|Jacques Cartier in Wax. His thoughtful pose |
seems inspired by the 1839 portrait by
François Risse (made famous by Théophile
Hamel). Photo: Grévin Montréal.
In more scholarly news, the new Digital Public Library of America touts itself as both a portal, which gives users the opportunity to search the aggregated collections of a great many partner institutions, and a platform, which will enable "new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage". While insufficiently tech savy to fully appreciate the latter feature, I was quick to try the search engine. Self-interested keywords such as "New France", "Nouvelle-France", "French colonial", etc., turn up the usual suspects of internet archives (Thwaites' edition of the Jesuit Relations, Parkman, and so forth), but also a respectable selection of maps (most courtesy of the David Rumsey collection), a couple of French-Canadian classics sung by the Université de Moncton's choir, and some interesting iconography from the archives of the Illinois Historical Society. Slim pickings, overall, but it's a start. It'll be fun to see the selection grow as other institutions join the project.