Digital Collections

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Historical Collection
Chicago State University’s digital library of historical images and information includes the history of the institution to 1979, yearbooks, historical photographs of buildings and memorabilia from the era of progressive education. A collection of 18 flip books (and other formats) rounds out this digital collection.
The Last days of Maxwell Street: The Steve Balkin collection and Chicago blues culture
This exhibit contains items from CSU’s Steve Balkin Maxwell Street Photographic Collection. Starting in 1994, when the neighborhood entered the final throes of gentrification, Balkin toured the market and shops along Maxwell and Halsted Streets on an almost weekly basis. His photos capture—as well as a photo can—the sights, sounds, and smells of the market, as well as the rich gallery of charismatic people who lived and worked there.

Other Popular Digital Collections

A History: Chicago State University, 1867–1979
This is the official history of Chicago State University. Part I was written by Edmund W. Kearney, a Professor of History, in 1969. The section on the 1970s was written by E. Maynard Moore, an Assistant Vice President at CSU, and appeared in 1979. This is an authoritative account of the first 110 years of the university’s existence.
URL: A History: Chicago State University, 1867–1979
OAISTER is a union catalog of over 20 million records from over 1,000 contributers.
Project Gutenberg
An authoritative collection of works, many of which are extremely old and/or rare. Contains free electronic books and many other types, including digitized sheet music. Full text and thorough bibliographic details are available for all.
Example: You can read Moby Dick (and most others) on your Palm or Smartphone!
Academic Earth
Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars
Chopin Early Editions
A collection of digital images of early printed editions of musical compositions by Frédéric Chopin. This collection was created by the University of Chicago Library and, once completed, will include its entire collection of over 400 Chopin early editions.
Free Sheet Music Resource List
This private, but free resource set has been librarian-recommended, and may optionally solicit connection information as outlined in its privacy policy. You do not need to supply information to use the resources indicated.
Music Information Retrieval Research
Virtual home of music information retrieval research.
A Digital Archive for Sudan
The Sudan Open Archive provides free digital access to contemporary and historical knowledge about Sudan. The initial version of the Archive consists primarily of technical reports and unpublished grey literature from the history of aid in Sudan, covering the period from the start of Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) in 1989 to the present day.
State Library of Tasmania Sheet Music Collection
This site makes available about two hundred items from the rich holdings of printed music in the State Library of Tasmania's Heritage Collections. They range from the 1840s to the 1930s and include pieces for piano and other instruments, brass band arrangements and songs of all sorts - popular, sacred, patriotic, and even songs written to encourage tourists to come to Tasmania.
Great Lakes Shipping Database
Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S. J. Marine Historical Collection at University of Detroit Mercy. Documents, publications, photographs, and negatives collected by a Jesuit professor over a seventy year period dealing with all aspects of Great Lakes Shipping from 1850 to the present day.


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D-Lib e-Magazine
This on line publication is devoted to research and development of digital libraries.
International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)
IFLA is the global voice of the library and information profession. Their digital library site provides collections and resources of utility.
Who will create the metadata for the Internet?
A librarian once said that “The OCLC wants to catalog the Internet. Isn’t that like cataloging clouds?” A discussion of issues surrounding problems and controversies with development of metadata for the Internet.
Art, Design, Architecture, and Media
This is a controlled Gateway to an Art and Architecture Thesaurus. The developers discuss the issues surrounding the difficulty of providing guides to information on the ’net.