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Weekend Heller: Searching For Design History

The amazing thing about the internet is the internet. For design historians, what can be a better resource? Take Arts:Search, a major new journals-based resource for researching the history of 19th- and 20th-century art and design.

Here’s what it’s all about from the developers own page(s):

Arts:Search has recently embarked on a major two-year project to digitize most of the leading European and American art journals published between the 1870s and the early 1920s—making several of them available for the first time online. It will be a significant contribution to art history scholarship and will open up many new areas of research. We are aiming for 100% accuracy when proofreading the OCR text. This will enable ReVIEW to be used in conjunction with translation and text-to-voice services. Nearly all of the titles below have been digitized and will be available on Arts:Search over the next 18 months.

In most cases, we are digitizing complete runs of journals. We are developing a new interface for the ReVIEW database to make it easier to search the vast number of journals that we are digitizing. All of the titles will be cross-searchable, together with the Arts:Search databases, including Design Abstracts Retrospective and Design ProFILES.

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