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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.\" \"
Charles Davis writes \"Two new studies add fresh fuel to a
decades-old debate about whether a
parchment map of the Vikings\' travels
to the New World, purportedly drawn
by a 15th century scribe, is authentic
or a clever 20th century forgery.
The Full Story, from CNN.\"
Lee Hadden writes: \"There is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal, July 3,
2002, pages B1 and B3, on the preservation efforts of the National Archives
to protect and display the major documents of American history.\"
He also points out the Wachenheim Gallery at the New York Public Library has one of only five or six copies
of Jefferson\'s original draft
he had mailed to
friends, to show where
editors had struck. It\'s on display
through July 13.
Bob Cox points out This Story that says the Dallas Central Library has one of the few remaining
original printings of the Declaration of Independence, hermetically sealed in a glass box controlled for
temperature, humidity and light. The copy now on permanent display in Dallas was discovered in 1968 in the basement of a used-book
store in Philadelphia that had closed after 132 years.
Charles Davis writes \"Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s,
Russia has owed Finland a considerable amount that was
previously negotiated in the form of bilateral trade exchanges.
There have been numerous and varied efforts to find ways of
paying off the debts, currently standing at around EUR 538
million, and one recent example has greatly benefited the
Helsinki University Library, Finland\'s national copyright reference
Last Monday an agreement was signed between the
establishment and the Russian Federation, under which the
University Library will receive around four million pages of
archived microfilm and microfiche material.
Full Story Here. \"
Charles Davis writes \"It is a source of Baltimore pride, an icon of American history
and perhaps the most vivid symbol of Independence Day aside
from the flag itself.
But for now, the oldest manuscript of Francis Scott Key\'s
\"Star-Spangled Banner,\" the celebrated poem that became the
words of America\'s national anthem, is off-limits.
And so are many
of the other
patriotic Americans might be hoping to visit to celebrate the
birth of their nation.
Full story at
Chronicle.com has a Story that says several colleges are now looking to share more of that work by
building \"institutional repositories\" online and inviting their
professors to upload copies of their research papers, data sets, and
other work. The idea is to gather as much of the intellectual output
of an institution as possible in an easy-to-search online collection.
One college has called its proposed repository a \"super digital
I\'m involved in one of these projects myself, it\'s going to be fun to get off the ground.
Batman writes \"The University of Maryland is starting an archive of business documents from the Dot Com era.
Full Story \"
Neat! An assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland\'s Robert H. Smith School of Business, this week launches an online archive of business plans, PowerPoint presentations, internal e-mails and other artifacts of the Gilded Age.
It dates from 1500 and includes recipes for the likes of
chopped sparrow and roasted swan.
MSNBC Has This One on an image of the French countryside, the world\'s oldest photo, captured by Joseph Nicephore Niepce on a thin pewter plate, has passed its first full-scale analysis with flying colors and is now awaiting an airtight case that will keep it safe for centuries to come.
Good News from Canada, where National Librarian Roch Carrier will announce at a news conference in Halifax today that the National Library has purchased the March 23, 1752 edition of the Halifax Gazette -- and more than 60 other 18th-century Nova Scotia newspapers --from the Massachusetts Historical Society. The purchase price was $30,000 U.S.
Of course, this is the same library That\'s Had 72 floods in 10 Years.