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22 January 2014

The Allies at Anzio: Rare Photos From WWII’s Italian Campaign

On January 22, 1944, six months after the Allied invasion of Sicily, American and British troops swarmed ashore at Anzio, roughly 30 miles south of Rome.

The brainchild of Winston Churchill and dubbed Operation Shingle, the attack caught German troops stationed along the Italian coast largely by surprise; but after the initial onslaught, the Germans dug in. The next four months saw some of the fiercest, most prolonged fighting in World War II’s European Theater, as the Allies battled German troops for control of the region.

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17 January 2014

Ireland: New Digital Archives Store Tales of 1916 Rising Volunteers

Details on 3,200 men and women who signed up to fight for Irish freedom have been recorded in a new digital archive as part of centenary commemorations of the foundation of the State.

The first tranche includes more than 10,000 files on members of the Irish Volunteers, Citizen Army, Hibernian Rifles, the Irish Republican Army, Cumann na mBan, Na Fianna Eireann or National Army between 1916 and 1923.

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15 January 2014

New Digitised Newspapers On Trove

The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce the following newspapers which have issues that have been newly added to Digitised newspapers and more on Trove. Many of these newspapers are currently being added to Trove and further issues will become available shortly.

Balmain Observer and Western Suburbs Advertiser (NSW : 1884 - 1907), The Bathurst Daily Argus (NSW : 1909), The Bombala Times (NSW : 1912 - 1938), Bombala Times and Manaro and Coast Districts General Advertiser (NSW : 1899 - 1905), Camden News (NSW : 1895 - 1954), Construction and Real Estate Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1930 - 1938), Dungog Chronicle : Durham and Gloucester Advertiser (NSW : 1894 - 1954), and much more...

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14 January 2014

Britain's World War I Diaries Go Online

Britain is recruiting an army of amateur historians to sift through more than 1.5 million pages of diaries written by World War I army officers, published online for the first time 100 years after the conflict began.

Spanning the whole of the 1914-18 conflict, the diaries are the official record of the war by British army units - but deeply poignant testimony can be found among the battalions' day-to-day accounts of their movements.

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13 January 2014

Death Records of 49,000 Irish in WWI Now Available Online

The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says that the digitisation of the records of 49,000 Irish men and women who died in World War I is “making up for lost time”.

The project, undertaken by Google, the In Flanders Fields Museum, Eneclann and the Department of Foreign Affairs sees an attempt made for the first time to make the details of the Irish who died in The Great War available to the public.

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8 January 2014

National Library of Scotland Announces Retirement of Martyn Wade as National Librarian and Chief Executive

After 11 successful years, Martyn Wade is to retire from his post as National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland (NLS).

Mr Wade joined NLS, one of Scotland's premier cultural institutions, in 2002 and led a significant period of innovation that widened public access to its world class collections. Mr Wade's tenure has seen many significant developments at NLS.

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British Red Cross Awarded Grant To Digitise First World War Documents On Volunteering

The charity will recruit 100 volunteers to create an online archive of Voluntary Aid Detachment index cards of civilians who contributed to the war effort.

The British Red Cross has been awarded an £80,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and digitise historic documents detailing the work of volunteers during the First World War. As part of the project to commemorate the centenary of the war, the BRC will recruit 100 volunteers to create a free and publicly available online archive of 244,000 Voluntary Aid Detachment index cards.

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6 January 2014

Hidden Canberra Archives Reveals Its Historic Treasures

Thousands of motorists driving through a busy Canberra tunnel each day may be surprised to learn a few metres above is a secret building containing historic treasures.

More than 30 years ago a hidden bunker was constructed above the Parkes Way tunnel on the Australian National University (ANU) campus. ANU archivist Maggie Shapley says the two-storey structure disguised inside the hill includes the Noel Butlin Archives Centre.

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National Archives of India To Collaborate with Turkey, Oman

The National Archives of India is collaborating with the State Archives of Turkey and National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA) of Oman to access ancient documents, and work towards the digitisation of records, said an official statement Friday.

NAI director general V. Srinivas had met Ugur Unal, director general, State Archives of Turkey in Istanbul Jan 2, and NRAA's chairman Hamad Mohd Al Dhawiani in Muscat in December 2013.

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3 January 2014

Over 150 Records Open To the Public For the First Time at Jersey Archive

On 1st January 2014 Jersey Heritage opened over 150 new records to the public for the first time. The records have been closed to public access for periods of 30, 75 and 100 years and include admission registers from the General Hospital and details of individuals applying to become medical practitioners prior to the Second World War.

The records are all stored at the Jersey Archive and are now freely available for members of the public to consult.

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Ohio’s Libraries Creating ‘Digitization Hubs’ To Preserve Historical Materials

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has landed $188,219 in federal and state grants to buy equipment for a statewide effort creating a network of “Digitization Hubs” to preserve historical materials.

The money is coming from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that distributes funding to libraries nationwide. It’s sending $760,421 to Ohio to upgrade digitization equipment and software at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the Cleveland Public Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library, according to a press release.

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31 December 2013

British Archives Show Cost of Revolutionary War in Georgia

A trio of researchers took a fall trip to England and Scotland and spent three weeks digging through government archives for any documents that might shed new light on Georgia’s role in the Revolutionary War. They came back with digital images of roughly 2,000 records from 1771 to 1783.

“There’s an awful lot of stuff, paperwork dealing with the business of war, the logistics of funding the war, correspondence between the big wigs,” said archaeologist Dan Elliott, president of the Georgia-based LAMAR Institute, a nonprofit focused on archaeological and historical research in the Southeast.

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30 December 2013

Ex-Stasi Staff Still Work at Archives of East Germany's Former Secret Police

It was set up as a unique historical experiment: an agency that would open up the secret service's files to those it had spied upon. But now the commissioner in charge of the East Germany's secret police archive has admitted that his agency still counts 37 former Stasi employees among its staff.

The Federal Commission for the Stasi Archives was established by the German government in 1991 and tasked with protecting the Stasi archives from former agents eager to destroy records of their deeds.

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20 December 2013

No Online Access for British Internet Archive

An official archive of all the websites in the UK has finally gone live, following almost a decade of negotiations between publishers and the British Library, but it can only be accessed in person, from a terminal in one of the UK's six major academic libraries.

Earlier this year, The British Library announced that it would begin "harvesting" the entire UK web domain to document current events and record the country's burgeoning collection of online cultural and intellectual works.

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18 December 2013

15 of the Weirdest Images in the British Library’s New Digital Trove

Digging through the archives of old libraries is a blast. Depending on the library, you'll find everything from dated architectural drawings to snippets of old children's books. You can just imagine the treasures to be found in the British Library's ancient archive. And, now, you don't even have to get your fingers dusty!

The British Library just uploaded over a million images from the 17th to the 19th centuries to Flickr Commons.

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