January 2017 Archives

February 14, 2017

Office Hours Coffee Chat: Teaching with DH

February 14 at 2:30pm in the DHLab (SML 316)

How might a network graph provide context for course syllabi? What could a digital humanities workshop in a class look like and offer? During Office Hours, three Digital Humanities Fellows from fall semester will present on digital activities—from Omeka exhibitions on Latin American history to topic models of the Slavic Review journal—that they integrated into their English, History, and Slavic Studies undergraduate courses.

All are welcome to attend; coffee will be provided!

For more information on current and past DH Fellows, visit our DH Fellows page. The deadline for applying to be a fall 2017 Fellow is Monday, April 3.


Kimberly Quiogue Andrews (English), "Countercultures"

Carlotta Chenoweth (Slavic Languages and Literatures), "Avant-Gardes and Émigrés: Digital Humanities Lab"

Brandi M. Waters (History, African American Studies), "Introduction to Latin American History"

Photos from the event:


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January 25, 2017

The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies has been recording testimonies of survivors, witnesses, and bystanders of the Holocaust since 1979, when the project started as a grassroots effort here in New Haven. It currently holds more than 4,500 testimonies, comprising more than 10,000 hours of videotape, recorded by Yale and more than 30 affiliates worldwide.

Recently, the archive completed a number of important milestones including the digitization of its collection, the development of a digital access system, and the launch of a partner site program that provides remote access to testimonies at universities and research institutes.

Please join us for a presentation on Wednesday, February 8 at 3:30 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall by the archive's director, Stephen Naron, who will discuss the history and recent developments of the archive, and some new initiatives underway to encourage use of the collection.

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January 24, 2017

New books area at the Haas Family Arts Library

Books new to the Arts Library's general collection are featured to the left of the main desk on the first floor. We invite you to take a seat and explore! Circulating items are available to check out if you find something of interest. Staff members are available at the main desk for questions -- or email us.

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January 23, 2017

Interested in learning how to build a database or code with R? Apply for a Digital Humanities Training Scholarship! Yale  undergraduates, graduate students, and librarians are eligible to apply. These scholarships support participation in week-long DH workshops.

For more information, visit our Training Scholarships page. Not sure which workshop is right for you, check out our Off-Campus Workshops page or send us an email at dhlab@yale.edu.

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January 20, 2017


The staff of Oral History of American Music (OHAM) have recently conducted interviews with Bright Sheng, John Luther Adams, Jabala Billy Hart, and Toshiko Akiyoshi.  In the next few months, interviews are planned with Guy Klucevsek, David Lang, and first year composition students at the Yale School of Music. Additionally, OHAM staff released two new videos on their YouTube channel: "OHAM Remembers Pauline Oliveros" including historical footage from a 1983 interview; and “Reaction to Breaking the Waves, an opera by Missy Mazzoli.”  This video included excerpts from a recent OHAM interview and videos from the opera, all complemented by reflections from Fjola Evans, a student composer who attended the premiere. Finally, the German radio station Deutschlandfunk, produces a series called “Voices of America.”  On January 13, 2017, they aired the premiere of their hour-long program devoted to Oral History of American Music and its founder, Vivian Perlis


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January 20, 2017

Berliner Philharmoniker Logo

The Music Library subscribes to many databases that bring full-text books and articles, streaming audio, and streaming video to your computer, anywhere in the world, 24/7. 

Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall is available once again to Yale students, faculty, and staff.  Access is by IP address: Yale users must connect first from on campus or through VPN and create a login.  Once registered, Yale users can login from anywhere on supported devices and apps, which include iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. 

medici.tv has a monthly newsletter of new offerings.  Subscribe by writing to medici.tv. Newly added recordings include Arthur Rubinstein performing Chopin from 1968 and a master class with William Christie and Paul Agnew. The latest live broadcast was of the premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Remembering, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

Met Opera on Demand has recently added some classic performances:  Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier from 1982, with Kiri Te Kanawa, Tatiana Troyanos, Judith Blegen, Kurt Moll and Luciano Pavarotti, directed by James Levine; and two radio performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio (1993) and Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani (2004).

For an overview of music databases and ways to search the library’s collections, see Music Research @ Yale; or go straight to a list of databases.

The library has a trial subscription through February 3rd to Routledge Handbooks Online, including 557 book chapters pertaining to music.  Please explore and send any comments you have about this database to Suzanne or Jonathan.

