The Biodiversity Heritage Library provides free access to hundreds of thousands of books and over 125,000 illustrations, from the 15th-21st centuries.
The illustrations can be seen in numerous albums on Flickr. For example:
UEA Library now has access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive, which covers 1896 to 2004.
Daily Mail (1989) ‘Scientists dig in to save the rabbits’, 29 November, p.37. Daily Mail Historical Archive.
Rothermere, Viscount (1934) ‘Hurrah for the Blackshirts!’, Daily Mail, 15 January, p. 10. Daily Mail Historical Archive.
UEA Library opened in 1968, so this year is its 50th anniversary.
An appreciation is an assessment (usually positive) of a person and their work.
Two days ago we quoted a letter to The Times from 1968, which described some UEA students as “childishly noisy”, “completely lacking in manners” and “unkempt”.
Of a person’s or (occasionally) an animal’s appearance, condition, etc.: characterized by uncombed or untidy hair; (more generally) scruffy, dishevelled.
The OED’s Historical Thesaurus lists this meaning under: the world > physical sensation > cleanness and dirtiness > dirtiness > [adjective] > dirty and mean. Words in this category (with the earliest year in which they were recorded) are:
Words with similar meanings include grimy, tatty, shabby, dowdy and mangy.
Hong Kong Public Libraries have an online collection of old newspapers, both Chinese and English, from 1853 to 1991.
Hong Kong was then a British colony and the English-language newspapers reflect the preoccupations and views of the expatriate population. Nevertheless, they are an interesting historical source.
To see the newspapers, click on Explore, then (under Collections) Old HK Newspapers. Reading them requires a web browser with Flash.
If you want to know how past events were reported at the time, you should consult old newspapers. Some are available online. UEA Library provides access to these collections:
|Burney Collection||1600-1799||Mainly Britain and its colonies|
|Google Newspaper Archive||1750s-2009||United States, Canada and others|
|The Guardian and The Observer||1791-2003||Britain|
|The New York Times||1851-2014||United States|
|Independent Voices||1950s-present||Mainly United States (alternative press)|
Wikipedia has a more comprehensive List of online newspaper archives. Some are free to access; others are behind a paywall.
*For an English menu expand the item: スペシャルコンテンツ.
From The Associated Press, February 13, 1988
Ken The Gerbil Wins Student Election At University
DATELINE: NORWICH, England
A gerbil named Ken, campaigning on a platform of free beer and soft toilet paper, beat five other candidates to become president of the Student Union at the University of East Anglia. Ken’s owner, chemistry student Julian Campbell, 21, said he entered his pet as a joke and was amazed that the mouselike rodent won the job, which pays $94.50 a week.
The university is in Norwich in northeast England. Ken polled well over a third of the 1,500 votes, beating his nearest competitor by 194 votes. He celebrated his victory Friday night with sunflower seeds and a sip of vodka from a water bottle.
“I think he’ll make a great president. And he definitely won’t be making any boring speeches,” Campbell was quoted as telling The Star.
But outgoing Student Union president Rob Davies, 23, was not amused.
“The students have not taken the vote seriously,” Davies was quoted as telling the Daily Mirror. “I don’t think many know how much hard work goes into the job.”
Ken was named after Education Secretary Kenneth Baker, whose education reform bill is currently being considered by Parliament. But it turns out the name is somewhat of a misnomer.
Campbell found out during the campaign that Ken is actually a female and is pregnant.
The election was overturned and a fresh election held, in which Ken’s owner, Julian Campbell, was elected.