Archivo Histórico de Trujillo desaparece por voraz incendio

Voraz incendio acabó con el Archivo Histórico del Estado Trujillo
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Las causas no se pueden establecer porque es muy reciente, dijo el vocero del Cuerpo de Bomberos y el Director de Política, sin embargo, el área de investigación de siniestros iniciaría la investigación, luego que el sitio se enfriara y bajara la cantidad de humo



En horas de la noche de este domingo 20 de mayo en la ciudad capital, un voraz incendio sorprendió a muchos en el sector Carmona calle La Paz del municipio Trujillo, donde se incendió el archivo histórico del estado Trujillo.

Pedro Cegarra, inspector general de los servicios del Cuerpo de Bomberos del estado Trujillo, informó que a las 11:05 p.m. fueron advertidos a través de una llamada telefónica de un incendio de estructura en el sector Carmona, al llegar al lugar se avistó que se trataba del Archivo Histórico, se activaron otras instituciones, el Batallón Rivas Dávila, Protección Municipal y regional con camiones cisternas así como la policía y Guardia Nacional con seguridad, a pesar de la disposición se escapó de las manos pues al haberse propagado el incendio, fue imposible.

El porcentaje de pérdida fue total, dijo el representante del Cuerpo de Bomberos, “se habla de un 110%, la infraestructura quedó inhabitable, la sala técnica se encargará de levantar el informe, se tuvieron que hacer boquetes para rescatar algunos archivos pero fue imposible llegar a rescatar algo” afirmó. Tuvieron que derribar algunas paredes para sofocar el incendio, para que pueda funcionar deben instalarla en otro lugar, están levantando el informe Cicpc, el Sebin, que están investigando qué sucedió en el lugar y conocer a ciencia cierta las causas.

Se investiga qué pasó

El Director de Política de la Gobernación del estado Trujillo Edgar Barreto, fijó posición en relación al incendio y manifestó ante la pregunta de los periodistas si se trató de un hecho aislado de las elecciones, ya que se produjo a los pocos minutos después del anuncio de la presidenta del CNE, Tibisay Lucena, “fue un incendio que se presentó, primero en uno de los locales del archivo donde había muchas cajas, es por ello que ya el Cicpc y los investigadores del Cuerpo de Bomberos, la GNB determinarán qué pasó, porque si fue premeditado es un acto de cobardía, pero informaremos a la comunidad trujillana lo que ocurrió” afirmó.

Asimismo, agregó que un galpón fue destruido totalmente, otro no, esos locales no tienen electricidad solo se guardan cajas, pero se esperará el resultado de las investigaciones y será el Gobernador quien dé la información o si hay autorización se mantendrá informado al pueblo de Trujillo de este hecho.



A pesar del esfuerzo no se pudo salvar nada

Cegarra informó que en la primera guardia fueron desplegados 40 funcionarios quienes trabajaron alrededor de ocho horas para sofocar el voraz incendio, “pedimos apoyo a la zona 2 Valera de donde enviaron 9 funcionarios con vehículos de supresión de amplia potencia, a las 6:00 am se hizo un relevo de 35 hombres más, que dieron el todo por el todo para trabajar en este evento que causó mucha impresión en el municipio Trujillo”.


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Incendio en los archivos del Correo de Córdoba

Controlan un incendio en los archivos del Correo de Córdoba
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Las llamas se originaron en el primer piso del edificio ubicado en la céntrica esquina de Colón y General Paz. Trabajaron dos dotaciones de bomberos.


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Un incendio, que fue controlado, afectó una parte de la zona de archivos del Correo Central de Córdoba en la madrugada de este martes.

Las llamas se desataron en el primer piso del céntrico edificio ubicado en Colón y General Paz, cerca de las 5.30.

En el mismo edificio funciona un call center, en el que había entre 35 y 40 personas trabajando que se autoevacuaron.

El siniestro provocó que estallara una ventana, pero la situación no pasó a mayores y pasadas las 7 ya reinaba nuevamente la calma en el lugar.

Trabajaron en el lugar dos dotaciones de bomberos. No hubo lesionados y la atención este martes será normal.

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Hallados en una caja en un tribunal registros del arresto de Rosa Parks y Martin Luther King Jr.

Registros de arrestos de Rosa Parks, MLK a ser preservada
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Los amarillos registros judiciales de los arrestos de Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. y otros en los albores de la era moderna de los derechos civiles se están preservando y digitalizando después de ser descubiertos, doblados y envueltos en bandas elásticas, en una caja del tribunal.

This photo shows the signature of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on a court document in the archive of Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala. The school is preserving and digitizing historic court documents linked to the civil rights movement
Esta foto muestra la firma del reverendo Martin Luther King Jr. en un documento judicial en el archivo de la Universidad Estatal de Alabama en Montgomery, Ala. 

Los archiveros de la históricamente negra Alabama State University están catalogando y aplanando docenas de documentos encontrados en el tribunal del condado de Montgomery, y la secretaria de Circuito Tiffany McCord espera que las versiones electrónicas estén disponibles para fines de junio.

Una vez que los registros se agreguen al sistema judicial en línea de Alabama, los historiadores y otros podrán leer los alegatos originales presentados por los abogados de Parks después de su negativa a ceder su asiento a un hombre blanco en un autobús urbano de Montgomery el 1 de diciembre de 1955.

