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Microfilm use simplified with ScanPro 3000 machine acquired by Payson Library

Have you wanted to incorporate more primary sources in your research but were discouraged when you learned they were only available in microfilm? Hesitate no longer, Payson Library has acquired a ScanPro 3000 microform machine in order to improve the experience of using both microfilm and microfiche, including ultrafiche. The ScanPro 3000 microfilm scanner features a 26 megapixel camera, making it the highest optical resolution camera with the clearest image.

The ScanPro 3000 uses graphic buttons to provide a tool bar with controls that make working with microfilm and microfiche easy, efficient and fun. These button controls are arranged under tabs to keep the number of buttons to an absolute minimum while still providing access to a range of powerful features, including a magnifier, zoom, auto-adjust, spot-edit, film type, film orientation, brightness and contrast. Images can be saved in a variety of formats, including PDF and TIFF, to a USB drive or to the hard drive for later transfer. More information about the ScanPro 3000 can be found at http://www.e-imagedata.com/ScanPro3000_Overview.html

The Pepperdine University Libraries recently became members of the Center for Research Libraries, widening the scope of research materials available to the Pepperdine community (students, faculty, and staff). CRL owns major microfilm and paper collections of newspapers from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia; and more; these are available to researchers on extended interlibrary loan.

The ScanPro 3000 is located in the Reference Office Suite where you can also find helpful librarians, eager to start you on your journey through the land of microfilmed primary sources, including rarely used materials that are a rich source of potential new avenues of research.


Database Trial: Latin American Newspapers

Pepperdine University Libraries is now trialing Latin American Newspapers: Series I & Series II, modules of the World Newspaper Archive (launched by CRL). Trial access is available until May 8.

These resources provide online access to more than 50 newspapers published in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela between 1805 and 1922.

Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, matrimony notices, and obituaries, these newspapers chronicle the evolution of Latin American culture and daily life over two centuries and provide wide perspectives from diverse Latin American cultures.

Series I contains more than 1.2 million pages of content, including:

  • El Mercurio (1914–22) – An important Spanish-language paper published in Santiago, often considered Chile’s newspaper of record.
  • O Estado de São Paulo (1876–1922) – This title (published as A Provincia de São Paulo until 1889) traces Brazil’s history from an empire to a republic, and stands as one of Brazil’s premiere newspapers.
  • La Prensa (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (1869–1922) – This title, founded in 1869 by Dr. Jose Clemente Paz, was considered among the most significant newspapers in the world by the turn of the century.
  • Mexican Herald (1895–1915) – An English-language title bringing international and local news to the American expatriate community in Mexico.

Series II deepens coverage of countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and Mexico, and includes papers from areas not covered in Series I such as Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Belize.

Access Latin American Newspapers: Series I here and Latin American Newspapers: Series II here.


Pepperdine University Libraries joins Center for Research Libraries

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Pepperdine University Libraries is now a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). This membership significantly widens the scope of research materials available to the Pepperdine community (students, faculty, and staff).

More than 200 libraries in the U.S., Canada, India, Germany, and Hong Kong are members of CRL, a non-profit international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries.

Pepperdine’s membership provides free access to CRL’s collections via interlibrary loan. Members of the Pepperdine community may request unlimited items from the collection; loan periods are six months and borrowers have unlimited renewals unless the item has been recalled by CRL.

The Center for Research Libraries provides access to vast collections and electronic resources. Pepperdine researchers have access to:

Approximately five million items, including the largest circulating collection of newspapers in North America, 38,000 foreign journals and 800,000 foreign dissertations. Major microfilm and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia; and more.

No-cost document delivery of articles from the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology‘s extensive collection of serials.

The LLMC-Digital database of over 51 million pages and 100,000 volumes of at-risk primary legal and government publications.

Demand purchases: CRL acquires materials at no charge on request for researchers at CRL libraries in three areas: foreign dissertations, newspapers, and archival materials.

Individualized consultations on research materials available through CRL’s User Services Liaison.

Contact a subject liaison, search the CRL Catalog, or visit our CRL InfoGuide for more information.
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New Cold War era Herschensohn film online: Today’s featured digital object

Where were you at 5:02? May 18th, 1965, that is. Attending a Hindu wedding in New Delhi? Riding a roller coaster in Mexico City? Serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rio de Janeiro? Or perhaps being born in San Diego? These are just some of the events captured by the film Eulogy to 5:02, written and produced by Bruce Herschensohn for the United States Information Agency in 1965. Narrated by Richard Burton, the 27-minute film presents twenty segments—each one-minute long—depicting a “minute lived in freedom” in twenty locations around the world. That minute? 5:02 Greenwich Mean Time on May 18th, 1965.

Filmmaker Bruce Herschensohn in 1965

It was a minute of no particular importance, but, as the opening narration tells us, “for the two-thirds of the world who lived in freedom on May the 18th, 5:02 was significant, for it was another minute spent in doing what they chose to do. Though their freedom went on as unnoticed as the time, 5:02 was theirs, to work if they wanted to work, to dream if they wanted to dream, to live as they wanted to live.”

Although clearly crafted for an explicit purpose at the height of the Cold War, Eulogy to 5:02 presents the viewer with a remarkable, multinational time capsule depicting life on Earth nearly 50 years ago. Tahitian women wash clothes on the beach as the sun rises; Arab construction workers build high-rise apartments in the planned-city of Ashdod, Israel; and youngsters play children’s games on the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark. A little closer to home, a salesman maneuvers his convertible through the labyrinthine freeway system of Los Angeles, where it is 9:02 AM (the lack of traffic congestion would startle today’s commuter). All scenes are scored with Herschensohn’s lively and dramatic music.

At least as interesting as the film itself is the story behind its creation. This story plays out in the digitized scripts, production notes, and correspondence of the Bruce Herschensohn Collection. Coordinating the simultaneous filming of twenty sequences in twenty global locations is a significant task—as is fudging the truth when circumstances don’t quite work out. Piecing this story together reveals as much about history and politics as it does about making movies.

Storyboard and still from "Eulogy to 5:02" refugee sequence

For example, the concluding one-minute segment of the film depicts the arrival of refugees to free soil. Herschensohn originally scripted the sequence with mainland Chinese seeking refuge in Hong Kong, but circumstances required the relocation of the scene to Vietnam. His instructions to the local film crew (employed by the USIA) included the following: “This is one of our main propaganda sequences and needs to come off with a real feeling of compassion. The family or families need to evoke a real empathy from the audience and no corn. The faces should be great old wrinkled faces as well as unknowing youth…” On May 24th, 1965, Ed Hunter of the USIA film crew in Saigon wrote to Herschensohn with news of the successful, although arduous night of filming. “I risked my life, got soaked to the skin, and was arrested four times during the shooting, if you like the footage and can’t pay, send a present.” The night before the film shoot, he explains, Vietcong disguised as Marines attacked an outpost only a quarter of a mile from the location. Hunter also references the bombing of the US embassy less than two months earlier, which his crew also documented. “Ghastly. Truly ghastly.” He writes of the embassy: “We now have safety glass in our office windows, and they have bricked up the library downstairs. Come back to Saigon…”

See the results for yourself. Click here to watch Eulogy to 5:02 in its entirety and then explore the materials related to the film in the Bruce Herschensohn Collection. Enjoy.