Documents of Latin American Art, Art History, Print History and Humanities

The International Center for the Arts of the Americas digital archive provides remote access to over eight thousand individual documents that can be used for research purposes by the scholars in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and after its successful resolution. The center’s digital archive is sponsored by the funds from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation. These documents offer a unique insight not only in the realms of the creativity of the Latin American Artists but also in the social histories of the continent. Besides their historical nature, these documents can be used for Humanities related research freely.

The search interface is easy to use, and as the picture shows below, one can carry out also the topic based searches.

The images are used for educational purposes only.

Additional Temporarily Accessible E-Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Public Books Database has collated a list of temporarily accessible e-resources of academic and university press houses that can be of potential use to our researchers. There are over thirty-five academic presses are currently providing temporary access to their books through the end of June 2020. The list was compiled and reported by Salvador I. Ayala and Jess Engbretson in the article dated April 3, 2020. To note this is not a static list but according to the authors, it will be updated as we proceed through the crisis mitigation efforts.  I am providing the list that is sourced from the article itself. Each academic press’s website have information about how to access these temporarily free resources.

University of Arizona PressBristol University PressUniversity of Calgary Press University of California PressUniversity Press of Colorado Cornell University PressDuke University PressFordham University PressUniversity of Georgia PressUniversity of Hawai‘i PressIndiana University PressJohns Hopkins University PressLever PressUniversity of Maryland PressManchester University PressMedieval Institute PublicationsUniversity of Michigan PressUniversity of Missouri PressMIT PressMonash University PublishingUniversity of Nebraska PressUniversity of North Carolina PressUniversity of North Texas PressNorthwestern University PressOhio State University PressPenn State University PressPrinceton University PressPurdue University PressRutgers University PressUniversity of South Carolina PressTemple University PressTexas Tech University PressUtah State University PressVanderbilt University PressUniversity of Virginia PressWayne State University PressUniversity of the West Indies Press

Source: Email from Margaret Philipps

The screenshot was taken for educational purposes only.

EBSCO Free Archives for CRL Members

An announcement from the Center for Research Libraries

Given the increased value of electronic access during the COVID-19 pandemic, CRL has approached a few vendors with the goal of opening access to key primary source collections for CRL members for the remainder of the academic year.  CRL reached out to EBSCO Information Services regarding several of its collections. After speaking with partners, EBSCO was able to gain rights to offer CRL members access to the following collections from April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

EBSCO Information Services is offering CRL members complimentary access to this database through June 30. Patrons can access these resources through their institution’s EBSCO host platform using an on-campus IP address, proxy or VPN.

Article Indexes:


Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index, from the renowned Frick Art Reference Library, the Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index is an archive of indexed art history journals. Covering Western European and American fine arts and some decorative arts, it indexes prominent international art history periodicals from the mid-1850s through the 1960s.


H.W. Wilson Retrospective Indexes:

  • Applied Science & Technology Source Index Retrospective: 1913-1983
  • Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984
  • Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982
  • Education Index Retrospective: 1929-1983
  • Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984
  • Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981
  • Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983
  • Readers’ Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982
  • Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983


Magazine Archives


  • Atlantic Magazine Archive: 1857-2014
  • BusinessWeek Magazine Archive: 1929-2000
  • Ebony Magazine Archive: 1945-2014
  • Forbes Magazine Archive: 1917-2000
  • Fortune Magazine Archive: 1930-2000
  • LIFE Magazine Archive: 1936-2000
  • The Nation Magazine Archive: 1865-2020
  • The New Republic Magazine Archive: 1914-2020
  • People Magazine Archive: 1974-2000


Research Databases:


African American Historical Serials Collection, an archive of periodicals documenting African American religious life and culture between 1829 and 1922. It includes newspapers and magazines, plus reports and annuals from African American religious organizations, including churches and social service agencies.


Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection, Series 1 and Series 2, an archive of publications focused on U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture from colonial times until 1960. Available in two series, Series 1 focuses on the creative life of U.S. Latinos and Hispanics. Series 2 focuses on Hispanic American civil rights, religion and women’s rights from the 18th through the 20th century. Content is written, indexed and searchable in Spanish and English.


Atla Historical Monographs Collection (11 Series) provides history and religious studies researchers with over 10 million pages and 29,000 documents focused on religious thought and practice. Eleven thematic series provide researchers with specialized content spanning from the 13th century through 1922.  The eleven series include:

  • Biblical Research Perspectives, 1516-1922
  • Catholic Engagements with the Modern World, 1487-1918
  • Christian Preaching, Worship, and Piety, 1559-1919
  • Global Religious Traditions, 1760-1922
  • Global Theological Perspectives, 1322-1922
  • Islam in the Modern World, 1804-1918
  • Jewish Studies Perspectives, 1800-1918
  • Missions and Missionaries Around the World, 1611-1922
  • Perspectives on Ancient Civilizations, 1200-1922
  • Religion and Social Change, 1723-1921
  • Religious Leaders and Thinkers, 1516-1922


More information about these EBSCO resources can be found on eDesiderata in our COVID Response list: .


We have worked with EBSCO to enable access to these collections through your institutional IPs. Many members have already seen the availability of these resources in their EBSCOhost accounts, though if your institution does not allow EBSCO to add access to resources automatically, you may need to remove that restriction. If there are questions on setup, contact EBSCO support (, 1-800-758-5995) or your EBSCO representative. You may opt-out if you prefer not to receive access to any of these resources.

This arrangement is specifically for CRL members. We encourage you to add these resources to your COVID-19 response pages and to alert your users to their availability during this period. There are additional resources that EBSCO has made available to the library community at large, which you can find at:  Please join us in thanking EBSCO for their willing engagement in this effort.


