H-HistBibl: Launch of the digital archive “The Long Emergency. Media and Democracy in India”. “The government of India declared a national emergency citing internal instability in June 1975. By June 26th, the day after emergency had been declared, media outlets in the country had received instructions on news that must be censored. Some newspapers ran blank editorials as protests. In the eighteen months that followed, the press censorship rules remained in effect and additional forms of pressure were exerted on the media. These ranged from the withdrawal of state advertisements to income tax raids on media owners and phone calls to journalists conveying ‘helpful suggestions’ about the news they might (or might not) carry. Many journalists were arrested for protesting the emergency, or for holding views that were considered inimical to state authority. Many others supported the emergency as a necessary measure. Most, however, lay low until the emergency was lifted and the media began reporting actively on the news that they had not covered in the years of the emergency, in a burst of ‘new journalism’ that would shine a light on post-emergency abuses of power as well.”
New-to-me, from Curbed New York: The unsung modernist treasures of Queens. “In Bayside, Queens, the American Martyrs Roman-Catholic church sits proudly on a street corner, standing in high relief compared to the single-family homes nearby. It’s circular and covered in yellow bricks, with a folded-plate copper roof that’s aged into a mossy shade of green…. It’s a fine building designed by John O’Malley, one of the most prolific ecclesiastical architects in Brooklyn and Queens. You won’t find the church in most history books about modern architecture, but it is included in Queens Modern, a digital archive composed of adaptations of the movement in New York City’s largest borough, which was updated at the end of December to include deeper dives into over a dozen firms active during the mid-20th-century.” There appears to be some concern in the comments that not everything included is “real” modernist. I don’t know enough about architecture to judge.
UPI: Kids love Queen: How social media, YouTube keep classic rock alive. “The success of Golden Globe-winning Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has rocketed the music of Queen back into the popular zeitgeist, but evidence suggests the band and its classic rock contemporaries might owe much of their enduring appeal to the influence of social media.”
New-to-me, from L.A. Taco: Vintage L.A. Forever: This Archivist Is Preserving Los Angeles Pop History In A Massive Digital Archive. “Before he started preserving vintage Los Angeles, J. J. Englender visualized his life as a vintage movie montage. When he was 22, he got on a motorcycle in Venice Beach, hit the clutch, turned the throttle, and rolled right onto a 405 traffic jam. ‘I envisioned it being more of a cinematic journey across the vast landscapes and meeting all sorts of people, a la Easy Rider meets Vanishing Point,’ Englender told L.A. Taco…. Today, Englender is a cultural archivist, which means he keeps popular history alive in the form of a massive digital archive – like this collection of LA Weekly covers – known as ADSAUSAGE. The eclectic collection includes a lot of defunct L.A. publications, vintage car ads, fashion catalogs, and more.”
ESB: Film Archive is launched. ESB stands for Electricity Supply Board. It is an electric utility in Ireland. “To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of ESB’s Public Relations Department, we have launched previously unseen film footage commissioned by ESB from the 1920s to the 1980s. Our film archive offers unique insights into the social, cultural and economic development of Ireland throughout this period.”
Hyperallergic: As the Getty Digitizes the Archives of the Woman’s Building, Artists Remember Its History. “Earlier this month, the Getty Research Institute announced it was awarded a ‘Save America’s Treasures’ grant to process 11 collections related to the Woman’s Building, the seminal Los Angeles-based center for feminist art that operated from 1973 to 1991. The $284,400 grant, administered by the National Park Service and the Institute of Museums and Library Services, will provide about half the budget for a two-year project of preserving, processing, and digitizing holdings already at the Institute. “
9News: Incredible photos show Brisbane homes in the 1970s. “In the 1960s, a man in a pink Cadillac and a woman in a van cruised Queensland streets, photographing more than 300,000 homes. Frank and Eunice Corely ran a business taking photos and selling the work back to the homeowners as calendars and postcards. The collection was collecting dust in a Brisbane basement, until the Queensland State Library decided to use the photos to create an interactive piece of history.”