The Vanished Gallery.
'In a coup on March 24, 1976, a military junta seized power in Argentina
and went on a campaign to wipe out left-wing terrorism with terror far
worse than the one they were combating. Between 1976 and 1983 - under
military rule - thousands of people, most of them dissidents and innocent
civilians unconnected with terrorism, were arrested and then vanished
without a trace...'
Glacier National Park,
Montana. Travel, images, history.
'Recent archaeological surveys have found evidence of human use dating
back over 10,000 years. These people may have been the ancestors of
tribes that live in the area today. By the time the first European
explorers came to this region, several different tribes inhabited the
area. The Blackfeet Indians controlled the vast prairies east of the
mountains. The Salish and Kootenai Indians lived and hunted in the
western valleys. They also traveled east of the mountains to hunt
The Mycenaean Origin of Greek Mythology, 1932.
'This is a study of the origins of classical Greek mythology in the
Mycenaean era, which preceded the era of Homer, Hesiod and the dramatists
by several hundred years, separated by a dark age...'
Sikkim Info. All about Sikkim, the
Himalayan mountain state of India.
The Serenity Prayer.
' For many years, long after the Serenity Prayer became attached to the
very fabric of the Fellowship's life and thought, its exact origin,
its actual author, have played a tantalizing game of hide and seek
with researchers, both in and out of A.A. The facts of how it came to
be used by A.A. a half century ago are much easier to pinpoint...' AA History
The State of Wisconsin Collection.
'The State of Wisconsin Collection brings together, in digital form, two
categories of primary and secondary materials: writings about the State
of Wisconsin and unique or valuable materials that relate to its history
and ongoing development. The collection includes published material as
well as archival materials. The materials were digitized from a variety
of formats including books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs,
maps and other resources deemed important to the study and teaching of
the State of Wisconsin. '
Displaced in Northern Uganda.
'Since 1986, a rebel group calling itself the Lord's Resistance Army
(LRA) has led an insurgency in northern Uganda. Though its stated
objective is toppling the national goverment of Uganda, its victims
have more often than not been the innocent bystanders and civilians
of northern region. Thousands have been killed, hundreds of thousands
have fled from their homes and live in displacement camps, and an
estimated 20,000 children have been abducted by the LRA and forced to
be rebel soldiers and wives. Here, a child's drawing of a battle between
LRA rebels and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF), the government
army, hangs in a counseling center for the war-traumatized...'
Fusang: The Discovery of America by Chinese Priests
in the Fifth Century.
'One of the perennial pre-Columbian contact theories involves ancient
visits by the Chinese to America. This is made plausible for several
reasons. First of all, the voyage around the great circle route across
the Pacific is facilitated by almost constant visibility of land and
prevailing sea-currents. China had advanced maritime technology long
before the European age of discovery, and historically were known to
have taken long sea voyages to distant ports such as Africa, Arabia
and India before Vasco de Gamma set sail. And lastly, there are suggestive
Chinese accounts of lands far to the East in their chronicles. This book,
written in the 19th century by Charles Leland, examines these records,
and also reviews some of the evidence for such contacts. '
Papers of the Barrett Daycare Center 1935-.
'The Barrett Daycare Center, formerly the Janie Porter Day Nursery,
has been providing quality child care for the Charlottesville community
for over sixty years. The records of this facility document the growth,
successes, struggles, and changes in the African-American community in
'Welcome to CogPrints, an electronic archive for self-archive papers in
any area of Psychology, neuroscience, and Linguistics, and many areas of
Computer Science (e.g., artificial intelligence, robotics, vison,
learning, speech, neural networks), Philosophy (e.g., mind, language,
knowledge, science, logic), Biology (e.g., ethology, behavioral ecology,
sociobiology, behaviour genetics, evolutionary theory), Medicine (e.g.,
Psychiatry, Neurology, human genetics, Imaging), Anthropology (e.g.,
primatology, cognitive ethnology, archeology, paleontology), as well
as any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences
that are pertinent to the study of cognition.'
'Coney Island is the story of a tiny spit of land at the foot of Brooklyn
that at the turn of the century became the most extravagant playground
in the country. In scale, in variety, in sheer inventiveness, Coney
Island was unlike anything anyone had ever seen, and sooner or later
everyone came to see it. "Coney," one man said in 1904, "is the most
bewilderingly up-to-date place of amusement in the world." '
The Bisbee Deportation of 1917.
'The Bisbee Deportation of 1917 was an event specific to Arizona that
influenced the labor movement throughout the United States. What started
as a labor dispute between copper mining companies and their workers
turned into vigilante action against the allegedly nefarious activities
of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.). This site is a
research-based collection of primary and secondary sources for the
study of the deportation of over 1,000 striking miners from Bisbee on
12 July, 1917.'
Kali the Mother, 1900.
'Margaret E. Noble was an Irish woman who was converted to Hinduism by
the noted Indian Guru Vivekananda during the Victorian era. Under the
name Sister Nivedita she devoted her life to selflessly serving the poor
of India, particularly women, in Calcutta, providing education and medical
care. This is a short book of essays which she wrote dedicated to the
Hindu Goddess Kali. '
Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling, 1891.
