American Memory: Technical summary
"The true test of the
progress of a people is to be found in their literature"
Alexander Payne Murray
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A panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture,
spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the
early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published
between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick
Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett,
Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love. Texts include sermons on racial
pride and political activism; annual reports of charitable, educational,
and political organizations; and college catalogs and graduation orations
from the Hampton Institute, Morgan College, and Wilberforce University.
Also included are biographies, slave narratives, speeches by members of
Congress, legal documents, poetry, playbills, dramas, and librettos.
Other pamphlets focus on segregation, voting rights, violence against
African-Americans, and the colonization of Africa by freed slaves.
Several of the pamphlets are illustrated with portraits of the authors.
- Source collection
- The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection
, Rare Book and Special
73-180910 [Link to catalog record (z39.50 query) will
not work when main cataloging system is not available.]
- Technical features
Searchable text for medium length documents (average less than 100 pages
per document) written by different authors in different periods, diverse
vocabulary offers challenges in pinpointing paragraphs on same (detailed)
topic. Images of covers,
illustrations, and tables, but not of every page.
- Original material formats
- Printed matter (documents), English language.
- Number of original items
- Status of collection
- Available online.
- Public access:
- The Library is not aware of any U.S. copyright or any other
restrictions for the documents in this collection. See notes on rights and
restrictions provided by the Library to users of this collection.
Aids to intellectual access
- Type & granularity
- MARC bibliographic records. Each bib. record describes a single item.
bibliographic display in American Memory.
- Linking to digital reproductions
- Bibliographic record contains identifier
used in filenames for component files of metaobject representing
document. Groups of documents with same three leading characters
in identifier are stored in same directory
for documents t0a01 through t0a17].
Numbering system in place to link searchable text to cover and
illustration images. First character in image file-names is feature code
for image type ("c" = cover, "a" = illustration).
Total file-space for digital reproductions:
||Archival text file
||Service images of covers,
illustrations, and tables
||Filename begins with feature-code and includes
||TIFF Group IV
||300 dpi (may include random-pattern
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