British Illustrated Periodicals Coming Soon–Reblog

British Online Archives (BOA) are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of an exciting series of primary source collections: British Illustrated Periodicals, 1869-1970.

Founded in 1842, The Illustrated London News (ILN) became a pioneer in global print media, constituting the first illustrated magazine in the word. With time, ILN acquired and launched several other publications, which produced some of the most remarkable media content of the 19th and 20th centuries, and documented key events and developments in both British and global history. Arranged into carefully curated collections, and incorporating more than a million images, British Illustrated Periodicals, 1869-1970 will include material from nine of these ‘sister’ titles: The Graphic (1869-1932); Sporting and Dramatic News (1874-1970); The Sketch (1893-1959); The Sphere (1900-1964); The Tatler (1901-1965); The Bystander (1903-1940); Illustrated War News (1914-1918, and 1939); Britannia and Eve (1929-1957); and London Life (1965-1966).  

Spanning over a hundred years of ILN’s history, these titles cover a wide variety of topics, from High Society in the late Victorian era to the cultural milieu of Britain’s ‘Swinging Sixties’. Prominent contributors to these publications include celebrated illustrator Louis Wain, crime novelist Agatha Christie, and gothic writer Bram Stoker. Due to their eclectic nature, the collections in this series will yield crucial material for researchers and students working in many disciplines, such as politics, history, art history, gender studies, and war studies. Encompassing a diverse range of media forms (including satirical cartoons, art deco illustrations, and photography), they will reveal valuable insights into the development of contemporary print culture, in Britain and abroad.

London Life, 1965-1966

The task of this magazine is to reflect all aspects of the life of London

The swinging sixties came alive as a period of prosperity a time when anything and everything seemed possible”  – Annie Tyrell, Director of Design at John Marks from 1963 to 1982

London Life, 1965-1966
Communisms and the Cold War, 1944-1986

Launched in 1965, London Life was one of several titles owned by The Illustrated London News (ILN). A reincarnation of The Tatler (1901-1965) – which, from its inception, had catered primarily to a wealthy and conservative readership – London Life represented a radical departure from its predecessor. This new magazine endeavored to ‘reflect all aspects of the life of London and, throughout its brief existence, it successfully conveyed the spirit of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ in the world’s ‘capital of cool’. Encompassing nearly 5,000 images, this collection contains all 63 issues of London Life, published between October 1965 and December of the following year. 

London Life covers a wide range of topics, from music and film to sexuality and the thriving nightlife of London’s West End. At the same time, it captures the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of British society, documenting the emergence of a more diverse media landscape and audience. Featuring interviews with cultural icons such as Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, as well as contributions from rising stars such as supermodel Jean Shrimpton and entertainer Anita HarrisLondon Life remains emblematic of 1960s counterculture. Accordingly, this collection contains essential material for researchers and students of cultural history and, specifically, of Britain’s cultural revolution.

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Illustrated London News

National Archives: Matthew Brady Civil War Photographs

While Mathew Brady’s exact birthdate is unknown (circa 1822 – 1824), this year marks the beginning of the commemoration of Brady’s 200th birthday.

National Archives, Photographing the Civil War

During the Civil War, Brady and his associates–notably Alexander Gardner, George Barnard, and Timothy O’Sullivan–traveled throughout the eastern part of the country and produced several thousand photographs, capturing the effects of the War through photographs of people, towns, and battlefields. Additionally, Brady kept studios in Washington, DC, and New York City, where many influential politicians and war heroes sat for portraits. To read more click here

This series consists of several thousand glass plates (and modern derivative copies including prints, duplicate negatives, interpositives, and microfilm) which were produced by the photographer Mathew Brady and his associates. Brady (1823-1896) was one of the earliest practitioners of daguerreotype in the United States and soon became a prolific portrait photographer. In his New York and Washington, DC studios, he and his assistants photographed many of the luminaries of the 1850s and 1860s.

