Fairfield Sun Times: World’s largest collection of Will James’ work at risk without preservation

Fairfield Sun Times: World’s largest collection of Will James’ work at risk without preservation. “James died in 1942. The bulk of his possessions, including drawings, manuscripts, letters, paintings, his saddle, and even a pair of walrus skin saddle bags, were left with his longtime friends Earl and Elanora Snook and later gifted to the Yellowstone Art Museum by their daughter, Virginia Snook. But that generous gift came with a huge catch — the collection must remain in Billings, intact.”

Daily Nexus: A Chicano Center Wants Its Archives Back, but UCSB Won’t Return Them

Daily Nexus: A Chicano Center Wants Its Archives Back, but UCSB Won’t Return Them. “When a San Diego-based Chicano art and cultural center — home to swaths of archives and fragments of Chicano history — asked last spring to reclaim donations it made nearly 20 years ago to the UC Santa Barbara Special Research Collections, members of the center learned they wouldn’t be getting them back.”

The Conversation: Why historians are fighting to save Thomas Cook’s enormous archive

The Conversation: Why historians are fighting to save Thomas Cook’s enormous archive. “The collapse of Thomas Cook left 155,000 tourists stranded overseas, forcing the UK government to step in to orchestrate the biggest ever peacetime repatriation. The company’s 9,000 employees woke up on September 23 with no job. The focus is, justifiably, on the people immediately affected by this terrible news. But it’s also important to take the long view. With this 178-year-old firm, its heritage is also about to be lost and a number of business historians – myself included – are fighting to save it.”

Bangkok Post: Film archive fire caused only ‘limited damage’

Bangkok Post: Film archive fire caused only ‘limited damage’. “A fire at the Thai Film Archive temporary office in Nakhon Pathom province on Sunday night caused only limited damage to historical footage, and there are copies of all the films, the organisation announced on Monday.”

Motherboard: Climate Change Could Erase Human History. These Archivists Are Trying to Save It

Motherboard: Climate Change Could Erase Human History. These Archivists Are Trying to Save It. “Climate change making the word hotter, more humid, and more stormy—all conditions that put sensitive paper archives at risk. This problem is forcing us to ask, which histories will we choose to remember?”

Phys .org: Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology

Phys .org: Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology . “First discovered in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds looking for a lost sheep, the ancient Hebrew texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls are some of the most well-preserved ancient written materials ever found. Now, a study by researchers at MIT and elsewhere elucidates a unique ancient technology of parchment making and provides potentially new insights into methods to better preserve these precious historical documents.”