'The Gypsies, who call themselves Rom or Romany, are a nomadic
culture which originated in India during the Middle Ages. They migrated
widely, particularly to Europe, where they worked as farm laborers,
metalworkers, scrapdealers, and horsetraders. They also made a living
as entertainers, fortune tellers, and grifters. Persecuted by the Nazis,
and discriminated against to this day, the Rom have a long tradition of
magic and shamanism. As Leland points out, these practices have parallels
with those of other traditional pagan cultures around the world.'
Kabuki for Everyone.
'Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theater. It was founded early
in the 17th century by Okuni, a shrine maiden who brought her unique and
lively dance style to the dry river beds of the ancient capital of Kyoto,
and over the next 300 years developed into a sophisticated, highly
stylized form of theater...'
Cambodia in Modern History, Beauty and Darkness.
'The Beauty and Darkness project provides information on the recent
history of Cambodia, particulary the Khmer Rouge period. This includes
materials pertaining to Cambodia, as well as information about Cambodian
refugees and immigrants abroad. '
The Civil War Drawings of Edward Lamson Henry.
'The New York State Museum administers an outstanding collection of the
works of Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919), one of the country's most
popular and prolific genre artists at the end of the nineteenth century.
His meticulously crafted paintings of domestic life appealed to an
audience nostalgic for idyllic images of a vanishing America, an America
unsullied by rampant technology and the effects of a devastating Civil
War. The Henry collection at the New York State Museum contains a
significant group of Civil War images sketched on-site from
Empire State Oil and Gas Information System.
'The Empire State Oil and Gas Information System is your complete
resource for oil and gas data in the state of New York. In addition to
allowing you to query and view data for all of New York's 32,000+ wells,
we will be providing online access to maps, papers and other information
important to New York's oil and gas industry. Whether you have been
involved in New York's oil and gas industry for many years or you are
just beginning to explore here in New York, the ESOGIS will provide you
with a wealth of information delivered to your desktop.'
The Treacherous Blue Books of 1847.
'It is impossible to over emphasise the importance of
the 1847 Government Report on Education for social
historians of mid nineteenth century Wales, because of
the wealth of information contained in it on not only
the appalling state of the education system in the
country, but also on everyday life and work in both
the industrialised and rural areas. It also contains
direct comment on the religious and moral standing of
the people of Wales. But the report is infamously
remembered for the furore and agitation it caused in
Wales because of the remarks of the three non-Welsh
speaking Anglican commissioners regarding the Welsh
language, Nonconformity and the morals of the Welsh
people in general. As a result, the Report came to be
known as 'Brad y Llyfrau Gleision', or 'Treachery of
the Blue Books'...'
Experience: Art & War.
'World War were shared ones. These countries were,
after all, allies fighting a common enemy; they were
also nations profoundly and historically linked
politically, economically and socially; and, on
notable occasions, they were involved in joint
military operations. Geography, politics and military
events created and shaped threats which demanded
responses that were unique to each country. However,
the common ground of Art and War - Australia, Britain
and Canada in the Second World War is the impact the
war had on individual lives: the men and women that
feature in these works are shown waiting, preparing,
fighting, suffering, celebrating.'
'Built in 1863, the Oroville Chinese Temple served as
a place of worship for a community of 10,000 Chinese
residents. An innovative collaboration among the City
of Oroville, Gloria Gee, the Library of Congress, and
The Bancroft Library has resulted in online access to
a digital archive of the Oroville Chinese Temple
Speech Movement Digital Archive.
'The Free Speech Movement (FSM) Digital Archives
document the role of Mario Savio and other
participants in the Free Speech Movement (University
of California, Berkeley, September-December 1964), as
well as its origins in political protest and civil
rights movements and its legacy of political activism
and educational reform that can be traced throughout
the country and the world down to the present.'
'The United Society of Believers in Christ's First and
Second Appearing popularly known as Shakers because of
their fervent religious dance, was a communal
Christian religious society founded in Manchester,
England by Ann Lee. In 1774, she brought her band of
followers to Watervliet, near Albany, New York where
they established their first community. At the
movement's height in the mid-nineteenth century, there
were 6000 Shakers living in Communities throughout the
Northeast, Midwest and the South. Cardinal principles
of their faith included celibacy, equality of the
sexes, community of goods, oral confession of sins,
pacificism, and withdrawal into their own communities
from the "World." ...'
'The work of the Austrian painter and illustrator
Gustav Klimt, b. July 14, 1862, d. Feb. 6, 1918,
founder of the school of painting known as the Vienna
Sezession, embodies the high-keyed erotic,
psychological, and aesthetic preoccupations of
turn-of-the-century Vienna's dazzling intellectual
Abstraction. The art of Mondrian and
'Shapes and colors have always had their own emotional
force: the designs on ancient bowls, textiles, and
furnishings are abstract, as are whole pages of
medieval manuscripts. But never before in Western
painting had this delight in shape as such, in color
made independent of nature, been taken seriously as a
fit subject for the painter. Abstraction became the
perfect vehicle for artists to explore and unversalize
ideas and sensations. '
'One journalist described it as a chance "to see
justice catch up with evil." On November 20, 1945, the
twenty-two surviving representatives of the Nazi elite
stood before an international military tribunal at the
Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany; they were
charged with the systematic murder of millions of
The ensuing trial pitted U.S. chief prosecutor and
Supreme Court judge Robert Jackson against Hermann
Göring, the former head of the Nazi air force, whom
Adolf Hitler had once named to be his successor.
