BBC: MySpace admits losing 12 years’ worth of music uploads

BBC: MySpace admits losing 12 years’ worth of music uploads. “MySpace, one of the first online social networks, has apologised after a server migration caused a huge loss of data. A message on its website says that ‘any photos, videos and audio files’ uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available.”

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.”

UCLA: UCLA to restore student films involving The Doors’ Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison

UCLA: UCLA to restore student films involving The Doors’ Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison. “The pair, who met on campus when Morrison was a senior and Manzarek was a graduate student, became household names by the late 60s, along with bandmates Robby Krieger and John Densmore, and their early artistic endeavors as movie makers are at risk of being forgotten as time takes its toll on the original reels….With this in mind, the UCLA Film and Television Archive launched the Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison Preservation Project. The campaign being conducted on UCLA Spark, UCLA’s crowdfunding platform, began Feb. 12 on what would have been Manzarek’s 80th birthday. It closes April 1. To date, nearly $40,000 has been raised.”

Library of Congress: Library Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Library of Congress: Library Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “The Library of Congress announced today that it has received a $540,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to evaluate the physical health of the national collection of books in American research libraries and to guide their archive retention and preservation decisions. Since there currently is no objective formula to assess the condition of millions of books in the custody of the nation’s libraries, this scientific study will help inform best practices and provide a baseline for libraries to analyze their print collections based on established scientific guidelines. “

Tomes gather dust: Nizam’s collection, too, left to decay (Times of India)

Times of India: Tomes gather dust: Nizam’s collection, too, left to decay . “Nothing much is right with the State Central Library, the apex library of the state. At the risk of being destroyed are rare books from the Nizam’s personal collection that lay strewn on the floor. Some are tied by strings with insects eating away at them. While a few have been stacked inside broken almirahs [basically a cabinet], covered with years of dust.”

WNPR: Connecticut Historical Society Uses Grant To Preserve Motion Picture Collection

WNPR: Connecticut Historical Society Uses Grant To Preserve Motion Picture Collection. “The motion picture collection at the Connecticut Historical Society is a hodgepodge of about 125 films, most of them home movies donated to the organization. Some of the movies have historical significance, like the flood of 1938, soldiers during World War I training in Connecticut to go to the front lines, and a 1918 Red Cross parade in Manchester. But many of them, like all home movies, are simply slices of life captured at a point in time.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Why We Need to Keep Searching for Lost Silent Films

Smithsonian Magazine: Why We Need to Keep Searching for Lost Silent Films. “Because early motion pictures were released on nitrate film, which is dangerously flammable and susceptible to decay—only to become even more flammable as it deteriorates—the majority of these films are no longer with us today. While the exact number of lost films is unknown, a study commissioned by the Library of Congress ballparks the surviving number at a scant 14 percent. These lost films have a resonance beyond film history.”