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National Film Registry Adds Historically Significant Silent Film

The Library of Congress’ National Film Registry announced on December 12th its selection of  25 new works to their archive. Among the selections is Something Good-Negro Kiss, a silent film from 1898 of great historical importance.  The University of Chicago’s

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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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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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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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Galileo letter finally unveiled, thanks to online catalogue

After years of alluding historians because of a dating error in the catalogue, a researcher has accidentally uncovered a telling letter from Galileo that was previously considered lost. The handwritten document is massively historically relevant: according to Nature.com, the contents

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The History of the Index Card

I’ve used index cards twice within the past six months alone. In one instance I used them for memorizing the different names and prices of similarly-themed products at the store where I work part-time. In the other, I was providing

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What Happens When Discarded Archives Go Public

Some of the most poignant photographs in American history come from FSA photographers like Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange who traveled through depression-era country-side and documented the struggles of traveling farmers. Many of the photographs that were popular then are

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Crowdsourced Catalog: WomensActivism.nyc

WomensActivism.nyc is a crowdsourced digital archive highlighting the contributions of women throughout history. Sponsored by the New York City Department of Records and Information Services, the archive was launched as a five-year celebration of women’s suffrage in the United States.

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by Hugh McLeod

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