Jackson hoped that the trial would make a statement
that crimes against humanity would never again go
unpunished. Proving the guilt of the defendants,
however, was more difficult than Jackson anticipated.'
Mohawk Iroquois Village.
'Three dioramas in this exhibit depict life in a
Mohawk Iroquois village about 1600, before European
influence greatly changed Iroquois culture. The
dioramas include a scale model of an Iroquois village,
part of a full sized longhouse with furnishings, and
an agricultural field. This website presents scenes
from these dioramas and explanatory text on Iroquois
longhouses, village life and agriculture.'
Disability Rights and Independent Living
'Welcome to UC Berkeley's website on the Disability
Rights and Independent Living Movement. Discover our
rich collection of primary sources exploring the
social and political history of the disability
movement from the 1960s to the present.'
Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response.
'The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response
tells the history of the World Trade Center, the
September 11 attacks, the rescue efforts, the evidence
recovery operation at the Fresh Kills landfill, and
the public response to the September 11th events. The
exhibition includes many objects, images, videos, and
interactive stations documenting this tragic chapter
in New York and America's history, from the State
Museum's comprehensive collection. '
Cucaracha. Editorial cartoons.
'Lalo Alcaraz has drawn editorial cartoons in L.A.
Weekly for 13 years and his daily nationally
syndicated comic, La Cucaracha is the USA's only
funny, political, Latino themed syndicated daily
strip. Lalo sends his love for 2006 and some of his
favorite strips and topics from 2005.'
'NNDB is an intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people
we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. Superficially,
it seems much like a "Who's Who" where a noted person's curriculum vitae
is available (the usual information such as date of birth, a biography,
and other essential facts.) '
The Shore Magazine.
'The Shore began as many creative projects do - the product of many
years of conversation, sublimation, and procrastination. In the last
of a series of drunken conversations on a warm vacation, something broke
free of our minds and mouths and took control of our hands. '
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
'Whether you are driving north or south, the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel showcases the mighty surge of the Atlantic Ocean, the
beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and the soaring grace of an engineering
marvel. Both a tourist attraction and a travel convenience, the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connects Virginia's Eastern Shore with
the Virginia mainland at Virginia Beach near Norfolk.'
France in America.
'Conceived in partnership with France's national library, the
Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America /France en Amérique
is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of
Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North
America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the
The Leonard Bernstein Collection.
'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
Apollo Lunar Surface Journal.
'The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal is a record of the lunar surface
operations conducted by the six pairs of astronauts who landed on the
Moon from 1969 through 1972. The Journal is intended as a resource for
anyone wanting to know what happened during the missions and why. It
includes a corrected transcript of all recorded conversations between
the lunar surface crews and Houston. The Journal also contains
extensive, interwoven commentary by the Editor and by ten of the twelve
moonwalking astronauts. '
Badlands National Park.
'Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists
of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended
with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.
The Badlands Wilderness Area covers 64,000 acres and is the site of the
reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land
mammal in North America. The Stronghold Unit is co-managed with the
Oglala Sioux Tribe and includes sites of 1890s Ghost Dances...'
Buddhist Masters and Their Organisations.
'This page is intended as a resource for those who read a book by a
master, see or hear him/her in the media, and wish to find out more. It
is a guide to some of the more important masters, particularly those
operating in the West, and to the organisations they create: the places
you can go to find out more or practise their teachings. '
Indian Myth and Legend, 1913.
'This is the Gresham Myths and Legends volume for India. Of course, one
person's myth is another's religion, in this case nearly a billion
people. As opposed to most of the other volumes in this series (e.g.
Egypt, Crete, Celtic), these 'Myths and Legends' are the basis for
contemporary Hindu beliefs. Certainly, many Jews and Christians would
take offense if the events of the Pentateuch were described as 'myths',
and I beg the kind indulgence of Hindu readers of this etext...'
'This is Britain's only truly coastal national park. It's a spectacular
landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild
inland hills, and a place of sanctuary for wildlife.'
'People belong here, too. They have shaped the landscape over the
centuries, leaving their mark in tombs and castles, crosses and
cottages, quarries and quays...'
The Great Wall of China.
'This is a first-hand description of the Great Wall of China by Romyn
Hitchcock from 1893. What makes this account so interesting is that it
still preceded the Boxer Uprising and a number of events in Chinese
history which left permanent marks of the Great Wall. Also, Hitchcock
talks about the lack of prehistoric archeological sites in China in a
few decades history will prove him completely wrong. '
The Imperial Family of Russia.
'Below is the story of the Russian imperial family published in Scribners
monthly (December 1871) under the title "The Imperial Family of Russia."
