December 13, 2017

Latest Release of UK National Archives New “Discovery” Catalogue Now Available

A National Archives (UK) announcement alerts us to the latest release of their new Discovery catalogue. From the Announcement: The image delivery service is now available, which means you can search and download records, where online versions exist, all in one place. Discovery also allows you to tag records to improve their descriptions, preview records before purchase, […]

British Library Board Appoints Roly Keating New Chief Executive

From the BL: The Board of the British Library has appointed Roly Keating as the Library’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Keating, currently Director of Archive Content at the BBC, and a former Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, will take up his new role on 12 September 2012. Baroness Blackstone, Chairman of the […]

Archivist of the United States Names William Mayer (a Librarian) as Executive for Research Services

From NARA: Archivist of the United State David S. Ferriero announced today the appointment of William A. Mayer as Executive for Research Services for the National Archives and Records Administration, effective June 18, 2012. In making the announcement, Archivist Ferriero said, “Bill Mayer is uniquely qualified to lead a nationwide team in delivering world-class services […]

National Archives (NARA) Debuts its First Digitally Restored Film, View Online

From a NARA Announcement: The National Archives and Records Administration premiered the newly-restored 1949 film Navy recruitment film, The Sailor and the Seagull, last week in Beijing before a crowd of 300 at the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Conference. This debut marked the National Archives’ first ever digital cinema theatrical release, and the […]

Vast Nazi-Era Archive Says Conserving Dachau Files

From AFP: A vast archive of documents linked to the Holocaust said Monday it would preserve 300,000 original prisoner files from the Dachau concentration camp in Germany that are disintegrating. The International Tracing Service (ITS) in the western German town of Bad Arolsen uses its vast trove of historical records to help victims of Nazi […]

New National Archives Video Gives an Inside Look at the Volunteer-Supported Civil War Widows’ Pension Digitization Project

From a NARA News Release: A team of more than 60 volunteers led by professional staff at the National Archives has crossed the 100,000 mark in a project to digitize Civil War widows’ pension files and is featured in a new National Archives video short. The National Archives holds 1.28 million case files of the […]

Canada: Edmonton City Archives Go Virtual

From The Edmonton Journal: The City of Edmonton Archives is going virtual with its first online exhibit profiling Edmonton author, artist and archive-advocate Ella May Walker. [Clip] The city’s move online is intended to give patrons faster access to the archives and to provide a narrative to the stories of Edmontonians that raw records couldn’t […]

Research Article (Preprint): Trends in Image Use by Historians and the Implications for Librarians and Archivists

Title Trends in Image Use by Historians and the Implications for Librarians and Archivists Authors Valerie Harris University of Illinois, Chicago Peter Hepburn University of Illinois, Chicago Source C&RL News Anticipated Publication March 2013 Abstract For years libraries have offered reproduction services to users, with historians being the core audience. More recently, archives and special […]

Ancestry.com to Acquire Archives.com For $100 Million in Cash

From the Ancestry.com Blog: You may already know of Archives.com – a fast-growing family history site that has clearly attracted new users to family history with a product that is easy to use and one that has proven to be a great way for people to get started with family history. Over the past two […]