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Digital Archive Project Launches today via PASTIME

“They are scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings, detailing the larger-than-life figure that was George Herman Ruth.Photo after photo, story after story… first-hand accounts of one of the first media stars of the 20th century.And then, a headline that could have been ripped from a 21st century mobile device – one that seemingly predicted the future.” (via Baseball Hall of Fame)

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Why the Hammer Museum’s new free digital archives are a game changer

“Museum archives are historically places that draw only the most dedicated researchers to poke through boxes of files, trays of objects and piles of ephemera generated by exhibitions. But the Hammer Museum is aiming to change the way museum archives are accessed and organized.The Hammer, with the aid of a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is in the process of producing a series of digital archives that will allow researchers and the general public to access information related to some of its exhibitions for free online. The first of these, tied to the museum’s 2011 show, “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980,” part of the Pacific Standard Time series of exhibitions, debuted online this summer.” (via LA Times)

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Digitization Saves Maine State Library’s Historical Assets

“There is a certain peace to be found in the whirring fans and components of an old microfilm reader — the frosted glass screen and sturdy feel of the controls take you back to when research meant hours of careful study, not a few minutes in front of a glowing computer. And while using time-tested medium today is a nostalgic nod to the past, microfilm has largely given way to instant searchability and a seemingly endless stream of information online.” (via GovTech.com)

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“Never-before-seen films of Marines ramming artillery shells into large guns on the beaches of Iwo Jima in 1945 and standing amid sandbags during the 1968 siege of Khe Sanh in Vietnam are part of a vast collection of silent, color footage being repaired, preserved and eventually placed online for all to see.The Marine Corps is sending the rare stockpile of films to specialists in South Carolina. Some of the images have been in storage for 70 years and offer viewers a gritty “you-were-there” view of military life. Most films were not even seen by the combat photographers who shot them with hand-held cameras from the late 1930s through World War II, Korea and Vietnam.” (via The Associated Press)


ProQuest Transforms Research with Digitization of Rare, Historical Works from Bibliothèque nationale de France

“Researchers can now explore early European history and culture as it happened with ProQuest’s release of the first 2 million pages in its massive digitization project with Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris. When complete, the project will give researchers cover to cover access to more than 28,000 rare European books printed from 1400 to 1700 – 10 million pages – in crisp, fully searchable images. Approximately 5,800 titles are now available in Collections 4 and 6 of ProQuest’s Early European Books, enabling researchers around the world to benefit from the Library’s centuries of acquisition, curation and preservation.” (via ProQuest)

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