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Infamous Hippie’s Documents to be Archived and Exhibited

The University of Austin Texas recently acquired a collection of papers, letters, and other documents belonging to the late Abbie Hoffman. Hoffman was an unofficial leader of the counterculture movement during the 1960s and 70s in the United States. He

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Youth Culture As An Artifact~

When it comes to youth culture in the twenty-first century, I have to say the the talk around it is not always very positive. In fact, the tone around discussion about youth culture often comes across as dismissive if not

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Co-opting Authority through “Information-as-thing”

Cataloging, categorizing, and organizing can become so engrossing that the big picture is ignored for the little details. And typically, we assume those details are all in service to the big picture – to make collections accessible, easily searchable, available

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3D Printing & Museums

In recent years, museums have been implementing 3D printing technologies to preserve cultural heritage and heighten the museum experience. 3D technologies provide curators, researchers, and scientists with the tools to restore historical artifacts, accurately capture artifact details, and digitally preserve

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Libro de los Epítomes Rediscovered

Guy Lazure from the University of Windsor in Ontario made the connection to Colón. The Institute reached out to The Metropolitan Museum of Art who then contacted Wilson-Lee and his colleague José María Pérez Fernández to verify its authenticity. The

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Crowdsourcing Classification at the Museum of Jurassic Technology

I’ve long had a fascination with the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. The museum is a famous idiosyncrasy, defying logical organization and traditional museum paradigms. As a self-described “cabinet of curiosities,” the museum fiercely challenges categorization. It is

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The Obama Center: Don’t call it a library

This recent article in the New York Times explains how the proposed plan for the Obama Presidential Center breaks with tradition and will not actually be a library. Starting with Franklin Delano Roosevelt (and retroactively including Herbert Hoover), each president

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33 Million and Counting

A look at the scientific collections at the American Museum of Natural History When I was 10 years old my aunt had her closet remodeled to properly store her luxury handbags. At that time I didn’t think much about the

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QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK.

(Image Source: QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK. 2) QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK 2, 1923 INTERNET ARCHIVE EDITION I first learned about the work of Paul Soulellis at Printed Matter’s Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference in 2016. At the conference, he spoke about publishing as resistance and I was

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