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Open Content Alliance Digitization

In partnership with the Boston Library Consortium and the Open Content Alliance, from 2008 to 2012 LTS digitized nearly 1700 books and other out-of-copyright works to make them freely accessible online through the Internet Archive.

LTS concentrated on digitizing unique items held in the Archives & Special Collections department as well as items from the Judaica and Creative Arts Music collections. Below you will find selections of digitized material contributed by Brandeis to the Internet Archive. You can access all books digitized by the Open Content Alliance on the Internet Archive website, or see just the books digitized by Brandeis. You can also see a list of the books digitized by Brandeis by doing an author search in LOUIS or LouFind for "Boston Library Consortium Open Content Alliance Digitization Project."

From Special Collections: The Alfred Dreyfus book collection is comprised of works by a number of authors relating to the infamous Dreyfus Affair, in which Alfred Dreyfus, a French artillery officer, was wrongly convicted of treason in 1894. The case's blatant anti-Semitism brought many supporters to Dreyfus's cause, including the renowned French writer Émile Zola. The books in the collection include late-nineteenth-century accounts as well as later works on diverse aspects of the Dreyfus Affair. See L'affaire Dreyfus: Criminelle machination politique, religieuse, sociale et administrative. Also of interest is The McKew Parr Collection on Magellan and the Age of Discovery, donated to Brandeis in 1961 by Charles McKew Parr, who assembled the library of several thousand items while gathering material for his biography of Ferdinand Magellan. The books in the collection date from the early fifteenth through the twentieth centuries and are primarily in Spanish and Portuguese, but also include English, French, Dutch, and Latin texts. The collection will be of interest to scholars examining contemporary accounts of European exploration and colonial history, particularly that of Spain and Portugal, as well as twentieth-century scholarship on these topics. See Nouvelles annales des voyages.

From the Brandeis University Archives: The Brandeis University General Catalogs (undergraduate) and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences course catalogs (1948-present) form a rich resource that provides much more than course offerings. Particularly in the early years of the school's founding, they were used as a promotional publication that featured photographs of campus buildings (new and old), campus maps, and even master plans (with fold-outs). In addition to documenting the physical campus, catalogs included comprehensive listings of University Fellows; endowment, scholarship, and loan funds; research grants; student prizes; and faculty who taught General Education S, a former course requirement for all students at Brandeis. Also available are the Brandeis University Bulletin, Brandeis University's official publication from March 1947 to April 1970, and Brandeis Review/Magazine, 1982 - winter 2009, the alumni magazine of Brandeis University.

From the Judaica collection: Brandeis owns a number of important works covering myriad subjects relating to Judaism. See, for example, Zionism and world politics; a study in history and social psychology. Also digitized were selected volumes from Tsukunft, an American Yiddish monthly founded in 1892. This major journal's orientation has been secular and socialist; however, most major Yiddish writers wrote for it. It continues to be published about twice a year.

From the Creative Arts collection: LTS worked with Boston Consortium libraries to coordinate the digitization of early-twentieth-century works relating to music, including important biographical works and encyclopedias. See Biographie universelle des musiciens et bibliographie générale de la musique, in 8 volumes plus supplements. Also from the Creative Arts collection are Art and Artists of Our Time, a six-volume set featuring numerous oversized full page illustrations, and The history of the Boston Theatre, 1854-1901, a four-volume set describing and illustrating the productions mounted by theater companies in Boston, season by season. Among the most frequently downloaded material provided by Brandeis is Old Violins, an important work compiled by music scholar H.R. Haweis and published in 1905. It contains chapters discussing important violin and bow makers as well as descriptions and illustrations of hundreds of violins. Included is a "violin dictionary" listing over a thousand violin and bow makers.


Please contact Leslie Reicher for more information on the OCA Project, at reicher@brandeis.edu or 781-736-4684.