controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2015-12-6

This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archivy, but also including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!


Voting on the SAA dues referendum ends on Friday, December 11th. Please cast your vote here.

The ballot is set for the 2016 election. More information will be available in January.

Government & Politics

NARA is trying to solve some FOIA problems.

The Obama Administration is at odds with itself over the level of transparency agencies should have. It’s slowing down numerous investigations of programs and abuse reports.

A judge has declared that Chicago authorities must notify the media and activists before destroying police misconduct files.

Recently declassified documents show that former Presidents Reagan and Bush (41) were eager to lead the world on climate change issues.

UNESCO has honored Winston Churchill’s writings with the equivalent of world heritage status.

NARA will host its first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on the Supreme Court on Friday, December 11th.

Records Management

Chattanooga’s outdated records policy has caused the city to hold onto decades of documents, and now it’s trying to decide what to do with them.


The Boston Public Library’s Rare Books collection reopened to the public after 10 weeks. It had been closed due to a mold outbreak.


Former SAA President Jackie Dooley hosted a webinar this week on the 4 million archival entries on OCLC. The slides are online.

The Neil Armstrong collection at Purdue is now open to the public.

Odds and Ends

DLPAFest is currently seeking session proposals. The deadline to submit is Friday, January 22nd. The conference will be held April 14th-15th in Washington, DC.

Ever wanted George Washington’s beer recipe? Want no more!

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