Iowa Digital Library

The Iowa Digital Library features more than a million digital objects created from the holdings of the University of Iowa Libraries and its campus partners. Included are illuminated manuscripts, historic maps, fine art, historic newspapers, scholarly works, and more.’ The material is organized in a large number of collections (see ‘Browse – All collections’). Various of these collections contain digitized sources for European history, namely:

  • Curtis Botanical Images. ‘More than 200 hand-colored copper-plate engravings, ca. 1795-1801, of ornamental plants from Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Item descriptions include the plants' biological classifications.’
  • Digital Dada Library. ‘The Digital Dada Library includes original Dada-era publications from the International Dada Archive, the International Online Bibliography of Dada, and links to other resources related to the Dada movement.’
  • Homer Calkin Slides. ‘More than 130 photographic slides depicting historic and touristic sites in New England, Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as Iowa.’
  • Ignaz Pleyel Early Editions. ‘200 early printed and manuscript scores representing the work of French composer and music publisher Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831).’
  • John Martin Rare Book Room Images. ‘Selections from the rare book collection on medicine and the health sciences dating from as early as the 15th century. The images include depictions of human anatomy, disease processes, and surgical techniques.’
  • Leigh Hunt Letters. ‘Nearly 1,600 letters written to, by, or about Hunt, a British Romantic writer; correspondents include Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth and Robert Browning, and many others.’
  • Medieval Manuscripts. ‘Several dozen examples of manuscript leaves and books from the 12th through the 16th centuries, with textual features such as decorated initials, illustrations, and musical notation.’
  • Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks. ‘Handwritten cookbooks, circa 1600s-1960s, documenting culinary history in America and Europe and how tastes have changed over the years.’
  • University of Iowa Museum of Art Digital Collection. ‘Thousands of digitized artifacts from the permanent collections of the UIMA, including masterworks of European and American Art of the last century and a world renowned collection of traditional African Art.’
  • Victorian Trade Cards. ‘Several hundred Victorian-era advertising cards promoting products such as clocks, jewelry, food, and medicine; the cards' images are often whimsical and bear little relation to the company or product being advertised.’

In addition to browsing the collections, the material can also be browsed according to theme. Basic and advanced search options are also available. Each item is accompanied by a detailed record. Material can be downloaded in jpg format.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014 - 3:26pm
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