Ala’ Khan- Visual Resouces

October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was quite disappointed that I was unable to attend the class on visual resources last week as they will be integral to my research.  I will be analyzing the way in which Santa Barbara has portrayed itself through visual presentations of culture as Spanish/ European.  Considering the centrality of visual sources to my research I had already been looking at some and will continue to do so but I was unable to find anything new this week.  I am attaching some photographs from the 1956 Fiesta Pamphlet I shared from Bancroft.  I would like to see how the Fiesta has been represented over time so I will be comparing photographs overtime- some of which can be found on the “Old Spanish Days” website.

Since I will also be looking into colonial Spanish architecture I am including photographs I took of the SB Courthouse since it one of the primary building I will be looking at.  I would like to see if the Environmental Design library has older images I can look at otherwise I will be looking at local SB archives.ImageImageImageImage

I would also like to look into tourism materials, perhaps produced by the Chamber of Commerce, for more images used to promote the city as an ideal tourist destination.


Matt: Film post

October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

For this week, I attempted to find a film that went into some detail about Hessian mercenary involvement during the Revolutionary War. The most ideal film would be a documentary specifically on my topic. However, I couldn’t find anything in the way of a documentary on this subject. I decided to settle on any film resource, fiction-based or not just to see if I could get anything involving the Hessians. I found three films that either discuss or show hessians. The first one is The Crossing (2000) with Jeff Daniels. This film recounts the Battle of Trenton which involved the defeat of Hessian mercenaries. I also found a History Channel documentary on the Battle of Trenton. You are probably seeing a trend here. Most of the films that show Hessians at all during the Revolution have to do with the Battle of Trenton. I found this somewhat distressing because from what I’ve read, the Hessians were very competent soldiers, slandered by a famous victory by Washington in 1776 at Trenton. I guess this just makes the research more interesting. However, my last film source is a film from 1910 called 1776, Or the Hessian Renegades. This is really just overly dramatized historical fiction, but is interesting to watch none the less.

Here are the links:

The Crossing:

History Channel film:

Renegade Hessians:

Kellie Hall-Visual Resources and more microfiche

October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

 searched through the Hoover Institution’s Political Poster collection. I found so many interesting things. In  East Germany, the parties said they should be voted for because they were anti-fascist and the Nazi criminals needed to be eliminated. Also, there is a stronger anti-American sentiment. However, in the West, the parties often advocated for rebuilding and a relationship with the US. Also, they are more likely to indicate that they are anti-communist as a reason for why they should win. There is also indications that the job of denazification is somehow completed. I also found some posters by the US military government warning about food rationing and curfews. ImageA little hard to see but this poster says “For the happiness of our children. That’s why Ami (American) go home!

Image“1918: The Kaiser left and the war criminals stayed. 1945/1946 Hitler left and and the war criminals will be taken out of power and our people votes on June 30th with YES! With that there will finally be peace” 

Image“Safety/security from socialist experiments. That’s why CDU”

I also went back to the microfiche library this week. I read some documents about the military government’s education policy right after the war. They have very broad and extensive goals. They sought to re-educate all teachers, re-organize universities, and establish new curriculum. There is also an emphasis on returning the schools to Germans as quickly as possible and for Germans to set the curriculum of the schools. I also read about their concerns about a bias towards Marx-Leninist education in the Soviet Union. What is really interesting about these documents is the scale of these operations. Of course they had American soldiers helping but the staff was incredibly small. For all of Bavaris in June 1947, they had only a staff of 31. It would be interesting how these goals were carried out with such a small staff or who they might have employed to help them. 

Alexis Lazzeri- Visual Resources

October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

When asked to find a visual/material resource related to our topic, I had no idea what sort of source I might use. Initially, I searched through the libraries Image and Sound Databases and I first went through AP images database trying to find something of relevancy. The search words I used were not giving me anything, until I came upon a picture of Margaret Kelly Michaels, who was a pre school teacher accused of abusing her students at Wee Care Day Nursery in New Jersey in 1987. It was interesting to see a picture of her, though this wasn’t really going to add anything to my research so I continued looking.

