News from the Reference Desk Category: Photography

New Web Resource: National Geographic Virtual Library

The Library now subscribes to National Geographic Virtual Library and National Geographic Kids (brought to you by the incredible database company, Gale Cengage). The Virtual Library contains every single page of every issue of National Geographic since it began publication in 1888, all issues of National Geographic Traveler, published since 2010, and over 300 books.

The incredible photography takes on an amazing glow. Take a look at the about the Photo Ark article for proof of that. Every Last One. 

All articles can be saved to your computer, Google Drive, or saved to your folder in a Gale account. You can print them or email them to yourself or others.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – February 2018

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

Cover of QuackeryQuackery
by Lydia Kang
A darkly whimsical chronicle of medicine’s greatest mistakes incorporates vintage images and ads for historical cures, from morphine for colicky babies and strychnine for impotence to leeches for the common cold and liquefied gold for immortality.

Cover of Inside Studio 54Inside Studio 54
by Mark Fleischman
Recounts the history of the famed New York City nightclub, chronicling the scenes of partying and debauchery that occurred in this legendary space and earned the establishment its racy reputation.
Cover of Everything is AwfulEverything is Awful
by Matt Bellassai
The comedian behind the series “Whine About It” and “To Be Honest” presents a collection of humorously anguished essays chronicling the awful moments of his life so far, from everyday indignities to the humiliations of the adult world.

 

Cover of The Burr ConspiracyThe Burr Conspiracy
by James E. Lewis Jr.
A multifaceted portrait of the early American republic as examined through the lens of the Burr Conspiracy explores the political and cultural forces that influenced public perception and how, in spite of vague and conflicting evidence, the former Vice President was arrested and tried for treason.

Cover of Paris FashionParis Fashion
by Valerie Steele
This revised and up-to-date edition of the pioneering book now encompasses the rise of fashion’s multiple world cities in the 21st century. Lavishly illustrated, deeply learned, and elegantly written, Steele’s masterwork explores with brilliance and flair why Paris remains the capital of fashion.

Cover of ImmunizationImmunization
by Stuart Blume
A collections of histories of immunization practices over the past century, from the work of early pioneers to the introduction of genetic engineered vaccines. Focusing on today’s “vaccine hesitancy,” the author discusses what will be needed to restore parents’ confidence.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of The Spinning MagnetThe Spinning Magnet
by Alanna Mitchell
A prize-winning science journalist narrates the history of electromagnetism and discusses how the earth’s magnetic force field is eroding ten times faster than previously believed, which will result in pole reversal and seriously dire consequences for modern technology.

Cover of The Motivation ToolkitThe Motivation Toolkit
by David Kreps
A renowned Stanford economist reveals the fundamental principles of employee motivation, based on leading economic and psychological theories of motivation, from the economic theory of incentives to the social psychological theory of self-determination.

Cover of A Ringside AffairA Ringside Affair
by James Lawton
Bringing the most compelling and climactic phase of boxing’s long history to life, the chief sportswriter of the Daily Express and the Independent pays tribute to the epic quality of boxing’s last years of glory, retracing arguably the richest inheritance bequeathed to any sport.

Cover of The Earth GazersThe Earth Gazers
by Christopher Potter
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a full-color book examines the beautiful images of the whole earth taken by the mission’s astronauts and the long road that led to that point by showcasing the visionaries that came before.

Cover of Say This, Not That to Your Teenage DaughterSay This, Not That To Your Teenage Daughter
by Ilana Kukoff
If you’re the parent of a teenage girl, then it’s likely you never say the right thing. Based on the work of Cognition Builders, a firm that teaches families how to have constructive conversations, the authors have selected the most common conversational quandaries families face, and solved them for you.

Cover of America at NightAmerica at Night*
by Don Rittner
This book contains almost 200 photos taken from the late nineteenth century to the 1960s by the General Electric Company. Over these decades GE scientists continually experimented to invent and modify street lights that could transform urban downtowns, rural roads, and parks into daylight use.

Looking for fiction? Head over here for our newest titles!

*We’re sorry, this title is not available at MPPL

Making Rare Materials Visible to the World

Scanning all kinds of material has become a common task thanks to the availability of devices like Flip-Pal and special phone apps like Pic Scanner for iphones or Google PhotoScan for android phones.  But what do you do with a book that is nearly 6 feet by 7 1/2 feet when opened?  The British Library recently faced this challenge when it digitized its copy of the 1660 Klencke Atlas, one of the world’s largest books.  The library made a video of the process available on YouTube recently. The Klencke Atlas contains 41 wall-sized, extremely rare maps.  These maps reveal what Dutch cartographers knew about the world during the High Renaissance period.  The public domain images of the atlas are part of the British Library’s Picturing Places online resource.

If you are looking for a digitized collection of items closer to home, go the the MPPL digital collection Dimensions of Life in Mount Prospect.  This collection includes an image of an 1873 map of Mount Prospect.

Tales Told by Found Photographs

The stories of our families are told through  many forms of documents.  Family photographs, however, are unique because they have visually captured moments in time that now only live as memories.  A discarded photograph album lead a writer in New York to the story of black families that lived in the Crown Heights neighborhood of New York City during the middle of the 20th Century.  This writer, Anne Correal, describes the journey she undertook to discover whose photographs they were and how the album was left forsaken on the street.  Her article “Love and Black Lives, in Pictures Found on a Brooklyn Street” appeared in the New York Times in January 2017.  It traces the paths that many African American families took from the Deep South to the North in an event known as the Great Migration. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson is a book in the Library’s collection which also illuminates this event in American history.  There are now also other books and videos on display in the Library which document African American history.  If you are interested in learning more about your own family’s history and managing your own family photographic collections, come talk to our Research Services staff who will help you get started.

 

Color Images of America in the Great Depression

In response to the economic turmoil of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt called for the creation of several assistance agencies. One of these was the Resettlement Administration (RA) created in 1935.  The Farm Security Administration (FSA) was created out of the RA in 1937. This agency was formed to help struggling farmers and sharecroppers.  It’s historical section was headed by Roy Stryker.  He organized a team of photographers who documented hardships across the country, especially in the Midwest and California.  Many of the black and white images they created such as Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” are well known.  Not so familiar are the color photographs that were taken of farmers, workers, and children.  In a new book called New Deal Photography, USA 1935-1943 author Peter Walther has created a survey of the work done by the photographers of the FSA.  These images vividly show the hard life of many ordinary people during a time of great struggle in America.  A few of the images can be seen here.  Walther’s book is can be found here at MPPL.