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Jazz, Buffalo New York, and the 1970s, in One Lovely Digitized Package

Buffalo Jazz ReportThe University at Buffalo announced earlier this week that it had digitzed the entire run of the Buffalo Jazz Report and made it available in the UB Institutional Repository.

The Buffalo Jazz Report was a freebie newspaper distributed between March 1974 and December 1978. You can browse the entire 58-issue run in all its 1970s glory at http://digital.lib.buffalo.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/BuffJazz.

You can browse issues or do a search. (You can also browse by author or subject, but there’s only one author and only five subjects.) The search is full-text but it’s pretty basic; a search for Monk found 37 results but the results simply pulled PDFs of full issues and did not direct me to excerpts or articles. Issues appear to be available only as PDFs; download them and read them in your favorite viewer.

The newspapers themselves include obituaries of musicians, occasionally articles on musicians, reviews of recordings, event listings, and relentlessly hip ads which could only be more 1970s if they were actually dipped in fondue. My favorite one was for a haircutter, “Crazy Ron,” who advertised with and without “Nanci.” And don’t forget Eskil’s Clog Shop (“When Your Feet Need a Friend.”)

Clog ShopThe newspaper evolves from a fairly brief affair with some drawings early on to a much larger newspaper with lots of articles, photographs, and concert reviews. I can’t find any indication that the last issue was the last issue; it seems to have just … ended.

Even if you don’t have a predilection for jazz you’ll enjoy the energy in the collection — editor and publisher Bill Wahl clearly loved what he was doing. (And he’s apparently still doing it! Check out Jazz-Blues.com for a database of over 8000 reviews of jazz recordings.) I recommending browsing, as the search doesn’t get you very far and there’s not enough detail in the subject trees to try to browse that way.

Australian Women’s Weekly in National Library of Australia Digital Archive

Hat tip to PC World Australia for the pointer to the new digital archive of Australian Women’s Weekly, brought to you by the National Library of Australia. This archive spans 10 June 1933 to 15 December 1982, which is 2500 issues and 220,000 pages, totaling about 275,000 articles. That’s not small, but I did find some pages that were listed in the search engine but weren’t viewable yet. You can do a keyword search at http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/title/112.

The search box is in the upper right, and you have to make sure you click on the “Limit to issues of this title” checkbox underneath the search form, but I love this publication home page. There’s a browsing mechanism, citation information, and RSS feeds for new articles that are added to the collection.

I did a search for fashion hats, always fun when you’re searching an archive that spans so many years, and got over 4100 results.

Search results include title and date of article and some context. Some articles are not available, with a notation marked COMING SOON, but each of those COMING SOON articles offers an RSS feed for an update on when that article is available.

For the available articles, click on a title and you’ll get a page viewer with your search keywords highlighted. You can zoom and pan as you’d expect. To the left of the viewer there’s a machine-generated transcript (which you’re invited to correct) with spaces for tags and comments and lists. Quick links allow you to print the article, save it as a PDF, or view it as a JPG.

This archive is extensive but in addition a lot of effort has gone into making it easy to use and follow up. Excellent.

American Medical Association Opens Up Its Archives

The American Medical Association announced yesterday that it has knocked down its access control wall for its American Medical News. The site now has ten years of full content and some older selected articles — all told, an archive of about 15,000 articles. You can access the archives at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/site/archives.htm. And as the AMA said in its announcement, “We invite our readers to visit the archives and link to our articles from their own sites, blogs and posts.”

The archives have full text back to 2000, with selected content back to 1995. Articles are divided up into topic/section. Poking around randomly found me articles like Fall-related injuries cost Medicare billions, Handling the toxic employee: How to avoid — or dilute — the poison , and Patient safety improving slightly, 10 years after IOM report on errors. There’s also an article search page. A search for substance abuse found 314 results sorted by date.

While you’re here, you might also want to check the new mobile version of the American Medical News at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/site/m.htm. Movile updates are available via e-mail or RSS. Plenty to read here.

Royal Society Digital Archive Free Until November 30

A big thanks to Criss Library for the pointer to the news about the Royal Society Digital Archive, which is celebrating the 350th anniversary year of the Royal Society by making its archive contents free until November 30th. The archive goes back to 1665 (!!) and contains over 66,000 articles.

