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28 July 2014

How To Scan 50 Miles of Historical Documents Into an Online Archive

Tracking the lightning quick development of modern cities is easy with Google Street View, but a big new project aims to provide context for the past 1,000 years of urban evolution in Venice, Italy.

The Venice Time Machine will digitize and catalog a staggering amount of historical documents—a combined 50 miles worth of shelves!—then turn the data into an internet archive and adaptable 3D model.

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24 July 2014

Germany Puts 700,000 WWI Docs Online

Hundreds of thousands of rare records and images from World War I have been put online by the German government, ahead of Monday's 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

More than 700,000 records relating to WWI, as well as photos, films and audio recordings were made accessible on a new portal on the Federal Archive's website. The collection includes private material as well as files of military and civilian authorities, records left by politicians and military officers, documentaries and propaganda films. Access to the complete archive is free.

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23 July 2014

AUB Libraries Joins US libraries To Create a Digital Library of Over 100,000 Arabic Volumes

The American University of Beirut Libraries have joined Arabic Collections Online (ACO), a five-year project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi that aims to digitize and make accessible worldwide over 100,000 volumes of Arabic content.

Along with New York University Libraries and its partners, the AUB libraries will create the Arabic Collections Online (ACO) project, a major digitization project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, whose aim is to create a digital library of public-domain Arabic language content of over 100,000 volumes.

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17 July 2014

Historical Society Opens Up Vast Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Archives

When Gavin Kleespies began his work at the Cambridge Historical Society, he was immediately blown away by the city’s breathtaking collections of photos, letters and diaries.

Wanting to share these mostly unknown treasures with others, Kleespies, who is the Historical Society’s executive director, launched the annual Archives Tour in 2008. He took people on tours of the Historical Society, Mount Auburn Cemetery and Longfellow House collections.

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16 July 2014

Ruston and Hornsby Archive To Be Digitised with £100,000 Heritage Lottery Grant

Volunteers are needed to catalogue a huge archive of Lincoln's unique engineering heritage using a £100,000 lottery windfall. The vast archive covers 150 years of Lincoln-based engineering firm Ruston and Hornsby, which became part of Siemens in 2003.

Around 150,000 photographic negatives, 150 reels of cine film and the recorded memories of former workers will all be digitised, catalogued and made available online in a project of national significance.

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15 July 2014

New Hampshire Students Digitize Civil War Letters

Seven score and 12 years ago, a Civil War soldier was packing on the freshman 15 - and then some. In cheerful letters sent to his family back home in Hillsborough, Pvt. Willard Templeton describes at length the food he ate and the weight he gained as he traveled and fought with the 11th New Hampshire Regiment.

"My health has been very good. I have gained in flesh a good deal and never felt better in my life," he wrote to his brother on Oct. 3, 1862.

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8 July 2014

Arizona Homestead Records To Be Digitized

An important part of Arizona history will soon be available to view online. The Homestead National Monument of America is in the process of digitizing thousands of homestead records from the U.S. National Archive, and historian Blake Bell said Arizona's records will soon be complete.

"These records are probably the most information-rich records I've ever come across as a historian," said Bell.

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7 July 2014

Canadiana Organization Putting Canadian History Online

The shelves are literally groaning under the weight of cartloads of microfilm at Canadiana, an organization working to create a massive digital library of Canadian history.

Established in 1978, the organization was involved in creating the same cartloads of microfilm images of documents from Library and Archives Canada. Since the early 2000s, it has kept pace with new technology, continuing its partnership with the library by digitizing documents and the already-created microfilms.

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4 July 2014

The U.S. National Archives Wants to Put Its Whole Collection on Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has some amazing documents. But the collections don't only focus on the founding of the country—they're an incredibly varied lot.

They include documents ranging from Robert E. Lee's resignation letter from the U.S. Army to thousands of books and documents describing the lives of Jewish people in Iraq that were discovered by the U.S. Army in 2003. And all of these documents and photographs and records should soon be available online—for free—as part of the Wikimedia Commons project.

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1 July 2014

Nebraska Is First To Digitize Homestead Records

It's a task that would give even the most dedicated librarian gray hair: digitizing 30 million homesteading documents from 30 states. Where to start?

How about Nebraska? Where 45 percent of all land was given to homesteaders -- the largest percentage of land distributed by any of the 30 states under the Homestead Act of 1862.

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26 June 2014

Toronto Star Donates More than One Million Archive Photos to Public Library

The Toronto Star is donating more than one million vintage photographs — the contents of the Star's entire photo archive — to the Toronto Public Library.

The images span the years 1900 to 1999, and offer a unique glimpse into how the city has changed and developed throughout the last century. Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank says the Toronto Public Library is "an extraordinary city institution," and will be a great place for the collection.

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16 June 2014

Dickinson Museum Center Creates Online Collection with 8,000 Photos; Thousands More Yet To Be Processed

In the 1930s, when Dickinson’s college was literally out of town — separated from the city by open spaces and a now long-gone golf course — amateur and professional photographers were taking pictures of those and other sights.

Now, those thousands of images, some 19th century, but mostly 20th-century — everything from landscapes to Dickinson businesses, to wedding pictures, team photos and ranchers at work — have landed on one spot on the Internet.

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2 June 2014

Nat'l Archives Unveils List of Koreans Killed After 1923 Quake in Japan

South Korea's national archives released Monday a list of some of the Korean victims killed by Japan after a powerful earthquake in Japan in 1923.

The list includes the names and addresses of 318 Koreans massacred by Japan following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake in Japan as well as the circumstances under which the victims were killed, according to the National Archives of Korea.

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30 May 2014

Idaho State Archives Digitizing Historical Newspapers

The Caldwell Tribune is among the first 11 Idaho newspaper titles to be digitized at the Idaho State Historical Society.

The project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Project, managed by the Library of Congress and funded by a $277,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Idaho organization is partnering with the Montana Historical Society to digitize and prepare newspapers for posting online.

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27 May 2014

Indiana Working To Digitize Historic Newspapers

A staff of two at the Indiana State Library is working to preserve what is left of the printed record of Indiana's history as the yellowing, crumbling newspapers that chronicled Hoosiers' lives deteriorate with age.

"We really want, for Indiana's bicentennial, to create a resource for all of Indiana to reflect state history as well as local history," said Connie Rendfeld, digital initiatives librarian for the Indiana State Library.

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