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13 October 2014

Hawaii State Archives Presents Digital Archives Update

The Hawaii State Archives has been storing paper records from various state agencies since 1906. Three years ago, it began building digital archives to better preserve these records. They say, the process has its challenges.

“Paper can sit in a box. you don’t have to do anything with it. it can just sit there on a shelf and it’ll be fine, as long as you’re conditions are good around it 11.35 but with digital, no. it can’t just sit in a file in a folder on your computer. it has to be managed and managed continually,” state archivist Susan Shaner said.

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7 October 2014

Cincinnati Archdiocese Renovates Building To Display Archives, Relics

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is renovating a downtown building to house nearly two centuries of church history, from blueprints of nearly every local Catholic house of worship to ceremonial vestments worn by the city’s first bishop.

Working with Danis Building Construction and Chameleon Architecture, the archdiocese is nearing completion of an extensive interior renovation of what was once a private residence at 25 E. Eighth St., constructed circa 1850.

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30 September 2014

New YIVO Project Digitizes, Reunites Ransacked Pre-War Archive

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research announced Sept. 23 the launch of the Vilna Project, a seven-year international project digitize YIVO’s pre-war archives online.

Though ransacked by the Nazis in 1941, the YIVO archives still possess the largest collection of materials on the thousand-year history of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia. The collections tell us how Jews lived, where they came from, how they raised and educated their families, how they created art, literature, music and language itself.

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26 September 2014

National Archives of the United Arab Emirates To Open Corner in Kidzania Dubai

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates signed with the children’s world city of education and entertainment ‘KidZania Dubai’ an agreement to allocate a corner to the National Archives in KidZania.

This corner will open at the end of this year, thus the National Archives of the UAE’s will be the first archives in the world to have a branch in KidZania.

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National Archives of India Invites Applications for 86 Posts

The National Archives of India, New Delhi has invited applications for recruitment from eligible and interested candidates for various Supervisors, Archival Assistant, Mender and other posts.

The National Archives of India is the repository of the non-current records of the government of India and is holding them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars.

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National Library of Australia Invests in Digital Future

Under an innovative digital library program, the National Library of Australia (NLA) is redeveloping infrastructure to manage its huge digital collections and provide access to collections from hundreds of libraries across its network.

The library is expanding its online and mobile services for Australian and international users. More than 70,000 people use its Trove service each day and 22 million users were clocked up last year.

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25 September 2014

Help Support Digitizing Project for 106-Year-Old Sanford Herald

Through a fortunate gathering of partners, the historic issues of the Sanford Herald will soon be available online with word-searching capabilities similar to Google. Imagine being able to access a website for free and to search for your great aunt’s obituary or your cousin’s high school football win, all from your home computer!

When this project is completed, researchers, historians, students and the average reader can easily search for historic information that has been preserved in this most American of institutions, the local newspaper.

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24 September 2014

The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme: Call for Applications

The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is now accepting grant applications for the next round of funding.

Detailed information on the timetable, criteria, eligibility and application procedures is available on the Programme’s website. Applications will be accepted in English or in French. The deadline for receipt of preliminary grant applications is 7 November 2014.

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19 September 2014

Archives Compilation of Chinese Laborers Forced to Japan Issued

A staff member places original archives of Chinese laborers forced to Japan on a table during a seminar on issuing the archives compilation at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, in Beijing, China, Sept. 18, 2014.

From 1943 to 1945, some 40,000 Chinese were captured and taken by the invaders to Japan, forcing them to work in mines and construction sites. A total of 6,830 died due to the ruthless exploitation, according to the data from Japan.

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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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