El arresto de Parks condujo al Montgomery Bus Boycott, que lanzó a un joven rey a la fama como líder de los derechos civiles, mientras que el pastor nacido en Atlanta trabajaba en su primera iglesia en el centro de Montgomery.

Los registros que se conservan incluyen un documento de fianza firmado con tinta negra por King, quien fue arrestado en marzo de 1956 con Parks y más de 100 personas bajo cargos de boicot al sistema de autobuses de la ciudad en protesta por el tratamiento de Parks.

“Creo que el público debería poder ver eso”, dijo McCord. “Es emocionante que esté sucediendo”.

El archivista del estado de Alabama Howard Robinson dijo que los registros son importantes porque proporcionan textura y profundidad a la historia de los primeros días del movimiento.

En lugar de simplemente contener los nombres familiares de Parks y King, Robinson dijo que los registros incluyen los nombres de personas menos conocidas como testigos que vieron el arresto de Parks; participantes del boicot de autobuses; abogados; y aquellos que ponen bonos a personas libres de la cárcel.

“Estos documentos nos permiten entender quiénes eran esas personas”, dijo Robinson.

Parks fue declarado culpable de violar las leyes de segregación de la ciudad; un tribunal federal que decidió otro caso prohibió la segregación en los autobuses públicos mientras se apelaba su caso. Ese mismo fallo efectivamente terminó la apelación de King después de que fue declarado culpable de violar una ley anti boicot.

McCord dijo que encontró documentos de los casos, que incluyen registros de tribunales de apelación y de juicio, luego de asumir el cargo en 2013.

“Estaban en una caja envolvente. Todos estaban doblados y doblados con bandas elásticas que probablemente datan de la década de 1950. Las bandas se estaban desintegrando dentro de ellas”, dijo.

Después de analizar las opciones, incluida la publicación de los documentos a través de un escáner que a veces se atasca, McCord dijo que decidió otorgarles un préstamo de 10 años para escanear e investigar por Alabama State, donde se hicieron volantes anunciando el boicot hace más de 60 años.

Algunos registros y fotos relacionadas con el arresto de Parks ya están en exhibición en Montgomery City Hall, y los funcionarios de la escuela sonaron escépticos cuando se los contactó por primera vez acerca de la caja de registros judiciales, dijo McCord.

“Cuando vinieron y vieron lo que era, se les abrió la boca”, dijo.

Robinson dijo que espera localizar a algunas de las personas mencionadas en los documentos.

“Para entender el pasado y todos los eventos que han ocurrido, particularmente como parte del movimiento moderno de derechos civiles, reducimos el boicot al autobús a Rosa Parks que se niega a renunciar a su escaño ya Martin Luther King liderando el boicot al autobús”, dijo. . “Pero estos registros en cierto modo indican que era mucho más … que eso, que había mucha más gente involucrada y que la ciudad de Montgomery y el estado de Alabama montaron una batalla campal para mantener la segregación”.

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    Curso en Gestión de Documentos y Archivo en la Empresa

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    Shining the Light on DPLA in Florida

    SSDN

    The Sunshine State Digital Network (SSDN) is the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) service hub for the state of Florida. The DPLA is an ever-growing national network of libraries, archives, museums, cultural heritage institutions; it is a free service, offering access to over 21 million items from around the globe. The service hub (SSDN) represents a community of institutions in the state which provides their partner institutions’ aggregated metadata for the DPLA and offer tiered services, such as collections hosting, metadata remediation, training, and digitization assistance to connect institutions of all sizes to the DPLA. Collecting (aggregating) and sharing the metadata records with DPLA allows for the digital objects to be presented to the public in a national context alongside objects from other organizations like the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the National Archives, Harvard University, HathiTrust, and many others and gives them greater exposure. This means that they are easier to find because they are all on one easily searchable platform and they will get more use than they would have otherwise. DPLA offers users many ways to make use of the resources they provide such as exhibitions and primary source sets designed for classroom use.

    The SSDN operates on a multi-tiered hub system consisting of the main hub and regional sub-hubs. The main service hub is located at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. The sub-hub is located in Miami, FL with responsibilities shared among the University of Miami (UM) and Florida International University (FIU). These three institutions contribute metadata for their digital collections content as well as on behalf of several new content partners. SSDN has added three new content partners since February 2018, they are Florida Memory, the City of Coral Gables, and Valclav Havel Library Foundation. Together, these six institutions have shared over 148,000 digital objects with DPLA since our first harvest in November 2017!

    The network is currently working toward adding more partners, developing a sustainability model, establishing governance, and supporting Florida cultural heritage institutions to share their resources online. We are doing this with the help of many volunteers around the state serving on our working groups, which focus on metadata, outreach, and training. These groups are currently developing metadata guidelines and documentation, assessing and developing digitization, digital collections, and metadata training, and creating and fostering outreach and relationships with different cultural heritage institutions around the state. We are very excited about the growth of the network in such a short time and about the opportunities we have ahead of us.

    Take a look at what Florida has contributed to DPLA and explore what else DPLA has to offer at dp.la.

