This is a way cool. It’s my happy work win of the week 🙂
There are many advantages to the digitisation of important collections. One such advantage is the acquisition of new materials. That’s not something that often occurs to folks as they plan the digitisation projects.
We have had just one such example with Heels. Heels is the magazine of the Victoria University of Wellington Tramping Club. We thought it started in 1968 and we digitised our complete run: http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-corpus-heels.html.
Well it turned out we were wrong. A colleague had been in communication with a member of the Victoria University of Wellington Tramping Club and it turns out he had earlier editions of Heels. Putting the word out to other members of the club it looks like we will be getting one physical copy of a issue we don’t currently hold and digital copies of around 6 other issues we don’t hold. In fact since the emails started flowing yesterday I already have two digital copies of issues in my inbox!
This is made of win.
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One of the activities my team at Victoria University Library recently has been carrying out is the digitisation of the Robert Stout Pamphlet Collection. We have been steadily working through uploading them into the NZETC and now nearly forty volumes are available. If you want to spend some time heading down a rabbit hole then have a browse.
An example of the eclectic mix of Pamphlets in the collection
The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout
This project aims to digitise the Sir Robert Stout Pamphlet collection currently held by the J. C. Beaglehole Room. The Stout Pamphlet collection contains around 1000 early primarily New Zealand pamphlets collected by Stout and donated to the Victoria University Library. The pamphlets were then bound into their present volumes.
The collection represents Stout’s interests at the time which included evolution, land reform, law and the temperance movement.
To complement the pamphlet collection we have digitised K. A. Coleridge‘s catalogue with indexes. This catalogue contains valuable information on the history of the collection, the process of binding the collection and Stout’s relationship with the Victoria University library. You can find the catalogue here.
Some notable ones I have read:
Is Man An Automaton? A Lecture Delivered in The City Hall, Glasgow, On 23rd February 1875
Science and the Soul Telepathy Scientifically Demonstrated
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