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Papers of Ulysses S. Grant Now Online

11 Oct

The Library of Congress has put the papers of Ulysses S. Grant online for the first time in their original format at https://www.loc.gov/collections/ulysses-s-grant-papers/about-this-collection/.The Library holds a treasure trove of documents from the Civil War commander and 18th president of the United States, including personal correspondence, “headquarters records” created during the Civil War and the original handwritten manuscript of Grant’s memoir— regarded as one of the best in history—among other items. The collection totals approximately 50,000 items dating from 1819-1974, with the bulk falling in the period 1843-1885.The collection includes general and family correspondence, speeches, reports, messages, military records, financial and legal records, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, memorabilia and other papers. The collection relates to Grant’s service in the Mexican War and Civil War, his pre-Civil War career, and …

Source: Papers of Ulysses S. Grant Now Online | Library of Congress

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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

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