Tag Archives: archives

In 100 years, will today’s digital files be accessible? Planning for ‘digital obsolescence’

19 Aug

Are you planning ahead for accessing what has been digitized? Here’s some material to help you think about this: In 100 years, will today’s digital files be accessible? Planning for ‘digital obsolescence’ | St. Louis Public Radio

Reclaiming Stolen History

10 Aug

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, explains a recent case of theft from the National Archives and Records Administration: Reclaiming Stolen History

The Minds Solving the Giant Puzzle the Stasi Left Behind

7 Aug

The Stasi Records Agency was founded in the early 1990s, when it began the gargantuan task of piecing together the torn pages, a jigsaw puzzle so large that it could take decades before it is entirely solved, if at all. The numbers provide an entry point into understanding the extent of the Stasi’s infiltration into citizens’ lives: The organization left behind roughly 16,000 bags, each bag containing between 2,500 and 3,500 fragments of torn pages.

Read the rest of Sukhada Tatke’s fascinating report on archives work with partially destroyed Stasi records here: The Minds Solving the Giant Puzzle the Stasi Left Behind – Pacific Standard

Solomon D. Butcher’s Photographs Celebrate the Pioneer

6 Aug

Carson Vaughan at the Paris Review has a fascinating piece on Nebraska photographer Solomon D. Butcher. Read it here, and see some of Butcher’s photographs: The Paris Review – Blog Archive Solomon D. Butcher’s Photographs Celebrate the Pioneer

Dunkirk in the Department of State Records

24 Jul

On Dunkirk and U.S. archives, see this post by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park.: Dunkirk in the Department of State Records | The Text Message

Actually, Yes, It *Is* a Discovery If You Find Something in an Archive That No One Knew Was There

23 Jun

The researcher responsible for digging a report of Lincoln out of an archive responds to a recent Atlantic essay about her find.

Source: Actually, Yes, It *Is* a Discovery If You Find Something in an Archive That No One Knew Was There – The Atlantic

Where Historians Work: Q&A with Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library and Archives

23 Jun

It’s not enough to have an archive full of great stuff—“Library 2.0” as I’ve come to understand it, means making your material accessible and compelling to all kinds of different people. How do you convince the average person on the street that the past matters? Not in some golly-gee whiz isn’t this neat kind of way, but in clear and simple language.

At the Junto, Katy Lasdow interviews Margaret Bendroth, the Executive Director of the Congregational Library & Archives. (I just finished reading Bendroth’s The Last Puritans. It is well worth your time to read.)

Source: Where Historians Work: Q&A with Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library and Archives « The Junto

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