PR Newswire: Makeup Museum Unveils Digital Preservation Of Kevyn Aucoin’s Historic Journals (PRESS RELEASE). ” Makeup Museum today unveils images from a new digital archive of journals kept from 1983 to 1994 by legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin. Aucoin worked extensively with iconic photographers such as Steven Meisel, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, and Francesco Scavullo, models Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Paulina Porizkova, and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli, and many others. Aucoin’s journals chronicle his life and work, complete with behind-the-scenes images from photoshoots for VOGUE magazine and brands such as Shiseido, Chanel, and Revlon.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Journal Apps and Printables to Build a Habit of Daily Journaling. “Maintaining a daily journal is one of the best habits for mental well-being and reflection. But it’s a hard habit to build, so these apps and websites are tweaking the experience to make it easier to write a journal every day.”
MakeUseOf: 6 Digital Journal Apps to Boost Mental Health With a Daily Diary . “Each app takes a different approach to digital journaling, so pick the one that suits your style. Some focus on privacy, others target beginners and time-constrained users. And there’s even an app that turns the concept of a diary on its head by making your journal entries public.”
CBC: Diaries of St. John’s physician spanning 87 years digitized in MUN library. “The diaries of one of Memorial University’s first students — which include more than 30,000 daily entries that span 87 years — have now been digitized and made public through the university’s Digital Archives Initiative.”
The Guardian: Diary of explorer David Livingstone’s African attendant published. “The diary of an African attendant on the Scottish explorer David Livingstone’s final journey into the continent has been published online, containing the only handwritten witness account of the the Victorian missionary’s death in 1873. The manuscript was written by Jacob Wainwright, a member of the Yao ethnic group from east Africa and the only African pallbearer at the explorer’s funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1874.”
Library of Congress: New Online: Diarist Documents Eventful Times on the Confederate Home Front. “‘A diary, faithfully kept in such eventful times as these, must be interesting to our own children,’ wrote Betty Herndon Maury on June 3, 1861, explaining her purpose in keeping a journal after Maury’s family chose to leave Washington, D.C., to cast its lot with the new Confederate States of America. By October 1861, Maury feared that she already had recorded so much that her diary would be ‘too voluminous’ for her daughter, Nannie Belle, to read later. Fortunately for posterity, Maury continued to write, recognizing that ‘these are such eventful times and there are so many interesting incidents that I do not know which to omit.’ Maury’s two-volume diary is now available online at the Library of Congress.”
Make Tech Easier: 4 Useful Apps For Keeping Online Video Diaries. “Journaling and keeping diaries as well as blogging are more popular than ever as people share their lives with others. If you want to keep a video diary instead of just a written one, here are some apps and websites you may wish to explore.”
Popular Science: Think you’re too busy to journal? These apps let you do it on the go.. “Keeping a daily journal lets you practice writing, organize your thoughts, and preserve your habits and events for posterity. But who has the time and energy to sit down for a dedicated recording session every day? Instead, jot down your entries on the go—by keeping the tome on your phone. These five apps will let you journal at any time or place.”
William & Mary: Library receives diary of soldier imprisoned at William & Mary during Civil War. “On a cold, rainy day in May 1862, a young Union soldier, Henry Alexander Scandrett, would experience his first battle. Unfortunately it would be a losing battle. His regiment, the 70th New York, joined the attack on Confederate lines at Fort Magruder, an earthen redoubt two miles east of Williamsburg. The regiment saw heavy action; 350 men were killed or wounded. A small group of survivors, including Scandrett, were taken as prisoners of war and held at William & Mary.” William & Mary has digitized the diary and put it online.
Library of Congress: New Online: James K. Polk Papers. “‘Twelve months ago this day, a very important conversation took place in Cabinet between myself and Mr. Buchanan on the Oregon question. This conversation was of so important a character, that I deemed it proper on the same evening to reduce the substance of it to writing for the purpose of retaining it, more distinctly in my memory,’ President James K. Polk wrote on August 26, 1846. ‘It was this circumstance which first suggested to me the idea, if not the necessity of keeping a journal or diary, of events, and transactions which might occur during my Presidency.’ Polk fulfilled his pledge to keep a presidential diary, recording the significant or noteworthy events in his life from August 26, 1845, to June 2, 1849. Consisting of 25 volumes, Polk’s diary is part of the James K. Polk Papers at the Library of Congress, now available online.”
CNET: On Anne Frank’s birthday, a push to save war diaries online. “…the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help preserve hundreds of other Holocaust diaries and first-person accounts. The campaign, titled ‘Save Their Stories: The Undiscovered Diaries of the Holocaust,’ seeks to raise $250,000 (about £197,475 or AU$332,520) to ‘catalog, preserve, and make available online over 200 Holocaust diaries in the Museum’s collection — for the first time ever.'” At this writing the campaign has raised just under $41K.
Now available: Civil War diaries and letters from Mississippi State University. “Mississippi State University Libraries has made available in its digital collections the Civil War era, first-hand accounts of the Orville Babcock Diaries and Letters of Pvt. Arthur McKinstry.”
New on the Library of Congress Web site: the diaries of George S. Patton. “The diaries, 1910-1945, digitized for this online presentation, illustrate Patton’s activities during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, World War I, and World War II. The volumes, particularly from 1942 to 1945, document Patton’s daily activities and observations and reveal his candor about himself, personally and professionally.”
A new Facebook Messenger bot lets you chat with a soldier from World War I, and I’m astonished at how this makes me feel. Like this is disrespectful. But his granddaughter’s okay with it, so why am I concerned? “The team behind the award-winning AnzacLive have taken one of their real-life characters, Australian soldier and raconteur Archie Barwick, and programmed his extensive diary entries into a bot that answers questions and sends out updates from the battlefield … The project is a first for News Corp Australia — at a time when media organisations are just starting to recognise the potential of chatbots.”