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Richard N. Schwab Papers

June 22nd, 2014 by Michael Winter

Richard N. Schwab taught in the history department at UC, Davis. The two linear feet of papers he donated to the Shields Library Department of Special Collections relate specifically to his lifelong work on the French Encyclopedia of Diderot and D’Alembert–or, as it is more formally known, Encyclopedie, ou Dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers, which appeared in fascicles and then eventually as bound volumes between 1751 and 1765. Special Collections also owns an original 17 volume edition of this work, along with the numerous supplementary volumes of engraved illustrations/plates accompanying the text, as well as  other supplementary material issued along with the original text and plates.

Schwab’s contributions to the study of the Encyclopedie and indeed the study of the Enlightenment more generally are much too numerous to mention here, though it should be noted that he produced the English translation of the Preliminary discourse to the Encyclopedia contributed by D’Alembert.  A number of years ago Professor Schwab also began a fruitful collaboration with the University of Chicago and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, and participated in the eventual issue of a digital version of this landmark reference work.

Meister Eckhart manuscript fragment discovered

April 5th, 2010 by Michael Winter

A sheet of 14th century parchment previously known only as a fragment from an anonymous mystical treatise has been identified as the oldest known text authored by the German mystic Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)/Ein Pergamentblatt aus dem 14. Jahrhundert, bisher nur als “Bruchstück aus einem mystischen Traktat” bekannt, konnte jetzt als ältestes Fragment einer Predigt des mittelalterlichen Theologen Meister Eckhart identifiziert werden

New Digital Resource: Judaica Europeana

February 19th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Students and researchers in Western European studies are by now already familiar with The European Union’s web service,  offering over 2 million digital objects (film,photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books,newspapers and archival papers,  selected from already digitized resources from European museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections). The Europeana group ( ) now unveils a new digital initiative, Judaica Europeana; ten institutions are collaborating to document Jewish culture in Europe beginning with a massive book and archive digitizing project.

The initial press release is at .

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum encyclopedia of camps and ghettos

August 28th, 2009 by David Michalski

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum encyclopedia of camps and ghettos, 1933-1945
[general editor, Geoffrey P. Megargee].

Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press : [Washington, D.C.] : United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,

Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference D805.A2 U55 2009 Lib Use Only


Concentration camps — Europe — Encyclopedias.
World War, 1939-1945 — Concentration camps — Europe — Encyclopedias.

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RESOURCE: The Orion Center’s Dead Sea Scrolls Bibliography

July 17th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The Orion Center’s bibliography, which covers items from 1995 to the present, allows users to keep up to date on scholarship on the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Orion Bibliography was initiated and maintained by Dr. Avital Pinnick from 1995-2000. David Emanuel compiled the Bibliography from 2000-2002; it is currently overseen by Dr. Ruth Clements and Nadav Sharon. This bibliography is a joint project with the journal, Revue de Qumrân, and appears in that journal twice a year. The bibliography has been converted to Unicode formatting. The Current Bibliography is updated every Monday and contains the newest references, as they are added to the database. In the alphabetical files, under each author’s name, the works are arranged chronologically, from earliest to most recent.  



RESOURCE: The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

May 30th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


Based on interviews with more than 35,000 American adults, this extensive survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details the religious makeup, religious beliefs and practices as well as social and political attitudes of the American public. This online section includes dynamic tools that complement the full report. For a video overview and related material, go to the resource page.



RESOURCE: The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies

May 30th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown University. The Labyrinth’s easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world. This project not only provides an organizational structure for electronic resources in medieval studies, but also serves as a model for similar, collaborative projects in other fields of study. The Labyrinth project is open-ended and is designed to grow and change with new developments in technology and in medieval studies.



RESOURCE: Investigating Atheism

May 30th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


With their website, Investigating Atheism, the University of Cambridge hopes to add some clarity to the subject. Despite the attention recent books on atheism have received, they have had a mixed reception from the religious communities and from fellow atheists and agnostics. The goal of the site is to “set these contemporary “God Wars” in their historical context, and to offer a range of perspectives (from all sides) on the chief issues raised by the new atheists.” A good place to start exploring this very well organized website is by looking in the Selected Features box on the right side of the homepage. There, a visitor can get an overview of the issues and the players, by clicking on “Current Controversies”, “Atheist Politics”, “Atheism and Meaning”, “Arguments for Disbelief”, and “Links”. The “Links” section is divided up between Atheistic/Humanistic and Responses to the Debate. Visitors will find that studying atheism can be more complicated than it seems. The “History” tab points out the difficulty in recounting the history of atheism, because there is disagreement over its beginnings and players. Click on “Demographics” on the left side of the page to read about the obstacles faced when trying to get an accurate count of the number of atheists in the world today. Imperfect data is available, however, and such data suggests between 500 million and 750 million people don’t believe in God.



RESOURCE: Divining America: Religion in American History

May 30th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


Divining America: Religion in American History is designed to help teachers of American history bring their students to a greater understanding of the role religion has played in the development of the United States. It is based on the fact that American history and religion intersect importantly at various points—the Puritan migration to New England, for example, abolition, or the Civil Rights Movement. Divining America illuminates these intersections, for to understand such events fully, students must acquire some appreciation of their religious dimensions.



RESOURCE: The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

May 30th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts offers a simple and straightforward means to discover medieval manuscripts available on the web. The database provides links to a growing number of manuscripts. Basic information about the manuscripts is fully searchable, and users can also browse through the complete contents of the database. As the project develops, a richer body of information for each manuscript, and the texts in these codices, will be provided, where available.


The Catalogue first began to take form in Christopher Baswell’s talk at the MLA conference in December, 2005. Generous support by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) at the University of California, Los Angeles, has enabled Professors Matthew Fisher and Christopher Baswell to develop this site, and make it publicly available in its current form through the CMRS web site. An additional grant from the UCHRI (University of California Humanities Research Institute) made possible additional data entry, and substantive refinements to the back-end technologies in place.