    Post contributed by Keila Zayas-Ruiz, SSDN Coordinator based at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

    Wikipedia project: month 1

    For three months there will be a new addition to the University of Stirling Archives, a Wikipedian-In-Residence. The first month has flown in already, but articles on Wikipedia have already benefitted from a little dose of information from the archives. It has been an interesting project to undertake due to the range of collections that the archive holds. Although it is one of my goals to transfer some of the knowledge from the archive to Wikipedia, another goal will be to interest the public to come and view our collections themselves.

    In the first month, my focus has been driven by how many people view certain collections on the archive website. The Leighton Library, Robert Haldane and John Grierson articles on Wikipedia have all had time dedicated to them, with the addition of a new Wikipedia article on the Stirling District Lunatic Asylum or Bellsdyke as it was later known.

    There was also time to visit the Leighton Library and take some internal shots of the first purpose-built library in Scotland, if you want to see the inside for yourself you can pop in Monday-Saturday 11am-1pm.

    Photograph of the interior of the Leighton Library

    The next month‘s focus will be on the Peter Mackay collection, as well as the Royal Scottish National Hospital, Sam Back and Howietoun Fishery. A lovely range of collections to keep me occupied.

    Lucy Rodger is completing a Masters in Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling, her residency will run until the end of June 2018.

    Wikipedia project: month 1

    For three months there will be a new addition to the University of Stirling Archives, a Wikipedian-In-Residence. The first month has flown in already, but articles on Wikipedia have already benefitted from a little dose of information from the archives. It has been an interesting project to undertake due to the range of collections that the archive holds. Although it is one of my goals to transfer some of the knowledge from the archive to Wikipedia, another goal will be to interest the public to come and view our collections themselves.

    In the first month, my focus has been driven by how many people view certain collections on the archive website. The Leighton Library, Robert Haldane and John Grierson articles on Wikipedia have all had time dedicated to them, with the addition of a new Wikipedia article on the Stirling District Lunatic Asylum or Bellsdyke as it was later known.

    There was also time to visit the Leighton Library and take some internal shots of the first purpose-built library in Scotland, if you want to see the inside for yourself you can pop in Monday-Saturday 11am-1pm.

    Photograph of the interior of the Leighton Library

    The next month‘s focus will be on the Peter Mackay collection, as well as the Royal Scottish National Hospital, Sam Back and Howietoun Fishery. A lovely range of collections to keep me occupied.

    Lucy Rodger is completing a Masters in Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling, her residency will run until the end of June 2018.

    Percy Sutton: The Coming Population Explosion

    50 years ago today, Planned Parenthood organized its first conference on family planning at the now-defunct Commodore Hotel in New York City, near Grand Central station. Titled “Family Planning in New York City: Change and Challenge,” it featured speakers culled from health and social-service leaders within Mayor Lindsay’s administration. These included Health Commissioner O’Rourke, as well as high-ranking officials from the Human Resources Administration and the Board of Education.

    Family planning had a long history in the city: Margaret Sanger started her controversial first clinic in Brooklyn in 1916, a clinic which then, first as the American Birth Control League in 1921 and then in 1942 as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, became the core of the only national birth-control organization in the U.S. until the 1960s. It is no surprise, then, that the reports from city officials give a cumulative sense of a city fully committed to a progressive approach to family planning (and its always controversial sister issue, abortion): several programs are described, its successes are recounted, the challenges ahead are pointed out —all in the convivial, slightly stilted language of bureaucrats accustomed to public speaking.

    Then comes Manhattan Borough President Percy E. Sutton. Less than two years at his post, but already loaded with plenty of experience in the legal, civil-rights, and political arenas, “the chairman” brings his legendary smooth diction to point out some uncomfortable challenges in the field. A keen persuader, Sutton would be the highest-ranking elected black official for more than a decade, and here you can hear why: here is a man utterly at ease in front of a crowd, and a man also unafraid to speak his mind.

    Significantly, Sutton had also introduced an abortion bill in 1966, seven years before the Roe v. Wade decision. Although the bill was defeated, it has been hailed as groundbreaking for its time, and has been said to inspire New York’s progressive stance on the issue (at least until recently). More broadly, Sutton continued to show interest in family planning, and in his speech he outlines his reasons for having been supportive of the issue: at its most basic, he predicts that the population explosion will be as destructive as a nuclear explosion.

    But it is the subtleties in his delivery that set Sutton apart in the proceedings. After a series of well-meaning reports from city officials, all of which tend to sound “top-down,” he suggests keeping one’s ear to the ground in the communities most likely to suffer from the ill effects of an unplanned population increase. To that end he quotes an off-the-cuff remark by civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. Imitating Ms. Hamer’s Sunflower County, Mississippi cadence, he retells her disdainful comment:

    Huh! White folks talkin’ about family planning…When they had that cotton to chop,when they had that corn to holdthey said, “Children, have fun—have a lot of children!”Now we talk about voting:they talk about family planning.

    Sutton uses this remarkable quote to respectfully —but not without bristle— tell the audience about attitudes that may harm the progress of family-planning programs. (He also cannot resist to note that Fannie Lou Hamer is much more eloquent than Mississippi senator James Eastland, a known supporter of racial segregation) But somehow, by presenting possibly dissenting views, Sutton does not sound any less convinced: he merely seems to be warning the surrounding policymakers of possible setbacks, and above all asking them to be inclusive: to listen. It is an attitude that served him well in his long career in the public service.