The library has recently subscribed to The Economist, Drama Online, Kanopy Streaming Video Service of feature films and documentaries, and the complete content of 19th Century Masterfile with details on more than 20 million documents and 6500 periodicals, including arts titles. The index entries include links to full-text documents in HathiTrust and American Memory.

Finally, Ebrary has a new name and new links: ProQuest Ebook Central.  For updated links, search for ebooks in Orbis or Quicksearch.

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January 20, 2017

Slam Stewart. Photographer unknown.

Several archival collections were processed this fall, and are open for research. These include the papers of two award-winning producers of Broadway hits and Classical performances: Thomas Z. Shepard and Goddard Lieberson, as well as the papers of Slam Stewart, prominent American jazz bassist. In addition, two YSM-related collections were processed: The Papers of Ruth Bracher, class of ’21, and the Papers of Donald Currier, professor of piano from 1951-1989.

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January 20, 2017

New Music Library Circulation Desk

The Gilmore Music Library's renovation project, which started in June 2016, is now complete. The renovated space features:

  • brand new circulation desk area, complete with new comfortable seating, new locations for our computer workstations and self-service printing and scanning facilities, and a new office for Suzanne Lovejoy, Music Librarian for Reference and Instruction.   
  • Two seminar rooms on the second floor that include large tables, pianos and whiteboards (both plain and stave). These rooms will also soon be installed with state of the art audiovisual systems, that will allow for laptops to be plugged into a large 80" wall mounted monitor along with a high definition audio system. Additional playback capabilities in these rooms will include, audiocassette, Blu-ray, compact disc, DVD, VHS, and vinyl.  
  • Additional large study tables on the first floor.
  • A new front entrance leading from the corridor that now connects the recently opened York Street entrance to Sterling Memorial Library and the main Nave. 
  • A new exhibition area, outside the front entrance to the Music Library, that provides the ability to display both physical and digital music special collection materials, including, for the first time, audio and video items that will be displayed on two large monitors positioned above new custom built exhibit cases. Our inaugural exhibit, A Riff on Ruff: Yale’s Jazz Ambassador to the World, opens January 27th.

Stop by to see all of this for yourself during our regular hours! Additionally, please join us for an Open House, Jan 27th from 11am-1.30pm, to celebrate with library staff, the launch of the renovated Music Library. Refreshments will be served and tours of the new spaces will be given on an ad-hoc basis. 

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January 20, 2017

Avalon Logo

Following a successful pilot in Fall 2016 of Avalon Media System, a replacement to Variations that is now being used to stream audio e-reserves at the Gilmore Music Library, the Music Library and Yale Library IT are pleased to announce the launch of a full production version of the system, which has been upgraded to the latest release and includes many new features.   

Avalon offers mediated streaming access (requiring a Yale Net ID and password) to sound recordings on compact disc or older formats in the Gilmore Music Library that are not currently available via one of the many audio databases that Yale University Libraries subscribes to, such as Naxos Music Library or Music Online. Avalon is already scheduled to be used for a number of classes in the Department of Music, School of Music and Theater Studies program during the Spring semester, including Twentieth-Century Music: Analysis and Model Composition taught by Prof. Michael Friedmann and Stephen Sondheim and the American Musical Theater Tradition taught by Prof. Daniel Egan. 

The upgraded version of Avalon includes:

  • The ability to connect to recordings off-campus, using a Yale login
  • Access via mobile devices

It you are interested in setting up audio e-reserves for a class you are teaching, please contact Jonathan Manton, Music Librarian for Access Services. 

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A newspaper article announcing the start of the AIDS Committee of Toronto. (Box 2, folder 6)

Doctors in New York and California have diagnosed among homosexual men 41 cases of a rare and often rapidly fatal form of cancer. Eight of the victims died less than 24 months after the diagnosis was made


By July 1981, 41 men received diagnoses of Kaposi sarcoma, a cancer that was endemic to parts of Africa and the Mediterranean region and rarely seen elsewhere. When it did occur in the United States, it was generally seen in men of Mediterranean, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern descent above the age of 50 and often took ten years for it to result in death if left untreated. However, the Kaposi sarcoma cases first seen in 1981 struck men in their 30s and they died within three years in many cases.

Further testing of the men showed that something had gone horribly wrong with their immune system. Their T-cells were nearly or outright non-existent. Other diseases were also showing up that most adults with a healthy immune system would never develop, such as thrush and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. These men died of the latter as well. The only real link that was found was that the majority of the infected were homosexual men and had many sexual partners. A few men were also intravenous drug users. Hemophiliacs also suffered these problems on occasion. After years of confusion and research performed by scientists in countries such as the United States and France, this destruction of the immune system was named Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and its vector was determined to be a virus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Scientists discovered that HIV was passed through contact with certain infected body fluids, such as blood and semen, while saliva and sweat carried so little viral load and would not transmit the virus. Eventually, antiretroviral treatments were developed to slow the loss of T-cells and decrease the patient’s viral load, allowing them to live longer lives.