With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Brady endeavored to record the progress of the war with his camera. He and his associates, notably Alexander Gardner, George Barnard, and Timothy O’Sullivan, traveled throughout the eastern part of the country and photographed many of the battlefields, towns, and people touched by the war. In addition, Brady photographed many of the distinguished political and military personalities who found time to stop by his Washington, DC studio. The result was a collection of some 12,000 images (possibly more) which comprises a rich visual document of the Civil War period.

Jefferson Library: A Virtual Tour

From the webpage: “In 2022, the Jefferson Library at Monticello celebrates its 20th anniversary. From its beginnings as just an idea for a “scholarly campus” to the busy center of discovery and connection it has become, the library has experienced great growth and change over the last two decades. In this exhibit we tell the story of the library so far through the lenses of place, people and community, collections, and contribution.”

I volunteer here one day a week and catalog at a higher level than I ever had to when I was working.

Jefferson Library at 20.

New USS Midway (CV-41) Research Library Instagram Page

Recently, the USS Midway Library launched an Instagram Page to highlight some of the fascinating things contained within the Research Library. Although not a lending library, the library does have an unusual collection of books, memorabilia, CDs, Videos, cruise books, and other things related to the library’s core areas of interest

  • To be a repository for resources that will help to preserve global and national naval aviation and naval history.
  • To provide support for staff research projects within the museum.
  • To provide a resource for the San Diego community.

The Instagram page is the brainchild of Lindsay, a Library volunteer since 2016. Her proposal was Purpose:  To highlight our diverse and interesting collection of books, magazines, and other items while promoting awareness of the library’s available services It is published on Tuesday and Friday.

Milestone Document List from the National Archives

Now brought together in one easy-to-find list, historical documents from American history.

From the Natational Archives:

The Milestone Documents website organizes the documents by historical era, and features an interactive timeline to explore documents chronologically. Each document has historical context and a transcript, as well as links to images in our Catalog and teaching resources.

Taking Books to the People, Pt 20: Laundromat Library League

The Laundromat Library League makes children’s books available to children who have little or no access to books at home. We place them in laundromats and similar sites in which children and caregivers spend time waiting. Children and caregivers are invited to enjoy a book, take it home, and eventually pass it on to another child.

The Laundromat Library League (LLL) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides children’s books to children, primarily by placing them in laundromats. As of April 2020, the LLL had over 200 distribution sites –in 30 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia). The LLL delivers or mails books at no charge to the laundromat or to the volunteer who stewards the site. When appropriate, LLL leaders mentor volunteers at distant sites to enable them eventually to obtain funding and/or donated books from local sources.

The LLL has an all-volunteer network of over 600 people contributing in some way. Volunteers range in age from 8 to almost 90. Some deliver books to laundromats or monitor a site twice a month. Others hold book drives or organize books into the sets of 60 that we place on a site. Each set of 60 books has the full range of levels—from toddler to teen, fiction and non-fiction.

National Library Week 3-9 April

From ALA: The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action—an invitation for communities to join, visit, or advocate for their local libraries.

Bodleian Library–Oxford University, UK
Libraries are useful
no matter the size.
When you open tbe door
you'll soon realize
you'll find so much knowledge
you may be suprised.

April 2 is National Children’s Picture Book Day

First founded and celebrated in 1967, National Children’s Picture Book Day has its roots in Switzerland’s International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Jella Lepman, IBBY’s founder, was a German journalist and author. She established IBBY in 1953 along with other members. The organization aimed to bring about love and interest for the written word in children. In 1967, IBBY’s goal was fulfilled as National Children’s Picture Book Day came into existence. 

A Library With Difference

In time for National Library Week, Kaushal has posted about a different concept of library.

Kaushal Kishore

We have seen different types of libraries during our lifetime in schools, colleges or organisations, where one can have access to books, periodicals and other documents. But today I’m going to talk about a library where books are in the form of humans. This is called Human Library.