    Welcome to the Paris Press Archives!

    Amherst College Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Records of the Paris Press. The records arrived here in April 2018 and we’re looking forward to making them quickly available to the public.

    The Paris Press was founded in 1995 with the mission of publishing “groundbreaking yet overlooked literature by women.” Paris Press authors include: Muriel Rukeyser, Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Bryher, Ruth Stone, Zdena Berger, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In 2018, the Press was acquired by Wesleyan University and all Paris Press books will be available through the Wesleyan University Press.

    The Records of the Paris Press includes some fifty to one hundred linear feet of paper records in addition to several terabytes of born digital material. This is the perfect opportunity for the Archives to practice the principles of extensible processing – an iterative process that creates baseline access points for archival material but allows for more detailed work as user demand dictates. The Paris Press records were well-organized when they were active, and the records creators kept everything categorized by publishing job and at the box level. We’ll be maintaining that organization as we prepare a box-level inventory for the public. We soon will have publicly available descriptions of the collection on our collections portal and in the library catalog. Check back soon!

    Below are a number of shots of the newly-arrived Paris Press records as they made their way onto shelves at our off-site storage facility, the Bunker.




    U.S. Coast Guard Logbook Scan-a-Thon

    The featured scanning project from the National Archives Innovation Hub focuses on logbooks of the U.S. Coast Guard vessels that served in the Vietnam War. These vessels participated in Operation Market Time, an effort to patrol the South Vietnamese coast to keep supplies from reaching North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces.

    The logbooks contain the highlights of each ship’s voyage, written up every four hours by the deck officer on watch. Information recorded may include incidents of shots fired, transportation of detainees, and contact with friendly or unfriendly vessels. Many veterans of the Vietnam War use these logbooks today to help establish their eligibility for veterans’ benefits.

    Logbook cover for the USCG Point Glover

    Logbook cover for the USCG Point Glover, December 1966. National Archives Identifier 75675099

    To support this digitization project, the Innovation Hub recently held a scan-a-thon, inviting staff and the public to help veterans access the history of the ships they served on by scanning logbook pages. Thanks to our citizen scanners, we exceeded our goal of 2,000 pages and scanned a total of 2,314 pages in one day!

    Once each month’s logbook is scanned, it is uploaded into our online Catalog and made easily available to everyone. View the completed logbooks in our Catalog.

    Among the 20 attendees at the scan-a-thon were five Coast Guard veterans who scanned the logbooks of the ships they had served on in Vietnam. After the event, veteran Tom Livingston emailed to say:

    “I had a great time in the Innovation Hub and I appreciate all of the hospitality shown to me by you and your staff. It was a thrill for me to touch some of the documents I wrote 50 years ago in Vietnam. I enjoyed it so much that I will plan another trip to DC this summer.”

    Tom Livingston, former commander of the Point Slocum, points to his signature on a logbook page

    Tom Livingston, former commander of the Point Slocum, points to his signature on a logbook page

    Also attending were Scott Price, Chief Historian of the Coast Guard, and Emily Brockway from the Coast Guard’s Office of External Outreach and Heritage. The Innovation Hub hopes to work with these Coast Guard offices in the future as we continue the project.

    Archives specialist Adebo Adetona gave a talk about the logbooks, how they were created, and how they are used today. The talk was streamed on Facebook Live. One attendee emailed later to say:

    “I am glad that someone videotaped the lecture portion because the impact became more clear to me about the usage of the scans. Previously, I thought it was about Veteran pension benefits; now, I know that the scans support veterans made ill by Agent Orange exposure receive medical benefits rightfully due to them.”

    Adebo Adetona delivers his talk

    Adebo Adetona delivers his talk

    Many thanks to all of our citizen scanners and scan-a-thon participants for helping to make these important records more accessible to our veterans. We estimate that there are over 100,000 total pages that need to be scanned for this project, so there is more work to be done. If you are interested in helping scan, visit us in the Hub! You can learn more about this project and how to volunteer at the National Archives Innovation Hub.

    More Legacy Open Data Sets Now Available

    We’re delighted to announce that even more legacy versions of the City’s open data sets are now available for download through our online database.

    Back in November 2017 we released the first batch of sets, spanning October 2014 to April 2016. For basic information on how to access and download the data sets, please take a look at our post from November 2017.

    The most recently added sets include the earliest versions we have, grabbed in November 2010.

    Description of Bikeways data from November 2010 snapshot

    With so many sets now available, it’s helpful to know how to isolate the data from a particular snapshot date. On the Open Data Catalogue series description page, scroll down to the Scope and content field for the list of snapshot dates.

    Scope and content of Open Data Catalogue series with dates datasets were grabbed

    Data packages (grouped by subject just like on the live Open Data Catalogue) all have “Open data catalogue” and the date (just month and year) of the snapshot in the title, so the easiest way to narrow your search results to a specific snapshot is to use the Advanced search.