At the very beginning of the epidemic, there was a lot of fear and confusion across the United States. Gay people were blamed for infecting others and press coverage was homophobic in tone. Those with AIDS and their advocates fought back against government inattention to the crisis. Homosexuals and drug users were perceived as immoral by many, responsible for their own suffering and unworthy of assistance. Much has been written on this time period, including the nonfiction works And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts and Close to the Knives by David Wojnarowicz (whose papers are part of New York University’s Downtown Collection) as well as the plays Angels in America by Tony Kushner and The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer.

An example of the atmosphere of discrimination against the gay men and lesbian communities. From the <title>Gay Community News</title>, June 26, 1982.

An example of the atmosphere of discrimination against the gay men and lesbian communities. From the Gay Community News, June 26, 1982. (Box 6, folder 2)

While many of the first reports of AIDS were coming out of the United States, Canada also began recording statistics of people falling ill with the syndrome. Bert Hansen, an American professor of the history of science and medicine then teaching at the University of Toronto, was among those concerned about the growing epidemic in 1982. His and others efforts to help AIDS patients through the founding of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is documented in the Bert Hansen Papers (MS 2042).

A newspaper article announcing the start of the AIDS Committee of Toronto.

A newspaper article announcing the start of the AIDS Committee of Toronto. (Box 2, folder 6)

ACT had its roots in an April 5, 1983 meeting held at the Church Street Community Center, run by Gays in Health Care and the Hassle Free Clinic in Toronto. On April 26, 1983, volunteers formed five different groups to begin work on several fronts: the Medical Liaison Committee, the Media Relations Committee, Fundraising and Special Events Committee, AIDSupport, and the Community Education Committee.

Hansen chaired ACT from 1983 to 1984. During his time, the five working group began projects that set the course for ACT. The Medical Liaison Committee contacted medical professionals for more information about patients with AIDS and to give them information as well. They also worked with the medical profession towards inclusive policies and support for people with AIDS. The Media Relations Committee spoke to reporters on behalf of ACT, held press conferences, and produced press releases. They also monitored the media for coverage of the epidemic, especially of the gay community; circulated articles that were positive and informative to others; and responded to press that was discriminating and bigoted in nature. Their intent was to make sure people were properly informed about AIDS rather than solely receiving news reports that were panicked, sensationalist, and exploitative of patients with AIDS and their loved ones.

The gay men community, especially AIDS activists, often faced insults, poor reporting, and exploitation, as described in the opinion section of the September 3, 1983 issue of Gay Community News.

The gay men community, especially AIDS activists, often faced insults, poor reporting, and exploitation, as described in the opinion section of the September 3, 1983 issue of Gay Community News. (Box 2, Folder 5)

The Fundraising and Special Events Committee held events to raise funds for research into the disease and for day to day office costs of the committee. Most of ACT’s fundraising for research was in conjunction with other organizations, but they did organize smaller events in the Toronto area for ACT. AIDSupport sought to set up counseling and advising for AIDS patients as well as helping with practical needs, such as providing meals, transporting those who were unable to do so themselves, and running social activities for people with HIV and AIDS. The Community Education Committee was responsible for producing pamphlets and holding talks and workshops about how AIDS affected the body and how it may be spread. (During Hansen’s time with ACT, it was still not known what the exact vector was for AIDS, or even certain what bodily fluids transmitted the syndrome.) They modeled their services after the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) located in the United States, after hearing about their work. To get a clearer sense of GMHC’s work, a committee member visited their offices to observe and make a report of their operations.

The report on the activities of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) offices and operations.

The report on the activities of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) offices and operations. (Box 1, Folder 5)

A volunteer survey sheet distributed by ACT.

A volunteer survey sheet distributed by ACT. (Box 1, folder 11)

Bert Hansen stepped down from ACT in 1984 and returned to the United States in 1985. He continued to keep track of the media response to HIV/AIDS, which is also documented in the collection’s subject files. ACT continues to serve the Toronto community of those who are HIV positive, and providing community education on the disease itself and the stigma around those who have it.

Researchers wishing to work with the Bert Hansen Papers can view the finding aid here. Researchers can also visit our website for more information on visiting Manuscripts and Archives and using our collections.

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