[EAS]Curtis Archives

pjk pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Sun May 6 21:29:25 EDT 2001

Subject:   Curtis Archives

One of the great triumphs of the Web, all the more now with
increasing access bandwidth, is access to pictures of all kinds.
The latest instance of this is this astonishing collection:

Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian -- LOC
The latest addition to the peerless Library of Congress American
Memory collection is a complete collection of the images included
in Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian, "one of the most
significant and controversial representations of traditional
American Indian culture ever produced." Originally published in 20
volumes between 1907 and 1930, the work contained over 1,500
illustrations and more than 700 portfolio plates, all of which are
featured at the site. Visitors may search the collection by keyword
or browse by subject, Native American tribe or geographic location,
or volume. Images are presented as thumbnails with a few notes. A
special presentation on the site seeks to place Curtis and his
volumes in context.
(from The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/ )

This joins many good museum sites on the Web, some of which, like
http://www.ibiblio.org/louvre/  were among my first Web bookmarks.
Others that I see at a quick glance are
The Getty Museum
The Kyoto National Museum
The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices  ;-)

With the aggressive marketing that seems to be becoming the norm
among museums, you will no doubt find every significant museum on
the Web, and search engines like <http://www.google.com> with take
you there in seconds.

Let me conclude though with the very first image Web site that I
discovered with my first version of Mosaic. It has been upgraded
over the years, but its sense of wonder has not diminished for me

All best,  --PJK

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