Naturally, this was written before the end of the Romanoff dynasty,
marked by the brutal murder of Tzar Nicholas II and his family in
Native American Indians of New Mexico.
'Below is an adaptation of an article by A. W. Bell called "On the Native
Races of New Mexico, published in 1869. Although it is already over a
130 years old, it provides very useful insights into the life and history
of Native Americans Indians in New Mexico. It discusses the tribes, the
Spanish expeditions, as well as the migration patterns that led to the
distribution of Indian tribes in the region. '
'The main Indian tribes discussed are the Pueblo, Pima, Papago, Navajo
and Apache, all of which were still surviving in the 1860s when this
study was written. Unfortunately, today some of them are already
'From the large number still surviving, we know that the Book of Hours was
the most popular book of the Middle Ages. Books of Hours were produced
throughout Europe, but were especially popular in France and Flanders. These
manuscripts were modelled on the Breviary used by the clergy, but in a
shortened form and were used by the laity for their daily devotions. The
core of the Book of Hours is the Hours of the Virgin divided into eight
parts to be said at different times or hours of the day. The eight "hours"
of prayer are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, vespers and compline.
Several other prayers and texts accompany the Hours of the Virgin...'
Franz Kafka: Das
'Someone must have been telling lies about you, because one fine morning,
you wake up to find yourself in a new village, in a different country, and
after remembering your unsettling dreams, you find yourself thinking of
modest crow of a man with an enigmatic smile.'
'Welcome to the place that will help you sort out your little mess.'
'On your left is an endless hallway, on your right is an endless roadway, in
front of you is a brick wall. Feel free to pick among the details as you
please, everyone else does. But remember, "Das Schloss" means both the
Castle and the Lock, and the keys are never quite as simple as they seem.'
The 'Endeavour' Botanical Illustrations.
'The voyage of HMS *Endeavour* (1768-1771) was the first devoted exclusively
to scientific discovery. This site presents most of the botanical drawings
and engravings prepared by artist Sydney Parkinson before his untimely death
at sea, and by other artists back in England working from Parkinson's
Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.
'Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, whose reign lasted from
1908 to 1915, was also the first African American pop culture icon. He was
photographed more than any other black man of his day and, indeed, more than
most white men. He was written about more as well. Black people during the
early 20th century were hardly the subject of news in the white press unless
they were the perpetrators of crime or had been lynched (usually for a
crime, real or imaginary). Johnson was different-not only was he written
about in black newspapers but he was, during his heyday, not infrequently
the subject of front pages of white papers. As his career developed, he was
subject of scrutiny from the white press, in part because he was accused and
convicted of a crime, but also because he was champion athlete in a sport
with a strong national following...'
Charles Booth Online Archive.
'Charles Booth was one of those remarkable English Victorians who can justly
be described as one of the great and the good. Profoundly concerned by
contemporary social problems, and not a pious nor even a religious man, he
recognised the limitations of philanthropy and conditional charity in
addressing the poverty which scarred British society. Without any commission
other than his own he devised, organised, and funded one of the most
comprehensive and scientific social surveys of London life that had then
been undertaken. Booth also added his voice to the cause of state old age
pensions as a practical instrument of social policy to alleviate destitution
in old age, established as one of the commonest causes of pauperism.
Simultaneously he was a successful businessman, running international
interests in the leather industry and a steam shipping line...'
'On the Friday evening of April 25, 1986, the reactor crew at
Chernobyl-4, prepared to run a test the next day to see how long the
turbines would keep spinning and producing power if the electrical power
supply went off line. This was a dangerous test, but it had been done
before. As a part of the preparation, they disabled some critical control
systems - including the automatic shutdown safety mechanisms...'
World Exhibition 1937 Paris, Spanish Pavilion.
'The Spanish Pavilion was one of the Exhibitions major attractions, even
though the building was small in size compared to the monumental
buildings of the Soviet Union and Germany. The Pavilion was designed
by Jose Luis Sert with the assistance of Luis Lacasa. Opening was at
the 12th July 1937...'
Honky Tonks, Hymns and the Blues:
Music from the Back Roads to Big City.
'Each Friday from 07/4/03 to 09/12/03, Honky Tonks, Hymns and the Blues
invoked American musical traditions on* NPR's Morning Edition.* These
country sounds are the building blocks of America's popular music. The
weekly Honky Tonks segments explored the roots music with historic
performances, rare archive tape, and interviews with artists including
country legend Merle Haggard, bluesmen Honeyboy Edwards and Taj Mahal, and
fiddle greats Alison Krauss and Mark O'Connor.'
Paradigms: Games We
'The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections investigates the evolution
of games since 1800 through PASTIMES AND PARADIGMS : GAMES WE PLAY. The
exhibition includes a wide variety of antique and contemporary games, as
well as rare books on rules, strategies, and recreation. Featured items
include early nineteenth-century geographical board games; a Civil War game;
suffrage games that garnered support in the battle for women's votes; a
vintage Monopoly game (the subject of Cornell President Jeffrey Lehman's
first book); gambling punchboards; and a selection of games inspired by
television programming. Although they differ in design and presentation,
they share a single message: the game is the medium.'
