June 9 is International Archives Day
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.
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.
Computer Oral History Collection (on the development of the computer) from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation (Smithsonian).
All Oral/Video Histories from the Lemelson Center. Includes audio synthesizer, stem cell research, laser eye surgery and more.
Closer to home (my home, at least) and in keeping with the theme, Caltech Oral History archives
Jazz oral histories. Hogan Jazz Institute at Tulane University.
University of California Berkeley’s Regional Oral History Office list of Featured Projects. From Arts in California to Food and Wine to Dr. Atomic (ooh!), Rosie the Riveter, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Army Base, Suffragists, Venture Capitalists, Western Mining… the list is long and varied.
Oral History Centers and Collections. From the H-Oralhist (mailing list).
The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress has a page listing other existing oral history projects from WWI to the Persian Gulf War
Did you find something good? Give a shout and say the word in the comments.
[photos by Jim Kuhn/takomabibelot, CC some rights reserved. Detail of two sculptures at the National Archives, Washington DC. View photos (open book) (closed book) on flickr. Click photos on this page to enlarge.]