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This site is just plain cool, it\'s a quirky historical archive of
short, old movies and films (ads, educational, propaganda films, and others)
available in two different formats: .mpg (mpeg-2) and DivX
From Archive.org\'s description:
\"This collection contains movies that the Prelinger
Archives has digitized (about 956 now online) and donated to the Internet
Archive. The films focus mainly on everyday life, culture, industry, and
institutions in North America in the 20th century.\"
Browse through the looong title
list or read \"About
This Collection\". I especially enjoyed the article
by Bart Eisenberg where
the archivist, Rick Prelinger, \"calls himself a \"media archaeologist.\"
Librarian of Congress James Billington has selected 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry. \"Each year Billington chooses 25 that are culturally, historically or aesthetically significant for inclusion in the Registry. For each title named to the Registry, the Library of Congress works to ensure that the film is preserved for all time.\" According to Billington, \"Our film heritage is America\'s living past. It celebrates the creativity and inventiveness of diverse communities and our nation as a whole. By preserving American films, we safeguard our history and build toward the future.\" Click below for the list of this year\'s movie titles. -- Read More
Museums and libraries around the country are hoping to get their hands on artifacts from the September 11 terrorist attacks. The items range from personal memorabilia from victims and survivors, to makeshift flags, cards, notes, photographs, and more. The Smithsonian may receive $5 million in order to collect and preserve the items. A web site may also be created where people from all over the country can submit the email that they sent on that day. More
John Geralds writes...
\"Coca Cola is building an online digital media archive, which will make it the first company to move an entire advertising and brand history to an online digital media environment.
The archive will include everything from the very first press ad, which appeared in 1886, to the famous 1970s Coca Cola Hilltop commercial that featured the \'I\'d Like To Buy The World a Coke jingle.\' The system will bring together more than 9,000 graphical images, over 7,000 text documents and an advertising library which will ultimately contain more than 25,000 television ads and corporate videos.\" More
\"We asked Bernard Reilly, president of The Center
for Research Libraries, to list his facility\'s 10 most
interesting collections. Here is the list, and his
The list includes The African-American Press
Collection, Khmer Rouge Top Secret Documents,
Civilian Conservation Corps Newspapers, 1934-1942,
The Ethnic Press in the United States and more....
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The son of a Yale University professor, and summer employee of one of the University libraries has admitted to stealing items form the archives and selling them. Libraries whose collections contain rare materials are often an easy target for thieves, even though the libraries themselves take extensive precautionary measures to guard against theft. Since many libraries don\'t report the theft of materials, there is no way of knowing exactly how costly the problem really is, overall. More
Carol Reed writes \"Newsday.com has an article on a Texas business man who is arranging to have the films and photos from several ex-Soviet Archives cataloged and put up on the Web.It looks like a very interesting project. It\'s still a work in progress, but the archives in Russia have a nearly complete collection of newsreels from 1919-1985, and the earliest film is of the coronation of Czar Nicholas II in 1896. Here\'s a link to the archives web page -- the link at the end of the Newsday.com story is somewhat messed up.\"
\"As a tool for archiving information, the Internet is a wonder, especially in its ability to make a variety of materials, from magazine articles to video clips, accessible to people around the world. But the Internet hasn\'t always been up to the job of archiving itself. That\'s changing, with the launch of the Wayback Machine, a repository of Web pages from the Internet Archive (www.archive.org), a nonprofit based in San Francisco. With the Wayback Machine, you can surf the Web as it was. Which means, in practical terms, the chance for researchers, historians and others to gaze back in time at snapshots of Web sites such as ESPN.com, Lycos or even out-of-business companies like Webvan.com. \'Wayback,\' it should be noted, means way back to 1996.\" More
Bob Cox sent along This Story from The Toronto Star on the largest collections of modern pornography in Canada now being cataloged at the University of Toronto, \"behind a door marked Do Not Enter — Alarmed Directly To The Toronto Police Service\".
Its acquisition makes U of T the first Canadian institution to own such materials, though the academic study of smut is well advanced in many places of higher learning in the United States.
\"Some of it is from Italy and goes back to the earliest days of filmmaking — there\'s one that I\'m guessing is from 1910 or 1915 because it\'s very jerky,\" says the professor. \"Oh, I guess I shouldn\'t use that word.\"
An excerpt from SAA President Steve Hensen\'s letter to Congress:
I write to express the grave concern of the Society of American Archivists with respect to the President’s recent Executive Order 13233 on Presidential Papers . . .
Our apprehension over this Executive Order is on several levels. First, it violates both the spirit and letter of existing U.S. law on access to presidential papers . . . This law establishes the principle that presidential records are the property of the United States government and that the management and custody of, as well as access to, such records should be governed by the Archivist of the United States and established archival principles—all within the statutory framework of the act itself. The Executive Order puts the responsibility for these decisions with the President, and indeed with any sitting President into the future. Access to the vital historical records of this nation should not be governed by executive decree; this is why the existing law was created . . .
Second, on a broader level this Executive Order potentially threatens to undermine one of the very foundations of our nation. Free and open access to information is the cornerstone to modern democratic societies around the world . . .