Connecticut Magazine: The Connecticut Historical Society is Digitizing Historical Footage on the Brink of Being Lost to History

Connecticut Magazine: The Connecticut Historical Society is Digitizing Historical Footage on the Brink of Being Lost to History. “Tasha Caswell was walking between the shelves containing the film collection of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford three years ago when she got a strong whiff of vinegar. Caswell, who is CHS’s research and collections associate, with a background in films and photography, knew immediately what that odor meant: vinegar syndrome.”

For Sale: This Massive, Obsessive and (Probably) Obsolete VHS Boxing Archive (New York Times)

New York Times: For Sale: This Massive, Obsessive and (Probably) Obsolete VHS Boxing Archive. “There’s a small apartment on 137th Street in Hamilton Heights that contains one of the most peculiar videotape collections in New York. The dusty VHS archive fills a vast library that contains the analog history of a sport: 8,000 cassettes with recordings of over 55,000 boxing matches that span 40 years.”

Over 31,000 Film Reels At Film Archives Body Lost, Destroyed: Auditor CAG (NDTV India)

NDTV (India): Over 31,000 Film Reels At Film Archives Body Lost, Destroyed: Auditor CAG. “Over 31,000 precious reels or cans held by the National Films Archives of India are understood to have been lost or destroyed, according to the observations of a CAG report, which is contested by the NFAI.”

From birth to death: an archive of vanishing African rituals seeks a home (Reuters)

Reuters: From birth to death: an archive of vanishing African rituals seeks a home. “Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have traversed 44 of Africa’s 54 countries over four decades, documenting rituals used to mark milestones such as birth, death, and courtship, the graduation of girl to woman or the moment a warrior becomes a respected elder. Now their archive – comprising more than a million images, hundreds of artifacts and field diaries, and thousands of hours of video – is looking for a home.”

Goretti Horgan: The world-famous CAIN Troubles archive must not be allowed to gather dust (Belfast Telegraph)

Belfast Telegraph: Goretti Horgan: The world-famous CAIN Troubles archive must not be allowed to gather dust. “CAIN’s position as an active archive is currently under threat, as Ulster University says that external funding must be found to support the resource. The university will otherwise guarantee only that the site will remain as a static digital resource within the library and that this will happen during 2019. The university says that CAIN will remain available to the public and to scholars. But it is important people understand that, if CAIN is not kept active, there is a threat that a static resource could eventually die.”

Belfast Telegraph: Archive of Northern Ireland Troubles to close

Belfast Telegraph: Archive of Northern Ireland Troubles to close. “An online archive of the Troubles is to close, it has been reported. For years, academics around the world – as well as journalists, writers and historians – have used the respected Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN). But BBC NI reported that the comprehensive resource, run from Ulster University’s Magee campus is to be closed.”

The Guardian: Spare Rib digital archive faces closure in event of no-deal Brexit

The Guardian: Spare Rib digital archive faces closure in event of no-deal Brexit. “Spare Rib, the trailblazing women’s magazine that defined generations of feminism, faces the axe from the British Library’s digital archive if there is no Brexit deal, it has emerged.”