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The Allied Powers and the Holocaust: Upcoming Conference

February 4th, 2015 by Michael Winter

Organized by UCD Davis professor emeritus of Political Science Alexander Groth, and University of Santa Clara Law School professor Tony Tanke, this four-day conference , which will run from March 16 to March 19, 2015, at the Menachem Begin Center in Jerusalem, features presentations by a number of the best-known holocaust scholars.

Marx’s major Work in Slides

May 21st, 2014 by Michael Winter

For an innovative approach to the understanding of Marx’s Capital, UC Davis library users should take a look at PolyLuxMarx: A Capital Workbook in Slides,  a recent addition to the collection.  A subset of these slides and other material supporting an understanding of the work of Marx and Engels in the production of their masterwork, can also be viewed and downloaded, in English, German, and Spanish.

Key Postwar German Literary Publication

April 7th, 2014 by Michael Winter

After Alfred Andersch and Hans Werner Richter were captured in Italy toward the end of the Second World War, they were sent to a prison camp in Rhode Island, where they worked on a publication directed at the “re-education” of German prisoners of war. When they returned to Germany in 1946, they revived it as Der Ruf – unabhängige Blätter der jungen Generation (same title with a different subtitle, reflecting their much broader literary ambitions). Shields Library is fortunate enough to own most of the issues of this publication, shelved at AP30 .R95 (the library has Volume 1, number 1 to Volume 3, number 18, 1946-1948). For additional details, see the entries for Andersch and Richter in the Neue deutsche Biographie, shelved in Shields, Humanities/Social Sciences Reference, DD85 .N4;  and  the entry for Richter in The Encyclopedia of Contermporary German Culture, shelved nearby at DD290.26 .E53 1999.

Although this publication was extremely successful,  it was published only under the official imprimatur and license of the U.S. Military Authority, under terms established during the Occupation during the early period just after the war.   Not long after the launch,  the U.S. authority–dissatisfied with the editors’ political orientations–abruptly cancelled the publication’s license, thus terminating it.   Andersch and Richter became, in connection with Der Ruf, very well-known, but they eventually became even better-known as founding spirits of  the “Gruppe 47,” a powerful organization of postwar German writers.

Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography Video Tutorials

February 18th, 2014 by Michael Winter

The MLA International Bibliography has just announced a new video tutorial series on different ways of searching the bibliography. New tutorials will be released every few months.  Click here for links to the currently available tutorials. The tutorials cover both the ProQuest and the EBSCO interfaces.

First English translation of Hubert Fichte’s Forschungsbericht

March 11th, 2013 by Michael Winter

Adam Siegel, a librarian in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Government Information Department of Shields Library, has just published the first installment of his translation of Forschungsbericht (Research Report), an ethnographic nonfiction novel by the German writer Hubert Fichte (1935-1986). The initial selection and its sucessors will appear in serial form in the pages of InTranslation. Read the initital installment at:

http://intranslation.brooklynrail.org/german/from-research-report-by-hubert-fichte

Tomorrow is already today: “Heute für Morgen” at BMW

February 26th, 2013 by Michael Winter

BMW has introduced a new concept of the work group:  the average age of the workers can’t drop below 47, reflecting the shifting demographics of the advanced industrial societies.

Full story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21535772

UC Davis Scholars have access to growing collection of rare newspapers and documentary sources via The Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

December 12th, 2012 by David Michalski

UC Davis Scholars have access to growing collection of rare newspapers and documentary sources via The Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

Since 1973, the University Library at UC Davis has extended its collections through its membership with The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.

CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources. Most materials acquired are from outside the United States, and many are from five “emerging” regions of the world: Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America.

Learn more about the Center for Research Libraries and Explore your collections.
http://www.crl.edu/

Here is a list of newly acquired microfilm sets now available for digital delivery through Inter-Library Loan.

CRL members nominated and voted for the following sets in the 2013 program

Bod-ljon par Tibet Daily(1961–66; 1979; 1982; 1984; 1998; 2002; and 2005–06)

* 26 reels;

* Bod-ljon par Tibet Daily is the main Tibetan language newspaper published by the Chinese Communist Party in Tibet. This is a primary source for the study of Tibet over the last 50-60 years.

British Intelligence on the North-West Frontier 1901-1949: India Office Political and Secret Reports on Tribes and Terrorism. British Library and India Office Collections.

* 33 reels

* Part of the IDC series British Intelligence Files, the materials in this collection document British attempts to impose order on the tribal territories. With details of policy initiatives familiar to contemporary observers of the current events, the files describe imperial struggles with jihadist movements and show how local leaders were able to stay out of British hands. The material covers the period from the 1901 creation of the North-West Frontier Province to 1949, by which time the Province had become an administrative region of Pakistan.

This primary source is essential to understanding the modern history of Islam in Pakistan and India and valuable for research on British diplomacy and the history of attempts to deal with terrorism in the colonies.

Foreign Office Files for Post-War Europe, Series Two: The Treaty of Rome and European Integration, 1957-1960

* 73 reels
* Series two of the Foreign Office Files for Post-War Europe comes in three parts and contains files from the Public Record Office Class FO 371. This set documents how the European Economic Community grew and rebuilt Europe after World War II.

