“Capturing the unruly, ever-changing Internet is like trying to pin down a raging river. But the British Library is going to try. For centuries the library has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in Britain. Now it will also record every British website, e-book, online newsletter and blog, in a bid to preserve the nation’s “digital memory.” (via The Associated Press)
“The home page to the new Trojan Family Archive, a collaboration between the USC Libraries and Alumni Association to digitize all Daily Trojan and El Rodeo editions online, officially launched today. The Daily Trojan, which has been published daily since 1912, currently has 11,978 issues online while El Rodeo, which has been published most years since 1898, has 83 volumes uploaded.”
via Daily Trojan
“Imagine if the entirety of the Library of Alexandria, once a vast repertory of documents from the ancient world, had been digitized and preserved on the Internet before its destruction. Now imagine the digital collection had a function allowing users to search—and find—a single name. That’s what Georgette Bennett and Leonard Polonsky did. Then they provided a lead gift of $1 million to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Global Archives to enable the digitization of 1.8 million historic documents.”
“The Leo Baeck Institute, a New York research library and archive devoted to documenting the history of German-speaking Jewry, has completed the digitization of its entire archive, which will provide free online access to primary-source materials encompassing five centuries of Jewish life in Central Europe. The expanded archive, which will be available on Oct. 16, purports to be the first of its kind to be made available on the Internet in its entirety. The project, named DigiBaeck, offers digital access to a collection that includes 3.5 million pages of material ranging from the personal papers and photographs of Albert Einstein and Moses Mendelssohn to letters, diaries, recipes and other ephemera chronicling the lives of everyday people.”
via New York Times
“The University of Chicago Library and Northwestern University Library are pleased to announce the launch of an innovative collaboration to support research in primary archival sources. Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project (UNCAP), is a freely available web site that delivers hundreds of finding aids representing strengths of the archival collections of the University of Chicago Library and Northwestern University Library. Ida B. Wells-Barnett wearing “Martyred Negro Soldiers” button, ca. 1917-1919. Ida B. Wells Papers, Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library. Through the new UNCAP web site, researchers can search across collections and institutions for information on a broad range of topics: African American history and culture, theater, jazz, urban sociology, journalism, Native Americans, modern poetry, anthropology, African studies, literature, criminology and legal studies, art and photography, medical history, and the Manhattan Project.”
“Fans of Andy Griffith now have a chance to see his college yearbook picture — as well as photos of other North Carolina natives dating back to 1890 — thanks to a University effort to digitize old archives from across the state. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is gathering those archives into an online collection as part of a project UNC launched in late 2009.”
“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.”
“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.”