In such a library, the books are all human volunteers, who have opted to speak about their experiences openly to an interested audience (readers) and answer any questions put by readers.

Each person has a title like ‘unemployed’, ‘refugee’, ‘bipolar,’ ‘transgender’, ‘cancer survivor’, ‘bullying victim’ etc. One can borrow a person to listen to his or her life story for 30 minutes or so. Sometimes, a book is also read by a small group of 4 to 5 readers. 


The Human Library is a non-profit international organisation based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was started in 2000 by brothers Ronni and…

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Why I Like Volunteering on the Midway

Longtime readers know that I sometimes include posts about incidents or shipmates from the USS Midway where I have served as a volunteer for almost 8 years. There are several good reasons to be a volunteer anywhere that meets your wants/needs.

  • Opportunity to meet/socialize with like-minded people. (Human interaction is good for us mentally, physically, and emotionally.)
  • Opportunity to retain/learn new skills. (Keeps the mind and body in better working order.)
  • Opportunity to give back (if that is important to you).
  • Adds variety and challenge to you day (whether you volunteer remotely or go onsite).
  • If you are in the right volunteer situation, it can be fun, rewarding, challenging, learning opportunity, all of the above.

The Log recently interviewed some Midway volunteers including some of my friends in the library.

US Naval Institute Proceedings Project Update for 2021

by CDR Phil Eakins, USN (ret)–This is a USS Midway (CV-41) Library project.

The Proceedings Project is an effort started in late 2011 to summarize the Main Article and ancillary item types appearing in the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine, a professional journal of the sea services which has been published at varying intervals, now monthly, since 1874.  In the six-month period ending 31 December 2021, the team finished summarizing the final 29 of some 13,000 main articles remaining on 30 June 2021, thus completing Phase I of the Project.  They have now moved into Phase II, summarizing Comment and Discussion (C&D) items.  C&D items remark on previously appearing (Referenced) items in the magazine or express opinions relate information not directly connected to a previously appearing item (Standalone).  In addition, some team members are cataloging C&D items not yet cataloged and other item types, such a Professional Notes, in advance of summarizing them in later phases of the project. 

14 team members contributed during the second half of 2021: Barry Austin, Alan Blake, Don Campbell, Jim Cejka, Phil Eakin, David Gauss, Bruce Goodwin, Les Hane, Norman Kumabe, Martha Lepore, Joe Rangus, Marty Vehanen, David Wallace, and Ed Wong.  Barry, Don, and Jim reside out of state most or all of the year. 

Items completed in the second half of 2021 are listed below in typical order of most-to-least difficulty/time required for completion of a single item. 

There are still thousands of items to be cataloged and summarized and years of awe-inspiring work ahead. 


The database is not yet online and there are no plans to place it online in the near future, although we do use the database to gather material for the occasional researcher or research project.  The most recent request satisfied was for material on the Composite Warfare Commander (CWC) concept, which I believe is to be used in the Midway docent continuing education series. 

Close contact with the Naval Institute (USNI) has dissipated, especially through the pandemic, and I hope to revitalize that in the near future.  If the scheduled, in-person WEST Conference goes ahead in San Diego next month, I will try to set up a visit with one of the USNI reps there.  USNI is a co-sponsor of that multi-day event at the Convention Center.

Some Books that Entered the Public Domain in 2022.

From the

Duke Law > Centers & Programs > Center for the Study of the Public Domain > Public Domain Day 2022

Works from 1926 entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2022.

So many books, so little time.

Taking Books to the People, Part 15: Biblioburro

He realized that many of the children, living on isolated farmsteads that were several miles along narrow dirt paths from the nearest school, couldn’t practice reading at home because they didn’t have access to books. A teacher with limited resources himself, he decided to do the only thing he could: bring his own books to them.

To find out how in Colombia Luis Soriano turned his dream, two donkeys, and a lot of books into Biblioburro, click here.