NABOKV-L post 0010397, Wed, 29 Sep 2004 19:59:51 -0700

Fwd: Library of Congress: Expansion of "Meeting of Frontiers" Web

VN was very aware of this "meeting of frontiers" and thematically
treats it in ADA and elsewhere.


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Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:05 PM -0700
From: Laura Gottesman <>
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Subject: [WEB4LIB] Library of Congress: Expansion of "Meeting of
Frontiers" Web

The Library of Congress has completed a major expansion of the
"Meeting of Frontiers" Web site, the
seventh since the site was first launched in December 1999.

"Meeting of Frontiers" is a bilingual, English-Russian
collaborative project that chronicles the parallel experiences of
the United States and Russia in exploring, developing and settling
their frontiers, and the meeting of those frontiers in Alaska and
the Pacific Northwest. It features rare books, maps, manuscripts,
photographs, sheet music and other materials from libraries in the
United States and Russia, and is widely used in schools and
libraries throughout the United States and Russia.

The latest expansion includes 24 collections from 14 different
libraries and archives in Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Krasnoiarsk,
Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and other Siberian cities, as well as
additional collections from the National Library of Russia in Saint
Petersburg, the Russian State Library in Moscow, and the Library of
Congress. Digitization of materials in Siberia was undertaken by a
mobile scanning team based in Novosibirsk that worked in
cooperation with the Library of Congress to identify rare materials
of special interest to American and Russian scholars, teachers, and

Among the items included in the latest expansion are photographs of
the indigenous peoples of eastern Siberia taken by scientific
expeditions to remote regions of Siberia in the late 19th and early
20th centuries; photographs depicting the life of the Russian
émigré community in Harbin, China in the 1920s -1940s; albums and
photograph collections relating to icebreaking on Lake Baikal and
to fire-fighting in Irkutsk; manuscripts and photographs that
document the persecution of Russian Old Believer religious
communities under the communist authorities; sketches, drawings,
and watercolors of the Siberian landscape by several local artists;
and documents and photographs relating to the Cheliuskin, a Soviet
scientific research vessel that sank in February 1934 while
attempting to sail the Northern Sea route from Murmansk to

With the most recent additions, the "Meeting of Frontiers" Web
site includes more than 580,000 digital images relating to the
history of Siberia, Alaska, and the American West.

"Meeting of Frontiers" is funded by Congressional appropriations in
the Library's FY 1999 and FY 2004 budgets. Additional support for
development of the project in Russia has been provided by the Open
Society Institute of Russia.

This online presentation joins other collections from around the
world available through the Global Gateway Web site. These
collections can be seen at In the
"Collaborative Digital Libraries" section are materials from
Brazil, the Netherlands, Russia and Spain. The "Digital
Collections" section provides links to thematic presentations,
including "Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age," "The
Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures" and the extraordinary
"Prokudin-Gorskii Collection" of photographs of Russia taken just
before the revolution.

Please direct any questions regarding this collection to the Global
Gateway inquiry form:

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Stringer-Hye, Suellen
Vanderbilt University
Email: suellen.stringer-hye@Vanderbilt.Edu

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