The Royal Society: “The Royal Society is a fellowship of 1400 outstanding individuals who represent all areas of science, engineering and medicine and who form a global scientific network of the highest calibre. It exists to expand knowledge, support science and guide policy in the UK, the Commonwealth and all over the world.” (from its Web site.)

The Digital Archive: several journals, including Biology Letters, Interface Focus, and Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

I did a search for amphibian and got 797 results.

The results have title, journal information, and a little context. An abstract is just a click away but so is the entire article, available either as plain text or as a PDF. (The PDF did seem to take a little extra time to load.) There was no registration required to access the material.

As I noted, this archive is free only until November 30, so if you want to take advantage better hurry up…

Quaternary Science Journal Has 50 Years of Archives Online

Hat tip to Arizona Geology, which noted that the Quaternary Science Journal has put its back issues from 1951 to 2010 into a freely-available archive. It’s located at http://quaternary-science.publiss.net/issues.

(I had to look “Quaternary” up — now I’m just trying to remember it for my next game of Lexulous — it means “of, relating to, or being the geological period from the end of the Tertiary to the present time or the corresponding system of rocks”.)

On the front page, you’ll see a lot of German, but actually articles in the archive are available in German, English, and sometimes French — articles are sometimes translated into multiple languages but sometimes now. You can either browse through individual back issues or do a keyword search. I did a keyword search for sedimentary and got something over 40 results. Google Chrome offered to translate the page results for me, which were mostly in German.

Page results included article title, list of tags, and the date it was published. The article titles were generally meaningful enough that I didn’t lack for a summary (“Stratigraphic and geomorphic analysis of rubble limestone layer ceiling before combing and layer stages in Lower Saxony’s mountain country” — this is translated.) You have the option of downloading the article as a PDF file or viewing it onscreen. You can also order printed copies but this costs — the ones I saw costs for were €10, about $13.90 USD at this writing.

The only downer to this site is that the article viewer is a Flash device which apparently doesn’t allow Google Chrome to work its translating magic. So while you can read the article titles and summaries, when it comes to the full article you can’t get an automatic translation via Google Chrome. It seems the only workaround would be to download the PDF of the article, pull out the text, and use a different tool to translate it.

Wonderful West Virginia, Digital Archived to 1936

Thanks to Huntington News Network for the heads up on the new digital archive of Wonderful West Virginia. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has assembled an online archive of issues going back to the publication’s inception in 1936 (when it had a different title.)

The archives are available at http://www.wvdnr.gov/wwvmagazine/Archive/Archive.html. Pick a year, starting with 1936. (Not every year will have an issue, and some years will have missing issues.) I picked 1943. I got a list of 11 issues (June was missing) with a thumbnail of each issue and a link to a PDF. Downloading one issue I got a 24-page PDF that for the most part was scanned well and easy to read.

Unfortunately each page had a GIANT (diagonal across the entire page) watermark reading COPYRIGHT WV DNR. I don’t begrudge them the watermark, but dude. It was dark gray, in some cases darker than the letters it was covering, and sometimes made pages difficult to read.

This is a simple archive — year search, no keyword search — but there’s a lot of content and you can download back issues as full PDFs. I’d just tone down that watermark a bit…

NY State Military Museum Site Offers More Records

The New York State Military Museum Web site has announced the release of 53,671 pages of New York National Guard records, available on the Web site at http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/index.htm with a direct link to the pages at http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/research/researchIndex.htm.

The new material includes 197 issues of the New York National Guardsman Magazine published between 1924 and 1940, and National Guard annual reports from 1858 to 1955. The documents are available in PDF format but some of them are pretty huge — they range in size from 3MB to over 80MB! The Guardsman documents are listed by year/month, while the annual reports are available by year, with a few of years available in multiple volumes (and a few other years not available.)

These archives are valuable to genealogy buffs because they have a lot of names in them, but I didn’t find an easy way to search them. The site seems to have a Google custom search engine, but there’s no way that I can find to easily search the archives from within the site itself. However, the archives are consistent in where the PDFs are kept, so start with this Google search:

site:dmna.state.ny.us inurl:historic inurl:research filetype:pdf

That’ll find you 199 results from the New York State Military Museum Web site. Just add the name you’re searching to that and you’ll (hopefully) narrow down on what you’re looking for. Try this for an example:

“john smith” site:dmna.state.ny.us inurl:historic inurl:research filetype:pdf

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