New to me, from KCET: Bright Colors, Big City: One Man’s Massive Collection of Postwar California Print Media. “Inside a cheerful Koreatown home, the promise of post-war Los Angeles is spread across the kitchen table. It is but a fraction of the collection of J.J. Englender, curator of the vivid online archive ADSAUSAGE. There are local magazines, ad inserts, teen ‘zines, and trade brochures, all brightly colored and striking, advertising the growth and vibrancy of 1950s-‘80s California. They are the tangible embodiment of the dreams of Englender, a friendly, optimistic man, whose childhood love of 20th-century kitsch and Hollywood has grown into an archive of thousands of pieces.”
The Intercept: 100,000 Pages Of Chemical Industry Secrets Gathered Dust In An Oregon Barn For Decades — Until Now. “FOR DECADES, SOME of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through legal discovery in lawsuits against Dow, Monsanto, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the Air Force, and pulp and paper companies, among others. As of today, those documents and others that have been collected by environmental activists will be publicly available through a project called the Poison Papers.”
Joplin Globe: Eastern Shawnee Tribe receives grant for digital library. “The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has received a $42,580 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In partnership with the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, the tribe will create a digital library to promote access to Shawnee collections and archival resources.”
VietnamNet: Students design war hero burial database. “The students spent three months seeking information for the database and designing the website, according to Truong Van An, deputy secretary of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union at the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Through the search function, visitors only need to type the full name of the martyr or heroic mother buried in the cemetery. The site will then reveal the martyrs’ birth year, birthplace, day of sacrifice, burial position in the cemetery, and their site of fighting in the war.”
Talking New Media: Sight & Sound unveils digital archive with Exact Editions. “Published by the BFI since 1932 Sight & Sound has partnered with digital publishing experts Exact Editions to develop this comprehensive research tool for institutions, universities, schools and other organisations around the world. With the archive’s launch, film fanatics and academics anywhere will be able to study 85 years of back issues of the magazine, as well as its long-running sister publication Monthly Film Bulletin (1934-1991), at the click of a button.”
WhoSampled: Diggers Essential: ‘Sample Search’ YouTube Tool. “Reddit user kyobumpbump has created this super-simple, and super-awesome tool for discovering hidden music on YouTube which is perfect for diggers on the search for obscure sample sources in the digital realm or even for collectors looking for a tip on some obscurities to track down in the physical world.” This is really simple, and I can imagine it being used for all kinds of things…
The Telegram (Massachusetts): EcoTarium launches digitized database of specimens. “The EcoTarium launched a database of its digitized natural history collection Monday. The searchable database consists of descriptions and images of over 4,000 specimens from the EcoTarium’s collection, including animals, plants and minerals. The collection includes extinct and endangered specimens, some of which are over 100 years old.” The digitizing is still in process; it is expected to be complete by 2025.