“Before they laid a finger on the battered, brown-leather book, the conservators at the Bodleian library in Oxford just sat and stared at it, working out how to do as little as possible. The sorry-looking volume is one of the most famous books in the world: the 1623 First Folio of the plays of William Shakespeare, published within seven years of his death by his friends and fellow actors, and the only reason the world inherited plays including The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.”
via The Guardian
Contra Costa Times – “Tens of thousands of old West Coast immigration records the government once sought to throw away will instead become publicly available on Tuesday at a Bay Area archive. Photographs, letters, health records, interview transcripts and other historical documents were destined for a recycling bin or a remote Midwestern storage facility. “We changed that plan. We’re making them permanent,” said spokeswoman Sharon Rummery of U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services.
Archivists credit the advocacy of the late U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, and his successor, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, for helping to save the collection.”
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.”
Bloomberg – “Google Inc. (GOOG) was sued for 9.8 million euros ($14 million) by three French publishers who said the search-engine company scanned books without permission.
Editions Albin Michel SA, Editions Gallimard SA and Flammarion claimed Google has scanned 9,797 copyright-protected works for its digital library. The publishers are seeking compensation of 10,000 euros per book, Google said today.”
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