New Collections Added to Stanford Digital Repository in April 2012

May 14, 2012

In April, approximately 41,000 images representing just over 1,300 items across several collections were accessioned to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).

  • R. Stuart Hummel collection: ~1,000 items (~ 35,000 images)
  • Stanford Medieval Manuscripts: 280 manuscripts (560 images)
  • Bibliothèque nationale du France: 3 manuscripts ( ~ 1,300 images)
  • Reid Dennis California Lithographs: 47 lithographs (47 images)
  • Archives Parlementaires: 2 books (1,600 images)
  • Special Collections Requests: 19 items (~2,800 images)

While many of these objects are already discoverable via SearchWorks others will get SearchWorks records in the coming months. However, all materials are currently available via the item’s PURL (a persistent URL which ensure that these materials are available from a single URL over the long-term, regardless of changes in file location or application technology).

  • R. Stuart Hummel collection
    The Hummel collection documents the Stuart and Hummel families' life and work in China as Methodist missionaries. These 1,000 items complete the efforts to accession this collection into SDR.
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    Collection contact: Glynn Edwards
  • Stanford Medieval Manuscripts
    The Stanford medieval manuscript collections represent a diverse set of materials acquired over the years that include everything from fragmentary materials to sumptuous bound codices, and drawn from diverse geographic areas and historical periods. While acquisition (and digitization) is an ongoing activity, the current set of materials ingested into the SDR includes three sets of materials frequently used in paleography courses at Stanford (M0297, M0299 and M0389) which provide students with examples of handwritten artifacts from the 9th to the 16th centuries.
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    Collection contacts: David Jordan and John Mustain
  • Bibliothèque nationale du France Manuscripts
    These manuscripts were added to the Stanford digital collections to satisfy a Mellon-funded grant examining the material context of the transmission of Guillaume de Machaut's works in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. They will be available to Stanford users through a specialized manuscript discovery and viewing portal and available for use with third-party transcription and annotation tools.
    Collection contact: Ben Albritton
  • The Reid W. Dennis collection of California lithographs, 1850-1906
    This collection of mostly lithograph prints primarily portrays San Francisco-based city views, public buildings, and landscapes as well as images related to Stanford University, San Jose and other California-based images. Available in SearchWorks. Example image at:
    Collection contact: Glynn Edwards
  • Archives Parlementaires
    A small initial portion of this 101-volume compilation of French Revolution material has been accessioned into SDR. Part of the larger French Revolution Digital Archive, this material serves as a main point-of-entry for research into this important historical period.
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    Collection contact: Sarah Sussman
  • Special Collections & Patron Requests
    In coordination with Special Collections, several patron-generated requested items were added to SDR. This includes 13 boxes of 19th-century manuscript materials and three 19th-century books. Some of the items include:
    • Rankin Manuscripts 
      Manuscript of Rev. Adam Lowry Rankin’s autobiography. Available in SearchWorks. Example image available at:
      Collection contact: Glynn Edwards
    • Ferrario: Il costume antico e moderno 
      This monumental and lavishly illustrated work covers the history of costume in different parts of the world and also include military customs, images of natural history, and architecture--and provides vast pictorial encyclopedia of much of the world. This remarkable compilation is part of Special Collections' goal to digitize and make more accessible materials considered "Beautiful Books"
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      Collection contact: Special Collections
    • Salam, 1926-27
      200+ page Ottoman Turkish language newspaper printed in Rhodes. Available in SearchWorks. Example image at:
      Collection contact: John Eilts

Inclusion in the Stanford Digital Repository ensures that these materials are available to researchers and scholars (while upholding appropriate access restrictions), now and in the future through a secure, sustainable stewardship environment.

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