“The challenge of the internet means these are uncertain times for anyone who loves newspapers. But industries in flux can be more open to innovation. On both sides of the Atlantic, papers are placing their faith in ebooks. The New York Times recently teamed up with startups Vook, to publish archive material (sample titles include reports on the Rwandan genocide and a book of asparagus recipes), and Byliner, to publish original “long-form” journalism (sample title: Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth by columnist David Leonhardt). Byliner sold more than 1m singles last year, so the New York Times is tapping into a growing market.”
“Sheet music on music stands provide the road map for an orchestra’s performance, but scribbled annotations by the players impose a conductor’s ideas and serve as simple reminders to make an entrance or count correctly. Now, with more than half-million new digitized pages poured into the New York Philharmonic’s electronic archives, that world is open to inspection. It may prove interesting to concertgoers, and fascinating to musicians who may have to play those parts themselves. The Philharmonic on Thursday said it had completed the first phase of an effort to put its vast archive on the Internet. Lasting three years so far, the project has made available public programs, scores and internal documents from 1943, when Leonard Bernstein made his debut with the orchestra, to 1970, the year after he left as music director.
“Chicago real estate developer Dwight Cleveland has donated over 1,000 vintage movies posters from his collection to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The posters, documenting the studio era of “B” movie filmmaking from the first half of the 20th century, feature a variety of genres including westerns (“The Revenge Rider” and “Heart of the Golden West”), war films (“Friendly Enemies” and “Somewhere in France”) and musicals (“Breakfast in Hollywood” and “Girl From Rio”) The posters will be housed in the academy’s Margaret Herrick Library.”
“Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of two significant additions to its Comics and Graphic Novels collections: research materials for Larry Tye’s well-received 2012 book, Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Superhero, as well as six 1940’s Batman scripts from the estate of Jerry Robinson.”
“Tempting as it may be to hum “Truckin’ ” while visiting the Grateful Dead archive at UC Santa Cruz – you know, “what a long, strange trip it’s been …” – the exhibit itself really isn’t that long nor all that strange. What it is, at core, is thorough.
The public archive, though afforded just two rooms on the second floor of McHenry Library, nonetheless houses a treasure trove of Deadheadnalia, presented in such a wonderfully nostalgia-laden way you’d think they were pumping patchouli oil (or some other potent substance) through the heating vents.”
“In 1988, John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono gave a candid interview to record-label president Joe Smith about the Beatles’ split: “For John, it was a divorce. I think he was feeling very good about it, as if a big weight was off him.” Ono was among more than 200 celebrated performers, producers and industry leaders whose words Smith captured on audiotape more than 25 years ago in an effort to document the oral history of popular music. In June 2012, Smith donated the collection of recordings to the Library of Congress—a tremendous assembly of primary-source oral histories covering perhaps the most important 50 years of popular music, nationally and internationally. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Library will make a series of these revealing, unedited recordings available for listening free to the public on its website at www.loc.gov/rr/record/joesmith. The first group of recordings posted on the site will consist of 25 interviews. These include interviews with Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bo Diddley and Linda Rondstadt. More recordings in the Smith collection will be added to the site over time.”
“UT’s Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is archiving more than 2,000 Latino oral histories in partnership with StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization that records interviews with Americans of all backgrounds. The collection, part of UT Libraries, will house and maintain the files of the StoryCorps Historias initiative featuring Latino subjects, interviewed by friends or family, sharing their experiences in recordings lasting about 30 minutes. StoryCorps has recorded more than 40,000 stories since it began in 2003 and has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” StoryCorps recorded Historias interviews on campus in the spring that are now being archived on campus.”
“The vault that sits on the sixth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library is more like a hidden treasure to students than a well-known resource. Rows upon rows of books hundreds of years old sit on shelves in a restricted vault in an empty climate-controlled room. Most of them are tattered and worn down with yellowish-brown pages that are crispy and thin. Among these treasures are Shakespeare’s first folio and a King James Bible, along with an original copy of the map of the world drawn by Pieter Van den Keere – the only original copy in the world.”
Mike Bullington, senior archives manager for McDonald’s Corpis a connoisseur of fast-food artifacts. At work, he’s surrounded by bags and packaging from years past. His cubicle holds a purse woven from Big Mac wrappers, a gift from a former chairman’s wife, and a Ronald McDonald fashioned from Legos, turned in by a McDonald’s franchisee. But the prize he treasures most recalls a menu item that had a brief stint in restaurants: Onion Nuggets, a precursor of sorts to Chicken McNuggets. “Not many people have seen them, even within the company,” says Mr. Bullington. The packaging, he says, is a “hidden gem.”
“A trove of documents housed in a secure vault at the John F. Kennedy Library has long been described as Robert F. Kennedy’s private papers and been kept from public view by the Kennedy family. But many of the documents have little to do with personal matters and instead detail once-secret military and intelligence activities he helped manage as attorney general, according to an unpublished index of the collection obtained by The Boston Globe.”