    Search “open data catalogue” (in quotation marks) in Title AND the snapshot date you’re looking for (also in quotation marks) in Title. Here is an example showing a search for January 2013:

    Using Advanced search to isolate data sets from the January 2013 snapshot

    We continue to snapshot the Open Data Catalogue quarterly, and data sets grabbed in 2017 and 2018 are currently being processed and making their way to our database. As always, we would love to see what the community produces with the data, so please feel free to get in touch with us!

    Playbills in the Spotlight

    It’s time for a student spotlight to hear what some of our students are working on behind the scenes at Special Collections & Archives.

    My name is Meg Barrett, and come Fall semester, I will be a senior (!), studying Art History. I’ve been working with Special Collections & Archives since the summer of 2016, and I’ve been able to work with some really interesting materials, such as photo records of the university’s College of Nursing to eighteenth-century French newspapers.

    Most recently, however, I had the opportunity to create the container list for the School of Theatre’s playbill collection, located in the Degen Resource Room of the Fine Arts Building. This list was added to the collection’s finding aid which means you can now search the collection’s thousands of titles.

    The collection has over 200 binders filled with thousands of playbills for plays and musicals, dating back to the 1870s. The collection consists of playbills of shows across the country, such as in New York or Chicago, and even university productions. As an avid theatre fan, who takes every opportunity to see a campus theatre production and enjoys a good musical theatre soundtrack, being able to work on this project was a great experience. The collection includes playbills from shows such as The Boy Friend from 1954, which was Julie Andrews’ Broadway debut, the 1996 production of This is Our Youth, starring Mark Ruffalo, or even the 2000 performance of The Crucible at the Florida State University Fallon Theatre. I am so grateful that I was given the chance to work on this project and look through all of these fascinating materials.

    Editor’s Note: Meg has been a fantastic addition to Special Collections & Archives and we’re going to miss her this summer as she goes on a European adventure but will look forward to having her back in the fall!

    Archivist, temporary contract (8 weeks)

    Information Services
    Library and Archives Research Support

    Archivist
    Grade 6, Point 24
    Temporary Appointment for 8 weeks
    4 June – 27 July 2018

    An opportunity has arisen at the University Of Stirling Archives for a recently qualified archivist to work on a short-term project preparing a number of personal paper collections for a larger project which will catalogue our Commonwealth Games related collections.

    The collections relate to three individuals with a long association with Commonwealth sport:

    • Sir Peter Heatly (1924-2015), winner of gold medals for diving at three consecutive Commonwealth Games in the 1950s, Vice Chair of the 1970 Edinburgh Games and Chair of the Commonwealth Games Federation from 1982-1990
    • Willie Carmichael (1905-1988), Manager of the Scottish Team in 1938, Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland from 1950-55, and Director of the 1970 Edinburgh Games
    • Douglas Brown (1940-2016), Honorary Secretary of Commonwealth Games Scotland from 1999-2011 and a major figure in Scottish Swimming.

    The University of Stirling Archives holds an extensive collection of material relating to the Commonwealth Games including the administrative records of Commonwealth Games Scotland. The University Archives has created a system of arrangement for our Commonwealth Games related collections which is to be applied to the above personal collections in advance of future cataloguing of the material.

    The main duties of this short-term contract include:

    • Preliminary sorting and arrangement of the above personal paper collections
    • Further sorting of Commonwealth Games-related material in these collections into sub-series of records
    • Checking and correcting draft Excel lists for Sir Peter Heatly and Willie Carmichael collections
    • Updating the box list for the Douglas Brown collection, providing further information on its contents

    Job specification:

    Essential:

    • Postgraduate qualification in archival studies or equivalent
    • Previous practical experience working in an archive service (including volunteering)

    Desirable:

    • Knowledge of / interest in the history of sport
    • Knowledge of international archive cataloguing standards
    • Experience of using CALM for Archives cataloguing system
    • Registered member of the Archives and Records Association

    Applications:

    Please send an up-to-date CV with a covering letter explaining your interest in the post to Karl Magee, University Archivist at karl.magee@stir.ac.uk

    Please use the subject heading CG Archive application in your email.

    Closing date for applications is Monday 14 May 2018.

    Interviews will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 17 May 2018.

    Archivist, temporary contract (8 weeks)

    Information Services
    Library and Archives Research Support

    Archivist
    Grade 6, Point 24
    Temporary Appointment for 8 weeks
    4 June – 27 July 2018

    An opportunity has arisen at the University Of Stirling Archives for a recently qualified archivist to work on a short-term project preparing a number of personal paper collections for a larger project which will catalogue our Commonwealth Games related collections.

    The collections relate to three individuals with a long association with Commonwealth sport:

    • Sir Peter Heatly (1924-2015), winner of gold medals for diving at three consecutive Commonwealth Games in the 1950s, Vice Chair of the 1970 Edinburgh Games and Chair of the Commonwealth Games Federation from 1982-1990
    • Willie Carmichael (1905-1988), Manager of the Scottish Team in 1938, Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland from 1950-55, and Director of the 1970 Edinburgh Games
    • Douglas Brown (1940-2016), Honorary Secretary of Commonwealth Games Scotland from 1999-2011 and a major figure in Scottish Swimming.

