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Library of Congress saved roots of genre

An Anonymous Patron writes "This Says the Archive of American Folk Song was founded in 1928 within the Library's Music Division and curated by fabled folklorist John Lomax. In 1932, Lomax and his 17-year-old son, Alan, headed south with a 500-pound recording machine built into the trunk of their car. Sponsored by the Library, they were among the first folklorists to take equipment into the field, recording not only the folk songs they encountered but the personal histories of the musicians and the social and cultural contexts of the music.

The Lomaxes returned with a treasure trove of folk, blues, gospel, Cajun and Tex-Mex music. Alan Lomax recounted this and subsequent southern journeys in "The Land Where the Blu"

GAO: Archives' Proposed System Lacks Key Elements

Here's A Short internet.com piece on a new report [PDF] by the General Accounting Office that says The National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) proposed Electronic Records Archive (ERA) project is missing key elements of recognized industry standards.
Charged with preserving government records in perpetuity, NARA says electronic records "pose the biggest challenge ever" due to the rate of technological obsolescence combined with the expanding number of diverse electronic records created on different systems within the government.

Vast Martin Luther King archive displayed before sale

Charles Davis writes "from
An AFP Story on Sotheby's, which is to sell more than
7,000 items from King's archives next
month.

King's family wants to sell the entire
collection to a single buyer, which
they hope will display his archive."
They say it's been very important to the family that this archive be preserved in an institution, if possible, so that the public and scholars may have unfettered access.

Digital Diamond New Jewel in Temple U's Crown

David Dillard has a story to tell about Temple University's Digital Diamond digitizing project: "...for those who would like to see a major chunk of Philadelphia in photographs that can be found through keyword term searches, this resource will be found to be a wonderful treasure." Read the (somewhat edited) text of his tale below...

Tabloid archive to be destroyed

The anthrax-laden headquarters of American Media, Inc., parent company of the National Enquirer, Star and other tabloids, has been purchased for $40,000, on the condition that all the contents within, be destroyed. The building has stood empty since it was evacuated in late 2001 after becoming contaminated with anthrax which killed an editor and sparked a nation-wide anthrax scare. Included in the contents to be destroyed is an archive of over five million photos of everything tabloid--from Bigfoot and 200 lb. babies to celebrities caught in compromising and less-than-classy situations. More here from the New York Times.

Old print surfaces anew at library

Charles Davis writes "from story at
News-journalonline.com while cleaning off shelves in a back room at the Edgewater Library this summer,
Librarian Ruth McCormack made a rare discovery. She found a framed certificate --
dated 1911 -- which featured an artist's rendering of Ross stitching the 13-star flag while
President George Washington and two other national delegates watched.
In the bottom righthand corner, a decoratively written message thanks Hawks Park
School for donating dimes toward the restoration of Ross' famous house in
Philadelphia."

CA Regional Oral History Office turns up the volume

Ack writes "One From CA that says history is written by the victors, goes the saying, and the official record of significant events does seem to favor those who benefit most from their outcome. Yet ascertaining what really happened also means determining what role may have been played by those people not immortalized in newspaper articles, biographies, or carefully archived letters.
That's where the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO), a division of UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, comes in."

Battle begins for US Bill of Rights

Charles Davis writes "One hundred and thirty-eight years after a nameless soldier from Ohio rummaged through the wreckage of the state house for North
Carolina looking for a memento of the defeated Confederacy and looted an original copy of the Bill of Rights, the state has mounted
a legal challenge for its return.
The relic was priceless, even in 1865, handwritten by three scribes and sent to the first 13 states by George Washington in 1791.
However, it all but disappeared until last March, when an antique dealer offered to sell the document to a new museum in
Philadelphia.
Full story at
The Guardian"

Libraries and Books on NPR

Anonymous Patron writes "Speaking of stories on NPR, the audio archives of "All Things Considered" for Sunday, August 10 contain two interesting stories: one about the water damage at the Peabody Library, and one about a typical week at Rare Book School at UVA.
You can listen at
NPR.org"

Preserving Pages in Charlottesville talks about the Visit to the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

Eric Gill archive rediscovered by a stroke of luck

Charles Davis writes "Eric Gill is famous for exquisite calligraphy, elegant stone carvings and woodcuts - and incest.
All are represented in a unique archive of unpublished documents which has recently resurfaced through a bizarre coincidence.
It gives new insights on one of the most brilliant
and controversial figures in 20th century British art - including an invincibly schoolboyish sense of humour.
Story at
The guardian.co.uk"

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