Picturephone Mod II

Picturephone Mod II

Special Collections at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries continues to grow distinctive and unique holdings relating to the history of science and technology with the recent addition of two AT&T Mod II Picturephones.

Improving Access to the University Archives’ Audiovisual Materials

Improving Access to the University Archives’ Audiovisual Materials

This spring the University Archives launched a new Vimeo channel to highlight and provide online access to some of the remarkable audiovisual holdings in our collections. Over the coming months we will continue to add newly and previously digitized content from the university’s history. The new site will also be the future home of recordings from the CMU Oral History Program.

Pandemics, Past and Present

Pandemics, Past and Present

Pale Rider: the Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it changed the world, by Laura Spinney (NY: Public Affairs, 2017)

Reviewed by Jan Hardy, Library Specialist

Laura Spinney posits the Spanish flu as the most dramatic event of the twentieth century, even over the two world wars. The pandemic swept every country, and probably “resculpted human populations more radically than anything since the Black Death.”

University Archives Documents Unprecedented Times

University Archives Documents Unprecedented Times

Students paint the Fence one last time before Spring 2020 classes moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of the University Archives.

Over 100 years after the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 disrupted operations on the Carnegie Mellon University campus, the university found itself once again adjusting to a new normal with the move to online instruction and closure of many campus facilities as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

CMU Special Collections Houses Rare Edition of Vaccine Origins

As we all anxiously await the outcome of ongoing clinical trials seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, Carnegie Mellon University scholars, students, faculty, and staff might be surprised to learn that the Posner Collection holds a first-edition copy of the foundation text of modern immunology and vaccination: Edward Jenner’s "An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae, a Disease Discovered in Some of the Western Counties of England" (London, 1798). In this scholarly blog post, Dr. Samuel Lemley, Curator of Special Collections, examines the item.

Researcher Highlight: Dr. Nico Slate and the Beauty of Textual Data

My regular readers are probably thinking “Wait, there was a new issue of Tartan Datascapes only last week!” Even though I love Tartan Datascapes, I can safely assume that most folks will not be reading the next-scheduled issue on the 26th, and because I was so excited to close the year out on this researcher highlight, I decided to bump up the issue a week!

Research Highlight: Immersive Education through Shakespeare-VR

360-degree camera used in the filming of Hamlet for the Shakespeare-VR project

Hello all! We are rapidly approaching the end of the semester, and I’m sure as all of you can empathize, I am eagerly awaiting the holidays for some much needed rest. At CMU Libraries, we’ve been working hard to support students, staff, and faculty with their end-of-semester teaching and research needs, and we are also building up a great lineup of spring 2020 workshops and engagement opportunities. Keep a close watch on our website for updated information! 

Inside the Enigma Machine

Inside the Enigma Machine

Researchers had a rare opportunity to peek “under the hood” of the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries’ two Enigma machines, opening the World War II-era machines to photograph their carefully-crafted interiors and to locate and record the serial numbers printed on their rotors.

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