    The University of Stirling Archives holds an extensive collection of material relating to the Commonwealth Games including the administrative records of Commonwealth Games Scotland. The University Archives has created a system of arrangement for our Commonwealth Games related collections which is to be applied to the above personal collections in advance of future cataloguing of the material.

    The main duties of this short-term contract include:

    • Preliminary sorting and arrangement of the above personal paper collections
    • Further sorting of Commonwealth Games-related material in these collections into sub-series of records
    • Checking and correcting draft Excel lists for Sir Peter Heatly and Willie Carmichael collections
    • Updating the box list for the Douglas Brown collection, providing further information on its contents

    Job specification:

    Essential:

    • Postgraduate qualification in archival studies or equivalent
    • Previous practical experience working in an archive service (including volunteering)

    Desirable:

    • Knowledge of / interest in the history of sport
    • Knowledge of international archive cataloguing standards
    • Experience of using CALM for Archives cataloguing system
    • Registered member of the Archives and Records Association

    Applications:

    Please send an up-to-date CV with a covering letter explaining your interest in the post to Karl Magee, University Archivist at karl.magee@stir.ac.uk

    Please use the subject heading CG Archive application in your email.

    Closing date for applications is Monday 14 May 2018.

    Interviews will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 17 May 2018.

    Delighting Audiences, One Hashtag Party at a Time

    Since launching the #ArchivesHashtagParty in August 2017, the National Archives has brought together over 600 archives, libraries, and museums around the world and reached millions of people on Twitter and Instagram. More than 48,000 tweets have used our campaign hashtags and the initiative has generated thousands of visits to the online National Archives Catalog.

    Archives Hashtag Party

    Each monthly hashtag theme is chosen to spur discovery of our holdings, interest in our mission, and hopefully to spark delight in discovering archival materials. Although many of these topics– #ArchivesSquadGoals, #ArchivesGameNight, or #ArchivesDanceParty–may seem lighthearted, they make history accessible on a personal level.

    After we hosted #ArchivesCute in September, Vox wrote that the theme “provides a glimpse into what a vintage Instagram would have looked like…When we think of historical archives and photos from the past, most of us tend to envision stuffy documentary footage, stone-faced ancestors posing for family photos, or famous moments in history captured by journalists on the scene. We certainly don’t think of history as aligning with the way we view the world around us today.”

    Initially, we had planned a six-month run, but we received such positive feedback from audiences and cultural organizations alike that we decided to open up the #ArchivesHashtagParty as regular monthly digital gathering. It’s especially gratifying to see that with each installment in the series, we further our goal to be a convening force for cultural organizations that raises the visibility and impact of archives around the world.

    One of the primary goals of the National Archives Social Media Strategy is to “cultivate a community of practice,” and this has been one of the guiding principles behind the #ArchivesHashtagParty. We designed the parties to be inclusive and easy for archives of all types to jump in and feature their own collections. After we saw the power of these digital gatherings to mobilize our community, we realized we had an opportunity to highlight the role of archives by inviting guest organizations to co-host themes.

    In February 2018, our first guest co-host was the National Museum of African American History and Culture, who hosted #ArchivesBlackHistory. Today, Friday, May 4, our co-host is the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. We’ll share photos and stories about animal care and conservation with the theme #ArchivesAnimals. Through these kinds of takeovers we are able to broaden our range of subjects, enliven the series with fresh takes on engaging the public with collections, and reach new audiences.

    NOLA Jazz Museum image of musician playing the accordion

    The National Archives #ArchivesHashtagParty has ignited a social media phenomenon that is greater than the sum of its parts. Alone, each archive is a single voice in the crowded social media space; together we are attracting viral attention that acts as a multiplier of all of our individual audiences.

    I am proud of the National Archives staff who have contributed to this campaign and have collaborated in a meaningful way, taking NARA’s social media efforts to a new, worldwide audience. They have also strengthened the global community of archives, bringing visibility to our collective holdings and the value of the work we do.

    Learn more at: archives.gov/hashtagparty

    Thief Sentenced for Stealing Artifacts from the National Archives

    By stealing World War II records from the National Archives and Records Administration and selling them to collectors, a thief victimized the American people and damaged the agency entrusted with safeguarding our nation’s records. Antonin DeHays recently received 364 days in prison and three years on probation, eight months of which are to be served in home confinement, along with 100 hours of community service, for the theft of records from the National Archives.

    DeHays, a private researcher, stole and sold identification tags and related items from files of American servicemen whose planes were downed in Europe during World War II, as well as other original records from the National Archives at College Park.

    Images of stolen dog tags

    A few of the items stolen by Antonin DeHays from the National Archives at College Park

    Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced DeHays at the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland, also ordering him to pay $43,456.96 restitution to those who unknowingly purchased the stolen goods. Chuang said DeHays committed “an egregious, morally repugnant crime” of “auctioning of our history to the highest bidder.”

    As Archivist of the United States, I attended the sentencing and delivered a Victim Impact Statement, describing the tremendous damage that DeHays caused the National Archives, and asked for a maximum prison term as a consequence of the crime’s impact and in order to send a message to others about the serious nature of this offense.

