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Pop culture meets historical archives: the Royal Archives collaborates with the cast of Hamilton

A lot of people see archives as a stuffy, closed room full of old papers and photographs that have little or no relation to present day at all. The British Royal Archive, however, is proving them wrong: As part of

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You Can Now Download a Collection of Ancient Japanese Wave Illustrations for Free

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Robert Morgenthau Donates Great-Grandfather’s Diary to Jewish Archive

    As a person of Jewish heritage, I found this particular story very interesting because of how similar the story of Robert Morgenthau’s ( former District Attorney for NYC) ancestral history has been to mine. My great-grandparents also emigrated

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Posted in Archives, Books, Knowledge and Truth, Libraries, Preservation, Uncategorized

Crowdsourcing efforts in aftermath of Brazil fire

photo credit. With all the attention that has come from the massive fire that decimate the collection of the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, there has been a lot of talk of what could have been done to save

Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Open Access, Preservation, Research Projects

Tragedy in Brazil

When doing readings and discussions for one of my other classes, someone shared this article that I thought would interest students in this class as well. It’s called, “What Was Lost in Brazil’s Devastating Museum Fire,” and it is very

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Exploring the Artist Archives Initiative

This article is an interview with Glenn Wharton, former time-based media conservator for the Museum of Modern Art and now co-founder of The Artist Archives Initiative. Time-based media conservation is a growing specializing aimed to determine and monitor the acceptable degree of

Posted in Archives, Knowledge Structures, Linked Open Data, Preservation

The Prelinger Archives: The Way It Never Was

One of my favorite films is unlikely to screen at a film festival. Joan Avoids a Cold shows the stark and humiliating consequences of sharing food, open-sneezing and neglecting hand-washing. It’s among the approximately 11,000 digitized and videotape titles in The Prelinger

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Joy Reid and the Wayback Machine

The Internet Archive Trashes Joy Reid’s Dubious Claim That Hackers Made Her Look Homophobic While the particulars of this story are convoluted and somewhat baffling, the basics are this: Joy Reid is a host on MSNBC. A decade ago, she was

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Urban Librarians Conference

On April 13th, I attended the Urban Librarians Conference at the Brooklyn Central Library. The keynote speaker was Jessamyn West, a librarian, blogger, and activist known for creating the website librarian.net. West’s keynote address on community engagement focused largely on

Posted in Archives, Libraries, Preservation, Uncategorized

Digital preservationists at Yale University Library are building a shareable “emulation as a service” infrastructure to resurrect thousands of obsolete software programs and ensure that the information produced on them will be kept intact and made easily available for future

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by Hugh McLeod

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