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August 24, 2016

The surprisingly painful origins of modern anesthesia

In 1846, dentist William T. G. Morton assembled a group of doctors in the operating theater at Massachusetts General Hospital, a sky-lit dome located on the hospital’s top floor. As the doctors watched from the dome’s stadium seating, Morton waved a sponge soaked in a mysterious substance called Letheon inches from his patient’s face. The […]

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Case Study: Opening the Seattle Art Museum’s hidden archives
July 19, 2016

Case Study: Opening the Seattle Art Museum’s hidden archives

Editor’s note: this post was updated to include accurate information about Artstor’s platform changes in June 2018. Traci Timmons, Librarian at the Seattle Art Museum, shares with us the story of the completion of their first digital collection. The Seattle Art Museum only began issuing its annual reports digitally in 2007. Prior to that, for […]

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July 19, 2016

Artstor tip: How to share images and image groups

It’s very easy to share links to images and image groups in the Artstor Digital Library. Here’s how: Open the group you wish to share. This can be a Private, Institutional, Artstor-Curated, or a group that has been shared with you. From the menu choose Share > Generate image group link. Click Copy to Clipboard […]

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July 14, 2016

On the beauty and variety of cave temples: an interview with David Efurd

Professor David S. Efurd’s collection of nearly 10,000 photographs of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain art and architecture was recently released in Artstor. We were particularly impressed by the variety and complexity of the rock-cut cave temples he photographed, and he was kind enough to answer our questions. Artstor: What is the importance of caves as the sites of some […]

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June 30, 2016

STEM to STEAM: The Anatomy of Design

We are introducing a new resource featuring more than 75 images on the topic of biomimicry. Find it in the Artstor Digital Library’s Teaching Resources area: Teaching Resources > Case Studies > STEM to STEAM > Stem to Steam: The Anatomy of Design Throughout history we have looked to nature to define and devise systems […]

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June 30, 2016

Announcing Artstor’s LibGuides

Love LibGuides? We do too. We’re thrilled to announce our new LibGuides aimed at helping students, faculty, and even librarians get started–or become experts–using the Artstor Digital Library. View them on our home page at artstor.libguides.com, and please feel free to reuse them as you see fit; you have our permission! Our faculty guide covers […]

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June 27, 2016

Some reassuring news for Shark Week

These photographs of six members of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Paleontology staff sitting inside the massive jaws of a Carcharocles megalodon are the stuff of nightmares—and, of course, just the thing for Shark Week. Yet, as Brian Switek writes on ScienceBlogs, they’re the result of a miscalculation. “[T]he famous jaws were reconstructed by […]

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June 27, 2016

New: #ColorMyArtstor postcards!

Missed our #ColorMyArtstor postcards at the ALA conference? Not to worry, you can print your own! Visit the Promoting Artstor section on our Support site and download the full set of five! There you will also find downloadable posters, bookmarks, brochures, and logos to let everyone know that your institution subscribes to Artstor.

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June 21, 2016

Barbara Anello on New York graffiti in the ’80s and ’90s

We invited Barbara Anello to tell us about her photographs of graffiti in Lower Manhattan, newly released in the Artstor Digital Library. I photographed graffiti, stencil art, wall paintings, and murals on New York City streets during the 1980s and early ’90s in Lower Manhattan from about 14th Street south to Battery Park, and from the Hudson […]

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