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Libraries, Archives, Collections

Local Stuff

The Prelinger Library

The best library in SF. Located at 301 8th St #215. See website for the new hours (it's not just Wednesday anymore!).

"Weeds: A Talk At The Library" by Nicholson Baker (Unabridged)

The text of an incendiary talk concerning the then-ongoing culling of an estimated 200,000 books from the SFPL system during the transition to the new building in the mid 90s. A later condensed version can be read here.

SFPL SF Chronicle Archive

Your SFPL card gets you access to the entire digitized Chron archive, stretching all the way back to the 1800s.

Interesting Collections

The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals

An enormous and well-organized collection. see the archive page for a full alphabetical list.

Daily Script

An enormous collection of scripts and screenplays, some as far back as the pre-code era.

The FAXTOY Browsable Faxes Collection

Faxtoy was a website designed for testing your fax machine: it had a number you could fax to, and it would display your fax as an image if it was received correcly. This is the entire collection, of "rougly 200,000" faxes.

LOC Country Studies

Since WWII, The Library of Congress has produced (and, infrequently, updated) a series of monographs detailing the relevant information American officials (diplomats, military personelle, etc) might want to know about a country before visiting, covering all sorts of topics (history, culture, politics, etc). These are specifically published into the public domain, and are freely available online — it's basically Wikipedia but better.

Processed World

The full run of a zine from 1981 to the early 2000s. It was made by and for weirdo office & tech workers, and is voiced from a critical perspective on topics like labor practices and tech industry overreach.

The Readies

Digitized versions of an extremely obscure 1940s format called “Readies,” which ran on modified (automatically-scrolling) microfilm machines. Much of this is short, experimental poetry.

The Victoria Press Circle

A website dedicated to an Victorian-era femenist publication and the people who wrote and worked there. Contains both raw data and a blog hilighting interesting material in the collection and personal reflections while compiling it.

William Blake's Jeruselem

Scans of plates from William Blake's illustrated poem Jeruselem, from the Yale Center for British Art. Downloadable at very high resolutions.

Synthesizer Manuals Collection

Includes some sub-groupings by manufacturer.

Girl And Queer Bands

A frequently updated, no-nonsense list of non-male-majority US hardcore punk bands. You can view the list by region, active/inactive, or alphabetically.

The Cutting Room Floor

A wiki dedicated to cut / unused content from video games. Interesting technical details into ROM hacking, and some fascinating "What if?" for familiar titles.

JG Ballard - The Interview Concordance

Link above is the intro/about page. Click Here to go to the Concordance.

Glossaries

Free / Cheap Media

Books

Longform / Digital

Streaming Terestrial Radio

Internet Music

Software

Early Web

Articles, Series, Docs

A Vernacular Web, Vernacular Web 2, and Prof. Dr. Style (Vernacular Web 3)

A series of three presentations by Olia Lialina right on the cusp of the mobile era (2005, 2007, and 2010) looking back to the early stages of web design in the mid-90s. The focus is both anthropological and aesthetic.

The Computer Chronicles

An SF-based television show which ran from 1983 - 2002 (AOL Time Warner was January '01). Hosted by the inimitable Stewart Cheifet. Many early episodes feature Gary Kildal, the creator of CPM. The show itself tracks (in aesthetics, subject matter, and sorts of guests who are interviewed) the rise of computers from a niche business item to their present ubiquity in a fascinating way.

Captivating Algorythms by Nick Seaver, Journal of Material Culture, August 2018.

An article by a Tufts anthropology professor, analyzing the shift toward “captivation” in recomendation algorhythms in the mid-2000s via the epistemic framework of trap-making. Relatedly, see this collection of articles on algorithms and culture.

Code Rush

An hourlong documentary from 1998-99 which follows the employees of Netscape as they prepare to open-source their Navigator as Mozilla.

Space Movies Cinema

An oldschool page from NASA, which includes a large collection of highly-compressed video files of notable space events, as well as speeches with transcripts, etc.

HTML / CSS / etc. tools

History, Histor­iog­raphy

San Francisco

OutsideLands.org and Open SF History

Sister websites of the Western Neighborhoods Project. Open SF History focuses mainly on archival and user-submitted photos, which you can browse via map.

Found SF

Another great site for history articles and personal narratives with a specific focus on under-archived communities and voices. The site is voiced primarily from a leftist perspective, and its editors are more overtly engaged with politics than most history sites.

The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco

Web Classic. Check the index or sort by year. Lots of great info here.

The House That Jack Built: A History of San Francisco Tomorrow

A 1985 retrospective by Jack Morrison for the 15th anniversary of SFT. This came up while researching an article about postwar urban development, and it's a fascinating first-hand account surrounding several key planning decisions, such as the US Steel building and Golden Gate Freeway.

Elsewhere

Perspectives on the Past in Southeast Asia

SEA history, historiography, archeology, maritime (etc) blog from students at the Univeristy of Sydney, AU.

The World At War: History of WW 1939-1945

An extremely large Web Classic page, focusing on the European Theater.

A Thousand Lakes of Red Blood on White Snow

An excellent article on the oft-forgotten Russo-Finish Winter War (1939-40)

Music / Pro­duction

Note: This section is pretty messy right now. Expect updates at some point.

Old Video Game Soundfonts

Roberto Devereux

Full Stagings:

Flute

FLUTE list Featured Member Archives

Dec. 1998 - Jan. 2001

Jennifer Cluff's Flue Articles

Personal webpage of a Canadian Flutist and Teacher. Tons of quality info here, including several real-world Q&As from students (from beginner to collegiate levels), a plethora of links to other teachers' pages and articles.

How To Practice by Leonard Garrison.

Some thoughts on practicing (in general), and some gnarly collegiate-level flute excersizes.

FLUTE list pages

An enormous archive of material which began life as the FLUTE LISTSERV in March of 1996.

Niche Styles

Les Baxter (1922 - 1996) was an American composer / arranger, notable for his work in the Exotica genre. A website called Tamboo.com has a great selected discography and an unedited interview from the year prior to his death. Be sure to read the prefaces.

Misc­ell­aneous

The YES Company, an SF-based estate sale company.

The Train Riders Association of California has an excellent Links Page, which will take you to various smaller regional rail-based organization such as the BayRail Alliance. (See also: TrainWeb.com).

A helpful Transgender copy editing guide from RadicalCopyEditory.com.

Jenny Holzer's website - thinking about starting a section on artist's websites?