Web Resources: Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative

As this is the beginning of Theological Libraries Month (one of the many wonderful things celebrated during the month of October!), I thought I would highlight one of the fine resources available at the ATLA (American Theological Libraries Association) website.

The Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative (otherwise known as CDRI) is a repository of digital resources contributed from member libraries throughout North America. Originally funded by the Henry R. Luce Foundation, the database is now maintained by ATLA.

The CDRI database provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography. Collections at Yale, Princeton, Southern Methodist University, Emory, Harvard and Duke, are among the holdings gathered here.

While I can browse through these collections at great length, the areas I was most personally interested in include online John Wesley archives at both Drew and SMU and the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection.

The site can be browsed by collection or searched for specific materials. Take a look at the site – there are a great number of resources especially in the humanities, music, and biblical studies with items for research or for classroom presentations. You can get to the link by clicking on the link above or here (Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative).

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2 Responses to Web Resources: Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative

  1. Nancy Brashear says:

    Liz–Thanks for sharing this resource! I browsed through the site (especially the art, today), and the resources were almost unbelievable (they were that good!). It also looks like we can “copy and save” images. Question: Can we use these images in our teaching if we cite the source?–Nancy

    • lleahy says:

      Nancy – So glad you are enjoying what you have seen. I’m amazed with the richness we can access here. My understanding is that the intent of posting the collections is that they be available for teaching and research – if you wanted to include an image in a printed resource (article, book) I imagine there will be permissions needed. I’ll double-check to see if there are any restrictions and will let you know (and post the info). Liz

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