On Wednesday, April 8, the William H. Hannon Library’s Digital Library Program will be celebrating the newly launched digital collection drawn from the Werner von Boltenstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection, or Shanghai Collection, as it is known for short. The collection’s remarkable images are historically noteworthy for their documentation of life in Shanghai, China, from 1937 to 1949, a time during which the city endured the Sino-Japanese War, World II, and the post-war era. Subjects include Chinese citizens, Jewish Holocaust refugees, French and British nationals, and the Japanese military presence in Shanghai during this period. The collection is named after the photographer and donor, Werner von Boltenstern. These images represent one more of the many ways he has contributed to the Library’s holdings and enriched scholarship at LMU. Besides the Shanghai Collection, von Boltenstern also donated one of the finest postcard collections in the United States to the university, his own Werner von Boltenstern Postcard Collection.
The Shanghai Collection is emblematic not just of the trend towards digitization but also the move toward what is known as digital scholarship, meaning the use of digital tools to present, teach, analyze and synthesize scholarly information. Aspects of this event will center on this very movement and the ways in which the collection is already being incorporated into digital scholarship projects. (For more on the Shanghai Collection, read the latest “New Digital Collection” blog post and the collection's research guide.)
The event will take place from 4:30-6:30pm on April 8th with the following schedule of presentations:
4:30-5:00pm – Dr. Holli Levitsky, Professor of English and Jewish Studies at LMU is incorporating this digital collection into her Literature of the Holocaust class this Spring semester. Students from her class will be available to discuss the collection and their work with it.
5:00-6:30pm – A panel of speakers will present about the collection from various perspectives: Dr. Clay Stalls, Department of Archives and Special Collections' Manuscript Curator, will talk about working with the physical collection and its history at LMU. Responding to the representation of Europeans in many of the photographs, Dr. Elizabeth Drummond, Professor of History at LMU, will address the historical dynamics that contributed to the presence of so many Europeans in Shanghai. In addition, she will touch on how students might use the images as primary sources in their research. Dr. Yanjie Wang, Professor from the Department of Asian and Pacific Studies, will discuss how the photographs reflect the multifaceted cultural landscape of 1930-40s Shanghai. Melanie Hubbard, Digital Scholarship Librarian, will address the collection’s digitization process and ways in which it is currently being incorporated into digital scholarship projects.
The program is free and open to all, and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
For more information about the collection or the event, contact Melanie Hubbard, firstname.lastname@example.org.