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Newsreel archive launched online

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.

Pacifica Radio Moves to Save Nation\'s Oldest Public Radio Archive

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

Precious piece of blotting paper joins British Library collection

Charles Davis writes: Story at
The Guardian:

\"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.\"

HP and the Holy See unveil joint project

Charles Davis sent us this quick synopsis from yahoo.com: A full story is available here. \"HP and the Holy See have unveiled a joint project to deliver on-line access to the manuscripts, documents and
ancient texts of the Vatican\'s Apostolic Library. A new section of the Vatican\'s Web site, www.vatican.va will
include images of manuscripts that have until now only been accessible to professional scholars and professors.
The Apostolic Vatican Library was founded by Pope Nicholas V and specialises in humanistic disciplines such as
history and classical literature. \"

Got a question? Ask the librarian

The Arizona Republic has A Nice Look at working on the desk. They call it \"the best and last hope for desperate people\" and point out despite the easier access to information on the Internet, calls to librarians have not diminished.

\"People still see us as a way to guide them to information, wherever it is, and there\'s a growing realization that not everything is on the Internet and, more important, that it may not be trustworthy,\"

Elmhurst\'s mystery of vets\' graves is solved

SomeOne writes \"A Story says Elmhurst\'s mystery of vets\' graves is solved. The Story about how a library solved a mystery in a short time, when one man spent 18 years trying to find an answer. \"

Unfortunatly chicagotribune.com requires registration.

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

Pitt begins major deacidification project

From Library Journal:

The University of Pittsburgh\'s University Library System has taken steps to preserve at least 50,000 items in its collection of four million books, using Preservation Technology\'s deacidification process. Provost James Maher has earmarked $80,000 to start the work, which will continue with $50,000 in endowment money each year for the next ten years . . .

Complete article.

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 . . .

'Sights Once Seen' an Epic Reimagining of a Trip

SomeOne sent over this one on a neat project going on
at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Robert Shlaer uses the daguerreotype process to recapture lost images first made on Fremont's 1853 expedition to the Rockies.

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