from the modern world and everyone
on board thought to be dead, but 72 days later, 16 would emerge alive
and tell their story...'
The Garden of Eden; or The Paradise Lost & Found,
by Victoria Claflin Woodhull, 1890.
'Victoria Claflin Woodhull was a 19th century feminist, spiritualist,
and advocate for free love. She was the first woman to run for president
(in 1872), the first woman stockbroker, and published the first American
edition of the Communist Manifesto. Her view that women should be free
to marry and take lovers based on conscience, not compulsion, set her at
odds with other feminists. She was convicted of sending obscenity
through the mails when her newspaper ran an exposé of a sex scandal
involving two prominent preachers. In her later years Woodhull moved to
England, married a respectable banker, and spent a lot of effort
attempting to backtrack over her radical past ... '
"A great empire has been established for the sole purpose of raising up
a nation of customers who should be obliged to buy from the shops of our
different producers, all the goods with which these could supply them."
Braniff Airways History.
'From early days as a short-haul regional carrier to membership among
the world's top twenty international airlines, Dallas-based Braniff
International Airways made its mark in the world of aviation. Braniff
revolutionized the concept of how an airline should look and operate,
and in the process created an industry legend.'
The Handbook of Texas Online.
'The Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of
Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State
Historical Association and the General Libraries at UT Austin. '
'Described as "one of the finest collections of Art Deco buildings in
the country", Fair Park represents the epitome of collaborative public
art that combined the talents of architects, artists and craftsmen.'
New York's HIV
'Jacklyn Hoerger's job was to treat children with HIV at a New York
But nobody had told her that the drugs she was administering were
experimental and highly toxic...' ...
Except this story has been
has it?! How confusing...
Amusement park memories.
'This is not the old amusement park.. but just a page that I have wanted
to do for a long time. I am always interested in old Freedomland info..
as well as old Worlds Fair info, and other oddities. Anyone remember the
Long Island Motor Parkway? anyway.. I'm Rob Friedman, and I'm here in
Freeport on Long Island, NY, and I dedicate this page to my wife
Sue..who always remembered Freedomland with fond memories. '
Jackie McEntee's Magnificent Life Against
'when Jackie McEntee was told she had cancer and might have only three
to five years to live, she began an experience that sounds nightmarish.
In the beginning, she suffered from bouts of exhaustion which forced her
to sleep 16 hours a day. Over time, she suffered intense and growing pain
throughout her body as a result of swollen bones, the sadness of
losing close friends to cancer, frequent visits to doctors and healers,
large amounts of medication (including the Interferon she has recently
begun injecting into her stomach) and a loss of mental clarity and
physical vigor. '
'Yet Jackie maintains that she'd rather live one year as she does now
than 25 years of her previous life. She had not been unsatisfied before.
Married to a man she met at 14, she raised two children; worked as a
Catholic sister, educator and family therapist; volunteered widely
in her community and enjoyed dozens of good friends. She regarded herself
as unusually happy. But in the wake of her diagnosis, Jackie says she
discovered a level of genuine peace and clarity going far beyond what
she used to call happiness. '
'In search of this moment, and to inaugurate the Salon Gallery, we
asked five artists -- Georganne Deen from Los Angeles, Janie Geiser from
New York City, Jordin Isip and Melinda Beck from Brooklyn and Christian
Northeast from Toronto -- to create works on the theme of death. The
results are unique and unpredictable -- and hopefully will trigger
something in all of you. '
Burning Man Panoramas.
'Everybody who goes to Burning Man with a camera wants to somehow
capture all of it. That's not possible, but taking giant panoramic
photos is as close as I have come. '
'1759-97, English author and feminist. She was an early proponent of
educational equality between men and women, and her Vindication of the
Rights of Women (1792) was the first great feminist document. '
Math and Science Song Database.
'The MASSIVE database (last updated on 11-12-04) contains information on
over 1700 science and math songs. Some of these songs are suitable for
2nd graders; others might only appeal to tenured professors. '