Cornell University Library Windows on the Past

The Cornell University Library Windows on the Past is a grouping of selected digital collections of historical significance.
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The Cornell University Library offers a wide variety of digital repositories and collections. For a complete listing visit our Registry of Digital Collections.
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The Alfredo Montalvo Bolivian Digital Pamphlets Collection is a collection of 715 digitized pamphlets documenting a century of Bolivian literate culture, beginning in 1848. They show a nation's struggle to establish viable institututions, to develop its economy, to educate its children and the back and forth of political argument. In their aggregate these pamphlets capture the energy of the Bolivian people-sometimes misdirected, often contentious, but never quiescent.
  The Bible in English contains twenty-one different versions of the English Bible. In addition to thirteen complete Bibles, there are five texts that comprise New Testaments only, two that contain just the Gospels, and William Tyndale's translation of the Pentateuch, Jonah, and New Testament. This collection is limited to the Cornell Community.
The Cooper Bridge Plan Collection consists mainly of letters and drawings sent to Theodore Cooper, American civil engineer (1839-1919). Theodore Cooper was the author of the first authoritative specifications on bridge construction, published in 1884.
The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science, forestry, rural sociology, and soil science.
The Cornell Daily Sun Archives is a collaboration between the Cornell University Library and the Cornell Daily Sun. The archive provides online access to the Cornell Daily Sun's historical files.
The Cornell East Asia Series (CEAS) Online is a collection of online books, in searchable, downloadable format. These titles were originally published in the Cornell East Asia Series, many back when we were called the China-Japan Program and the series title was the East Asia Papers. Though of lasting literary and historical value, many of these titles have been long out of print and unavailable.
The Cornell Modern Indonesia Collection is a product of The Cornell Modern Indonesia Project (CMIP). CMIP was initiated in the 1950s by faculty members in Cornell's Southeast Asia Program who were committed to making contemporary analyses of Indonesia and translations of its important documents available to scholars and students. The 75 titles in this series are divided into four categories: Interim Reports, Translations, Monographs, and Bibliographies.
Cornell University Digital Archives is a collection of publications from the Cornell University Archives, comprising of a total of 26,481 pages dealing with the history of Cornell University. These materials date from 1868 until 1945 and involve a number of different publications including annual reports, class books and University registers.
  The Database of African American Poetry covers the works of 54 African-American poets writing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and, through their writings, provides a unique portrait of early America. This collection is limited to the Cornell Community.
  The Editions of Shakespeare contains eleven major editions from the First Folio of 1623 to the Cambridge edition of 1863-6, twenty-eight separate contemporary printings of individual plays and poems, selected apocrypha and related works. In addition, it contains more than one hundred adaptations, sequels and burlesques from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and ninteenth centuries, including the whole of Bell's Acting Edition of Shakespeare's Plays (1774). This collection is limited to the Cornell Community.
The Ezra Cornell Materials consists of over 30,000 scanned pages from letters, diaries, photographs, documents, and publications of Ezra Cornell, and represent the Cornell University Library's first effort to make a large manuscript collection digitally available.
The Friend of Man is one of the most significant and little studied newspapers documenting early anti-slavery and other reform movements. The periodical is of special significance because with the exception of religion, scholars know little about the resources of social movements in rural areas such as Central New York, where Friend of Man was published.
  Goethes Werke consists primarily of the Weimar Edition of Goethe's works, originally published between 1887-1919 by Hermann Böhlau (and Nachfolger) under the patronage of Grosshezogin Sophie von Sachsen and hence often referred to as the Sophien-Ausgabe. It is supplemented by material not found in the Weimar Edition, namely Goethes Gespräche, edited by Woldemar Freiherr von Biedermann (Leipzig, 1889-1896) and all the letters discovered since the completion of the Weimar Edition: Goethes Werke, Nachträge zur Weimarer Ausgabe, edited by Paul Raabe (dtv, München, 1990). This collection is limited to the Cornell Community.
Guides for Archival and Manuscript Collections: The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives have finding aids for several thousand of their archival and manuscript collections. The two units have begun to put these guides into electronic format using a standardized encoding system called Encoded Archival Description (EAD) that is coming into wide use in archives
The Historical Math Monographs consists of 512 titles. The original collection was scanned as a result of a research collaboration between Cornell University and Xerox Corporation, with the support of the Commission on Preservation and Access in the early 1990's.
