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Standards for Archival Description: A Handbook

David Dillard writes "Standards for Archival Description: A Handbook, from
The Society of American Archivists is a full text monograph online that is available at no cost to the reader at the above website. A significant part of the coverage of this
book is of interest and value to the general library user in general
collections as well as of importance in archival practice. The section
covering subject headings would be a prime example of this.

It's a music mecca

An Anonymous Patron writes "This Sacramento Bee article describes the Beethoven Center at San Jose State University."
They say the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, the only facility of its kind outside Europe devoted to the great composer.

With a multimillion-dollar collection of first-edition music, books, handwritten notes, and even a peculiar lock of hair no one dares touch, the center serves as a resource for everyone from scholars to armchair enthusiasts.

Online future for Nuremberg archive

Mock Turtle writes "The BBC reports that Harvard Law School plans to post the entire one-million-page archive of the Nuremberg trials to the Internet ... provided they can raise the $7 million required. Here's the story."
Harvard's Law School has already posted 7,000 pages on one of its own web sites but it says it needs as much as $7m to make the entire Nuremberg archive available.

From Movies to Minutia: DVDs Eyed for Archival Uses

A Slashdot Thread pointed the way to an NIST Data Preservation Program to develop specifications for "archival quality" CD and DVD media that agencies could use to ensure the procurement of sufficiently robust media for their long- term archiving needs (i.e., 50 years and longer).
The working group shares information and best practices concerning the use of DVD and related technologies in the federal government. It will identify the needs of the federal community in relation to the durability of storage media and work with industry to develop suitable archival grade specifications.

Princeton's archives hold many secrets.

Bob Cox spotted a Princeton Packet Article on the Mudd Library which contains an impressive array of archives, including a collection of U.S. public policy papers; the notebooks of Arthur Krock, former Washington bureau chief of The New York Times; the wartime journals of former CIA director Allen Dulles, John Foster's brother; the papers of former Democratic presidential candidates Adlai Stevenson and George McGovern; and the papers of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III.

Old files stress Oakdale Prison

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports deep inside the prison at Oakdale sit hundreds, if not thousands, of files on former inmates, filling cabinets ringed by stacks of file boxes.
The records date from October 1984 to present and include paperwork on every person who has passed through the system - an estimated 20 million pages, up from 13 million four years ago. Similar records already have filled storage space at prisons in Anamosa, Fort Mad-ison, Mount Pleasant and Mitchellville.

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...

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