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April 17, 2023

Our awe-inspiring earth:
26 open collections on JSTOR

Happy Earth Day! We’ve gathered 26 open collections on JSTOR that feature breathtaking documentation of our planet and its creatures by scientists, scholars, and artists across many eras, all free for everyone to enjoy. Microcosms: Sacred Plants of the Americas Confocal microscopy is a specialized optical imaging technique that provides contact-free, non-destructive measurements of three-dimensional […]

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April 10, 2023

Earth Day: For the birds

By Nancy Minty, Former Artstor Collections Editor
Louis Agassiz Fuertes, bird portraitist April 22 marks the 53rd anniversary of Earth Day, the birth of the modern environmental movement. This year we honor the day and the intent with a tribute to the bird portraitist Louis Agassiz Fuertes, born in 1874, nearly 100 years prior to Earth Day, in Ithaca, New York. The […]

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February 27, 2023

21 open collections for Women’s History Month

By Natalia Celine Arias, Senior Digital Designer
In the United States March is Women’s History Month, a time to remember and celebrate women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. And thanks to our contributing partners, JSTOR has an abundance of women-focused primary source collections that are free for everyone to access and use. Last year we compiled a selection of Artstor and […]

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February 24, 2023

Women behind the lens: photographers in the field

By Nancy Minty, Former Artstor Collections Editor
“It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument. ” – Eve Arnold In honor of Women’s History Month we are celebrating the brave sisterhood that influenced the early years of photojournalism, and its successors who have shaped the fields of social and environmental documentary photography. The journey begins in the mid-nineteenth century […]

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January 30, 2023

Drawing outside the lines: Black self-taught artists

By Nancy Minty, Former Artstor Collections Editor
“Pictures just come to my mind, and I tell my heart to go ahead” – Horace Pippin1 We have gathered a selection of the works of African American self-taught artists to honor Black History Month. Through time, the output of Black creators in America has been labeled “primitive,” “naive,” “folk art,” “self-taught,” and more recently, […]

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December 13, 2022

Chasing the New Year around the globe

By Nancy Minty, Former Artstor Collections Editor
The New Year is an enduring phenomenon that generates celebrations of varied traditions across the world and throughout the calendar. It is our sincere wish that you may partake of these festivities in good health and with hope for the coming year. Please join us in honoring these holidays of renewal for 2023.

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October 13, 2022

Painting for peace: Art exposes the cruelty of war

The power of art to revile and denounce war may be seen in works that cross cultures and centuries. Artstor is replete with examples from the dynastic courts of Europe, to the witnesses of the American Civil War, both World Wars, Vietnam, and beyond. The selection below, featuring monumental and intimate interpretations, provides persuasive evidence […]

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August 25, 2022

23 open collections for Hispanic Heritage Month

Artstor and JSTOR offer more than a million freely accessible images and other materials from library special collections, faculty research, and institutional history materials. The collections are constantly growing, and as we browsed for Latin American content in preparation for Hispanic Heritage Month, we were delighted by what we found. Here are some notable highlights: […]

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