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24/7 Sylvia Plath

January 28th, 2020 Mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across a post from poet Cynthia Cruz. Cruz shared a draft of Sylvia Plath’s Sheep in Fog, dated January 28th 1963. Sheep in Fog is the last poem Plath

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Researching archaeological sites and findings on the web

Unless you are on the project team that is excavating an archaeological site, it can often be difficult to conduct meaningful research on the practices and findings involved. Over the last decade, however, KO professionals in the UK have been

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Fires destroy archives in the 21st century

A recent fire has likely destroyed most of the collection held by the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Damage from the fire, smoke, and water are expected to have destroyed 85,000 artifacts, including historic clothing, photographs, and a document pertaining to the Chinese Exclusion Act, among other

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UVA's Effort to Preserve the Card Catalogs

University of Virginia’s Alderman Library has begun its efforts to preserve the card catalogs. The people behind this process consist of student volunteers and led by two PhD students, Neal Curtis and Samuel Lemley. Student volunteers help pack the cards

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Mr. Rogers' Archives History at the University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh published an article detailing the history of Fred Rogers’ archives located at the Archives and Special Collection Department. Fred Rogers, who was a Pennsylvania native, was the host and creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The collection spans

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Large Collection of UFO Material is Being Cataloged in Canada

Vice recently published an article about how archivists are currently cataloging the largest collection of UFO research. It is so large that it could take 19 years to complete. The collection is a mix of papers and items that were

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An Archive of Coffee Lids?

Though I’ve been researching unusual archival collections for a few weeks now with my group for our final project, it turns out I did not need to look too far from home. My own roommate’s undergraduate academic advisor, Louise Harpman,

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Buried in the Backlog

Foreign Affairs recently published a story about the incredible backlog at the National Archives with the process of declassifying historical documents. On top of the backlog, many of the offices that process these records are currently understaffed.  This is quite

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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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by Hugh McLeod

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