The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts provided generous support for the digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts. Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Fabergé’s greatest triumph was the series of fifty-two unique Easter eggs made for the last tsars of Russia. Inspired by the traditional Russian custom of giving decorated eggs at Easter, Tsar Alexander III commissioned the first Imperial Easter egg in 1885 as a gift for his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. The First Hen Egg was made of gold covered in white enamel so that it resembled a real egg. When the empress opened the egg, she discovered a gold yolk. Inside the yolk was a hen, which contained a diamond-set crown and two ruby pendant eggs. She was so pleased that her husband continued the practice of giving her a Fabergé egg containing a surprise every year. Ten additional eggs were created as Easter presents for Maria Feodorovna.


Stained glass artist Henry Belcher and his New York based company produced some glorious work, as shown in this 1886 catalog offering a small taster of their output. The "mosaic" refers to the unique process which Belcher developed and for which he filed more than 20 patents. Instead of the traditional grouting approach, in which the individual pieces would be attached together, Belcher's method involved a kind of mold. He was the first to lay out the various pieces of glass in the design (hence the "mosaic" aspect), and then sandwich it between the two layers of asbestos (picking up the design with a gummed first piece and then closing it with a second) . Having previously made sure that there was a gap between each piece of the design, he'd then pour molten lead into the make-shift, mold, thus binding the various fragments of the design together.


With a collecting history that extends back to the 1750s, the Museum is one of the few university art museums of truly universal scope. Its collections, which number more than 97,000 works in all media, range from ancient to contemporary and span the globe.

Many of these works may be accessed through the Online Collections Catalogue. In the interest of providing access to the greatest number of works, not all data has been approved by a curator, and information about the artworks may change as the result of ongoing research. Objects will be added to the Online Catalogue as cataloguing is completed and images become available.


Historical Agricultural News topic‐specific search tool responds to the challenge of what has come to be known as “big data”: the overwhelming amount of information that often inundates the searcher. The digitization of primary sources has changed the face of archival research, bringing new opportunities—and new challenges—to scholars and laymen alike. Whether someone is working on an academic history or a family genealogy, materials can often be found as close as a laptop or tablet. But while availability of materials has increased exponentially, the ability to easily utilize these materials has not kept pace.

Historical Agricultural News hopes to achieve several purposes: to make the Chronicling America database more accessible to those interested in agricultural history; to demonstrate a new customizable search algorithm, which could be used for different topics in future search engines; and to make transparent the participation of newspapers in distributing and embedding new paradigms in agricultural science and technology.

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Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories.

The Newspaper Title Directory is derived from the library catalog records created by state institutions during the NEH-sponsored United States Newspaper Program, 1980-2007. This program funded state-level projects to locate, describe (catalog), and selectively preserve (via treatment and microfilm) historic newspaper collections in that state, published from 1690 to the present.

Источник описания: Chronicling America

ChronoZoom is a free open source project that helps readers visualize time at all scales from the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago to the present.

Core Collections on the Vietnam WarFrom the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, "This guide summarizes core holdings on: the war in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos especially during the Nixon and Ford administrations; the flight of refugees from Indochina after April 1975 and the admittance of many to the United States; the accounting of U.S. armed forces MIAs and POWs; and the issue of amnesty/clemency for U.S. draft resisters and military absence offenders."

Electronic Data Records Relating to Military Objectives and Activities during the Vietnam War"This reference report provides an overview of the electronic data records in the custody of the National Archives that contain data related to military objectives and activities during the Vietnam War."

Marine Corps Command Chronologies for the Vietnam WarGuide to a series of records that contains documents that describe events that occurred as early as April, 1952.

Memoirs v. Tapes: President Nixon & The December BombingsAn online exhibit presented by the Nixon Presidential Library which deals with President Nixon's decision to initiate a massive bombing campaign against North Vietnam in December, 1972.

Records of U.S. Military Casualties, Missing in Action, and Prisoners of War from the Era of the Vietnam War"Overview of the electronic data records in the custody of the National Archives that relate to U.S. military casualties, missing in action, and prisoners of war from the Vietnam War era."

Research in Military Records: Vietnam WarGuide to NARA records relating to the Vietnam War.

Selected Documents on the Vietnam WarA selection of documents and photographs from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Digital Library.

State-level Lists of Casualties from the Vietnam WarNARA's Center for Electronic Records has made these lists available online. Casualty lists for Korean Conflict also available.

The Vietnam ConflictThis site is a guide to the material on the Vietnam War that is available at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

Vietnam War Declassification ProjectTo commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh and Saigon, the staff of the Ford Presidential Library reviewed for possible declassification nearly 40,000 pages of National Security Adviser files.

Vietnam War MeetingsCollection of photographs of Vietnam War meetings held by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.