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The Digitization and Organization of Alan Lomax’s Music Recordings Online

For this article, the author, Andrew R. Chow, explains how the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) is digitizing and organizing the collection of music recordings of Alan Lomax (the founder of ACE, who passed away in 2002) on a new

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David Letterman’s Unlikely Archivist

Amid the confines of a cramped apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side exists what may very well be the most comprehensive archive of any late night television show. Don Giller, a music typesetter by day and a David Letterman superfan

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FDR Library Launches Holocaust Project

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has launched Henry Morgenthau, Jr. Holocaust Collections: A Curatorial Project, which will bring together Holocaust documents dispersed in various collections throughout its archive. The papers of Rudolph Vrba, who, at 19, escaped

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Cultivating Serendipity: A Visit to the New York Times ‘Morgue’

Jeff Roth is the last man at The New York Times morgue. When he started in 1993, there were 20 archivists. Today, he’s the only one left. The morgue is an archive of tens of millions of historical clippings from

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Doomsday Vault for Data

Tucked away on the remote Norwegian archipelago Svalbard exists the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, aka the “Doomsday Vault,” which houses the world’s most important crop seeds. Up until recently the vault was in relative isolation among its arctic surroundings, but

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Innovation & Design @ Sony Square, NYC

Last week, I was waiting for one of my dearest friends, Katie, to get off from her job at Sony.  The Sony headquarters is in a beautiful building facing Madison Square Park and has an exhibition space on the ground

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BBC launch archive of memorable programmes to help dementia sufferers

The BBC—in conjunction with Dundee University, the University of St Andrews, and the Alzheimer’s Society—has recently launched an online television archive called the BBC Reminiscence Archive (RemArc), a user-friendly archive of historical broadcast footage. The goal of making this footage

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The National Archives (UK) Invests in the Future of Digital Records

For this article, the author, Rebecca Hill, reports on the National Archives in the United Kingdom investing in making their holdings more digital over the next two years.  This plan, “Archives Unlocked” is an effort “to drive innovation and digital

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Lost and Hidden Cultural Treasures in Archives Waiting to be Discovered

While “wild” and “discovery” are not words people typically associate with conducting research in archives, libraries, and museums, maybe they are more relevant than we might at first think. Turpin points out in his introduction to the University Of Iowa Press’ first edition print, as part of their Iowa Whitman Series, that like Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, “plenty of American authors have left books in the dark” (xiv), which leaves me to wonder what other great works are hidden and tucked away in archives that we are yet to discover. This sense of uncertainty of what items and treasures may lie in our collections still waiting to discovered, make archives, libraries, and museums, a tad wild. — And what’s not to like about that?

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Lou Reed’s Archives Acquired by NYPL

      Musician and Artist, Lou Reed passed away in 2013, leaving an immense amount of material behind to his wife, Laurie Anderson.  With no instructions whatsoever of how to archive, where to archive, and who to involve, Anderson

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