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The Commons on Flikr

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 25 September 2012

Tyne & Wear Archives

Flikr: the Commons is a collection of image archives donated by cultural institutions from around the world, free to use under the Creative Commons licence. Institutions who have donated collections include The New York Public Library, National Galleries of Scotland, Getty Research Institute and many more.


By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 22 September 2011

houedardA selection of concrete poetry is also now available at Ubuweb, including a complete run of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s legendary magazine, Poor.Old.Tired.Horse, 1962-1968. Also here are several examples of visual poetry by Dom Sylvester Houedard, a pioneer of British concrete poetry and typewriter-driven typstracts.

Marcel Broodthaers / Un voyage en mer du nord

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 11 April 2011

Un voyage en mer du nordThe artist’s book Un voyage en mer du nord by Marcel Broodthaers is now available in PDF format via Ubuweb.

LACMA Reading Room

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 5 February 2010

Six painters and the object © Los Angeles County Musuem of ArtThe Los Angeles County Museum of Art has recently announced the launch of its Reading Room, an online space devoted to the presentation of the museum’s publications. In an effort to make books available that are otherwise difficult to access, the initial group focuses on out-of-print offerings and features ten digitised catalogues highlighting the development of the Los Angeles art scene during the 1960s and 70s including Six painters and the object by Lawrence Alloway, Art in Los Angeles: seventeen artists in the sixties by Maurice Tuchman, and exhibition catalogues on Edward Kienholz and Robert Irwin.

Free magazines available from Google Books

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 22 December 2009

Billboard magazineNew York magazineLife magazineLiberty magazine

There are a number of popular American magazines now available in full via Google Books. Subjects covered range from science and sport to music, lifestyle and current affairs. Also included is a complete archive of Life magazine.

Eclipse: radical small-press writing

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 24 April 2009

Clark Coolidge, ING. Angel Hair Books, 1968.Eclipse is a “free online archive focusing on digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century”. The extensive archive can be browsed by title or author, and items may be read online (as scanned images in TIF format) or downloaded in PDF format. Each item is usually accompanied by very short biographical and contextual details. The archive includes works by Kenneth Goldsmith, Bernadette Mayer, Clark Coolidge and many others. It has been made freely available by the Department of English at the University of Utah.

Many of the small presses featured in the Eclipse archive are held in the Alternative Press collections at UCL Special Collections.


By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 7 April 2009

smarthistorySmarthistory is described as an “online art history textbook” and is presented in the form of an interactive timeline. Intended as an alternative to the traditional static Western art history textbook, the aim of the website is to expand the understanding of works of art through recorded conversations, which can be located on the website in the form of podcasts, Flash-based videos, and images. The material is accessible by ‘time’, ‘style’, ‘artist’ or ‘theme’.

Established in 2005 as a blog, Smarthistory is edited by Dr Beth Harris, who is currently Director of Digital Learning at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and Dr Steven Zucker, who is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century art and theory, and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, part of the State University of New York.

Taylor & Francis Arts & Humanities ebooks

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 23 February 2009

hoffman.jpgThe Library has recently obtained access to a number of ebooks in the arts and humanities. These include:

Frank Hoffman: Encyclopaedia of Recorded Sound 
Jo Anna Isaak: Feminism and Contemporary Art 
John Lechte: Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers 
James Elkins: On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art
Reesa Greenberg: Thinking About Exhibitions  
Susan Hiller: The Myth of Primitivism 
Ian Jarvie: Philosophy of the Film
Robert Stam: New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics

All books can be accessed offsite. For the full list of titles in all subjects go to Metalib and scroll down to the link for Taylor & Francis eBooks.

UCL Archives and Digital Collections

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 20 February 2009

Orwell’s NUJ card from his time at the Tribune, 1940s.UCL Archives is an online database of descriptions of archive collections held by Special Collections and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) at UCL. It enables users to search both Special Collections and SSEES catalogues using a variety of search options and explore over 4000 records.

Collections held at Special Collections and now searchable via UCL Archives include:

  • George Orwell (1903-1950): a comprehensive body of research material, comprising correspondence, notebooks and personalia.
  • Francis Galton (1822-1911): Papers and correspondence of Sir Francis Galton, pioneer in eugenics and forensic science.

UCL Archives is a text-based database; it will continue to be enlarged with more detailed descriptions and links to digital images from the collections. In the meantime, over 2500 images of items held in Special Collections can be accessed via the library’s Digital Collections.

Poetry Tool

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 20 February 2009

The Poetry ToolThe Poetry Tool is a poetry search and browse engine built by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation.  Poets or poems can be browsed by name, dates, category, title, first line, glossary term etc. Audio files of some poems and videos of poets reading their work are also included, as well as articles from the archive of Poetry magazine.

The Poetry Foundation website also includes an extensive audio section which hosts, among other things, the Avant-Garde All The Time podcast in which poet Kenneth Goldsmith presents selections from Ubuweb.