James Simon

Vice President, Collections & Services

Center for Research Libraries

6050 South Kenwood Avenue

Chicago, IL  60637-2804

Tel  773-955-4545 x324



Digital Humanities Fair 2020 – Online

DH Fair 2020

Join us for the 2020 Digital Humanities Fair — fully online! We are excited to share with you a rich line-up of lectures, workshops, and the DH Fair Poster Session during the week of April 13-16, including lectures by Tom White of the Victoria University of Wellington School of Design and Christiane Paul of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, The New School and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The DH Fair Poster Session will feature Professor James Smithies, Director of King’s Digital Lab in London, speaking on the topic of Applying AI to storytelling. Then, learn about recent and current Digital Humanities work at UC Berkeley and beyond through our virtual poster session. The Poster Session will take place on Tuesday, April 14th from 1:00-3:30pm and requires advance registration. If you have a project to share, whether fully polished or a work in progress, we invite you to propose it!

The DH Fair is open to all. Some events will be publicly streamed, and others require advanced registration. Visit the website for details. See you then!

Thank you to our sponsors:
Arts Research Center
Berkeley Center for New Media
DH Working Group (Townsend Center)
The Library

Emergency HathiTrust service is now live

Emergency HathiTrust service is now live

Starting today, current UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students will be able to take advantage of HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service, helping the Library continue to serve its mission even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service provides view-only access to digital versions of millions of the physical volumes held by libraries across the 10-campus UC system — plus NRLF and SRLF. With careful consideration of fair use guidelines, these materials are available only to the current campus community (with CalNet IDs). We will announce this publicly via multiple channels, including the Library’s news story: Need a book from the UC Berkeley Library while we are sheltering in place? Check here first. And we encourage you to share this news generously with patrons. “For Berkeley faculty, students, and staff, this opens up a trove of materials,” said Salwa Ismail, who worked with HathiTrust to bring the service to fruition for Berkeley. “Our shelves are closed, but as long as your screens are open, you’ll have access to most of our resources.” For more information, read HathiTrust’s guide and FAQ on the Emergency Temporary Access Service. (Source: Email from the University Librarian  Professor/ Dr. Jeff Mackie-Mason, dated April 2, 2020)

As an example, please see- USSR in construction. 1930:no.2-8.

View full catalog record Rights: Protected by copyright law.

New Online Exhibition by Yad Vashem: Rescue by Jews “One for All”

Shoah or more widely known as the Holocaust in the Western world was an event that one must never forget. It also caused a mass exodus of people of the Jewish faith to their historic homeland and also to Latin America and to the different parts of the world. The new online exhibition as posted by Yad Vashem allows us to explore the narratives from our venues of COVID-19 pandemic mandated social separation.

The exhibition has historical and area studies aspects and that is why it is being posted for our colleagues to inform themselves about the following, “The testimonies of Holocaust survivors are filled with recollections of Jewish acts of kindness and solidarity. ” (source:

In the world, we experience these acts of kindness everywhere from people of all nationalities. These happen all around us all the time and I wanted to appreciate my colleagues and administrators who have been incredibly supportive in these difficult times of Pandemic. Thank you, and enjoy the exhibition!




Workshop: HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects
Wednesday, April 15, 11:10am-12:30pm

If you’ve tinkered in WordPress, Google Sites, or other web publishing tools, chances are you’ve wanted more control over the placement and appearance of your content. With a little HTML and CSS under your belt, you’ll know how to edit “under the hood” so you can place an image exactly where you want it, customize the formatting of text, or troubleshoot copy & paste issues. By the end of this workshop, interested learners will be well prepared for a deeper dive into the world of web design. Please bring a laptop if possible. Register at

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2020:

  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics (Spring 2020)
  • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks (Fall 2020)

Please see for details.

[Open Access] Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain!

Smithsonian Institute in its magazine announced  a launch of their open access platform that will allow its user to search for 2.8 million images that the institution has released into public domain. See the image of this new OA platform below. If you click on the image, you can actually conduct search in a new window. Stay safe and stay well! (Source of this information was my colleague and our librarian for History, Ms. Jennifer Dorner).

Free Access to British History Online (BHO) digital collection through July 31, 2020!

As we get used to the concepts of Social Distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must think of how we can leverage our abilities to provide reference services using the online tools that are accessible to our users. Despite the intensity of COVID-19, many publishers are making their content freely available to individual users, and the British Library is not an exception.

Below is an excerpt from the BL Blog announcement, “British History Online (BHO) is a digital collection of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a special focus on the period 1300 to 1800. From 30 March, all transcribed content on BHO is now freely available to individual users, and will remain so until 31 July 2020. The BHO collection includes over 1,280 volumes of primary content and secondary sources.Most of this content (over 1000 volumes or c.80% of the total) is always available free to use by anyone, anywhere with access to the BHO site.”

A simple keyword search for the term, “Mexico“, provides more than four hundred results. Enjoy!

OpenEdition and Latin America and its history!

My colleague, our librarian for Romance Languages and Literatures, Mr. Claude Potts informed me this morning the following, that the OpenEdition after getting authorization from the publishers has opened up most of their catalog of nearly 10,000 ebooks to full-format access (pdfs and ePub) to everyone during the period of shelter in place. We already had full-format access to the 175 freemium journals, but the additional formats for the remaining ebooks is a great gift to Academia during the time of this covid-19 pandemic.

See announcement in French:

Today another French-language vendor Cairn which focuses on th social sciences has opened up its entire ebook catalog of 10,174 titles, the Que sais-je? reference series and also some popular magazines during the closure as well.

There are several important Latin America Related titles that one can access.

A search for Mexico is shown in the OpenEdition’s interface above!