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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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Penn acquires artist Ashley Bryan’s vast archive

When I was very young, my elementary school English teacher helped to foster my interest in books by exposing me to works that she believed I would enjoy. One day, she gave me a book by Ashley Bryan entitled, “Turtle

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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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Posted in Archives, Knowledge Structures, Libraries, Library, Museums

“The World Turned Upside Down”

I just wanted to share this article in The American Archivist about the role of the archivist and their relationship with genealogists (which has historically been a frosty one). Maybe grad school is turning me into a huge nerd, or

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Thousands of undelivered letters from 1652-1815 to be digitized

The UK National Archives in London have a collection of over 4000 boxes containing over 160,000 undelivered letters, taken from ships that were captured by the British during the naval wars of the 17th-19th centuries. The mail was sent between

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Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries collaborate to make Warhol photography archives publicly available

This detail from an Andy Warhol contact sheet is among an archive of 3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images available through Stanford Libraries. Andy Warhol (U.S.A., 1928–1987), Detail from Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow], 1986. Gelatin

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Jack Delano’s Color Photos of Chicago’s Rail Yards in the 1940s

I wanted to share this article I found from The Atlantic, which contains a collection of 21 high resolution color photographs taken by Jack Delano (1914 – 1997), a photographer who traveled through America’s countryside in the early 1940s, hoping

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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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by Hugh McLeod

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