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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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10 April 2014

Top Secret MI5 Files of First World War Go Online

The National Archives of the UK is making over 150 top secret MI5 files available online for the first time. This forms part of The National Archives' First World War 100 programme of digitised releases and events to mark the centenary.

The files contain a wealth of material about organisations and individuals involved in espionage or under surveillance during the period of the First World War. They are part of the wider security service personal file series (file reference KV 2) held by The National Archives.

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7 April 2014

New Hampshire To Digitize Historic Records, Photos

Civil War nurse Sarah Low met Abraham Lincoln on April 20, 1864, writing in her diary that the president shook hands with everyone at a crowded White House reception. One year later, the Dover woman would see Lincoln again, this time as he lay in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

"The flowers on the coffin that had been beautiful the day before were faded and it seemed forlorn that they had not been replaced by fresh ones," she wrote on April 20, 1865. "Lincoln's face looked very thin and shrunken, the face was dark and it seemed to me that he looked like a murdered man."

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National Archives of India Notified Recruitment for 15 Archival Assistant

National Archives of India, New Delhi under Ministry of Culture, Government of India issued notification inviting application for filling up 15 posts of Archival Assistant on contract basis for the period up to 31 March 2015 for the project on "Survey and Inspection of Records/ Records Rooms, Appraisal and Transfer of Public Records from various Ministries/ Departments/ Offices etc."

Interested candidates should send their applications, in the prescribed format, to the NIA office within 15 days from the date of publication of this advertisement in Employment News i.e. till 12 April 2014 as the advertisement was published in Employment News dated 29 March 2014 – 4 April 2014.

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2 April 2014

Library and Archives Canada Moves To Outsource National Catalogue

Library and Archives Canada is outsourcing AMICUS, the venerable free national catalogue that lists and describes its holdings and those of more than 1,300 libraries across Canada.

LAC proposes to use a sole-source contract to hire U.S.-based Online Computer Library Centre Inc. (OCLC), the world’s largest library co-operative, to replace the outdated system. Library and Archives signalled the long-anticipated move by publishing a detailed advance contract award notice on the government’s tender website last week.

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1 April 2014

Open Access Maps at New York Public Library

The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.

To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The maps can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page, and downloaded, through the Map Warper.

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28 March 2014

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Is Launching a Photo Set of Alberta Residential Schools

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching a single portal to provide access to photos related to Residential Schools, taken between 1885 and 1996. Some 150,000 Aboriginal children attended over 130 residential schools located across the country.

The first set of published photos comprises about 65 images associated with the Residential Schools of Alberta. LAC will add photos for the other provinces and territories as they become available. The Residential Schools Photos page will make it easy to select the province or territory of your choice, and save or print the images you wish to view.

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