'This short book of essays by Edward Carpenter is a look at gender roles at
the start of the 20th century, and his prescient vision of how those roles
might evolve. In the past century many of his then-utopian predictions have
come to pass, such as rational sexual education, greater equality for women,
recognition of a spectrum of sexual identities, widespread acceptance of
trial and open relationships, and the amelioration of the stifling nature of
traditional marriage. Some of these predictions, inevitably, such as the use
of 'Karezza' (extended coitus without ejaculation) for contraception, and a
communist society leading to the liberation of women from the drudgery of
housework, have fallen flat. '
A Look Inside the
'This site was designed to help children learn about how our body works. The
information is presented in an easy to read format with colourful diagrams
to assist understanding. The site has been operating for over 3 years now
and I have received lots of positive feedback. '
The Bluegrass Museum.
'Welcome to the official website of the International Bluegrass Music
Museum, located in Owensboro, Kentucky!'
'The MISSION of the International Bluegrass Music Museum is to develop and
maintain an environment in which people of all ages can discover the
richness of bluegrass music through an exciting and educational experience.
Dying To Be Thin.
'Welcome to the companion Web site to *"Dying to be Thin," *originally
broadcast on December 12, 2000. The film examines a disturbing increase in
the prevalence of debilitating and sometimes life-threatening eating
disorders, particularly anorexia and bulimia. '
Cote d'Ivoire, October 2000.
'The people of Cote d'Ivoire wrote a notable chapter in their history
October 22-30 as the country, inspired by events in Serbia, underwent
unprecedented upheavals akin to the 'velvet revolutions' of eastern
Europe. Urged on by Laurent Gbagbo, the candidate who won most votes
in the election, a coalition of civilians resisted efforts by incumbent
dictator Robert Guei to cling to power...'
Guercino's 'Erminia and the Shepherds'.
'Over the course of ten weeks in the fall of 2004, paintings conservators
Joan Gorman and David Marquis of the Upper Midwest Conservation Association
conducted a major conservation treatment of Guercino's Erminia and the
Shepherds during public viewing hours. Museum visitors could observe each
stage of the restoration process, as the conservators restored the painting
to its original appearance of 350 years ago.'
Castiglione's 'The Immaculate Conception'.
'This online exhibition presents the perspectives of curators and
conservators on the history, symbolism, and restoration of Giovanni
Benedetto Castiglione's seventeenth-century painting, The Immaculate
Conception with Saints Francis of Assisi and Anthony of Padua. The
restoration process was documented in the fall of 1999 through text,
photography, and video.'
A Tribute to Oscar
'Internationally renowned, Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson has
entertained the world with his mastery and prowess over the piano for over
40 years. Born in a limestone house on Montreal's Delisle Street on August
15, 1925, he was the fourth of five children to his parents, Daniel and
Kathleen. All of the Peterson children (Fred, Daisy, Charles, Oscar and May)
were introduced to music in a good way before any of them can remember.
Their father, a porter with Canadian Pacific Railways who learned to play
piano on his own while in the merchant marine, taught his children all he
could until they achieved a certain proficiency. It was at this point,
during his high school years, that Oscar came to study with an accomplished
classical pianist, Hungarian Paul de Marky, who taught Oscar "technique and
speedy fingers". He also helped Oscar come to believe that he had something
special to give to the music world...'
'When the University of California at Berkeley purchased the Mitsui Library
from the Mitsui family in1949, included among the 100,000 items was a
collection of 2,298 maps which had been assembled by Mitsui Takakata
(penname: Soken) (1882-1950), the 9th head of the Shinmachi branch of the
family. The most unusual part of the collection is the 697 woodblock-print
maps (and a few dozen manuscript maps) dating from the Tokugawa period
The Tiki Room.
'Hanford Lemoore's Tiki Room is a collection of rants, reviews, links, art
-- pretty much anything that falls into or close to tiki pop culture...'
'This web site is dedicated to Richard P. Feynman, scientist, teacher,
raconteur, and musician. He assisted in the development of the atomic
bomb, expanded the understanding of quantum electrodynamics, translated
Mayan hieroglyphics, and cut to the heart of the Challenger disaster.
But beyond all of that, Richard Feynman was a unique and multi-faceted
The Digital Archive of Cambodian Holocaust
'In the loving memories of the Cambodian people who died under the Khmer
Rouge Regime from 1975 to 1979, we, Khmers and concerned friends of
Cambodia, have formed an ad hoc group to establish the Digital Archive
of Cambodian Holocaust Survivors. We call upon you to participate in the
preservation and protection of the memories of Cambodian holocaust
survivors of Angkar. '
'The art, the plays, the great stars of today, the legends of the past,
the theaters, the history, the glossary, the traditions, the heroes and
'We call Hidden America 'a site dedicated to On The Road Americana'. We
like to think of ourselves as an off-the-beaten path turn on the
information highway. '
Circle. All about the far north.
'The Arctic Ocean is the centerpiece of the Circumpolar North. Lands
bordering this region include those of Alaska, Canada,
Greenland/Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.
