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From the New York Times (registration required.):
For most former mayors of New York City, the trip into the dusty files of history began with hundreds of boxes of mayoral papers and artifacts being carted from City Hall across Chambers Street to the Municipal Archives in the old Surrogate\'s Court. There, city archivists undertake a long, slow process of sorting and indexing.
Aides and friends of Rudolph W. Giuliani, however, decided that he deserved better. So, on Dec. 24, just a week before leaving office, Mr. Giuliani\'s staff hammered out an unusual agreement with the city\'s Department of Records and Information Services, giving custody of all of his mayoral papers and artifacts to a private nonprofit group that Mr. Giuliani will control . . .
But the transfer of these items, which remain city property, into the custody of the nonprofit group, the Rudolph W. Giuliani Center for Urban Affairs Inc., has drawn the ire of some archivists and historians, who fear that Mr. Giuliani will try to filter history to bolster his image . . .
\"It\'s particularly a terrible idea, because the Giuliani administration had a very dismal record on making information accessible to the public,\" said Michael Wallace, a historian and co-author of \"Gotham: a History of New York to 1898.\"
From the New York Times (registration required):
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is one of the city\'s great cultural treasure troves. It is the largest dance archive in the world, with holdings that date back to 1460. But even dance fanatics tend to forget about this research center once known simply as \"the Dance Collection.\"
What could dance, that restlessly vital art form, have to do with dusty tomes pored over in sleep-inducing fluorescent light and in tomblike silence?
Or tried to, anyhow - a flood of genealogists has swamped the servers of the UK\'s Public Records Office, which unveiled the online version of the census this week:
The growing fascination with family history came to the fore this week when an estimated 20m people attempted to access the newly launched online version of the 1901 census.
Designed to cope with just 1.2m visitors a day, the site effectively seized up with a couple of hours and within 24 hours had been withdrawn for a quick overhaul that the Public Records Office said would allow more people to log on.
Plans to put all Victorian census records online are also to be speeded up to meet the obvious demand from a public fascinated with when their relatives were born, married and died and how they lived their lives . . .
An editorial from the London Evening Standard:
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. Or so LP Hartley told us in the opening sentence of his novel The Go-Between, published in 1953. But we\'re now keener than mustard to catch hold of all our yesterdays.
Two days ago, the Kewbased Public Record Office was stunned by the overwhelmingly avid response to its decision to put the 1901 census on line (the most recent census released under the 100-year rule that protects individuals\' privacy). I\'m surprised at its surprise. The Public Record Office should have known that, these days, everyone wants to be a DIY historian . . .
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