April 25, 2013
Discussions: Case Research Undergraduate Journal
Discussions is the Undergraduate Research Journal of Case Western Reserve University. It was started in 2006 and has since created 10 issues. Each issue contains research papers submitted and reviewed by Undergraduate students. Currently, the journal publishes 1 issue a semester with anywhere from 3-6 papers per issue. Each submission undergoes a rigorous screening process with about a 30 percent acceptance rate into the paper. Afterwards, each paper is copy edited numerous times by a team of copy editors. The journal is printed by Herald Printing and is distributed free of charge to anyone. The research papers are printed with the permission of the research mentor. The journal currently has 6 board members and around 20-30 other members. The faculty advisor is Sheila Pedigo from the SOURCE office at Case Western Reserve University and Discussions is under Media Board at Case.
The collection is now live in Digital Case, and will updated regularly with new additions.
March 01, 2013
Digital Case redesign
We are currently working on a redesign project for Digital Case which will include upgrades to our digital content management system, as well as interface and UX improvements. Check back for more information and news later this year!
January 31, 2013
New collection: Operation Research Reports
We have just loaded a new collection of over 600 Operation Research technical reports, dating from 1956. This collection represents a unique aspect of research at the university, and more information on the current department can be found here.
Additionally, more recent technical reports can be found at this link
January 08, 2013
Freedman Fellows Presentation Series: Continuation of The Reilly Digital Catalogue of Mahler's Musical Manuscripts
The Mahler Manuscript Catalog represents a model of the Freedman Fellowship in which the subject expertise of a faculty member is combined with the experience of a research services librarian and the skills of library IT staff to create digital scholarship.
Stephen Hefling will present an overview of his working methods illustrated with examples that are fully described in The Reilly Catalogue. In addition he'll offer a hint of future possibilities through a short electronic visit to the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna.
More information here
Stephen Toombs will describe how the library staff assisted Dr. Hefling in translating Edward R. Reilly's catalogue raisonne of the music manuscripts of Gustav Mahler into an Oracle database which will become the foundation of a searchable online catalog. This work included envisioning possible user search patterns, defining data points and what their definitions imply for storage of data within the Oracle database, authority control for data points, and inputting protocols.
December 21, 2012
New collection: Law Library- Docket newsletter
We have just indexed a new collection in Digital Case of the most recent 2012 Docket newsletters which is the student-run, weekly newsletter of CWRU School of Law. We will continue to add to this collection with backdated newsletters in the coming months.
To access the collection, click here
December 14, 2012
Digital Media from the Kulas Music Library
Recordings made by Case ensembles, either as one-of-a-kind instantaneous-disc recordings or as semi-commercial stamped 33 1/3 rpm albums. The majority of these recordings are by the CIT Men’s Glee Club, which was one of the preeminent collegiate male choral ensembles in the country. Other ensembles represented include the CIT Band, the CIT Stage Band, the CWRU Jazz Ensemble, and the University Circle Chorale.
Currently, there are six titles in this collection:
Cantate Domino (Case Institute of Technology Men's Glee Club- 1969)
Case men sing (Case Institute of Technology Men's Glee Club-1960)
For the first time (Case Western Reserve University Jazz Ensemble I- 1980)
Old Main 403 (Case Institute of Technology Men's Glee Club-1960)
The University Circle Chorale, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio (Case Western Reserve University University Circle Chorale-1972)
Would you believe (Case Institute of Technology Stage Band-1965
Collection can be found here
December 13, 2012
George Crile WWI Journals
Dr. George W. Crile (1864-1943), house surgeon at Lakeside Hospital and professor of surgery at the Medical School of Western Reserve University, was known internationally for his surgical techniques and medical research. During World War I, Dr. Crile organized a unit of doctors and nurses from Lakeside Hospital to assist the Allies in treating and caring for the war wounded. The Lakeside Unit spent the first three months of 1915 at the American Ambulance in Paris. During this period, Dr. Crile kept a personal account of his experience. Upon his return to Cleveland, Dr. Crile and his wife, Grace McBride Crile, organized these accounts, along with personal and professional correspondence and letters from soldiers he had treated, and compiled a three volume set of “diaries”. Copies of this set were given to members of the Lakeside Unit as a memento.
To access this collection, click here
October 04, 2012
Understanding and Unlocking the Past Through Iconic Photographs: Images from the Burns Collection - Medicine, War, Racism, Crime, and Memorial Photography
On October 25 at 6PM, the Dittrick will host as guest lecturer Stanley B. Burns, M.D., FACS, an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, publisher, and archivist. Dr. Burns is a practicing New York City ophthalmologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at New York University: Langone Medical Center. In 1975 he began collecting photographs. The dual driving concepts behind his collection comprised how people and professions used photography and to acquire images no one else had. The Burns Collection, now with over one million photographs, is generally recognized as the most important private collection of early vernacular photography (1840-1920). It includes the largest comprehensive collection of early medical photography 1840-1880. The Burns Collection is best known for images of the dark side of life - death, disease, disaster, mayhem, crime, racism, revolution, riots and war. Dr. Burns has authored forty-three photo-historical texts and curated more than fifty photographic exhibitions. He has been a founding donor of three museum photography collections and has donated parts of his collection to 23 institutions. The Burns Archive established in 1977 is a publishing, exhibiting and stock image sales entity based on the images in the Burns Collection. As a preview to his lecture- Dr. Burns' CBS News medical photographic series and a video done by Newsweek on the collection can be found on his blog. www.theburnsarchive.blogspot.com For his presentation at the Dittrick, Dr. Burns will show iconic images that have been the highlights of his most notable books and exhibitions. The emphasis will be on medicine, crime, death and dying issues, Judaica, African American history, the Civil War, and early photography. The goal of the lecture is to illustrate the critical role photographic documents have in education and collective memory.
