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26 November 2014

National Archive Show Launched in New Taipei City, Taiwan

An exhibition of national archives kicked off Nov. 25 in New Taipei City as part of government efforts raising public awareness of the Republic of China’s storied past.

“Archives serve as key indicators of a country’s history,” National Development Council Minister Kuan Chung-ming said at the launch ceremony. “Such an event aims to enhance understanding of government operations and landmark developments.”

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Library and Archives Canada Struggling With Backlog of Material

Auditor general says Library and Archives Canada has a backlog of approximately 98,000 boxes of unsorted files, including 24,000 boxes of military records.

Library and Archives Canada say they scrapped a $15.4 million digital archive system because it would have been “too costly” to run. The archival department spent five years and over $15 million to develop its own “trusted digital repository” — a system for storing and preserving digital records — before shuttering the system in 2012.

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21 November 2014

Texas Land Office Preserves History with Digital Maps

The General Land Office of Texas has made a collection of rare Texas maps available to the general public through a unique digitization process.

High-quality digital reprints of the collection donated by Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb are now available for as little as $20 each. All proceeds from the sales will go to Save Texas History, a public-private effort to preserve and digitize historic maps and documents.

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18 November 2014

Digitizing 1,000 Years of Gulf history

A window to ten centuries of Gulf region history has been flung open to the public via the Qatar Digital Library. The new $13.9 million digital project gives free online access to 500,000 historical documents from the region, with some manuscripts dating back to the 9th century.

Many rare and precious documents were previously only available to researchers who physically visited the British Library to browse archives in need of re-organization.

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17 November 2014

South Dakota Digitizing Historic Newspapers

The South Dakota Historical Society is digitizing archival newspapers to preserve state history and give researchers online access.

The Daily Republic reports the historical society is using a nearly $300,000, two-year federal grant to work with the Minnesota Historical Society to modernize the South Dakota records. The historical society will digitize 100 rolls of microfilm from newspapers that stopped publication in 1922 or earlier.

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10 November 2014

India: Bihar State Archives To Compile Banned Documents

In a first, the Bihar State Archives (BSA) has decided to compile the banned documents on Bihar during freedom movement. A special team is engaged in searching the rare classified political documents preserved in the state archives.

"It would be a collector's item for researchers as well as history students to understand and analyse the British policy on press, peasants, terrorists and freedom movement. Some of the documents like the speeches made by the leaders during freedom struggle will also be documented," said BSA director Vijay Kumar.

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Medieval English Law Manuscript Digitised

A manuscript predating the Magna Carta is to be seen, in full, online, by the public for the first time thanks to a project involving digital experts at The University of Manchester working in partnership with Rochester Cathedral.

The Textus Roffensis, a 12th century legal encyclopaedia compiled by a single scribe at Rochester Cathedral, in Kent, in the 1120s has been digitised by the University’s Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care.

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5 November 2014

800,000 Pages of British Patient Art and Mental Health Archives Are Going Online

A few weeks ago, the Wellcome Library announced a new initiative to digitize more than 800,000 pages of material from British psychiatric hospitals. Dating between the 18th and 20th centuries, the trove includes examples of patient artwork and writing, as well as patient-produced publications.

The digitizing starts this fall as part of a two-year project, and you can already explore materials from the York Retreat, St Luke’s Hospital Woodside, Crichton Royal Hospital, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, and Camberwell House Asylum.

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4 November 2014

UK Museums Want Copyright Changes So They Can Display WWI Documents

Thanks to overly severe copyright laws, museums, libraries and other UK institutions have been unable to show important historical documents to the public.

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) 1988 is currently stopping an estimated 1.74 million 'orphan works' from the Great War, such as diaries and letters, from being displayed until 2039.

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29 October 2014

Portraits of Wounded Soldiers from the Civil War

With a death toll estimated somewhere between 600k and 750k, the American Civil War was without a doubt the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history. But even the soldiers who made it out alive didn’t always do so without sustaining serious injuries.

On its Flickr page, the US National Library of Medicine has shared a handful of portraits that depict the war-torn bodies of soldiers who fought through the war.

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27 October 2014

Over 800,000 Pages of British Mental Health Records To Go Online

The Wellcome Library has announced that it is funding the scanning of over 800,000 pages of material relating to psychiatric hospitals across the UK, including the York Retreat, Crichton Royal Hospital and the Camberwell House Asylum.

Made possible thanks to partnerships with repositories including Dumfries and Galloway Council Archives and London Metropolitan Archives, the project will see the digitisation of patient records, case notes and registers dating back to the 18th century.

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History and Genealogy Treasures Online at Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland

The Guinness Archive, housed by the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, collects, preserves and makes accessible records and artifacts from the formation of the company in 1759 to the present day, including 20,000 individual personnel records of past employees.

The foundation document of the Guinness Archive is the 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness on the St. James’s Gate Brewery in 1759.

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24 October 2014

The National Archive Seeks To Compile the List of Armenian Genocide Victims

A century ago the world was caught in the clutches of the First World War, and the Armenians did not stay apart. The Armenian Genocide was also the direct consequence of WWI.

The Armenian National Archive has prepared a Russian book titled "The Participation of Armenians in the First World War," which was published in Moscow. A three-volume publication titled "The Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey" has also been released.

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21 October 2014

Vatican Library Making 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online For Free

The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 AD and holds over 80,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and incunabula (books printed prior to 1500 AD) written throughout history by people of different faiths from across the world.

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17 October 2014

Library and Archives Canada: Soldiers of the First World War

The digitization of 640,000 Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel service files is under way. This project aims to provide access to high-quality digital copies of all service files, anytime and anywhere.

To achieve this goal, LAC will be required to close portions of this collection as they undergo preparation, conservation, and digitization. LAC will not grant requests for direct consultation or copying of the records during these stages

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