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June 9 is International Archives Day

photos by Jim Kuhn/takomabibelot, CC some rights reserved. Detail of two sculptures at the National Archives, Washington DC. Celebrate the Archives in our midst. June 9, 1948 was the founding of the International Council of Archives. The anniversary is suitable for celebrating the founding of those institutions which keep and maintain the collective memory and documents of our society and culture.

Go visit some archives today! To whet your appetite, here are some archives and listings.

The National Archives has a resource center devoted to genealogists and family historians.

Oral History collections, as listed by In The First Person

White House Tapes.
Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties—FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, and Nixon—secretly recorded on tape just under 5,000 hours of their meetings and telephone conversations. The Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program is a unique effort aimed at making these remarkable historical sources accessible.

Miller Center for Public Affairs: Search the Scripps Library Digital Archive ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on June 09, 2010 in • ArchivingLongevity
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Writing plays about local events

image What do you do after the stories have been recorded? This WaPo story about the Virginia Stage Company, who produces one play a year on a local theme. They develop or adapt the play with material emerges from community dialog. The current production, A Line in the Sand, is about a civil rights struggle fifty years ago as the local community grappled over the question, Will we prevent our schools from being racially integrated? The story hit my radar since the production from two years ago used oral histories from local people who took care of elders to adapt Shakespeare’s King Lear.

This news feature reminds me of the power of the story brought home, and my own sense of wonder at reading or hearing a story that has something to do with me, as opposed to the story that concerns some other person in some other life, whether the ancient Greeks, the renaissance, or some other strata of this society that I don’t belong to.

Those stories of Odysseus, Michelangelo, Galileo, Lincoln are all well and good, but I respond to stories where I can relate… seriously. I remember laughing uproariously at the scene in Adaptation where the voiceover of the screenwriter recites his internal monologue “I need to write something. Oh, I can’t think right now. Should I eat a muffin?” ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on March 03, 2009 in • Archiving
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CDs and DVDs: Tons of good info

The Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs, A guide for librarians and archivists. Found while researching the layer-cake sandwich of materials in an optical disk. Disk structure page. Did you know that the top side of a CD-R is thin and fragile? I mighta mentioned it before, but this underscores it, in a big way.

Also of note: the tests for aging and shelf-life of CDs and DVDs that you can burn yourself is that their pre-writing shelf life is limited to some 5 years or so. By all means, stock up, but don’t stock up too much.

Gold disks are the best. But that’s a topic for another post.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on December 19, 2007 in • ArchivingDigitalityLongevity
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