Uses CUL Photographs of Mt. Vesuvius Eruption (1944)

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Photographs from the DeGolyer Library and SMU Central University Libraries (CUL) Digital Collections were used in’s interactive web page, “The Day Vesuvius Blew Its Top.” This project went live on August 24, 2010. CUL’s Mt.
Vesuvius images
are number 15-18 in the presentation.

The four images are part of the Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs digital collection, which contains 19
images of Mt. Vesuvius erupting in 1944
, taken by Shaffer, a photographer with the Army Medical Museum.It is important to understand that by the time of the eruption in March of 1944 seeing things blow up and burned was fairly common, so the Vesuvius eruption fitted into our lives as pretty much just another blowing up of something,” explains Shaffer. “Nevertheless it did make itself known and all of us made some effort to collect photos.”

According to Charlie Cooper,, the Shaffer images were easily found in CUL Digital Collections by searching the Internet. “I was searching around the Internet for images to add to a photo gallery associated with the anniversary of Vesuvius’ explosion in 79 AD. We have subscriptions to AP & Getty, but I also was interested in including images from 1944 and a search turned up your digital collection. It’s a real trove – lots of great content & easy to navigate.”

The Mt. Vesuvius items are regularly accessed by users from around the world who use Google keywords related to Mt. Vesuvius. They are also available via the Mt.Vesuvius Eruption (1944) set in  CUL’s  Flickr: The Commons Photostream.

For more information, contact Cindy Boeke,Digital Collections Developer, Central University Libraries.

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