Throughout this immense area, economic developers search for oil, gas,
zinc, silver, coal, and similar marketable products. In Alaska,
especially, a major problem restricting this development is land
withdrawal - millions of acres having been set aside for national or
regional parks, military reserves, forests, wildlife refuges, and
Celtic Myth and Legend, 1905.
'Part of the 'Myths and Legends' series published by Gresham in the
early 20th century, 'Celtic Myth and Legend' is actually a reissue of a
1905 work, 'The Mythology of the British Islands'. It differs from the
rest of the Gresham series because it is a bit more scholarly (it
actually has an adequate set of footnotes) and a bit more didactic.
There is an extensive index with over 8,000 references (all hyperlinked
here). Another great feature is a glossary of dozens of Irish and Welsh
words and phrases with phonetic transcriptions--finally everyone can
learn how to properly pronounce terms such as 'Táin Bo Chuailgné' and
'Pwyll'! This is a good thing...'
'These early 1960s paintings were done for Motorola as part of their
consumer products ads series, "Fresh from Motorola... new leader in the
lively art of electronics" (scanned from Taschen's "The Golden Age of
Advertising – The 60s")...'
A Journey in
'Jeremiah Curtin, writer, polyglot, ethnographer and folklorist, travelled
in 1900 to central Siberia to study the religion and folklore of the Buryat
people. The Buryats are one branch of the Mongols, who at one point
conquered a large swath of Asia, Europe and India. Their home is around Lake
Baikal in central Siberia. The first third of this book is a travelogue
which describes Curtin's Siberian journey; this is a fascinating glimpse at
Tsarist Siberia just before the Revolution. The last two-thirds of the book
is an extraordinary record of the mythology of the Buryats. The lore is of
great interest, resembling its fluid, dreamlike narrative the Native
American tales. There are many elements found elsewhere through Asia and
Europe such as epic horses (and horse sacrifices), battles with giants, a
World-mountain and 'the water of life', (see The Epic of Gilgamesh). There
are also unique elements such as heroes with oracular books embedded in
their bodies. '
'Jimmy Carter traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut
farm in Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office; it examines the failings of
Carter's political leadership in the context of the turbulent 1970s; and
explores the role religion played in his career. '
'Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) took great pains to create and project a
powerful image of himself beyond the churches and towns where he wrote and
taught in Roman north Africa. He succeeded in this self-presentation beyond
his wildest dreams...'
The Voynich Manuscript. The world's
most mysterious book.
'In 1912, the antiquarian book dealer Wilfrid M. Voynich bought a number
of mediaeval manuscripts from an undisclosed location in Europe. Among
these was an illustrated manuscript codex of 234 pages, written in an
The Amish, 1938.
'This is a short pamphlet about the Amish written in the 1930s by A.M.
Aurand, Jr., a local Pennsylvania writer who self-published a number of
similar booklets. Written in a conversational style, this outsider
account is sympathetic and provides a surprising amount of detail about
Amish and Mennonite religious beliefs and practices. Because Amish life
is deeply conservative, this treatment remains useful for understanding
their culture, even though it was written decades ago. '
The Voyage of Bran.
'This is Kuno Meyer's translation of the old Irish saga, the Voyage of
Bran. In this magical odyssey to the limits of reality, Bran takes a
characteristically time-dilated journey to a distant isle of luxury. On
return, he learns that ages have passed and he and his expedition have
already passed into myth. He can never again touch the soil of his
homeland and sails off again. The text references ancient Celtic gods
and also contains quasi-prophetic passages added at a later date by
Christian scribes. '
Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan.
'Just as the penny in your pocket has touched many lives and places, so
has the copper of the Keweenaw. '
From over 7,000 years ago to the 1960s people have quarried or mined the
rich copper deposits of the Keweenaw. First, it was Native peoples that
fashioned the copper into tools and trade items. Much later came the
eastern investors and immigrants in one of the nation's first large
mineral rushes. '
'Copper built thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities in this
remote, wild land. Mining companies like Calumet & Hecla and Quincy left
a lasting mark on the land, communities and people. When the mines
closed, their loss brought hardship and heartache...'
Ellis Island National Monument.
'Ellis Island was incorporated as part of the Statue of Liberty National
Monument on May 11, 1965. Between 1892 and 1954, approximately 12
million steerage and third class steamship passengers, who entered the
United States through the port of New York, were legally and medically
inspected at Ellis Island. Reopened on September 10, 1990 after a
massive restoration, the Main Building on Ellis Island is now a museum
dedicated to the history of immigration and the important role this
island claimed during the mass migration of humanity in the late 19th
and early 20th centuries. '
The Cabinet of Curiosities. Science history.
'This Cabinet holds many treasures. Two hundred years of Australian
science are arrayed for exploration and reflection. The curiosities
contained are those of Australia's men and women of science, and your
Drawings from Leonardo to Titian.
'This exhibition offers highlights from the Getty's collection of North
Italian Renaissance drawings, focusing on the work and influence of
Leonardo da Vinci and Titian.'
Thomas Layton & His
'This website celebrates the legacy of Thomas Layton, who lived in
Brentford, Middlesex, between 1826 and 1911.'
