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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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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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