    I am pleased that Judge Chuang gave DeHays a stiff punishment for his crimes. His sentence sends a strong message to others who may contemplate stealing our nation’s history. The theft of records from the National Archives amounts to stealing from the American people, and it merits a severe penalty whenever it occurs. During his remarks, Judge Chuang stated:

    Mr. DeHays, you have committed a very serious offense.  Your actions were an affront not only to every American who has ever served in uniform under the flag that stands behind me, but to every American child … who has ever pledged allegiance to that flag in their classroom, because it is for them that the National Archives are preserved, so that they can be inspired by our high points and learn from our low points, so as to make this nation and this world a better place in the future.  We must ensure that no one will commit the same kind of crime again.”

    I remain shocked and angered that a historian would show such disregard for records and artifacts. As a veteran, I am disgusted that anyone would steal records and artifacts documenting those captured or killed in the service of their nation.

    When a theft does occur, we rely on the Office of the Inspector General and the Justice Department to build a case and bring the perpetrator to justice. I want to thank them and recognize them for their hard work and collaboration identifying the loss and working to ensure the return of stolen items. We can always learn from a theft such as this, including any weaknesses and vulnerabilities in our processes. The security of the holdings of the National Archives is my highest priority and I pledge to continuously improve our policies and procedures to ensure our holdings are safe, while maintaining the balance of providing access to the records of the American people.

    You can read my Victim Impact Statement and the remarks by Judge Chuang.

    University’s James Hogg Collection in STV programme

    The University Library’s James Hogg collection recently featured in an episode of ‘The People’s History Show’ on STV. The piece was filmed in the University Archive and features Duncan Hotchkiss, Literature and Languages, talking about James Hogg. The show was broadcast on 30th April at 8pm and for the next month or so you can watch it on the STV Player (registration required): https://player.stv.tv/episode/3n6b/peoples-history/

     

    Helen Beardsley

    Academic Liaison Librarian

     

    University’s James Hogg Collection in STV programme

    The University Library’s James Hogg collection recently featured in an episode of ‘The People’s History Show’ on STV. The piece was filmed in the University Archive and features Duncan Hotchkiss, Literature and Languages, talking about James Hogg. The show was broadcast on 30th April at 8pm and for the next month or so you can watch it on the STV Player (registration required): https://player.stv.tv/episode/3n6b/peoples-history/

     

    Helen Beardsley

    Academic Liaison Librarian

     

    Freezing Film for Preservation Week

    In honor of Preservation Week, I thought it was high time to do a post on our film preservation program.






    Cellphone pictures of a few nitrate negatives from
    the Lincoln Wade Barnes Photographic Negatives Collection

    First off, what is film and why was it so ubiquitous for so long? The first 70 years of photography were dominated by images created on metal and glass (daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, glass plate negatives). These technologies had some significant limitations – they were bulky, fragile and difficult to use. The advent of the first plastic film base in the 1880s was revolutionary. Nitrocellulose film, or nitrate film, was light, flexible, portable and could be produced on an industrial scale. Film allowed for an explosion in amateur photography and the invention of motion pictures. Nitrate film had the major disadvantage of being highly flammable and degrading in a relatively short time frame. Cellulose acetate film base (popularly known as “safety film” in the early years because it was not flammable) was under development beginning in the 1910s and was fully adopted by the early 1950s. Acetate film has only been superseded by digital photography in the past couple decades.

    Why do we need to preserve film?

    It is easy to understand the need to preserve nitrate film – no one wants a fire hazard in their collection and many nitrate negatives show clear signs of decay. Ultimately, very decayed nitrate negatives will turn either to dust or goo, completely destroying the image. Acetate film also decays, causing the film base to shrink, warp and become brittle with time. For photographic film, this can cause bubbling and channeling between the image or emulsion layer and the film base.


    For motion picture film, the shrinkage of the film base can make it so that the sprocket holes in the film no longer match the holes in the projection equipment, causing the film to tear or break when projection is attempted. Advanced decay can cause curling, spoking (see below), warping and breakage.


    In addition, color dyes used in photograph and motion picture film are very sensitive fading with time and detrimental environmental conditions. While it is often possible to recover the images from damaged acetate film, it is a very expensive and time consuming process that involves separating the emulsion layer from the film base and carefully adhering it to a new polyester film base. Unfortunately faded dyes can not be recovered.

    What is Amherst doing to preserve our film?

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    Cold storage is hands down the best way to slow the chemical reactions that cause decay in nitrate and acetate film and color dyes. Storage below 30 degrees Fahrenheit extends the life of film by hundreds of years. (This calculator from the Image Permanence Institute allows you to explore the life span of acetate film under various environmental conditions.) With the generous support of the college, we’ve been able to install two freezers for storing our film materials. Our nitrate films are now all housed in a special flammable materials freezer and we are steadily moving our acetate film materials into a new walk-in freezer that will ultimately house all of our acetate film collections – negatives, slides and motion picture film.

    Because neither of our freezers have humidity control, we bag each box of film that goes in the freezer in moisture proof packaging using the protocols designed by the National Park Service. The materials in each box are packed carefully to reduce motion (film is very brittle when frozen), and each box is packed in two layers of vapor barrier bags. Inside each bag is a humidity monitoring card that we use to make sure that seals on the bags have not failed during storage.


