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Smithsonian Museum and E-Bay Acquire Florida\'s Voting Machines

One of the voting machines used in the Florida year-2000 Presidential election is being immortalized in the Smithsonian Institute\'s Museum of American History. The remaining 3,499 machines are being auctioned off on E-Bay. \"The county is asking a minimum bid of $300 for a voting machine with brass plaque, a butterfly ballot, a certificate of authenticity, 25 sample punch-card ballots and a signed photo of the canvassing board. For a $600 minimum bid, they\'ll throw in all that, plus an aluminum ballot box.\"
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Bush Clamping Down On Presidential Papers

From yesterday\'s Washington Post:

The Bush White House has drafted an executive order that would usher in a new era of secrecy for presidential records and allow an incumbent president to withhold a former president\'s papers even if the former president wanted to make them public.

The five-page draft would also require members of the public seeking particular documents to show \"at least a \'demonstrated, specific need\' \" for them before they would be considered for release . . .

\"The executive branch is moving heavily into the nether world of dirty tricks, very likely including directed assassinations overseas and other violations of American norms and the U.N. charter,\" said Vanderbilt University historian Hugh Graham. \"There is going to be so much to hide.\"

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Safeguarding European Photographic Images for Access

Mark writes \"SEPIA (Safeguarding European Photographic Images for Access) is a EU-funded project focusing on preservation of photographic materials. On this website (http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/sepia/) you will find information about :

research: \'scanning equipment and handling procedures\', \'preservation aspects of digitisation\', \'ethics of digitisation\' and \'descriptive models for photographic materials\'

news and events: containing announcements and press releases about the latest SEPIA news, a calendar of events and references to relevant resources
training: about SEPIA workshops, seminar and national SEPIA training events
orginal proposals for SEPIA I and SEPIA II
SEPIA partners and associate partners: cooperating SEPIA institutions
This website is also a platform and a source of information for anyone who wants to know more about the preservation of photographic materials.
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Glasgow University fire destroys Darwin manuscript

Charles Davis writes \"A fire at Glasgow University has destroyed first edition
works of Charles Darwin.
The fire caused £8m of damage, and university officials
describe the losses of original manuscripts as \'tragic\'.
It\'s thought the fire started in roof space used for storage in the 100-year-old Bower building.
Professor John Coggins has told The Daily Telegraph
about the lost documents.
\"Some of these would have included works by Darwin but
what is more irreplaceable is the loss of original
manuscripts, \" he said.
More at
The Telegraph


\"Although we may have duplicates of these in the university\'s library, it is tragic that we have lost the originals.\"

Can LOC Preserve its 35 terabytes?

Luis Acosta writes \"Short article in MIT\'s Technology Review on the Library of Congress\'s effort to figure out how to preserve digital information:\"


Congress recently gave the library $100 million to figure out what to do with all that stuff.

\"With that money we\'ll be able to gather the technical people and the archivists and start to develop a prototype,\"

Letter by Letter

The Great Bob Cox sent along This One from U Of Chicago Mag on the University Library\'s Special Collections.

They have a $125,000 grant from the Save America\'s Treasures Program, and librarians have begun going through the collection piece by piece, putting it into order and preparing it for microfilming. By next June they plan to have the entire collection on film. The oldest paper-like documents in Regenstein are fragments of flattened papyrus from the second century a.d.

No word on plans to put the collection online.

Volunteers Nationwide Join to Create/Preserve Web Archives on Terrorist Attacks

A large number of volunteers nationwide are joining the Library of Congress and an Internet archive to collect and preserve online information from around the globe about the attack on America. more... from The Washington Post.

A Virtual Walk Through Tin Pan Alley

The Chronicle of Higher Ed is reporting on a cool new Online Archive at Mississippi State University\'s Templeton Sheet Music Collection.
The university\'s library is digitizing and conserving the collection, an archive of about 22,000 pieces of ragtime, blues, show-tune, and war-song folios from the 1890s to the Great Depression.

Bay County\'s Sage Branch Library seems to be taking the opposite approach, selling off volumes from the original collection of the library from 1884.

Book Worms Feasting on Historic Collections at British Library Cause for Concern

The problem of insects and parasites gorging themselves on rare manuscripts and historical texts is such a problem in the UK that the British Library has decided to organize a conference on the issue in order to find a solution. more... from The Times.

Archives of History of American Psychology Provide Insight Into Terrorist Mind

Anyone who\'s studied psychology is familar with the shock boxes of the mid 1900s. A volunteer, sitting on one side of the curtain, despite written warnings, would flip a switch emmitting a direct, high voltage jolt to someone on the other side, as indicated by agonizing screams. It was fake, but the person pushing the button didn\'t know that. From the Holocaust to modern day terrorism, the Archives of the History of American Psychology, in Akron, Ohio, according to director David Baker, \"is bigger and more important than any general psychology archive in the world. Imagine studying the history of art without museums and galleries, or of literature without libraries and bookstores. That\'s what it was like to study psychology before the archives opened in 1965.\" more... from The Plain Dealer.

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