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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of the Beatles, many of them unpublished, have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.

Learn about Orphan Films....visual literacy today

Steve Fesenmaier writes: \"My friend Les Blank is speaking at this great workshop on orphan films. All librarians should know about this subject - since the visual culture dominates our world even more than computers!
http://www.sc.edu/filmsymposium/program.html\"
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Prize possession

Jen Young points us to This SLToday Story on The Henry Hampton Collection, one of the largest and best collections in terms of media materials on the civil rights movement, said David Rowntree, special media collections archivist at Washington University.

\"A lot of the stuff is coming out after a decade of being in storage,\" said Rowntree, noting that the materials had been stored in four sites around Boston. \"It\'s like Christmas every day.\"

Still Lives

Jen Young passed along This One from Time.com on several new projects are under way to recover what was lost during The Holocaust. An ambitous research effort titled \"Witness to a Jewish Century,\" launched last week in Vienna, will exhibit on the Internet as many as 1,000 interviews with elderly survivors (Judit Kinszki among them), along with 100,000 never-before-published family photographs.

Nice article on digital archive problem from MIT

Bob writes \"We all know that many digital media are history, and not in the good way. ;) This article points out some tragic examples as well as some more mundane ones. Good overview of the problems and challenges we all face now. Read The Full Story\"

They say It\'s too late for old word-processing files. But new technologies will preserve access to digital photos, music and other electronic records forever.

...and I think this is a repeat, but if you missed it the first time, it\'s new to you.

Bus company owner builds collection of ancient manuscripts

This AP Story says Martin Schoyen, has amassed one of the world\'s largest collections of ancient manuscripts, with an estimated value of up to 840 million kroner (dlrs 105 million).
The collection of more than 12,500 pieces spans five millennia. It includes parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Buddhist writing rescued from the Taliban, ancient symbols used by Australia\'s Aborigines and even a signet ring used by Egyptian King Tutankhamen.

\'King of Porn\' Empties Out His Castle

Luis Acosta writes \"The Washington Post has this amusing and informative feature about a Library of Congress curator\'s private archive of erotic literature being donated to the Museum of Sex, a new museum soon to open in New York. Between the jokes about the collector\'s eccentric enthusiasm, the article recognizes how his contribution will help further the new museum\'s worthy mission, \"to bring the best of contemporary scholarship on sex and sexuality to a larger audience.\" \"

Special Collections in Prague Damaged by Flood

Paul Coleman writes \"This article in the New York Times reports damage to libraries, museum collections, and historic site archives wrought by the floods in central Europe. \"[O]ne of the librarians,\" the reporter writes, \"was near tears as she recounted how hundreds of rare books were soaked despite being moved for safekeeping.\" \"

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