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I just learned of the death of Linda Cantara (Abbott), whom you may recall from the earliest days (2004) of the Greater Cleveland History Digital Library Consortium. It was her idea to apply for a grant to implement an OAI (Open Archives Initiative) metadata harvesting of our respective on-line local history collections and construction of a single point of access for them all. While we didn't get that grant, her idea lives on in the Ohio's Heritage Northeast project, a subset of her idea later enabled by OCLC's Multi-Site Server program for those of us running CONTENTdm. That's not wholly satisfactory -- ironically it omits Linda's employer at the time, CWRU, who doesn't use CONTENTdm -- and we're looking to see if the idea could be resurrected with a more inclusive OAI. Here's the information on Linda's passing. Her services are tomorrow (8/31/13) in Lexington, KY. http://surfky.com/index.php/obituaries/local/lexington/36582-lexington-ky-linda-cantara-abbott-60-lexington-wife-of-scot-abbott-passed-away-thursday-august-22-2013-at-her-residence-a-daughter-of-richard-and-dorothy-macalone-miller-she-was-a-member-of-christ-church-cathedral-and-a-metadata-librarian-at-
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Bernstein's Elbow in ClevelandSomeone asked me about Bernstein's Elbow, which was apparently a street that took a little jog to avoid the tavern of an influential city councilman, Harry "Czar" Bernstein. I'd never heard of it, but a little research in the collections turned up a 1912 map and some photographs of a short segment of East 14th Street, between Woodland and Orange Avenues.
Friday, August 03, 2012
Early Settlers' Assn Recognizes Cleveland MemoryHerrick Memorial Award, given to me as they only award it to individuals. At the ceremony on Public Square July 20th, celebrating the city's 216th birthday in front of the Moses Cleaveland statue, some of the people who make Cleveland Memory possible posed with two previous winners. On the left end is John Cimperman, President of the ESAWR and the winner in 1991, whereas on the right end is John Vacha, District Coordinator for History Day in Ohio's local district and the winner in 2002. Between them are Cleveland Memory folks from the Michael Schwartz Library at CSU. From left to right are Joanne Cornelius, Supervisor of the Digital Production Unit where many of the digital images originate; Carolyn Hufford, long-time volunteer who created and builds the "Feeding Cleveland: Urban Agriculture" site in Cleveland Memory; Library Director Dr. Glenda Thornton; Me; Lauren Felder, the Web Specialist who designs the pages in Cleveland Memory; and Lynn Bycko, the Special Collections Associate who oversees the collections whence much of the content for Cleveland Memory originates. More...
THANK YOU ALL!
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Drawing Card: A New Baseball Novel of Cleveland
Information just received from the author on an interesting new novel:
"Drawing Card: A Baseball Novel, just published by McFarland, is a Cleveland-based book written by an ex-Clevelander who was once a student at Cleveland State and maintains connections there"
"In writing this book I was inspired by learning from research that in the early part of the 20th century at least two female ballplayers were hired by minor league clubs, bit after signing contracts, they had their contracts cancelled by Commissioner Landis specifically because of their gender. These two women reacted to their rejection politely, as women were supposed to, and pursued other athletic careers. In my novel, a woman whose baseball contract is cancelled by Landis vows revenge."
In setting my story in Cleveland, I was able to use the neighborhood in which I grew up and many Cleveland landmarks as background. Then, in order to show the main character's violent nature, I used violent events in Sicilian history, beginning with the Olympic era, when Sicily was a Greek colony. This enabled me to demonstrate that throughout history many women enjoyed athletics but had little opportunity to engage in them."
"Today 's women ballplayers face the same discriminatory attitudes that those in the past had to fight against. Just reading one book, like Pam Postema's autobiography (she was an umpire), demonstrates what women in baseball face right now."
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Where Did the Mounds Go??
As can be seen from this photo, David E. Davis put great emphasis on the three mounds -- represented here with blue waves -- in designing his "Bridge to Knowledge II" sculpture, currently on display at the Sculpture Center compound.
