Category Archives: In the News

Huntington archivist finds historic piece of China’s largest book

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced Thursday that it has portions of a rare and important Chinese manuscript called the Yongle Encyclopedia — with 11,095 volumes, the largest book ever written in China. The book was commissioned … Continue reading

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Following Political Pressure, Citizen-Led Rural Libraries Shut Down in China

China’s rural areas don’t receive the same education resources that the country’s wealthier urban centers do. This gap is a widely acknowledged problem, and many organizations have been established to improve the facilities in rural China and ensure that the students … Continue reading

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Chronicling America’s Historic German Newspapers and the Growth of the American Ethnic Press

Extra!  Extra!  German Immigrants in the United States Were Germans the most influential group in the ethnic press?  For a time, yes!  In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Germans came to the United States in droves.  For decades, Germans … Continue reading

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Webcast from the Library of Congress: Oral History with Harmonia Band

Members of “Harmonia” discuss the band’s origins and the traditional folk music of Eastern Europe. Harmonia presents the traditional folk music of eastern Europe, ranging from the Danube to the Carpathians. Its repertoire reflects the cultures of this region: Hungarian, … Continue reading

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Lessons from Fukushima: Japanese Red Cross digital archive goes live

In a significant step towards sharing and building on the lessons of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Japanese Red Cross Society has launched an online nuclear disaster digital archive. Available at http://ndrc.jrc.or.jp, it makes available a range of material on … Continue reading

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Indian music archive goes online

NEW DELHI: How did India sound at the turn of the last century? Did you know that M S Subbulakshmi could pull off great vocal acrobatics at the age of 10? What did Bengali diva Angur Bala sing to felicitate … Continue reading

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Digitizing the GDR: East German Papers Offer Glimpse of History

From advertisements to propaganda to personal interest stories, the newspapers of Communist East Germany are a historical wellspring. Thanks to a four-year digital achiving project, three major papers are now available for free online. On Nov. 10, 1989 — the … Continue reading

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Complete Tolstoy archives to be put online

The complete archive of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is to be digitised and put online for free public use. The project, to be known as All Tolstoy in One Click, is the brainchild of Tolstoy’s great-granddaughter Fyokla Tolstoya, and will take … Continue reading

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Ancient Chinese documents on Tibet win UNESCO recognition

Historical Chinese documents describing Tibet during China’s Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and showing the ancient financial and messaging service of the period, have won a major UNESCO recognition. A meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the “Memory of the World Register” has decided … Continue reading

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Stalin-era documents published online

“We have published all the Politburo materials from our archives for the years 1919–32, as well as all the materials we have from the so-called Joseph Stalin fund – that is, every single document relating to Stalin’s life and work … Continue reading

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