The Historical Monographs Collection s composed of 441 monographs that were originally scanned in the 1990s as part of a joint digital preservation research project with Cornell University Library and Xerox are now available for online viewing. These books are part of a group of materials that included the Historical Monographs in Mathematics, Cornell Dissertations, New York State Historical Literature, and Core Historical Literature of Agriculture.
History of the Left in Latin America consists of journals that pertain to the legacy of Marx and Freud (but also Lenin and Lacan) in Latin America. In particular, the complete collection of the journal Los Libros in Argentina, which played a key role in intellectual life. In Mexico, weekly literary and cultural supplements to newspapers often played a pivotal role in the definition of an independent intellectual sphere in the second half of the twentieth century. One such supplement, La Cultura en México, which comes with the periodical Siempre! for about two decades, between the 1960s and mid-1980s, was a good example of this phenomenon. This journal is also included in this collection.
A History of Social Welfare includes the digitization of manuscripts, early journals, narratives, reports, letters, photographs, prints, paintings, audio and video clips that document the history of social welfare in the United States, emphasizing two foci: the historical development of social welfare services, programs and policies in the state of New York; and in a parallel fashion, the history of social welfare provisions in the form of policies, programs and services by and for African Americans.
Hive and the Honeybee Collection consists of the full text of ten books from the E. Franklin Phillips Beekeeping Collection, chosen by a team of scholars for their historical importance and usefulness to beekeepers today. The collection will grow as funding allows. The texts in this digital collection are fully searchable, and will also eventually become part of the Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA).
The Home Economics Archives (HEARTH) is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. HEARTH is a core electronic collection of home economics texts published between the early nineteenth century and mid-twentieth century. The digital library covers home economics in its broadest sense, including applied arts and design; childcare; clothing and textiles; food and nutrition; home management; housekeeping and etiquette and more.
The Huntington Free Library Native American Collection is one of the largest collections of books and manuscripts of its kind, containing outstanding materials documenting the history, culture, languages, and arts of the native tribes of both North and South America. This is a collection of 91 digitized books from the Huntington Free Library Navtive American Collection representing the various genres.
  International Women's Periodicals: Magazine and journal publications were an important form of communication during the mid 1800s through 1920s. Written primarily for women by both men and women, these periodicals offer a wide array of views about the roles of women in society and business. Suffrage and anti-suffrage writing, domesticity columns, and literary genres are included. This collection is limited to the Cornell Community.
The Johnson Family Papers Collection consist of correspondence, wills, diplomas, marriage certificates, obituaries, photographs, genealogical notes and family histories, land grant certificates, military documents, a book of autographs, and other papers and documents of the Johnson and related families, direct descendants of the Presidential Adams family. The family was located chiefly in Utica, New York.
The Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library (K-MODDL) is an open access, multimedia resource for learning and teaching about kinematics - the geometry of pure motion - and the history and theory of machines. The core of K-MODDL is a collection of late 19th-century model machine elements designed for research and teaching by German engineering professor Franz Reuleaux (1829-1905), founder of modern kinematics and a forerunner of modern design theory of machines. This subset of the collection features electronic versions of 61 articles and monographs.
Liberian Law contains documents dealing with the creation of the nation of Liberia and the laws enacted at its foundation. These materials include the Constitution and the Laws of the Commonwealth going back to the Colonization Society.
The Making of America (MOA) Collection is a product of a multi-institutional initiative to create and make accessible over the Internet a distributed digital library of important materials on the history of the United States. Cornell University Library and the University of Michigan libraries cooperated in the initial phase of MOA. This site provides access to 267 monographs and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
Mohawk Ideals, Victorian Values: Oronhyatekha, M.D. is an online version of the exhibition which was featured at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario (27 July to 17 December, 2001) and at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario (2 March to 4 August, 2002). The exhibition and web site are devoted primarily to the life story of Oronhyatekha (Peter Martin), but also offer educational information about the evolving political and cultural life of the Iroquois nations and an emerging Canada during the nineteenth century.
New York State Historical Collection is composed of 691 monographs and pamphlets that were originally scanned in the early 1990s as part of a joint digital preservation research project with Cornell University Library and Xerox are now available for online viewing. These books are part of a group of materials that included the Historical Monographs in Mathematics, Cornell Dissertations, New York State Historical Literature, and Core Historical Literature of Agriculture.
