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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2018-07-15


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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2018-07-08

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

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NARA Issues Update on Review of ICE Records Disposition

ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2018 Advance Registration Deadline Is July 20!

Archives and Archivists in the News

This is a thread about what my friend found in her attic. #LGBThistory by @Gawanmac. Like many archivists, I felt a pang when this thread concluded that the artifacts were better off on display in a bookstore than donated to an academic archives where they’d probably end up in a drawer — but I also couldn’t deny that the poster was right. Archives exist for people, not for their own sake, and these objects need to remain a part of the community that created them. @Gawanmac and his friend are showing us the power of citizen archiving and independent research.

Outcry over word ‘Aboriginal’ continues as historians push for ban on changing certificates by Rebecca Turner. In Australia, there’s an extremely complex public debate going on about removing pejorative terms from historical records.

Queering the Archive With Kate Messer by Beth Sullivan. I guess it’s Queer Citizen Archiving Week here at controlaccess. This interview with Messer is fascinating, touching on lesbian punk rock, the illusion of objectivity, the archive as memory repository for people who have died by suicide, and the difference between decluttering and curating. The sentence “thank God for Ann Cvetkovich” is uttered. Highly recommended.

 

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2018-07-01


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Issue Brief: Net Neutrality

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2018-06-17

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

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SAA Foundation Names Annual Meeting Travel Award Recipients

Call for Member Comment: Code of Ethics for Archivists and Core Values of Archivists

SAA Advocates for Archives with WIPO/SCCR

 

Archives and Archivists in the News

ServPro and archivists rescue everything salvageable from the museum archives by Louis Krauss. (This is a local article about a museum destroyed by fire in Aberdeen, WA.) I found several updates on this museum in my trawl for articles this week, but this one’s the most thorough — describing what was lost, but also the surprising amount that could be saved from the burnt-out museum’s flooded basement.

Doctor Who archivist says there is hope for the 97 lost episodes by Eleanor Bley Griffiths. The short version: some of them are in the hands of secretive private collectors. I appreciate that the archivist, Paul Vanezis, emphasizes the service these collectors have done while acknowledging fans’ frustration. After all, if preservation had been left up to the BBC, every black-and-white episode would have been destroyed in the 1970s.

Truth and reconciliation from the archives by Andru McCracken. Another good local article about a Canadian archivist, Erica Hernández-Read, who just got a grant to build better connections between archives and First Nations recordkeeping.  “[Archives] are no longer an old white boys club,” she tells the interviewer; “we are an old white girls club.”

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2018-06-10

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Lost and Found in a Museum’s Archive by Christopher Kemp. Generic title, interesting article: a scientist working in the Smithsonian archives takes a closer look at a century-old specimen and realizes it’s a novel, unnamed species.

How the Obsidian Collection Is Bringing Black Newspapers to Google by Adrienne Samuels Gibbs. Forward-thinking archivists are working to digitize historically black newspapers, with Google on board to host. They’ve got several impressive online exhibits up already.

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2018-06-03


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SAA Signs On to Joint NGO Letter on Proposed WIPO Treaty on Broadcasting

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2018-05-27

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

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11 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates from SAA

SAA Praises Introduction of ACCESS to Recordings Act

 

Archives and Archivists in the News

The internet’s collective memory has no backup by Paris Martineau. This article makes a good point about the Wayback Machine and its policy of deleting material at site owners’ request, although it frames its argument oddly — almost as if the WM is a literal machine rather than the result of human labor.

Forgotten Rosa Parks and MLK Arrest Records Found by County Clerk by Erin Blakemore. I was all set to make the usual complaint about journalists portraying archival research as items being “unearthed” or “discovered” by scholars — but then it got to the part about the 1950s rubber bands, and I realized, no, this is a true discovery. It’s great to hear that these materials are finally being processed and digitized by the archivists at Alabama State University. (There is a post-credits stinger about other records being “buried in the archives,” though, just to keep us on our toes.)