Please RSVP by Monday October 22nd to Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 216/368-3648.
The lecure will be at 6:00pm in the Ford Auditorium at the Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
Reception to follow in the Dittrick Museum Galleries
More info: here
September 05, 2012
New collection: Kulas music library virtual stacks
There is a new collection now available in Digital Case: the Kulas Music Library Virtual Stacks This collection will eventually include audio, text, and images from the Kulas Music Library collection. We currently have eight scores in the Digital Music Scores subcollection, which we will be continually adding new material throughout the year. This will primarily be materials published before 1923. These titles were from the original holdings of Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology, as well as later gifts. These include the Amos and Leah Green donation of piano music from ca. 1880- ca 1940, and a collection of late-18th and 19th c. engraved scores originally held by Kent State University. Check back for more additions later in the year.
August 10, 2012
National Air Race and Aviation films: 1928 - 1939
We have just loaded a set of aviation films from Western Reserve Historical Society's collection.
This collection contains copies of original 16mm films (positive prints) of the National Air Races as well as general aviation-related events taken during the period 1928-1939 which are held by held by the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio
A substantial portion of the original footage was produced by Warren S. Weiant II of Newark, Ohio. Weiant operated Weiant Gardens, (a greenhouse vegetable business) and Weiant Aircraft Sales, both located in Newark. Weiant had a passionate interest in aviation which is reflected in the films he shot. In addition to footage shot by Weiant, the collection also includes film of the National Air Races produced by the Standard Oil Company of Ohio and the Ohio National Guard. Warren S. Weiant II’s son, Warren Swift Weiant III (1928 -2012) donated his father’s films to the Historical Society. These copies of his father’s films and other footage of the National Air Races have been prepared in his memory.
The digital transfer of the film was done by the staff of the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University as part of a cooperative program with the Western Reserve Historical Society
The National Air Races began in 1920 and by the 1930s had become a major public event comprised of closed-course pylon races, most notably the Thompson Trophy Race, cross-country derbies, and a variety of aviation-related exhibitions, both flight and static. Cleveland first hosted the races in 1929. The city remained the primary locus for the event (with the exception of 1930, 1933, 1936 and the war years, 1940-1945) until 1949.
The footage reproduced in this collection records notable figures of aviation during the 1920s and 1930s including Charles Lindberg, Amelia Earhart, James Doolittle, Roscoe Turner, Louise Thaden, Wiley Post, and Ernst Udet as well as aviation technology of the period including lighter-than-air craft, (US Navy blimps and rigid airships and the German Graf Zeppelin); notable production aircraft such as the Ford Trimotor, and the Lockheed Vega; racing aircraft including the Weddell-Williams, and the Travelair; and a variety of military aircraft including the Curtiss Hawk.
The digitization of some of these films was done in memory of Warren Swift Weiant III (1928 -2012) who donated his father's aviation films to the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Click here to access.
June 21, 2012
We are pleased to announce Case Western Reserve University's sponsorship with DuraSpace. We currently use the Fedora digital asset management system to support Digital Case (since 2006), which is an open source product of DuraSpace. Our support of DuraSpace will ensure the further development and longevity of this open source technology.
More details here.
May 24, 2012
George Crile diaries- Summer projects
Over the summer, we will be scanning a three volume set of diaries from the founder of the Cleveland Clinic, George Crile Sr. These diaries chronicle part of his time served at U.S. Army Medical Corps hospitals in France during World War I. They are filled with notes, letters and photographs. Check back for more details later this summer when they will be live on Digital Case. A small preview below:
May 03, 2012
Additions to existing collections
There are a number of exisiting collections that we continually add new content in Digital Case. Here are some of these recent additions:
*Cleveland medical theses: We have the years 1844-1851 currently live in Digital Case. We will eventually have the entire run through 1883 by the end of the year, so please check back for frequent updates. This collection is being scanned from the collection of the Dittrick Medical History Center. For more information on the material or collection, please contact the museum at 216-368-3648
*Western Reserve Historical Society Manuscript Collections: We have loaded most of the collection of the Manuscripts Relating to the Early History of the Western Reserve, 1795-1869. This was the first collection of manuscripts to be assembled by the Western Reserve Historical Society, and its provenance is closely intertwined with the circumstances of the institution's founding. Chiefly responsible for the acquisition of the materials comprising the collection was Charles W. Whittlesey, the Society's first president. According to the Society's second annual report (1869), Whittlesey assembled the collection from a variety of different sources and by several means: he purchased the papers of the Connecticut Land Company under the authority of the Cuyahoga County commissioners, solicited accounts and original manuscripts from early settlers and their descendents, and added documents that he and some earlier enthusiasts had gathered as their own personal collections. Prominent among these latter additions were the materials collected by John Barr and Leonard Case for an earlier, failed historical society. Some of these will eventually be text encoded with transcriptions of each page.