  The Past Masters collection consists of over 100 political and philosophical texts ranging from the works of ancient Greece to the early twentieth century. The collection is particularly strong in eighteenth and nineteenth century English philosophy. This collection is limited to the Cornell Community.
  The Patrologia Latina Database contains 221 volumes and represents a complete electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina (1844-1855 and 1862-1865). This collection is limited to the Cornell Community.
Preservation News, a formerly monthly publication of the Preservation Press of the National Trust for Historic Preservation of the United States, was the official journal of the organization between 1961 and 1995. With a mission to "keep members and the public informed about preservation issues and activities", the journal serves as a complete chronicle of the activities of the organization during the intervening 34-year span.
Race, Ethinicity & Religion is Cornell University Library's web site on issues of race, ethnicity and religion. This collection includes 17 monographs dealing with the subject of Race and Ethnicity and 17 monographs dealing with the subject of Religion. These monographs are limited to the Cornell Community.
The Records of the Albany Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1678-1755: An Integrated Digital Database. Cornell University Library in association with Professor Jon Parmenter of the Cornell University History Department is providing digitized and transcibed Native American manuscript records. The Goal is to create site/tool which makes images, transcriptions, and annotations visible simultaneously. These materials are from the records of the Albany Commissioner of Indian Affairs and covers the period of 1678-1755.
Regmi Research Series: Mahesh Chandra Regmi, Nepal's leading historian and archivist opened the Regmi Research Centre in 1959. Regmi was a world-class scholar and in 1977 became the first Nepali to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for creating the Research Series. The award was granted to him in recognition of his chronicling of Nepal's past and present, enabling his people to discover their origins and delineating national options.
The Samuel May Anti-Slavery Collection gathers together over 8,500 of the important pamphlet and leaflets relating to the anti-slavery struggle at the local, regional, and national levels. Sermons, position papers, off-prints, local Anti-Slavery Society news letters, poetry anthologies, Freedmen's testimonies, broadsides, and Anti-Slavery Fair keepsakes all document in an intimate manner the social and political implications of the movement.
The Samuel May Anti-Slavery Manuscript Collection consists mainly of correspondence among American abolitionists, including many letters to Samuel Joseph May. Also included are May's diaries from 1859-1861 and 1865-1870; correspondence among members of May's family and the family of James Miller McKim; and some correspondence with Daniel Willard Fiske and George William Harris concerning the building of the May Anti-Slavery Collection at Cornell University.
The Southeast Asia Program Data Papers were published by the Cornell University Southeast Asia Program from 1950 through 1982 as a means to foster research and broadcast original scholarship related to an emerging academic field - Southeast Asian Studies. This series includes dictionaries, annotated translations of significant works, fieldwork reports, bibliographies, and historical analyses of important social and political developments in Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia Visions is a collection of European travel accounts of pre-modern Southeast Asia from Cornell University Library's John M. Echols Collection. The site provides online access to more than 350 books and journal articles written in English and French. The works in the collection were selected for the quality of their first-hand observations and, together, provide a comprehensive representation of Southeast Asia. Along with their narratives, these accounts include some 10,000 images, drawings, photographs, prints and maps, many of them in color.
The Stevens Family Papers is a collection of correspondence and other papers relating to Robert S. Stevens' work as manager of the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway and the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, and to his investments in Kansas lands. This collection is dated from 1805 - 1899.
Study of Greek Revival Architecture in the Seneca and Cayuga Lake Regions by Clifford H. Ruffner, Jr. is a Bachelor Degree of Architecture Thesis from Cornell Universitydated June 1939 with critic William McL. Dunbar.
The Trial Pamphlets Collection at the Cornell University Law Library consists of pamphlets ranging in date from the late 1600s to the late 1800s. Trial pamphlets are contemporary accounts of trials that involved prominent citizens or that dealt with especially controversial or lurid topics.
Cornell University Library's Witchcraft Collection is part of the Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. It contains more than 3,000 books, manuscripts, and related materials. More information about the content of the collection is available on the Collection Overview page. An online selection of 104 English language books from the Witchcraft Collection is available to search, browse by title, or browse by author. These titles were digitally scanned from microfilm by Primary Source Media in 1998. The resulting full text scans were later made available to Cornell University Library to enable free public access.

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