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Clason Road Map & Atlas Site

Clason's refrence Maps title page

Collectors of Clason state road maps issued between 1923 and 1931 are presented with challenges around determining map publication dates. Unlike Rand McNally and Gousha, the Clason Map Company typically did not place dates or date codes on its products during this period. A systematic review of the maps contained in Clason state road maps, touring atlases, and Green Guides reveal that the road legends and other map symbols varied over the years in systematic ways. This Clason Map website, with content developed by Mark Greaves and Carl Liedholm, represents an attempt at providing a guide to dating these maps.

The Clason Road Map & Atlas Site is available on the Libraries' web site.

Comic Art

Fantastic Four's Silver Surfer comic book cover

The Comic Art Collection holds over 200,000 items. Most of these items are American comic books, but also included are over 1,000 books of collected newspaper comic strips, nearly 15,000 foreign comic books, and several thousand books and periodicals about comics. Although some archival materials are held, the focus of the collection is on published work, in an effort to present a complete picture of what the American comics readership has seen, especially since the middle of the twentieth century.

For more information, visit the Comic Art Collection website.

Cookbooks

illustration of woman in apron cooking in kitchen

Researchers will discover important and unique resources for the study of cookery and food. The collection features over 7,000 cookbooks and food related items from as early as the sixteenth century up to the present from all continents of the world.

Special collecting emphasis is on contemporary cookery of the Americas, including the United States; African American; Jewish American; Caribbean, Latin and South American; and the influence of West African food and diet on the Americas. The Michigan Cookbook Project is an attempt to collect all cookbooks published in the state. In addition to cookbooks there are strong resources in diet, health, and nutrition from the very old to the latest diet fad.

Please visit the Feeding America: Historic American Cookbook Project and the Digital & Multimedia Center's digital collection of Feeding Michigan Cookbooks websites for more information.

 

Digital Scholarship Lab

Photo of 360 degree immersion space

The Michigan State University Libraries and the College of Arts & Letters have partnered to open a state-of-the-art Digital Scholarship Lab. The 10,000-square-foot space in the Main Library features a 360-degree immersive visualization room that accommodates up to 15 students.  In addition, the lab features a virtual reality room with VR headsets, instruction space, meeting rooms, offices and a dedicated room for digitization projects.  It opens February 5, 2018.

English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC)

Title page of M.T. Cicero’s Cato Major, or His Discourse on Old Age

ESTC is an ongoing, international, bibliographic project established at the British Library in 1977 to create a machine-readable bibliography of books, serials, pamphlets, and other ephemeral material printed in the English-speaking world from the 1470s to 1800, based on the collections of over 2,000 institutions world-wide.  It currently has over 480,000 extensive catalog records in it; the entries provide library holdings information.   MSU Libraries is contributing its qualifying holdings to the project; records for 4,372 items in Special Collections have been entered so far.  Shown here is the title page of a work found in ESTC owned by our Special Collections, M.T. Cicero’s Cato Major, or His Discourse on Old Age…, printed by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia in 1744.  

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