Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Digital Collections – Art, History, and More!

Have you ever wanted to go to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the National Archives in D.C? Are you a teacher who would like to take virtual fieldtrips with your class? Do you have an Art or Music Appreciation Class? Or do you just like to explore interesting websites? If so there are many online exhibits and information available out there for free. I have profiled a few notable ones below:

The National Archives Experience’s Digital Vaults (http://www.digitalvaults.org/#) holds over a billion records of American history. Users can browse, search, view, learn the historical importance and even zoom to examine photographs, documents, paintings, engravings, and more. The more you click the more tiles appear. A handy navigational tool on the right side of the screen allows users to change the date; dragging it up is like moving back in history, where as dragging it down is like coming closer to present time. It is so fun just to play around on this website. I have spent hours there.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Collection Database (http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/index.aspx?dep=0&vW=1) contains 51,507 images and descriptions of art from around the world. Mediums represented include literature, paintings, sculpture, modern art, and more.

UNT Libraries Digital Collections (http://www.library.unt.edu/libraries-and-collections/digital-collections) UNT along with many other public and private universities have created digital collections for free to the public. Just take a look there is a lot to entertain. From World War Posters to the Cyber Cemetery (the place where old websites go) these collections span the decades. Each entry includes a digital image and a historical description.

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