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Archives in the News

Centuries of New York History Prepare for a Move

Caked in dust and dating back to 1674, the written records of a growing cityare headed to new homes, to be preserved and made accessible to researchers. On the upper floors of the grand courthouse, above the Corinthian columns chiseled … Continue reading

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Check your attics for possible treasures! Long lost photographs of the Titanic indicate a coal fire may have helped sink the ship.

Coal Fire, Not Just Iceberg, Doomed the Titanic, a Journalist Claims By Dan Bilefsky  January 3, 2017 The Titanic leaving Southampton, England, on its ill-fated voyage on April 10, 1912.  Credit  Southampton City Council, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — … Continue reading

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Hidebound: the Grisly Invention of Parchment

While most of the Old World was writing on papyrus, bamboo, and silk, Europe carved its own gruesome path through the history books. To an ancient Egyptian of the third century BCE, the rolls of papyrus on which the country … Continue reading

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National Digital Newspaper Program Now to Include Newspapers from the Earliest Days of America’s Founding

Gazette of the U.S., National Gazette & National Intelligencer Among Early Papers Now Included in Chronicling America from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress Want to read how an 18th-century newspaper covered the inauguration of … Continue reading

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Two Hundred Year Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Finding Frankenstein: On the trail of a monster across Europe By John Malathronas, for CNN  June 20, 2016 Castle Frankenstein – Two centuries after author Mary Shelley conceived “Frankenstein,” its gothic echoes can still be found across Europe. Castle Frankenstein … Continue reading

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Happy International Archives Day!

June 9th is International Archives Day! At the International Congress in Vienna in 2004, the 2000 participants adopted a resolution requesting the United Nations to create an International Archives Day. Some countries had already decided to have a national archives … Continue reading

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Saving Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda

The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda: A middle-aged book collector in Mali helped keep the fabled city’s libraries, books and manuscripts safe from occupying jihadists                   Abdel Kader Haidara with … Continue reading

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Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island

A copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the most sought-after books in the world, has been discovered in a stately home on a Scottish island. This copy of the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, was … Continue reading

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Library of Congress Puts Rosa Parks Archive Online

The Library of Congress has digitized the papers of Rosa Parks, enabling free online access to everything from her first-hand recollections of the Montgomery bus boycott and personal correspondence with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to family photographs, tax … Continue reading

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This Nazi-era archive has brought people to tears. Now, it is open to the public.

It has been more than 70 years since the end of the war, but emotions have been running high in France since the government announced it would open the archives of the so-called Vichy regime that collaborated with Nazi Germany. The … Continue reading

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