I continued to look through several databases until I came upon a news archive. I searched through the Vanderbilt Television News Archive and I came across ten different news clips/specials that pertained to my topic ranging from 1984-1989. Unfortunately only three were actually available to watch online. I watched a news segment in which Tom Brokaw discussed the recent challenges posed to day care centers as insurance premiums continued to rise and make it exceedingly expensive to open and operate a child day care center in light of the recent legal cases which had caused a wide spread panic. I found this clip (which was 28 minutes long) to be particularly fascinating and gave me a sense for how the television media was portraying this panic. I have already come across this “insurance crisis” in some of the newspapers that I have read but this gave me another take on the way individuals and the media were understanding and portraying this panic. 


Priscilla’s Topic

October 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week, for our assignment researching another person’s topic, I chose Priscilla’s focus on the United Fruit Company in Guatemala in the forties and fifties. I first searched in Oskicat, and was surprised by the number of sources and remembered how she mentioned a similar surprise when she first began researching. So I expanded my search outside of our usual avenues to include Google and typed in “united fruit comapny 1950s article” and came up with an unclassified CIA document on the CIA website that addressed the 1954 coup in Guatemala and referenced the land appropriation by the new government of US-based corporation assets, including the those of the United Fruit Company.  It didn’t talk much about the company itself, however.

I then went to regular oskicat and searched in the Business section of articles by subject, and then chose Reader’s Guide Retrospective 1890-1982 which is comprised of numerous sources on business. When I typed in ‘United Fruit Company’ I got some really interesting articles from the 1940s and 1950s, including ‘Archaeological Research by United Fruit Company in Guatemla’ from 1946 in the Bulletin of the Pan American Union as well as ‘Expropriation of United Fruit Company Property by Government of Guatemala,’  a September 1953 Department of State Bulletin.

Alexis Lazzeri: Ala’s Topic

October 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

This week our assignment was to find an article or a source related to someone else’s project, and although I accidently completed this assignment last week I was determined to pick another topic this week. I must admit some of my classmates have incredibly specific and seemingly obscure topics of research but I decided to look into Ala’ Khan’s topic in which she is “exploring the nostalgia for Spanish heritage in Santa Barbara, California that does not take into account the layers Mexican/ indigenous heritage and Islamic/Moorish cultural influence.” I decided that I would search through some digital images and see if I might come across any interesting artifacts that might relate to her topic. I ended up on Calisphere and searched Santa Barbara. I limited my search to fiestas and found some interesting advertisements depicting various festivals. I then expanded my search again to include Santa Barbara architecture and I found so many fascinating pictures of different municipal buildings and local businesses. After getting a bit lost in all the amazing pictures I realized that I would have no way of determining if any of this would really be of importance to Ala’s research. However, I would suggest that if, Ala’ has not already gone through this database she should take a look. I found these pictures so intriguing and I do hope that something may be of significance.


Ala’ Topic: Spanish Colonial Revivalism in Los Angeles

October 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hi Ala’,
I grew up in Los Angeles and I thought Spanish colonial revivalism in L.A. would be interesting to research, especially because I would get a chance to observe the places once I went home. These are some of the things that I found regarding Spanish colonial revivalism in Los Angeles
I did a search on worldcat and these are the books/articles that came up:
Also, I visited several webpages and the architectural piece that kept coming up was the Casa de Campanas. From what I have gathered is that this home is a major part of Spanish colonial revivalism in Los Angeles. It was built in 1928, houses a clock tower with four bells and was designed by Lester Scherer. It was declared a historic site in 1981 and if you look through this website, you might be able to find buildings with similar architectural style.
Lastly, I found this article on jstor, which goes through the life of Spanish Colonial revivalism in Los Angeles. I think this will be the article would be the most helpful in trying to understand why Angelinos go to Santa Barabara to experience a Spanish fiesta.
Hope this helps!

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