'He was committed to Brentford and served on various local bodies for over
45 years, helping to develop many new buildings and services for the growing
'Thomas Layton was also an avid collector of books, prints, maps and
archaeological artefacts. On his death he left this remarkable collection of
over 20,000 objects to the people of Brentford.'
Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya.
'Dominated by the king, the Maya court was the focus of religious and
political life. Within palace chambers and behind swag curtains, the king
ruled from his throne, where he reclined on jaguar pelts in settings often
prepared for feasts, with plentiful tamales, pots of frothy chocolate drink,
and flowers. Dwarfs and hunchbacks served as his trusted counselors, while
musicians played wooden trumpets and horns made from conch shells...'
architecture was born of the post-WWII car-culture and thrived in the 1950s
and 1960s. Bold angles, colorful signs, plate glass, sweeping cantilevered
roofs and pop-culture imagery captured the attention of drivers on adjacent
streets. Bowling alleys looked like Tomorrowland. Coffee shops looked like
something in a *Jetsons* cartoon.'
'For decades, many "serious" architects decried Googie as frivolous or
crass. But today we recognize how perfectly its form followed its function.
Hero-Legends of the British Race, 1910.
'This entry in the G.G. Harrap "Myths and Legends" series is slotted as the
"British" volume; however it covers a wide range of Northern European
legends, including Beowulf, Roland, Cuchulain and Robin Hood. With legends
from Iceland, Spain, Ireland and Constantinople, the common theme here is
not 'British' legends *per se*, but heroic characters from the dark and
middle ages. Notably, Ebbutt includes a number of memorable heroines as
well, including the Irish Countess Cathleen, who bargained her soul to
relieve a famine, the 'Loathly Lady,' redeemed by the love of Sir Gawain,
and Rymenhild, who (uncharacteristically for the genre) seduces the Childe
Horn, motivating his story arc towards knighthood...'
Medieval English Urban History.
'The aim of Florilegium Urbanum is to provide a considered selection of
primary source texts illustrative of various aspects of medieval urban life,
and to present those texts in modern English. The texts have been translated
from the original Latin or Anglo-Norman French, or converted from Middle
English; the language of the original is indicated in the header for each
document. My underlying purpose is not simply to put online a set of primary
documents, however, but to provide a richer understanding of medieval
English towns and townspeople by presenting extracts from medieval records
in a framework of commentary and explanation that will, I hope, give readers
better insight into the character, perspectives and preoccupations of urban
Colourful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in 18th Century
'Accustomed as we are today to seeing color in images in every conceivable
medium, color prints hardly seem revolutionary. Color was in fact a regular
ingredient in prints from their invention in the early 1400s, but at that
time color was always applied by hand. The invention of ways to create
realistic-looking printed color took another three hundred years. The
breakthrough came in the 1720s when the German artist Jakob Christoffel Le
Blon printed the first full-color images with just three basic inks--blue,
red, and yellow--printed one on top of the other from separate plates. He
later added black to the mix and thus invented a primitive version of the
four-color separation printing technique that is still used today for the
production of color images...'
'Modernism was the dominant architectural movement of the twentieth century
and flourished in Australia between 1945 and 1960. This website tells the
story of modernist residential architecture in Canberra, Australia's
capital, through profiles of significant houses, architectural styles,
biographies and other resources. '
The Lucien Sanial
'Sanial was a pioneer of Marxist ideas in America He was born in France as
Lucien Delabarre. Sent by a French newspaper to report on the American Civil
War, he settled in the US, where he became active in the labor movement as
an advocate of the formation of an independent working-class party. In 1877,
he joined the Socialistic Labor Party (the forerunner of the DeLeonist
Socialist Labor Party). Even before De Leon joined in 1890, he was one of
the prominent members of the Marxist wing that won control of the party in
'This is a site for exploring the Column of Trajan as a sculptural monument.
The core of the site is a searchable database of over 500 images focusing on
various aspects of the design and execution of the column's sculptural
decoration. These images (slides and drawings) were generated by and for
sculptor Peter Rockwell, over the course of his study of Roman stone-carving
practices. The aim of this site is to make these images available to the
widest possible public, in a form that can contribute both to ongoing study
by specialists and to enjoyment and appreciation of the monument by the
general public. '
'Welcome to the new website for Hadrian's Wall Country. We hope that the
information within the website will give you a flavour of the range of
activities, attractions, accommodation and events in this unique part of
England. We hope that by reading on - we will look forward to welcoming you
to the area. After your visit, why not feedback your comments to help us
improve the information provided and actual experience for future
'Chaco Canyon is a shallow, ten-mile canyon situated in the northwest corner
of New Mexico. Seventy miles from the nearest town and accessible only by
washboard dirt roads, it's remote by today's standards. The canyon itself
has been carved from ancient sea beds by centuries of erosion. Millions of
years of history reveal themselves in the layers of rock and the fossils
'At an elevation of 6,200 feet, Chaco is a high desert, sun-scorched in the
summer and bitterly cold in the winter. Despite these harsh conditions,
evidence of human presence in the area stretches back to as early as 2900
BC. These groups were largely nomadic, until around AD 200, when the first
farmers settled in the area and built small pit houses...'
