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September 17, 1998

Second Collection from Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition Goes On-Line
Harvard University Materials Added to American Memory Web Site

A collection of important materials from the Frances Loeb Library at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design are now available from the Library of Congress's American Memory Web site at www.loc.gov.

The Web presentation of "American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920" is made possible through an award to the Loeb Library of $33,214. The Loeb Library was one of the winners in the first round of the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition. This three-year program is in its 1998-99 phase and will continue to accept applications until Nov. 2, 1998. Awards will be made in spring 1999 following review by outside panels of experts.

This collection of approximately 2,800 lantern slides represents a historical view of American buildings and landscapes built in 1850-1920. It represents the work of Harvard faculty, such as Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., Bremer W. Pond and James Sturgis Pray, as well as that of other prominent landscape architects throughout the country. The collection offers views of cities, specific buildings, parks, estates and gardens, including a complete history of Boston's park system. In addition to photographs, views of locations around the country include plans, maps and models. Hundreds of private estates from across the United States are represented in the collection through contemporary views of their houses and gardens.

The Loeb Library collection follows the "Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920: Photographs from the Fred Hultstrand and F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collections" from North Dakota State University in Fargo. This collection of 900 photographs of rural and small-town life at the turn of the century was added to American Memory in April as a result of its Competition award.

Other collections from the winners of the past two Competition cycles will also eventually add their collections to American Memory.

Additional information on the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition, including summaries of the projects of the first- and second-year award recipients, is available at:

  • The Library's Web site -- www.loc.gov/
  • The Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition Web site - lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/award/
  • The Ameritech Web site -- www.ameritech.com/

The goal of the National Digital Library Program is to make freely available over the Internet millions of items by the year 2000, in collaboration with other institutions. Ameritech's contribution helps the Library meet that goal by providing funds to libraries and other institutions to aid them in the critical, yet expensive, task of digitizing their unique American collections for access on the World Wide Web.

The Library of Congress is the world's largest library, with more than 113 million items, including the papers of 23 U.S. presidents. Its collections are in nearly every language and format -- from Chinese woodblock prints to compact disks. Founded in 1800 to serve the reference needs of Congress, the Library has grown into an unparalleled treasure house of knowledge and creativity and will celebrate its bicentennial in 2000.

Ameritech serves millions of customers in 50 states and 40 countries. Ameritech provides a full range of communications services, including local and long distance telephone, cellular, paging, security services, cable TV, Internet services and more. One of the world's 100 largest companies, Ameritech (www.ameritech.com) has 73,000 employees, 1 million share owners and $28 billion in assets.

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PR 98-138
9/17/98
ISSN 0731-3527

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