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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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Archive in Motion: 75 Years of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center currently has on view a comprehensive and inspiring exhibit tracking the history of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. However, it also works as an in-depth depiction of the

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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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Further Commentary on Authority Control

The reading on authority control and privacy for this week was really interesting so I wanted to try and find an article or two that either further discussed the ethical issue regarding those in charge of authority control or discussed

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Digital Vatican Library: Wealth of Information but Difficult to Navigate

There is a lot of mystery and mythology surrounding the “secret archives” contained near the Sistine Chapel, encourage by fictional works such as the Da Vinci Code. The collection is not locked away because it contains the secrets of the

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Undesign the Red Line

August 26 – December 31, 2019; Enterprise Community Partners, 1 Whitehall Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10004 “Undesign the Red Line” is a traveling interactive exhibit by Designing the We and hosted by Enterprise Community Partners that sheds light

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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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An Archive of Autonomy: RomArchive

Launched at the beginning of this year, RomArchive is a digital archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and uplifting the cultural contributions of Roma people. Just as the Roma have been subject to misrepresentation, diaspora, and marginalization, so too have the

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The Barack Obama Presidential Library Goes Digital

“The First Digital Archive for the First Digital President” Beginning with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, 13 presidents have established presidential libraries to preserve and provide access to the historical records and materials of the Presidents. The libraries are

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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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by Hugh McLeod

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