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Thurmond's retirement boosts Clemson archive

TheState.com has This Story on Strom Thurmond's papers, which he has donated to Clemson, from which he graduated in 1923.
Burns estimates Clemson has received more than a million pieces of correspondence alone, plus speeches and other documents. But Clemson's collection includes more than papers. It also has more than 3,000 artifacts and memorabilia Thurmond received during his 70-plus-year political career.

"He saved everything," Burns said. "We're running out of space."

\'Asset stripping\' of cultural treasure

Charles Davis points at this
Guardian Story on the Commonwealth Institute\'s plans to modernise, that they say will lead to loss of national resource and damage to
multicultural understanding, say critics.
The trustees and governors of the Commonwealth Institute, in Kensington, London, are accused of planning to sell off the organisation\'s prestigious headquarters for millions of pounds
and dump its unique 50-year-old library on a struggling Bristol museum.

Newsreel archive launched online

Bob Cox sent over This BBC Story on a New Online Archive of Hundreds of hours of historic newsreel footage. It can be viewed free of charge. The bi-weekly news bulletins, which played in cinemas from 1910 to 1970, have been released via the Pathé website thanks to a grant from the National Lottery.

Pacifica Radio Moves to Save Nation\'s Oldest Public Radio Archive

Brian DeShazor writes \"a href=\"http://www.pacificaarchives.org\">Pacifica Radio Archives
annouces an effort to save and restore more
than 47,000 historic tapes that span half a century of
radio programming, the five-station Pacifica Radio
network will broadcast a national on-air fundraising
benefit on Tuesday, November 19, featuring rare
recordings from the endangered archives. -- Read More

Precious piece of blotting paper joins British Library collection

Charles Davis writes: Story at
The Guardian:

\"A small but precious piece of folded blotting paper has joined the stock of 150m documents and books held by the British Library.
Kept in a black-edged envelope of mourning, it holds a few pressed wild flowers, picked nearly 150 years ago on the battlefield of Balaclava by a relative of one of the gallant horsemen who died in the Charge of the Light Brigade.\"

HP and the Holy See unveil joint project

Charles Davis sent us this quick synopsis from yahoo.com: A full story is available here. \"HP and the Holy See have unveiled a joint project to deliver on-line access to the manuscripts, documents and
ancient texts of the Vatican\'s Apostolic Library. A new section of the Vatican\'s Web site, www.vatican.va will
include images of manuscripts that have until now only been accessible to professional scholars and professors.
The Apostolic Vatican Library was founded by Pope Nicholas V and specialises in humanistic disciplines such as
history and classical literature. \"

Elmhurst\'s mystery of vets\' graves is solved

SomeOne writes \"A Story says Elmhurst\'s mystery of vets\' graves is solved. The Story about how a library solved a mystery in a short time, when one man spent 18 years trying to find an answer. \"

Unfortunatly chicagotribune.com requires registration.

Early Manuscript Collection in Norway Displays Digital \"Checklist\"

My wife\'s Uncle Dave sent me a link to The Schoyen Collection today. It\'s an enormous private collection of early manuscripts, including not only paper, papyrus, and parchment, but items of pottery, stone, and other materials. This site consists of only a representative portion of the more than 12,000 manuscripts collected. For an idea of its complete scope, take a look at the picture index and the slideshow -- Read More

Howard Zinn on archives

A transcript of progressive historian Howard Zinn\'s recent speech \"Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest\" is available:

The archivist, even more than the historian and the political scientist, tends to be scrupulous about his neutrality, and to see his job as a technical job, free from the nasty world of political interest: a job of collecting, sorting, preserving, making available, the records of the society. But I will stick by what I have said about other scholars, and argue that the archivist, in subtle ways, tends to perpetuate the political and economic status quo simply by going about his ordinary business. His supposed neutrality is, in other words, a fake . . .

University unearthes 500 Beatles photos

Charles Davis sent over This One that says five hundred photographs
of the Beatles, many of them unpublished, have
been found in the archives of Dundee University,
where they have been gathering dust for more
than 30 years.
The photos, discovered in the Scottish
university\'s archives, show the pop group on the
brink of international stardom in the early 1960s,
the Times reported on Monday.

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