In 1984, the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library commissioned the original version of "Bridge to Knowledge," seen here:
Claudia Mesch said this about the mounds in the "Bridge to Knowledge" series:
"Davis pursued his interest in the three-dimensional volume of the triangle in his commission for the Beachwood Public Library, Bridge to Knowledge, of 1984.... He also suggests the origin of civilization on a more local level: the mounds of Bridge cite the effigy mounds of the Ohio River Valley, such as the Alligator Mound or the Octagon. These sites are thought to have been created by the ancient Hopewell Culture, the earliest residents of Ohio. Bridge to Knowledge therefore unties the origins of civilization in language and in Ohio and indicates that these origins are preserved as texts in the repository which is the library for future generations." (Claudia Mesch, "A Discipline for Modern Urban Space: David E. Davis's Public Sculptures Since 1975," in David E. Davis: Artist and Humanist: Sculpture 1967 - 2002, (2003), p. 26.)
So it was with great surprise recently that I drove by the CCPL/Beachwood and saw this:
The three mounds, representing the Ohio element of ancient knowledge, had been filled in and a hedge planted around the top! These mounds were the third of the sculpture Davis was sufficiently concerned with to accentuate with the blue element in the subsequent version. Here it is today from the rear:
One of the problems with installing an outdoor sculpture is one never knows what people unassociated with the original project, such as physical plant folks, will decide to do years later.
A William McVey Sculpture in Pepper Pike
I was working with Jonathan Herr this morning, on a map of all the William McVey sculptures in Cleveland, but then had to run out to Pepper Pike to pick up a collection. On the corner of Pepper Ridge Road and S.O.M. Center, I noticed this piece. Inquiring about it, I was surprised to discover that it was by McVey. It's untitled, best I can determine, and was vandalized a few years ago, but restored by the neighbors. We'll add it to the Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory and the map of McVey's works. Quite a coincidence!
Slight change of direction for my blogBecause I am actively involved with conserving and documenting outdoor sculpture in Cleveland and with theater and dance for the Michael Schwartz Library, I'm going to consider posting things from time to time on the arts in Cleveland, from a historian's and librarian's viewpoint. For example, we have upgraded the Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory database and are now going to start correcting and expanding its coverage. (And any comments and opinions I make here are of course solely mine, just as I've maintained all along was the case about CSU, too.)
New Mural at the Beck CenterAccording to CoolCleveland.com, a new 51-foot mural by Natasha Turovsky now graces a wall in front of the Beck Center: http://www.coolcleveland.com/blog/2012/05/video-beck-center-installs-record-breaking-mural/
Friday, September 16, 2011
OHRAB Archives Institutional Achievement Award call for nominationsAnnouncement received:
The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Achievement Award recognizes significant accomplishments in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format by an Ohio archival institution.
All Ohio institutions responsible for archival records that provide public access to at least a portion of their collections are eligible. Eligible accomplishments include recent special projects or on-going programs that:
- build significant collections
- implement successful preservation strategies
- enhance access to archives
- develop effective digitization programs
Preference will be given to projects or programs that can be adapted for use by other institutions.
Because the award recognizes institutional achievements, individuals are not eligible. Departments employing members of OHRAB are not eligible, but other departments in their institutions are eligible.
Nominating letters should be no longer than two pages, 12-pt, single spaced, describing the institution's program/project along with its goals, accomplishments, and significance. Each must include the nominee's institutional name along with a contact person's name, mailing address, phone, email address.
Send nominations via email or U.S. mail to:
Ohio University Libraries
30 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Nominations must be received by October 14, 2011.
Self-nominations are encouraged. Winner(s) will be selected by OHRAB at its October 28 meeting.
Winners of the 2010 Award were Cleveland State University's Michael Schwartz Library Special Collections Department and Montgomery County Records Center and Archives.
Download the flyer and see more info on last year's awardees: http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/ohrab/index.php?title=Awards_Committee
Questions? Contact Janet Carleton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-597-2527.
The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board is the central body for historical records planning in the state. Board members represent Ohio's public and private archives, records offices, and research institutions. http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/ohrab