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15 September 2014

China Reveals Archives of Victory Against Japan in WWII

China released archives of an important military victory in 1939, in which the Chinese army killed more than 4,000 Japanese soldiers.

This is the 19th part of the series released daily by the State Archives Administration from Aug. 25, as the country marks the 69th anniversary of victory against Japan's aggression.

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4 September 2014

A New Project from Yale Invites Viewers To Explore Some 175,000 Images of America in the 1930s and '40s

For a singular image of the Great Depression and the roughness of those years, it's hard to do much better than Dorothea Lange's 1936 photograph of Florence Owens Thompson, two of her children tucking their faces over her shoulders, a baby in her lap.

Where that image comes from, there are many, many more: around 175,000 surviving portraits of America between 1935 and 1945 taken by the photographers of the government's Farm Security Administration. The Library of Congress, which houses the collection, has, remarkably, digitized all the negatives and tagged the records with loads of data, such as who took the picture and where it was taken.

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1 September 2014

Archives New Zealand and National Library Open the Files on the First World War

More than 141,000 First World War service files are now available online, adding to the wealth of information detailing New Zealanders experience of the war made available by Archives New Zealand and the National Library.

In possibly the largest and most complicated digitisation project in New Zealand’s history, Archives New Zealand staff identified over 141,000 First World War files, scanned the often crumbling, fragile pages and then digitised them and published them online.

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28 August 2014

Massive Photo Archive of Pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish Life Made Available to Public

A vast U.S. archive of photographs of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life is being made available to the public and researchers.

The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday announced the joint creation of a digital database to facilitate access to photographer Roman Vishniac’s archive.

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Photos From the Los Angeles City Archives Now Online

The Los Angeles City Historical Society has put a growing database online of selected photographs from the Los Angeles City Archives. There's more than 600 images online now, and the project's lead historian, author Anna Sklar, tells there are a lot more photos coming.

The mission of the Los Angeles City Historical Society is to research, study and disseminate knowledge of the rich and diverse multicultural history of the city of Los Angeles; to serve as a resource of historical information; and to assist in the preservation of the city's historic records.

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26 August 2014

Experts Launch Project To Digitize Neglected Bosnian Heritage

A group of Balkan experts have launched a high-tech project to digitize Bosnia's historical archives which were partly destroyed during its three wars last century and are still under threat from neglect and a lack of funding.

The project promises to make available online a host of records and papers detailing Bosnia's turbulent past, most notably the events and atmosphere surrounding the 1914 Sarajevo assassination that triggered World War One.

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25 August 2014

Search the Entire 1914-19 Archives of the Celebrated Illustrated London News and the Great Eight Illustrated Magazines Collection

With the centenary of the First World War upon us, ILN Ltd, the custodians of the celebrated Illustrated London News and Great Eight Illustrated Magazine collection archives, felt a responsibility to make the 1914-18 archives available to the public for research, education and pleasure. With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Illustrated First World War website was created.

Today, for the fist time in 100 years, the public are invited to search the First World War pages of The Illustrated London News.

The Illustrated First World War

National Archives of the United Kingdom Piece Together the Records of 140,000 First World War officers

Volunteers have helped The National Archives piece together the paper records of nearly 140,000 officers who served in the First World War. They include the poignant letters written by Rudyard Kipling regarding his missing son Jack and even bandages and x-rays of the wounds officers received during their service in the trenches, and now thanks to the efforts of volunteers, they are available for the public to explore.

The extensive cataloguing project now makes it even easier for people to uncover the stories of relatives who served in the War and research the stories of some of the famous names caught up in it.

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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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