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ASSOCIATED PRESS BUYS BRITISH MOVIETONE FILM ARCHIVE

“The Associated Press has purchased the film archive of British Movietone, bolstering the news cooperative’s collection with historic video from World War II, the Beatles’ conquest of America and the romance between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.The newsreels, acquired from Newsreel Archive, were originally shown in movie theaters twice a week and were the first to have sound and color. The archive includes the first recorded speeches of personalities such as Mohandas K. Gandhi and George Bernard Shaw, as well as the only footage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding filmed in high definition on 35mm film.” (via The Associated Press)

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Digital forensics: from the crime lab to the library

“When archivists at California’s Stanford University received the collected papers of the late palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould in 2004, they knew right away they had a problem. Many of the ‘papers’ were actually on computer disks of various kinds, in the form of 52 megabytes of data spread across more than 1,100 files — all from long-outdated systems.“It was a large collection, as you can imagine,” says Michael Olson, service manager for the Born Digital/Forensics Lab at Stanford University Libraries. “He used a lot of early word processing for his writing, lots of disks and diskettes in different formats.” (via Nature)

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PROFESSOR FINDS RARE AUDIO OF BASKETBALL INVENTOR NAISMITH

“University of Kansas researcher has discovered what is believed to be the only audio recording of basketball inventor James Naismith, during which he describes the first game he organized 124 years ago this month as a bit of a disaster. Michael J. Zogry, an associate professor of religious studies, obtained the nearly 3-minute audio in November from the Library of Congress.” (via AP)

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Chicago Collections a vast Chicago archive by Newberry Library

“The big news in area archiving that’s being shown off Thursday is about, in the driest, most basic terms, “consolidated access to bibliographic information,” as Newberry Library President David Spadafora put it. But Chicago Collections, a new entity bringing old entities together, is about much more than that. Call it one-stop shopping for researchers, from high school students to wizened academics. Call it a case study in inter-institutional cooperation. Call it a free website where those curious about the story of Chicago can poke around and happily fritter away time.” (via Chigcao Tribune)

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UW builds largest digital library of Sephardic language

“Fast becoming a Sephardic guru, a University of Washington professor is building the world’s first digital library of books, letters and other materials in the centuries-old language of Ladino, with materials donated from Seattle’s large Sephardic Jewish community.” (via Seattle Times)

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