Himalayan Art: Collection on Nyingjei
'The Nyingjei Lam Collection includes outstanding examples of Tibetan
sculpture as well as works from Eastern India, Kashmir and Nepal. A
great strength of the collection is the exquisite portrait bronzes.'
'A winter count is a pictographic calendar or calendar history composed of
ideographs or glyphs. These tribal records were kept by Blackfeet, Mandan,
Kiowa, and especially the Lakota or Teton Sioux. There are approximately
100 in existence (but many of these are duplicates)...'
The Badger Yearbooks.
'The first yearbook of the University of Wisconsin was published in April
1884 and called the Trochos, which is a Greek word for badger. The second
yearbook, also called Trochos, was not published until 1887. The first
Badger was published in February 1888, and the Badger was published until
2003, with one hiatus in 1973-74. The Alumni Association helped publish
volumes for those two years which basically only contain student
Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame.
'Chartres Cathedral is among the best preserved of the major French
cathedrals, with extensive programmes of sculpture and stained glass.
It was a major site of pilgrimage in honour of the Virgin Mary, to whom
the cathedral is dedicated.'
George Catlin's Indian Gallery.
'George Catlin (1796-1872) journeyed west five times in the 1830s to
paint the Plains Indians and their way of life. Convinced that westward
expansion spelled certain disaster for native peoples, he viewed his
Indian Gallery as a way "to rescue from oblivion their primitive looks
and customs." ...'
The Emergence of Advertising in America 1850-1920.
'Emergence of Advertising in America presents over 9,000 images relating
to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials,
drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at
Duke University, include cookbooks, photographs of billboards, print
advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs, and leaflets for a
multitude of products. Together, they illuminate the early evolution of
this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture. '
Sir Thomas More.
'Thomas More was born in Milk Street, London on February 7, 1478, son
Sir John More, a prominent judge. He was educated at St Anthony's School
in London. As a youth he served as a page in the household of Archbishop
Morton, who anticipated More would become a "marvellous man."1. More
went on to study at Oxford under Thomas Linacre and William Grocyn.
During this time, he wrote comedies and studied Greek and Latin
literature. One of his first works was an English translation of a Latin
biography of the Italian humanist Pico della Mirandola. It was printed
by Wynkyn de Worde in 1510...'
More's last letter.
The Charles Fourier Internet Archive. French
utopian socialist, 1772-1837.
"Equality of rights is another chimera, praiseworthy when considered in
the abstract and ridiculous from the standpoint of the means employed to
introduce it in civilisation. The first right of men is the right to
work and the right to a minimum [income]. This is precisely what has
gone unrecognised in all the constitutions. Their primary concern is
with favoured individuals who are not in need of work."
A Book of Five Rings, classic
text on military strategy and
martial arts, written by Miyamoto
Musashi around 1645.
'Miyamoto Musashi was born in 1584, in a Japan struggling to recover
from more than four centuries of internal strife. The traditional rule
of the emperors had been overthrown in the twelfth century, and although
each successive emperor remained the figurehead of Japan, his powers
were very much reduced. Since that time, Japan had seen almost
continuous civil war between the provincial lords, warrior monks and
brigands, all fighting each other for land and power. In the fifteenth
and sixteenth centuries the lords, called daimyo, built huge stone
castles to protect themselves and their lords and castle towns outside
the walls began to grow up. These wars naturally restricted the growth
of trade and impoverished the whole country...'
Barber Shop Signs from West Africa.
'Indigo Arts presents a collection of painted signboards from barber
shops and hair-dressers in Ghana, Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote
d'Ivoire, and Togo . Brightly painted in commercial housepaints on
plywood or masonite, these signs are a colorful, humorous, and sometimes
outrageous contemporary African folk art. They reflect both the ancient
African tradition of hairbraiding and hair-cutting and the cultural
clash of imported (usually American) influences. '
Great Apes Survival Project.
'Great ape populations are declining at an alarming rate worldwide. The
continuing destruction of habitat, in combination with the growth in the
commercial bushmeat trade in Africa and increased logging activities in
Indonesia, have lead scientists to suggest that the majority of great
ape populations may be extinct in our lifetime. Even if isolated
populations were to survive, the long-term viability of great apes is in
doubt due to their limited numbers and the fragmentation of their
habitat. Thus, drastic action is needed. Time is not on our side.'
National Low Income Housing Coalition.
'The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to ending
America's affordable housing crisis. We believe that this is achievable,
that the affordable housing crisis is a problem that Americans are
capable of solving. While we are concerned about the housing
circumstances of all low income people, we focus our advocacy on those
with the most serious housing problems, the lowest income households. '
The Hoagy Carmichael Collection.
'This multimedia web site is part of an 18-month project to catalog,
digitize, and preserve every item in Indiana University's extensive
collections pertaining to the life and career of master songwriter
Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael (1899-1981). Carmichael grew up
in Bloomington, Indiana, and graduated from the Indiana University (IU)
School of Law. He composed his enduring pop standard, "Star Dust," in
Bloomington, and the story of its creation has become an integral part
of local history...'