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What's new with Calisphere and OAC
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Calisphere and the Online Archive of California (OAC) are gateways to unique collections held by libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions throughout California.

New collection highlights

Calisphere continues to grow, not only in size but also in breadth with new collections highlighting innovations in architecture, television, and travel. 

Architecture and Design Collection

UC Santa Barbara's Art, Design & Architecture (AD&A) Museum is a longstanding contributor of finding aids to the Online Archive of California (OAC). Last December, the museum enabled harvesting of selected digitized materials in its Architecture and Design Collection.

One of the largest architectural archives in North America, the AD&A's holdings include drawings, photographs, models, project papers, decorative objects, and furniture from late-19th through early-21st century Southern California architects and designers, with a specific focus on Southern California Modernism. One such collection features Albert Frey, a Swiss architect who moved to Palm Springs in the early 1930s. Frey experimented with a number of building and design techniques on his own personal homes, and his astonishing creativity is well-represented in these materials.

Photograph: Frey House 2 exterior
Photograph: Frey House 2 interior
Photographs of Frey House 2, a house built around a large boulder.
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The Interviews: An Oral History of Television collection

The Television Academy Foundation has made available an invaluable collection of interviews with people who have made a significant impact on television. Lucy Lawless, LeVar Burton, Alton Brown, George Takei, Barbara Walters, RuPaul -- these are only a handful of the 872 individuals whose personal stories offer a unique perspective on television history through The Interviews: An Oral History of Television collection.

Interview: Lucy Lawless
Interview: LeVar Burton
Interview: Alton Brown
Interview: George Takei
Interview: RuPaul Charles
Interview: Barbara Walters
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Travel Posters Collection

The Los Angeles Public Library carries us to a time of exciting innovations in transportation, when railways, airlines, and automobiles opened up possibilities to travel to destinations around the world. The Travel Posters Collection highlights the “Golden Age of Travel” with posters that were commissioned to entice would-be explorers to visit these destinations and appeared as common fixtures in travel agent offices, railway stations and airports. The collection showcases vibrant graphic design, including Art Deco and Futurist imagery. 

Image: Ame'lie-les-Bains
Image: Norway
Image: Romance in Egypt
Image: See Malaya
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California Revealed Collections

We are also thrilled to share that Calisphere has added over 6,800 items in the past month from 69 libraries, archives, and museums participating in California Revealed, a State Library initiative to help California’s public libraries and local heritage groups digitize, preserve, and provide online access to archival materials (books, newspapers, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and more) that tell the incredible stories of the Golden State. 

One noteworthy example is the California Revealed from Women’s Museum of California collection. Founded in 1983, the Women's Museum of California is one of only five women's museums in the United States. Its mission is to inspire and educate current and future generations about the experiences and contributions of women by collecting, preserving, and interpreting a broad collection of reference materials that document women’s history and the female experience. 

Audio recordings sound wave
Many of the items currently available include audio recordings of the National Organization for Women board meetings and conferences, 1978-1979.
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Explore all of our California Revealed collections including first-time contributions from the Museum of Western Film History, Siskiyou County Museum, National City Public Library, Napa County Historical Society, Notre Dame de Namur University, and so many more! Additional California Revealed collections will be added to Calisphere over the coming months.

The California Revealed Project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.

"Harvesting California's Bounty" Initiative and Shareable Metadata Workshops

We are able to share all of these new collections on Calisphere through our Harvesting California's Bounty project, a multi-year initiative focusing on bringing together digital collections that are otherwise dispersed across a range of library, archive, and museum systems. Also supported by IMLS under the provisions of the LSTA, this grant gives us extra capacity, including staffing, to harvest these digital collections.

As part of this initiative, we are providing free, all-day interactive workshops in multiple locations throughout California in an effort to encourage more public libraries and other cultural heritage orgs to share their collections. Launched this March, these workshops will continue through May and are focused on promoting good practices for creating shareable metadata, and helping contributors understand how to increase the discoverability of their collections. Visit our "Better Sharing Through Metadata" workshop wiki for additional information, including scheduling and registration.

We are excited to help make these collections publicly available, findable, and usable for the long term, and are grateful for LSTA’s support for making it possible.

Workshop Info

Contributor Meeting at the Society of California Archivists

Are you planning to attend the Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting (AGM), April 24-27 in Long Beach? Join us at our OAC/Calisphere contributor meeting on Thursday, April 25, 12:15-1:00. Meet fellow contributors, ask questions, and learn more about contributing to Calisphere and OAC.

We'll also be in the exhibit hall during scheduled break times. We look forward to seeing you there!

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