February 2016 Archives

February 15, 2016

On Friday March 11th 2016, Vivan Perlis, founder of Yale's Oral History of American Music (OHAM), will be honored at a special concert held during the Society of American Music's 42nd Annual Conference in Boston, MA. The concert, performed by pianist Alison D'Amato and soprano Tony Arnold, will notably feature songs by Charles Ives (the subject of Perlis’s first interviews), and early interviewee Virgil Thomson. The rest of the event will include American song repertoire by composers featured within the OHAM archives. 

Since its founding by Perlis in 1969, OHAM has amassed a collection of over 2600 audio and video recordings of interviews with major musical figures, including Aaron Copland, John Cage, Steve Reich, Duke Ellington, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. It has grown to become one of the most predominant collections of such interviews in the United States. The in-depth interviews featured in the collection provide a unique insight into the life and works of the interviewees, described in their own words. Through the dedicated work of OHAM's staff, the collection continues to expand today, adding ever increasing numbers of interviews with both emerging talents and established artists. While Perlis retired from OHAM in 2010, she continues to assist OHAM through her position as Senior Research Scholar for the archive. 

The current Director of OHAM, Libby Van Cleve notes that "Vivian Perlis's work has contributed mightily to the study of American music. The invaluable primary source materials she created with America's most significant musical figures continue to be used by the scholars and students of the Society of American Music and many others. Her legacy continues with OHAM's ongoing interviewing activities. We are delighted to see her work receive this well-deserved recognition."

More information on OHAM's collections and how to access them can be found on their website

Post on February 11, 2016 - 11:21am |

Join us on Thursday, February 11 from 2-3pm in the SML Lecture Hall for Preserving History and Privacy: Creating a Digital Archive of Record from the Earliest African American Psychiatric Hospital, by Dr. King Davis, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (UT).

Dr. King Davis has served as Director of the UT Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis and as the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy in the UT School of Social Work. Dr. Davis will discuss his work as project lead to digitize and create a digital archive for thousands of records from the earliest African American psychiatric hospital, originally called the “Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane”. The hospital, located in Petersburg, VA, opened in 1870 and contains records including admissions records, photographs, financial documents and other materials that give insight into previously untold stories.
Dr. Davis will also address developing solutions to the privacy challenges of this work. In addition to Dr. Davis, the project team includes Unmil Karadkar, PhD, Patricia Galloway, PhD, Lorraine Dong, PhD and Victor Obaseki, JD. This talk is sponsored by SCOPA.

Post on February 5, 2016 - 3:38pm |

February 9, 2016

"How to #DeColonize the Digital Humanities:

or A Practical Guide to Making #DH Less White"

Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00-7:30pm
William L. Harkness Hall (WLH), 309

Drawing from digital humanities (DH) subfields including postcolonial, queer, critical race, disability, radical librarianship, and digital pedagogy, Dorothy Kim argued for making space for broader perspectives in DH to bring otherwise marginalized voices to the fore. Her talk was based on the forthcoming volume Disrupting Digital Humanities (editors Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel).

This talk was Part One of the "Digital Non-Neutrality Series: Decolonizing and Queering DH Tools and Practices," co-organized by T.L. Cowan (MacMillan, DHLab & WGSS) and Marijeta Bozovic (Slavic Languages and Literatures).

Sponsored by the Yale DH Lab, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Mellon-funded Re-imagining Digital Humanities at Yale program with Laura Wexler and Inderpal Grewal, and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, and the Canadian Studies Committee.

To download a copy of the talk's poster, click here.

Photo from the event:


Dorothy Kim is a Digital Humanist and Assistant Professor of English at Vassar College.


Post on February 5, 2016 - 12:06pm |

February 2, 2016

Plays list from Drama Online

Yale’s theater community has been enjoying online access to playscripts in Drama Online for a few years. Now Yale Library has added 350 new plays from Nick Hern Books to the core subscription, as well as over 350 streaming audio recordings of full-length plays from LA Theatre Works. You can see the full collection of nearly 1700 plays in Drama Online under “Plays.”

The Nick Hern plays are searchable in Orbis and Quicksearch as well, and LATW plays will soon join them.

More suggestions about how to find playscripts are on the Drama LibGuide.

Post on February 2, 2016 - 2:57pm |

February 1, 2016

The new Quicksearch tool – now permanently located on the library's home page – unites several Yale Library resources under one search interface, including Orbis, the main Library catalog, and Morris, the Law Library catalog. The catalogs contain over 11.5 million books, pamphlets, scores, microforms, printed journals and other materials, and are united in the Books+ search in Quicksearch. The Articles+ search in Quicksearch will help you find online journal articles, online newspaper articles, online dissertations, as well as other electronic resources licensed by the library. A single keyword search in Quicksearch will return results from both Books+ and Articles+; more sources will be added in the future.

With Quicksearch, you can also:

  • Build and share lists of print and online resources from Books+ and Articles+ using the Saved Lists feature.
  • Request an item to be delivered to a library near you.
  • Request a scan of the item.
  • Build an RSS feed out of your search.
  • Exclude records from your search.
  • Search newly acquired material (up to 1 year).
  • Export citations.

See the Quicksearch documentation site for more information on searching- plus a few introductory videos!

Post on February 1, 2016 - 11:23am |