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A/V Geeks fundraiser to digitize 100 miles of film

“A/V Geeks has done a lot of digitization of old film for The Internet Archive. They are trying to raise funds to digitize many more hours of footage to put up on archive.org which will be free to view and use by the public. The A/V Geeks have over 24,000 old 16mm educational films that we’ve rescued from landfills, dumpsters, closets, school libraries. These films cover topics from Atomic Bombs to Zoo Babies and provide an entertaining yet insightful glimpse into our past. We’ve kept these materials from being thrown out and we want to continue our mission by giving them a new life and sharing them you!”

via Internet Archive Blogs

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UC Santa Cruz’s Grateful Dead Archive opens museum

“A right hand missing an index finger reaches out toward the reference desk in the main library at UC Santa Cruz. Any Grateful Dead fan will instantly recognize this sculpture as the strumming hand of Jerry Garcia. Minus the digit from the wood-chopping accident, the hand seems to be grabbing for his followers to pull them into Room 2120 at McHenry Library, heretofore known as Dead Central. A repurposed classroom with glass walls, Dead Central is the 1,400-square-foot display case for the Grateful Dead Archive. It opens to the public Friday with a free concert on the green outside the library by Moonalice, a jam band that borrows from the Dead’s improvisational style.”

via SFGate

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State Historical Society to aid in digitization of Civil War-era newspapers

“The State Historical Society of Missouri has been awarded a $74,623 grant to digitize several Civil-War era Missouri newspapers. Now, the newspapers, dating from 1854 to 1876, are on microfilm and available for public viewing at the historical society, which is on Lowry Mall at MU. The digitized versions will be freely available as part of the online Missouri Digital Newspaper Project. They will also be featured on the historical society’s American Civil War in Missouri website.”

via Columbia Missourian

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Farm Security Administration Photo Archive Re-emerges at the New York Public Library

NY Times – “Roy Stryker, founder of the Farm Security Administration’s photography project, was determined to compile a visual encyclopedia of the United States in the 1930s and ’40s and preserve it for future generations. So, while photographers like Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Russell Lee crisscrossed the country, Mr. Stryker was sending boxes of prints to Ramona Javitz, the director of the New York Public Library Picture Collection, to make sure there was a repository other than the National Archives.”

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Toronto Star publishes digital archive of Ernest Hemingway columns: Young ‘Papa’ wrote of bootleggers & bullfighters

New York Daily News – “In a handsome new website called The Hemingway Papers, the Toronto Star has collected the columns that Ernest Hemingway wrote for that newspaper. In doing so, it sheds much-needed light on a little-known aspect of the great writer’s career, and does so in a sleek, inviting and easy-to-navigate format.”

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San Leandro library helps preserve historical newspapers

San Jose Mercury News.

“Like many other California migrants, the Portuguese came for the gold. When that didn’t pan out, they found something nearly as valuable: land. By 1880, more than 13,000 people of Portuguese descent had settled in California, mostly on farms in the northern part of the state. They needed news about their homeland, news about the world, news about their community scattered across the California diaspora. That news came in the form of “A Voz Portuguesa,” established by Antonio Maria Vicente in August 1880. That same month, San Leandro became home to the first Portuguese fraternal society in the state. Now, 132 years later, the society has teamed up with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to digitize issues of “A Voz Portuguesa” and 13 other Portuguese-language newspapers published in California from 1885 to 1940.”

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New York City portrayed online in 870,000 images

Associated Press – “The city Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database Tuesday. A previously unpublicized link to the images has been live for about two weeks. Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the photographs feature all manner of city oversight – from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings. The project was four years in the making, part of the department’s mission to make city records accessible to everyone, said department assistant commissioner Kenneth Cobb.”

More here.

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Classic Hollywood: Motion pictures in still photos

LA Times – “Over the last 41 years, film historian and author Marc Wanamaker has acquired some 200,000 photographs chronicling the history of film production in North America from 1909 until the present day. Many of these photographs are one of a kind. Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received more than 70,000 of these photographs from Wanamaker’s Bison Archives, which was named after the old Bison Film Company. “It is one of my favorite companies because they made films about Sioux Indians from a Sioux point of view in 1909,” Wanamaker said.”

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Opens Library and Archives

WSJ – “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation is best known for its raucous induction ceremonies—on April 15, acts including the Beastie Boys, Guns N’ Roses and the Miracles will be welcomed into the fold. But today, the 29-year-old institution is emphasizing a quieter aspect of its mission with the grand opening of a new library and archives facility near its Cleveland, Ohio, headquarters.”

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Google-Funded Nelson Mandela Archive Goes Live Online

The Next Web – “The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive project might still a work-in-progress, but the multimedia archive has gone live today, and it seeks to document the life and times of the former South African president and anti-apartheid activist. The project is the work of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which you may remember received a $1.25m (ZAR 8.6m) grant from the Google Cultural Institute to get the initiative off the ground.”

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