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26 May 2014

An Online Archive Sheds Light On WWII Japanese-American Internment

The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study Digital Archive is based on interdisciplinary academic research conducted by trained observers reporting from “war relocation centers.”

The collection includes nearly 100,000 original manuscript items — among them personal narratives never before made public, due to restrictions on their release designed to protect individual internees who shared their experiences.

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A Retiree Digitizes 27 Million Old Newspaper Pages in His Living Room (and Libraries Fight to Catch Up)

Tom Tryniski, an eccentric retiree who has digitized (so far) about 27 million newspaper pages working alone in his living room and has made them free for anyone to search.

The story offered an example of Tryniski’s prowess: In 2003, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) spent $400,000 digitizing the first 62 years of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which was among the most widely read and influential papers in 19th century America. A decade later, the library was still raising money to finish the remaining 52 years of the Daily Eagle's run. In the meantime, Tryniski digitized all 115 years of the paper in about five months working alone.

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12 May 2014

Digitizing 214,000 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Documents Took 2,000 Hours

It took Dauphin County nearly six months to scan and digitize 213,667 marriage licenses. It’s expected to take between two and three years to do the same for 10,000 descriptive property records awaiting the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.

In Northumberland County, where there are boxes upon boxes of courthouse records sitting in the damp basement, government officials are looking for options to preserve those important historical documents.

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British Digital Archive of WWI Stories

The life stories of millions of people who served during the First World War are to be preserved in a permanent digital memorial.

Lives of the First World War will use information from the public over the next five years to piece together the stories of more than eight million people from across Britain and the Commonwealth who served abroad and on the home front.

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2 May 2014

Israel: New Project Digitally Archives Testimonies of Hundreds of 1948 Veterans

Toldot Yisrael, a Jerusalem- based nonprofit organization dedicated to recording the firsthand testimonies of men and women who helped found the State of Israel, unveiled on Wednesday a new partnership with the National Library of Israel.

“These are people who are witnesses to history, people who were at the right place at the right time,” said Aryeh (Eric) Halivni, founder and executive director of Toldot Yisrael, at a press conference announcing the collaboration on Wednesday.

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30 April 2014

Irish Census: Northern Ireland Documents Among 'Lost' Records

Thousands of Irish census documents, many dating back to the early 19th Century, have been made available to the public online for the first time. The vast majority of pre-1922 records were destroyed by a fire at the Public Record Office in the Irish Civil War.

But some of the documents that survived the fire, and others held elsewhere, have now been collated and put online. They include partial census records from 1821 to 1851, a substantial amount from counties now in Northern Ireland.

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28 April 2014

China Releases Previously Confidential Japanese WWII Documents on 'Comfort Women'

The Chinese government has made public what was previously a confidential trove of Japanese wartime documents, including some that give detail women who were forced into sex slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, this according to the country’s state-backed media.

The publication of these documents comes during a time when Chinese courts have allowed individuals and groups to pursue lawsuits of war-related compensation from the Japanese government and some Japanese companies.

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23 April 2014

This is How the Vatican Will Digitize Millions of its Documents

Digitizing the Vatican's 40 million pages of library archives will take 50 experts, five scanners and many, many years before the process comes to a close.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and has around 82,000 manuscripts, some of which date back about 1,800 years. It will work in tandem with NTT Data, a Japanese IT firm, to convert the first batch of 3,000 manuscripts. It is expected to take four years to digitize the initial round, though some of those documents will be online toward the end of 2014.

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22 April 2014

Houghton Library: New Digitization January-March 2014

Here are the complete works and collections the Houghton Library have digitized in the last three months.

Highlights include one of their most spectacular medieval manuscripts, the Emerson-White Hours, a 17th century manuscript on magic tricks, a sonata by Handel, and a 19th century book of paper dolls.

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Michigan Moves Digital Archive Records to Cloud

The Archives of Michigan is using a state-of-the-art and inexpensive option — the Internet — to store and preserve a growing collection of digital records that includes everything from 40 years' worth of election results to an index of thousands of proposed designs for the state's quarter released 10 years ago.

The move to the cloud is expected to bolster a plan to help the public easily access some historical records without having to trek to the Archives' facility in Lansing.

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16 April 2014

British Pathé Publishes Archive On YouTube

Film archive British Pathé has released its entire collection to YouTube, making more than 85,000 rare 20th Century videos available to the public.

History enthusiasts are now able to browse more than 3,500 hours of some of the most significant moments of the last century. British Pathé says the films, which span from 1896 to 1976, cover every aspect of global culture and news.

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15 April 2014

British Library Endangered Archives: New Online Collections

Four new collections are now available online:

- EAP408: From the brink: identifying, collecting and digitising records of the Turks and Caicos Islands after the destruction of Hurricane Ike,
- EAP450: Manuscripts of the Sri Lankan Malays,
- EAP570: Digital documentation of Dongkala, Chizing, Dodedra and Phajoding temple archives,
- EAP596: Safeguarding Anguilla's heritage: a survey of the endangered records of Anguilla.

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Government of Canada Announces Appointment to Library and Archives Canada

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover today announced the appointment of Guy Berthiaume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years, effective June 23, 2014.

"Having a person of Dr. Berthiaume's calibre leading Library and Archives Canada will be a solid asset to the organization. His extensive experience in the management of large cultural organizations and his strong leadership are important qualifications for this position." said Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

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All Russian World War I Documents Available Online

More than 300,000 documents from Russian military archives on World War I have been made available online, a senior archivist said Monday.

The archival military records have been digitized and entered into a database on the website of the Military Historical Archive, said Andrei Artizov, head of the Federal Archive Agency. "Not a single record is being kept secret," Artizov said, Interfax reported. "Access it from Paris, Vilnius, Warsaw — wherever you want."

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14 April 2014

Marching Into Digital Age at Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office

Crowds line the street waving flags and cheering as an army band marches down a road in Deloraine. The band is followed by a parade of men with rifles, trucks, tanks and motorbikes.

The sight is one you would probably expect to see on Anzac Day, but instead this is from a video circa 1941 that has recently been uploaded online by the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, which is part of LINC Tasmania.

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