Brown University: With new federal grant, Brown to host training institute based on digital scholarship expertise

Brown University: With new federal grant, Brown to host training institute based on digital scholarship expertise . “The institute, called Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Road Maps, will train 15 under-resourced scholars from a variety of institutions, disciplines and backgrounds, equipping them with the skills they need to develop digital scholarship intended for publication by a university press. Over three weeks of virtual and in-person sessions, the scholars will learn, among other things, how to use open-source tools and platforms, how to manage large-scale projects, and how and when to reach out to top-level publishing industry contacts.”

The Conversation: How Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai has reinvented the idea of a library

The Conversation: How Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai has reinvented the idea of a library. “Zimbabwe born artist Kudzanai Chiurai is a phenomenon. He is one of the most challenging and inventive figures in contemporary African art. From large scale photos of fictional African dictators to experimental films and protest posters, rich oil paintings and minimal sculptures, his work is housed in the world’s top galleries and collections. Chiurai, though, frequently shrugs off gallery spaces to show in warehouses, on the street or in urban locations.” This reminds me a bit of Hany Rashed’s work on a much larger (beyond family) scale.

Clevescene: Clevelander Franklin Fantini Is Archiving and Sharing Country Music’s Odd and Forgotten Past With ‘Dollar Country WTFC’ Radio Show

Clevescene: Clevelander Franklin Fantini Is Archiving and Sharing Country Music’s Odd and Forgotten Past With ‘Dollar Country WTFC’ Radio Show. “From a makeshift studio in his suburban Cleveland basement filled with a collection of 1,500 .45 RPM vinyl records, Franklin Fantini — a self-made, DIY purveyor of ten-cent wax — has for the last five years been broadcasting Dollar Country WTFC every week. The hour-long online radio show hosted by Frank — Frank the Drifter, as he introduces himself — features a curated tracklist of 18 songs handpicked from his shelves.”

Radio Free Asia: Archive Find Could Hurt China’s ‘Historic’ Claim to Paracel Islands

Radio Free Asia: Archive Find Could Hurt China’s ‘Historic’ Claim to Paracel Islands. “A rare find in the British National Archives may provide another piece of evidence discrediting China’s claim of historic rights to the disputed Paracel archipelago in the South China Sea. After months of scouring the archives, British journalist-turned-scholar Bill Hayton came across a semi-official document indicating that until the late Qing Dynasty, Chinese authorities still didn’t consider the Paracel Islands part of China’s territory.”

Deutsche Welle: Cologne opens new city archive, 12 years after fatal collapse

Deutsche Welle: Cologne opens new city archive, 12 years after fatal collapse. “The western German city of Cologne on Friday inaugurated its new historical archive, 12 years after a subway construction mishap collapsed the former building. In March 2009, the Cologne archive building collapsed into an excavation pit of a nearby subway construction project. Two people were killed and irreplaceable historical documents of the 2,000-year-old city were buried in the rubble.”

Nigerian Tribune: Stakeholders Lament State Of National Archives, Brainstorm On Revamping ‘Former Monuments’

Nigerian Tribune: Stakeholders Lament State Of National Archives, Brainstorm On Revamping ‘Former Monuments’. “THE sorry state of the first office of the National Archives of Nigeria at the University of Ibadan, which was established in 1954, has been a major concern to some stakeholders. A conference was organised recently by Marina Roundtable Limited at the University of Ibadan to brainstorm on how to revive the archives for national development. Both the town and the gown were in attendance.”

The Irish Times: Accessible Stasi archive offers a model for Catholic Ireland’s troubled past

The Irish Times: Accessible Stasi archive offers a model for Catholic Ireland’s troubled past. “Religious orders retain their archives. There is no palpable pressure on them to hand them over, nor is there a dedicated public institution to manage the files if they did. Official Ireland still adopts an ad hoc approach to its past, limiting any chance of coherent research or public education on our vanished Catholic past…. It would be wrong to compare Catholic Ireland and communist East Germany, but Ireland’s approach to its collective past today jars with how East Germans sometimes at real risk to themselves and their families took ownership of the Stasi files and their past. Twice.”

Community-Driven Archives: Centering BIPOC & LGBTQ Memory and Knowledge (Western Michigan University)

Western Michigan University: Community-Driven Archives: Centering BIPOC & LGBTQ Memory and Knowledge. “Join guest scholar Nancy Liliana Godoy, head of the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative at Arizona State University (ASU) Library, to learn about her community-driven archiving work that focuses on centering BIPOC & LGBTQ memory and knowledge.” Free and virtual. September 9.

Fond du Lac Reporter: Library archives turn up a treasure trove of history rediscovered during pandemic

Fond du Lac Reporter: Library archives turn up a treasure trove of history rediscovered during pandemic. “Old records and leather-bound volumes chronicling Fond du Lac’s past were put aside years ago, tucked away for safekeeping when everyday tasks that need attention at the library took precedence. Those forgotten treasures, stored away in the archives at Fond du Lac Public Library, were rediscovered in the throes of a global pandemic, among them hand-illustrated plat books from the 1800s, old tourist travel maps, long-forgotten funeral home records of early settlers and photographs of the county fair from the turn of the century.”

Washington Post: One final look inside the archive that exposed Big Tobacco

Washington Post: One final look inside the archive that exposed Big Tobacco. “Here, in the Minnesota Tobacco Document Depository, lie the remains of 27 years of legal cases against Big Tobacco. There are trial transcripts, exhibits, images of the Marlboro Man and Joe Camel, a diseased lung in preserving liquid, stories of smokers’ deaths, and secrets that, once revealed, helped end the tobacco industry’s dominance in the cultural landscape of the United States. The warehouse, open to the public for 23 years, will close on Tuesday, ending an unprecedented court-ordered, industry-funded central collection of the legacy of a product that, according to the surgeon general, has killed more than 20 million Americans and continues to kill more than 400,000 a year.”

Illinois State University: Dive into Archives with the virtual Redbird Roadshow

Illinois State University: Dive into Archives with the virtual Redbird Roadshow. “Hear about Hovey’s famous sword, how students sought out their favorite dance partners in the early 1900s, the rivalry of Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Normal University, and who is ‘stinky dog.’ Viewers are in for a treat as Anderson-Zorn shares some fun, some unusual, and some impressive items from the University’s rich history.”

Reflecting on 9/11: Twenty Years of Archived TV News – Special Event and Resources (Internet Archive)

Internet Archive: Reflecting on 9/11: Twenty Years of Archived TV News – Special Event and Resources. “On Thursday, September 9, the Internet Archive will host an online webinar, ‘Reflecting on 9/11: Twenty Years of Archived TV News’ Learn from scholars, journalists, archivists, and data scientists about the importance of archived television for gaining insights into our evolving understanding of history and society.”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Announces $3.75 Million “Texans Need Strong Libraries” Initiative

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Announces $3.75 Million “Texans Need Strong Libraries” Initiative. “The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce the Texans Need Strong Libraries initiative. This $3,750,000 appropriation from the 87th Regular Texas Legislature was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. These funds will be used to support the development of quality library services across Texas, with special attention to job seeker initiatives, digital inclusion, affordable e-resources and increased digital access to primary historical sources.”