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Pepperdine Libraries Adds Two New Digital Collections

Pepperdine Libraries has added two new digital collections to its growing list of online resources. Scholars worldwide can now easily access photos from influential photographer Leigh Wiener and images of artworks from the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. 

portrait of Frank Sinatra by Leigh Wiener

The Leigh Wiener Digital Collection contains digitized photographs from the exhibition Leigh Wiener: The Artist at Work, which was on view in the Payson Library Exhibit Gallery from January 9, 2020, through August 8, 2021. Throughout a fifty-year career, Leigh Wiener (1929–1993) captured iconic images that appeared in hallmark publications including the Los Angeles Times, Life, Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. The photographs seen in the exhibition – and now in the digital collection – offer intimate snapshots of Hollywood legends, Jazz Age greats, U.S. presidents, and other leading figures in twentieth-century America. Viewed together, they uniquely capture what it means to be an artist—from both sides of the camera.

Chicago by John register

The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art showcases historical and contemporary art by nationally recognized artists, focusing on the art of California. Several months ago, librarians working with Weisman staff members explored how they could share pictures of the museum’s holdings with a broader audience. The result is the Highlights from the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art Collection. The selection of featured artworks is the first digital collection for Pepperdine Libraries built with CollectionBuilder, an open-source tool for creating digital collection and exhibit websites. Like most museums, the bulk of the Weisman’s collection is in storage at any given point. Preserving digital photographs of the artworks gives researchers from across the globe access to artworks that aren’t seen on a daily basis. 

Miles Davis, Blackhawk Nightclub, San Francisco, CA

“The addition of both collections to the Pepperdine Libraries portfolio of digital resources will bolster our ability to support student learning and research,” said Mark Roosa, dean of Libraries.

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