December 18, 2017

Syracuse University In Tug-of-War Over Historic Malcolm X Letter

From the The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY): Sitting in his hotel room in Saudi Arabia in April 1964, civil rights activist Malcolm X penned a letter on hotel stationery to his friend and co-author, Alex Haley. [Clip] Now, Haley’s son wants that letter back. A rare documents dealer working with William Haley says the letter is […]

Canada: Archivists Protest in Ottawa Over Federal Cuts (Audio & Video Reports)

From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Archivists from across Canada protested in Ottawa on Monday over a funding cut that will affect efforts to preserve Canadian history in small historical archives and museums in dozens of communities. The National Archival Development Program — a federal grant program with a budget of about $1.7 million annually — […]

UK: Opening Up Archives Project Receives Additional Funding

From the National Archives (UK): Opening up Archives, The National Archives’ project to tackle skills shortages in the wider archives sector, has been allocated additional funding of over £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Speaking about the additional funding, Nick Kingsley, Head of Archives Sector Development, The National Archives, said: ‘This is fantastic news […]

Columbia University Libraries Receives First Installment of $1 Million Grant to Preserve Global Archives of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

From CUL: Columbia University Libraries has received the first of a series of grants from the International Fellowships Fund (IFF) – totaling $1 million over seven years – to serve as the permanent home for the archives of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP).  The collection includes both paper and digital archives and will […]

Canada: “Cuts to Archives Threaten Our Ability to Preserve Our Precious Heritage”

From an Op/Ed by Nancy Marrelli Appearing in The Montreal Gazette: On April 30, Library and Archives Canada eliminated the $1.71-million National Archival Development Program and made drastic cuts to its own staffing. These cuts are devastating to the Canadian archival network and to Canadian documentary heritage. For the past 26 years, the Canadian Council […]

Mississsippi State Joins Exclusive List as Presidential Library Host

From Mississippi St. U.: Mississippi State soon will officially serve as host to a presidential library–one of only five universities in the nation to share such a distinction. Ulysses S. Grant Association President Frank J. Williams will formally announce the decision of the organization’s board of directors to designate the Ulysses S. Grant Collection at […]

Vermont: Retiring State Archivist Ushered the Past Into the Future

From the Burlington Free Press: “Government creates vast amounts of information, but we never treat it as a business asset,” [Gregory] Sanford said. Over 30 years he has employed patient persistence to help policymakers see the value of government information, historic and current, and begin to adopt policies to make it accessible, usable and available […]

National Archives (UK) Unveils Olympic Records Website Giving Public Access to Hundreds of Historic Documents and Images

From The Telegraph: The National Archives have created a new digital portal collating Olympic records that date back to the first modern Games in 1896 to the Beijing Games in 2008. The new resource features a timeline allowing users to see the progression of the Olympics and includes government documents from the two previous occasions […]

Trove of Original Abraham Lincoln Documents Found in Japan

From the Chicago Sun-Times: The more than 100 documents compiled at a university near Tokyo amount to a microcosm of Lincoln’s career, with some of the most compelling finds ranging from his early professional life in New Salem all the way to his presidency. There are “these nice pieces that pull together different aspects of […]

Mellon Foundation Awards Penn St. University Librarian $143,000 to Study Personal Scholarly Archiving

From PSU Live: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of $143,000 to Penn State to investigate how faculty create and manage personal information collections. Led by Associate Librarian Ellysa Stern Cahoy and Associate Professor of Science Education Scott McDonald, the 15-month ethnographic study will examine in detail how faculty save, share, cite […]