The Irish Times: Retrieval of Irish archive lost in 1922 fire ‘astounding’, historian says

The Irish Times: Retrieval of Irish archive lost in 1922 fire ‘astounding’, historian says. “An attempt to recreate Ireland’s archives destroyed in a fire in June 1922 has been successful to a ‘greater extent than ever previously imagined,’ the historian behind the project has said.”

Boston Herald: Greek-Americans look to preserve historic archive

Boston Herald: Greek-Americans look to preserve historic archive. “The remaining copies of newspapers documenting 50 years of the Greek American community are falling apart at the seams, threatening the loss of the history ingrained in the contents of its pages. ‘They are literally crumbling like filo dough left on the kitchen counter,’ former editor-in-chief Nancy Agris Savage said of the The Hellenic Chronicle archive. ‘The Greek-American community has just exploded in the United States and the history of it is about to disappear if we don’t do something about it.'”

Irish Examiner: State archives system creaking under pressure of staff and skills shortages – report

Irish Examiner: State archives system creaking under pressure of staff and skills shortages – report. “Just four of the 61 State departments and agencies are up to date with their legal obligation to transfer their records to the National Archives (NAI) under the ’30-year-rule’. That’s according to a report of Ireland’s national archives system found that the annual transfer of records under the 30-year rule has been scaled back this year because of a lack of storage space.”

Books+Publishing: NZ Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa to close

Books+Publishing: NZ Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa to close. “The quarterly publication was launched in 1991 and is the country’s only periodical dedicated to reviewing New Zealand books. On a fundraising page, publisher Peppercorn Press and the New Zealand Review of Books editors said the summer issue will be their last, and that they are seeking a new home for its online archive and teen review site, Hooked on NZ Books.”

Phys .org: The smell of old books could help preserve them

Phys .org: The smell of old books could help preserve them. “Old books give off a complex mélange of odors, ranging from pleasant (almonds, caramel and chocolate) to nasty (formaldehyde, old clothes and trash). Detecting early signs of paper degradation could help guide preservation efforts, but most techniques destroy the very paper historians want to save. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Sensors have developed an electronic nose that can non-destructively sniff out odors emitted by books of different paper compositions, conditions and ages.”

Jewish communities: ‘Race against time’ to preserve south Wales history (BBC)

BBC: Jewish communities: ‘Race against time’ to preserve south Wales history. “Efforts have begun to preserve 250 years of Jewish history in south Wales, after historians warned there was a ‘race against time’ to record stories. The Jewish History Association of South Wales (JHASW) has been awarded a grant of almost £55,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.”