Newspapers from Nazi Germany (1929–45)

* 65 reels

* Titles of newspapers:
o Völkischer Beobachter (Berlin, Germany: Norddeutsche Ausg.).
CRL will purchase: 1929–June 1940; Sept.–Dec.1940; March 1941; 1942–March 1944; 1945.
o Deutsche allgemeine Zeitung (Berlin, Germany)
CRL will purchase: Apr. 13,1929–Sept. 1929; Apr. 26–28, 1932; Mar. 10–June 17, 1933; Nov. 3–9, 1939; March 10–12, 1945.
o Der Angriff (Berlin, Germany)
CRL will purchase: May–Aug. 1932; 1934–April 24, 1945.

Knickerbocker Press Newspaper

* 190 reels
* The Knickerbocker Press Newspaper is a regional newspaper from eastern upstate New York. This area has a long history as a hub for transportation (first steamboat line, the Erie Canal, a railway hub, and the first municipal airport in the United States) thus making it ideal for commerce and industry. It also became a center of political power. At one point, this newspaper carried the most advertisements for the Albany, N.Y. area and was important to industries wishing to reach “able-to-buy” markets. The newspaper advertised itself as a quality newspaper that served “society” readers.

Papers of Emma Hart Willard, 1787-1870

* 25 reels
* This set includes personal papers and correspondence to and from the 19th-century women’s educator Emma Hart Willard.

Papers of the War Refugee Board

* 59 reels
* Established by executive order no. 9417, the War Refugee Board (WRB) aided victims of Nazi oppression. This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, indexes, and related papers pertaining to the WRB policies, programs and operations in 1944 and 1945.

Qing dai Xinjiang dang an xuan ji (清代新疆档案选辑)

* 91 volumes
* These volumes present Chinese language archival materials from the First Historical Archive of China, which houses archival materials of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing governments (1644–1911). This collection is the first comprehensive published collection of archival materials regarding Xinjiang or Chinese Central Asia during the Qing period. The topics it covers are wide ranging, including but not limited to politics, social development, economic development, trade, agrarian development, labor relations, culture and religion, activities of local Islamic saints, etc. of Xinjiang.

The Rafu shimpo microfilm

* This is a continuing purchase that will be acquired in three parts:
o First part purchased, 132 reels (July 1914–49)
o Second part purchased, 143 reels (1950–79)
o Third part purchased, 129 reels (1980–2009)

* The Rafu shimpo is a Japanese-American newspaper from Los Angeles and was published both in English and Japanese. This purchase will replace fragile CRL hard copy holdings and extend CRL’s microfilm holdings. Some comments from voters revealed how important this set was for the “burgeoning field of Asian American history/studies,” as it documents the “Japanese immigrant experience in the US.”

Satirische Zeitschriften (Satirical Periodicals)

* 1355 fiche
* The editors of these German illustrated satirical periodicals defied threats and censorship to lampoon the local, national, and international situations of the time. They covered historical events that occurred from the time of Metternich through Wilhelm II to Hitler.

Sexualerleben und Körperkultur (Sexual Experience and Body Culture: Deutschsprachige Publikationen, 1880-1932.) Suppl. 1 2007

* 580 microfiches
* Sexualerleben und Körperkultur is a German language publication that was published between 1880 and 1932. This supplemental set provides a glimpse into the German culture and their views on sexual experience and modernity.

Si Fa Gong Bao (司法公报)

* 88 volumes
* This publication covers the entire run of legislative bulletin at the national level throughout the Republican Minguo period, 1912–48.

Berlin Transit : Jüdische Migranten aus Osteuropa in den 1920er Jahren

July 27th, 2012 by Michael Winter

   This item has recently arrived, and is being added to the collection. Check the UCD library’s Harvest Library Catalog at www.lib.ucdavis.edu for location information. Numerous illustrations,  documentary photographs and reproduction of art works (color and B&W), along with facsimiles of manuscript fragments included. In the meantime, a bibliographic description can be found at: http://ucdavis.worldcat.org/oclc/772913107

Demise of “mademoiselle.”

February 24th, 2012 by Michael Winter

Bernadette Swanson found this official French government circular announcing the administrative decision to abandon “mademoiselle” as a term of address in official contexts, effective February 21st, 2012.  The same will be true of other terms of address, like “nom d’epoux” and “nom d’epouse,” which will be replaced by “nom d’usage.”  The German term “Fräulein” was officially rejected decades ago.

http://circulaire.legifrance.gouv.fr/pdf/2012/02/cir_34682.pdf

Ruby Cohn Collection

November 2nd, 2011 by Michael Winter

In the previous post I briefly announced the deaths of Erich H. Loewy and Ruby Cohn.   I add here a brief note regarding a major collection that Shields Library received as a gift  from Professor Cohn.  Ruby Cohn was not only a pioneering Samuel Beckett scholar; she also enjoyed friendships not only with Beckett himself but with major theater luminaries like Edward Albee.  She brought a broadly comparative dimension to the study of both theater and drama that made her book collection of great interest. As the selector for French, German, Comparative Literature, Theater,  and Drama, I was delighted to find that her collection included hundreds of items of unique interest and have added them to ours, adding the tag “Ruby Cohn Collection” to the catalog records that appear in the UC Davis Harvest Library catalog, in order to preserve their unity as a collection, if only virtually.