The Coca-Cola Company has recently donated its entire collection of historic television
commercials, over 20,000 ads spanning fifty years, to the Library of Congress in what is
the largest gift of corporate archives in the Library’s history. This preview, part of the
American Memory Project, includes some of the most famous Coke commercials (Mean
Joe Greene, "I'd Like to Buy the world a Coke," the first Polar Bear commercial), as well
as outtakes and experimental footage. Visitors can search for video selections by
keyword or browse by title. Special presentations on the site include a timeline of Coke
advertising themes, a brief history of television advertising, the story of the "Hilltop"
commercial, and a biography of Coke's inventor. Videos are available in RealPlayer,
QuickTime, and MPEG formats.
First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920
This Web site documents the culture of 1860-1920 in the American South from the
viewpoint of southerners. It was compiled from diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel
accounts, and ex-slave narratives in the collections of the libraries at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documented here are not only the lives of prominent
individuals, but those of relatively inaccessible populations as well: women, African
Americans, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans.
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program has recently released this
online collection, which is a joint presentation of its Prints and Photographs Division and
the Manuscript Division. The collection contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts
of slavery, over 9,500 page images with searchable text, bibliographic records, and five
hundred black and white photographs of former slaves, including 121-year-old Sarah
Gudger from North Carolina. Also included are over two hundred photographs gathered
from private collections and made available to the public for the first time.
Early American Paintings
This attractive online exhibit from the Worcester Art Museum explores early American
painters and their works. The site features biographies of twenty artists and detailed
information on fifty-three works, plus numerous comparative images from other
collections. It encompasses all the paintings in the museum's collection that were created
prior to 1830 by artists who were either born or active in America, including works
painted abroad by those artists. Visitors may browse the collection via an interactive
timeline or by artist, genre, or place of origin. A keyword search engine is also provided.
If you would like to recommend a Web site for inclusion in a future issue of Duke University Libraries, contact Joline Ezzell at email@example.com.