NJIT: NJIT Launches Annotated Patent History Archive

New Jersey Institute of Technology: NJIT Launches Annotated Patent History Archive. “The Federated History Department at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University-Newark has launched the Annotated Patent History Digital Archive. Funded by a faculty seed grant from NJIT, this project makes use of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research to explore the history of patents in the United States. While both the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Google maintain databases of every patent filed in the United States, there is no resource online that puts these technical documents into context. The Annotated Patent History Digital Archive changes this.”

Irish Times: Amateur sleuthing helps solve the mysteries of old Irish photos

Irish Times: Amateur sleuthing helps solve the mysteries of old Irish photos. “The first community-sourced exhibition of photographs and stories from the collection of the National Library of Ireland was opened on Wednesday by Sabina Higgins. Photo Detectives, at the National Photographic Archive in Dublin, celebrates the library’s historic collections by highlighting the work of researchers around the world who have helped discover details about the photographs in the library’s holdings.”

PRNewswire: Media Marketplace Pond5 Debuts World’s Largest Collection of Licensable Royalty-Free Archival Footage (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: Media Marketplace Pond5 Debuts World’s Largest Collection of Licensable Royalty-Free Archival Footage (PRESS RELEASE). “Pond5, the world’s leading marketplace for licensing royalty-free footage and other media, today announced the launch of its archival footage collection — the largest of its kind — now available to producers and creative professionals across the globe. Expertly curated by international historians, the new Pond5 Archival Collection is one of the most comprehensive video libraries of historical moments and everyday life from the past 100 years, including rare footage spanning the 20th century, from major global events to authentic scenes of everyday life. Highlights from the collection include stunning footage of World War II, the Space Race, and the 20th century’s most important world leaders. Also featured are a wealth of clips acquired from European footage agency Framepool, ranging from rarely seen historical moments to home video footage of daily life from throughout the decades — much of which is now exclusive to Pond5.”

BetaNews: Facebook updates On This Day to make it even more remember-y

BetaNews: Facebook updates On This Day to make it even more remember-y. “If you have yet to be granted access to Facebook’s trip-down-memory-lane feature, On This Day, now you’re in luck. The social network has opened up the feature to all of its two billion users. At the same time, Facebook is introducing some interesting extras, and taking steps to ensure that more negative memories are not surfaced for you. On top of this, there are new seasonal memories and new ways to celebrate friendships.”

Mic: These are the dozens of movements underway to remove Confederate monuments. Help us identify more.

Mic: These are the dozens of movements underway to remove Confederate monuments. Help us identify more.. “So far, Mic has identified 25 movements in 2017 that have removed or are pushing to remove specific Confederate monuments. Many of these efforts began or were renewed in the days since the violence in Charlottesville. That includes online petitions, in-person protests, moves by city officials and other efforts to remove memorials. At least eight Confederate monuments have been removed from public land in 2017 alone (a ninth was relocated from public land in one Kentucky city to another).”

The Atlantic: The Invisible Poems Hidden in One of the World’s Oldest Libraries

The Atlantic: The Invisible Poems Hidden in One of the World’s Oldest Libraries. “The library at Saint Catherine’s Monastery is the oldest continually operating library in the world. Among its thousands of ancient parchments are at least 160 palimpsests—manuscripts that bear faint scratches and flecks of ink beneath more recent writing. These illegible marks are the only clues to words that were scraped away by the monastery’s monks between the 8th and 12th centuries to reuse the parchments. Some were written in long-lost languages that have almost entirely vanished from the historical record. But now these erased passages are reemerging from the past.”

Iowa: New Online Resource Brings Iowa History to Teachers/Students

Iowa: New Online Resource Brings Iowa History to Teachers/Students. “A video of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s 1959 visit to Coon Rapids at the height of the Cold War. The neatly typed script President Herbert Hoover used during his 1929 inaugural address, slightly wrinkled by the rain that doused the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Sheet music and an audio recording of a 1915 song called ‘Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You,’ which urged immigrants to stay loyal to the United States during World War I. These eye-opening documents – and dozens more – from the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Library of Congress are now available to teachers, students and lifelong learners thanks to a new free online resource that was unveiled today…”