The Elephant: Our Grandmother’s Miniskirt: A People’s History Through Photographs and Stories. “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been inviting people to share photos of their mothers, grandmothers and aunties looking stylish in the fashion of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The idea, which we are calling ‘Our Grandmother’s Miniskirt’, is simple enough, crowdsource photographs from Kenyan homes of women dressed in the style of that era; the photographs will be accompanied by reflections, essays, short stories or poems. The aim is to capture a history of ordinary people and to share this history through physical exhibitions, an online archived exhibition, and a coffee table book.”
It’s not often I include an event invitation in ResearchBuzz, but this archive looks fantastic. From IRTG Diversity: “Open Memory Box”: An Online Archive with 415 Hours of Life in the GDR Captured on 8mm Films. “Stretching the limits of new media technologies, this interactive archive builds on 415 hours of private films made by 149 East German families between 1947 and 1990. Initiated in 2013 by the Swedish-German film produce Alberto Herskovits and the Canadian professor of political science Laurence McFalls, the project has drawn on the skills of over thirty employees to collect, digitize, view and tag 2283 films contributed to the project. The result is a unique treasure chest for historians, artists, educators and the interested public.” When Germany was split into east and west, the eastern part was known as GDR ( German Democratic Republic).
Evening Express: Digital archive of traditional Scottish music to be created. “The British Library’s Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is a major £18.8 million sound preservation and access project which has seen the formation of the first ever network of 10 sound preservation centres, including one at the National Library of Scotland. The project, which received a £9.5 million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, is looking to digitally preserve music made in Aberdeenshire from as early as the 1940s up to the 1980s.”
Brandeis University: Digitized Audio Recording Reveals Kurt Vonnegut Broadcast on Abbie Hoffman. “The Archives last year received a series of audio recordings created by producer Stuart Hutchison on the subject of Abbie Hoffman…. These recordings are now being digitized, preserved, and described as they make their way toward availability for research. One set of recordings is of a production called ‘Dear Abbie,’ created and broadcast in 1989 after Hoffman’s death. One excerpt from this production features American writer Kurt Vonnegut on writing, honesty, humor and opposing the Vietnam War.”
The American Legion: Discover Legion history with more than 50 years of digitized newsletters. “The American Legion Library & Museum works to encourage membership growth and public support of the Legion by providing access to key documents that tell the national organization’s continuing story. In our most recent initiative, the Library & Museum has completed the digitization of more than 50 years of American Legion national newsletters. These newsletters cover a timeframe, 1950-2000, that complements previously digitized material.”
WUSF Public Media: Massive Digitization Effort Is The Latest Plot Twist For Cuban Radio Soap Operas. “Binge-worthy podcasts may be a 21st century phenomenon, but addictive, serialized storytelling is nothing new. From the 1930s through the 1950s, Cuba exported more daytime and nighttime radio serials than any nation in the Spanish-speaking world — even Fidel Castro was a fan. After the Revolution, Cuban emigrés in Miami began making original Spanish-language radio soap operas — better known as radionovelas — that reportedly ran on more than 200 stations worldwide. The Latin American Library at Tulane University is now digitizing a whopping collection of those 1960s-era programs and encouraging academic study of Cold War soaps.”
DigitalNC: Newly Digitized Materials from Winston Salem’s African-American Community Now Online. “We have added materials that capture some of Winston Salem’s rich African-American history from 1930 to 1990, courtesy of the Winston Salem African American Archive. Included in this batch are several editions of The Columbian, the student newspaper for Columbian Heights High School, and articles from other local papers highlighting notable community members and events.”