The Origins of Comparative Religion: Jean Frederic Bernard and Bernard Picart’s “Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World”

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This joint project with the Getty Research Institute was inspired by the theme of the 2006-2007 Getty scholar year: Religion and Ritual. Three of the ten scholars that year, Lynn Hunt (UCLA, History), Margaret Jacob (UCLA, History), and Wijnand Mijnhardt (University of Utrecht), shared research on this multivolume encyclopedia, originally published in French (8 vols.; Amsterdam, 1723-1738), and subsequently translated into Dutch (6 vols.; Amsterdam, 1726-1738), English (7 vols.; London, 1733-1739), and German (1 vol.; Zurich, 1746). These four editions—held by the Getty Research Institute (French), the UCLA Library (English, Dutch), and the Huntington Library (German)—originally digitized for use by the Getty scholars, are now available through the UCLA Library website. » Read the rest of this entry «

UCLA Preserved Silent Animation

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In this joint project with the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Research and Study Center we are providing access to 11 early short animated films produced between ca. 1900 and 1928. The films are all in the public domain and available through streaming on the site and for download in both MPEG2 and MPEG4 formats. In addition to the original silent film, each film is available with three different soundtracks: a traditional piano accompaniment, an instrumental accompaniment, and a voiceover commentary by the preservationist or the composer. Preservationist’s and historian’s notes are provided for each film, along with an historical overview and a study guide that includes a sample listing of animated films held by the Archive. All notes are available both on the site and for download as PDF files. » Read the rest of this entry «

New grants received

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The National Endowment for the Humanities has renewed its support of the Arhoolie Foundation’s project to digitize the most significant collection of Mexican and Mexican American sound recordings in existence. The UCLA Library provides for the preservation of this digital collection and persistent access through the Web site Over three years an additional 24,000 recordings will be added to the digital collection, for a total of over 60,000 recordings in all.

Following on from a successful Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Planning Grant in 2007-2008, the Institute has awarded the UCLA Library, along with partner Indiana University, a National Leadership Grant to expand the number of participants in the Sheet Music Consortium. Over the two years of grant activity the current site,, will be redeveloped to include a variety of new services, such as metadata record downloading, metadata evaluation and de-duplication services, support for user-supplied metadata and other “Web 2.0” services, experimentation with the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) standard, and the development of sheet music metadata standards. In addition, many new sheet music collections will be added to the site.

Digital Collections portal

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The Digital Collections page on the Library Web site now includes much more than just access to digital objects. A “Projects and Collaborations” tab lists a variety of current projects; some collection-oriented, some technical in nature, some local, and some with partners. The “thematic collections” tab provides access to digitized UCLA collections housed at the Internet Archive, and the “featured collections” tab lists a baker’s dozen of collections of particular interest. Traditional browsing and searching functions are available under those tabs.

We are always interested in your comments and suggestions. There is a “Feedback” tab on the Digital Collections site.