An archive of 24,000 documents from Frederick Law Olmsted’s life and work is now available online

"In preparation for the bicentennial of Olmsted’s 1822 birth, the Library of Congress has made 24,000 documents providing details of Olmsted’s life available online.... The collection includes journals, personal correspondence, project proposals and other documents that offer an intimate picture of Olmsted’s private life and work. The collection is linked to an interactive map at Olmsted Online showing all Olmsted projects in the United States."

Thousands of Historical California Legislative Publications Digitized and Openly Available Online!

As a result of a collaboration between the California Office of Legislative Counsel and librarians at the University of California, Stanford University and the California State Library, nearly 4,000 California Assembly and Senate publications are now online and have been opened for reading access to everyone worldwide. They are available in the HathiTrust Digital Library as a featured collection, as well as individually in Google Books.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Earliest Notebooks Now Digitized and Made Free Online: Explore His Ingenious Drawings, Diagrams, Mirror Writing & More

The Victoria and Albert is digitizing Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Forster notebooks, "so named because they came from the private collection of John Forster in 1876." The first one is now available online.

Paywall and Open Access

An associate Professor at Clarkson University, Jason Schmitt, has posted a blog post entitled "Paywall: Why For-Profit Academic Publishers Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank."

The blog discusses a documentary he has made with the same title.  Below is a quotation from the blog post and a link to the post.

This Black Newspaper Archive Is Bringing All Of Its Records On Black History Online, For Free

"Google has teamed up with The Obsidian Collection to digitize the archives of black newspapers.

The Obsidian Collection serves as an archive of several black newspapers, including The Chicago Defender and the Baltimore Afro American. The Collection now has a new, lofty goal: to digitize every article and photograph in its collection.

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