This announcement is being sent to a number of email lists. Please accept our apologies for any duplicate postings. Two Ameritech Competition Collection Winners added to American Memory online collections With a gift from Ameritech, the Library of Congress has sponsored a three-year competition to enable public, research, and academic libraries, museums, historical societies, and archival institutions (except federal institutions) to create digital collections of primary resources. These digital collections which appear at the American Memory Web site <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amhome.html> complement and enhance the collections of the National Digital Library Program at the Library of Congress. The most recent additions to the Ameritech collections available online are "Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century" from the University of Iowa and "Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Family Letters" from the Nebraska State Historical Society. "Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century" comprises 7,949 publicity brochures, promotional advertisements and flyers for 4,545 events given by lecturers, teachers, preachers, statesmen and politicians, actors, singers and opera stars, glee clubs and concert companies, magicians, whistlers and other performers who traveled the circuits at the beginning of the 20th century. The brochures are drawn from the Redpath Chautauqua Collection, which is housed at the University of Iowa Libraries. The collection home page can be found at <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award98/iauhtml/> "Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Family Letters" integrates two collections from the holdings of the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Solomon D. Butcher photographs and the letters of the Uriah W. Oblinger family. Together they illustrate the story of settlement on the Great Plains. Approximately 3,000 glass plate negatives crafted by Butcher record the process of settlement in Nebraska between 1886 and 1912. Butcher photographed actively in central Nebraska including Custer, Buffalo, Dawson and Cherry counties. The approximately 3,000 pages of Oblinger family letters discuss land, work, neighbors, crops, religious meetings, problems with grasshoppers, financial problems, and the Easter Blizzard of 1873. Uriah Oblinger came from Indiana to Fillmore County, Nebraska in 1873 to claim a homestead for his family. In the eloquent letters exchanged between Uriah and his wife Mattie, and in letters to other family members, Oblinger expresses very personal insight into the joy, despair, and determination in their struggle to establish a home on the prairie. The collection home page can be found at <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award98/nbhihtml/>. For additional information about the University of Iowa project please visit the page announcing Iowa's award at <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award/98award/iowa.html>. For additional information about the Nebraska State Historical Society project please visit the page announcing Nebraska's award at <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award/98award/nebraska.html>. Those interested in learning about the Ameritech competition can locate information at the following url: <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award/index.html>. Please send any questions to [log in to unmask] .