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Helen Keller Archives: A Lesson In Accessibility

By any of the several definitions I have seen in class so far, the purpose of any given archive of collection is to facilitate access and observation for future generations. That’s why I was intrigued when I came across a

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Digitizing Everything: Online Archives and Digital Collections

While researching topics for tomorrows “dorkshorts”, I came across a generous blogpost that gives an easy-to-understand run-down of archive digitization and it’s various difficulties. Written by Samantha Thompson, an archivist at Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archive in Ontario, Canada,

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RIP Village Voice: An Archival Cautionary Tale?

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-closing-of-the-village-voice-downtowns-magic-mirror Peter Schjeldhal is a former contributing writer at the Village Voice, which permanently shuttered last week as an online journal almost a year after discontinuing its print edition. Schjeldhal’s anecdotal recollection of visiting the paper’s archives three years ago

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National Geographic Creates Digital Vintage Map Archive

The above map is a panorama of London, hand-painted by seven National Geographic artists in 1961. It’s one of the more recent maps in the vast trove that the magazine has digitized — there are over 6,000 maps that date

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Zofia Rydet: Photo Documentarian

Last week, I believe some students in my class section mentioned an interest in photo-based archives, which reminded me of this article, which I had read not long before class.  The article focuses on Zofia Rydet’s multi-decade project called The

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Gabriel García Márquez’s Archives Now Online

University of Texas bought Gabriel García Márquez’s archive in 2014, and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin has now released the complete digitized collection. This includes rough drafts and manuscripts, unpublished work, notes, letters, and an audio recording of García Márquez’s Nobel

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A Film’s Success Spurs the Long-Overdue Opening of an LGBT Archive in Paris

In 2020, a new archive dedicated to LGBT+ history in Paris will open, thanks to the success of 120 Beats per Minute (120 battements par minute), a film about Aids activism in 1990s Paris. 120 BPM premiered at this year’s

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CONTENTdm & the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Collection

In OCLC news… The Boston Symphony Orchestra archives houses a significant collection of “programs, press clippings, posters, photographs, administrative files, and an extensive collection of audio and visual materials such as recordings of rehearsals and concerts, radio broadcast tapes of

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MoMA’s Digital Archive of Louise Bourgeois Prints

MoMA is currently hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ printed work, and when the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait opened back in September they published a coinciding digital archive: Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books. Bourgeois is commonly celebrated for

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Yale Buys Judy Blume Archive

Judy Blume has been a hugely influential young-adult writer, prior to her works the genre barely existed. Vampire, werewolf and wizard’s can thank Judy Blume for their dominance in literature, as the young-adult genre’s popularity has exploded. She inspired children

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