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Jen Young points to a A NYTimes Story on a collection of literary and cultural treasures at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, part of the University of Texas.
Scholars know the Ransom Center as one of the world\'s pre-eminent research libraries, but until now the public has caught only fleeting glimpses into its rich chambers. That will change in April when the center opens its first galleries.
\"As libraries move into the digital age, they increasingly face copyright and other intellectual property questions. Creating digital surrogates and using digital technologies to make copyrighted works available to the public raise many issues. For American librarians, June Besek\'s essay is a most welcome tool. She has analyzed the issues that librarians must address as they are asked to make decisions about what may be made available to their patrons in digital form, and in an unbiased way she has described these issues and their implications. Additionally, she has identified areas where there is much uncertainty and recommended further studies to narrow the issues and to suggest constructive solutions.\" (from CLIR)
\"During a rehearsal for \"A Streetcar Named Desire\" at the Barrymore Theater in New York more than half a century ago Marlon Brando dropped his address book.\"
\"I beg you return this,\" he had written inside the cover. \"I lost eight others already and if I lose this, I\'ll just drop dead\"
\"The finder, however, did not return it. Today it is part of a collection of literary and cultural treasures here at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, part of the University of Texas. (from The New York Times)
It contains thousands of short movies, mostly pre-1970 from what I saw, all ready to download or stream from the web. See \"The Librarian,\" a 1947 career guidance flick. Or \"A Day Called X\" about the nuclear destruction of Portland, Oregon (featuring the actual mayor). Or \"Destination Earth\" in which \"Martian dissidents learn that oil and competition are the two things that make America great.\" Amazing... \"
The library\'s \'Response Action Team\' managed to save more than 2,000 books from water damage.
Water leaks are not a new problem for staff at the National Library. There have been as many as 72 floods since the early 1990s, says National Librarian Roch Carrier.
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."
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.
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.
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
Charles Davis writes: Story at
\"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.\"