    Olivia Gieger ’21 packaging film from the Amherst College Football Film collection

    If researchers need to work with any of the frozen materials, we can remove them from the freezer and after a 24 hour equilibration period, they can be freely used.

    Cold storage allows us to stabilize the condition of our film based materials so that they can be used for centuries to come. It also allows us to focus our digitization and preservation reformatting efforts on materials that have a more urgent need for attention, such as audio-visual materials on magnetic tape (look for a post on legacy AV media digitization in the coming months!)

    Resources:

    https://www.filmcare.org/
    This page created by the Image Permanence Institute has a lot of great information about identifying types of film and levels of deterioration and tools for cold storage planning.

    https://www.filmpreservation.org/
    The National Film Preservation Foundation is a key organization in the United States providing funding and information on motion picture film preservation. The Film Preservation Guide available as a free pdf on their website is a great introductory text for cultural heritage institutions.

    https://www.nfsa.gov.au/preservation/guide
    This technical preservation guide from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia includes a section on preservation at home for film, audio, video and still photographs.

    https://www.nps.gov/museum/coldstorage/html/index.html
    This guide by the National Parks Service demonstrates the step by step procedures for implementing cold storage.

    Pirates of the Caribbean

    It isn’t every day we digitize a 17th-century book about pirates. A few months ago, a colleague at the University of South Florida (USF) Libraries asked if we would be able to digitize our copy of Bucaniers of America, or, a true account of the most remarkable assaults committed of late years upon the coasts of the West Indies: by the bucaniers, of Jamaica and Tortuga, both English and French : wherein are contained more especially, the unparallel’d exploits of Sir Henry Morgan, our English Jamaican hero, who sacked Puerto Rico, burnt Panama, &c. (we just don’t title books like that anymore do we?). We were happy to oblige and also excited about why USF wanted a digital copy.

    Page from Bucaniers of America
    Page from Bucaniers of America

    They were working with The Tampa Bay History Center on a new exhibit, Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates & Shipwrecks and while USF was providing their copy of the book for the physical exhibit, they also wanted to be able to provide access to a digital copy as well. Due to the age and binding of the volume, it was a tricky digitization project but we persevered in the end! You too can now take a look at this fascinating volume chronicling the exploits of the buccaneers that ruled the waters of the Caribbean in the 1600s which includes the very famous Captain Morgan.

    The WQXR Listener Advisory Committee

    “WQXR is a different kind of radio station,” said WQXR Executive Vice President and General Manager Elliott Sanger. Indeed, operating and programming a successful commercial radio station between 1936 and 1946 without catering to the lowest common denominator was fairly unusual. He went on to explain that it could not have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of its listeners whom the station could call for advice. This is why the WQXR Listener Advisory Committee was created. Sanger detailed how it came about.

    “We wanted a cross-section of the people who listen to WQXR,” said Sanger. A detailed questionnaire went out to 11,000 people selected at random from the then 26,000 subscribers to the station program guide. Nearly 8,500 people answered the 82 questions, a phenomenal rate of return. Additionally, 85% of the respondents added comments and suggestions WQXR staffers compiled into 900 pages of feedback on the station. This group was invited to join an advisory committee. 2,496 agreed and they were balanced with a randomly selected group of non-subscribers making a 4,500 person committee. The committee had no meetings but continued to respond to station queries that were seriously considered and acted upon.

    For this gathering, Sanger wanted to thank committee members with a series of free concerts at Hunter College. This talk was given as an introduction to that series.

    WQXR transcription disc label for Elliott Sanger’s talk about the WQXR listeners advisory group.
    (Courtesy of the University of Georgia Peabody Archive Collections)

     

    Poetic Activism and Ruby Dee

    Glowchild, and other Poems, published in 1972, is an anthology of works by black poets on the subjects of “nature, passion, politics, hope, peace, freedom, and other topics, gathered primarily with the inner-city youth in mind” (Catalog Description). The included poems were selected by Ruby Dee, poet, playwright, actress, journalist, and lifelong activist.

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    Glowchild, and other Poems

    Nature and Poetry

    To choose a poem to highlight in this collection is difficult, as they are all worth reading, but following this Year of Poetry month’s theme, Nature and Poetry, we’ll focus on two poems that consider an aspect of nature and use that image to reflect on some of the complexities of human experience. Both poets were high school students. 

    I LOVE…

    I love, the birds that sing to me in the 
    Birth of morning. 
    I love, the cold clear water on my skin to wake
    My rested face.
    I love, walking briskly through the clean 
    Crisp noon air. 
    I love, to see people being
    People together. 
    I love, to see love being loved
    Don't you?
    --- LaVerne Davis, New Rochelle H.S.

    “ESCAPE”

    Have you ever watched a fly trying to get out a window?
    It yearns for the sunshine on its back, and lost freedom. 
    It goes back and forth trying to get out. 
    Maybe it's trying to tell US something. 
    Should WE also try to get out, 
    Get back to the outdoors, 
    Escape from the prison called civilization?
    To where a man is free and doesn't die from 9-5. 
    Where he's not boxed in by responsibility. 
    Yes, maybe WE also should be looking for the space in the window to Escape.
    --- Robert Kaufmann, Albert Leonard Jr. H.S.

    In Dee’s introduction to the collection, she stresses the importance of these poems:

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    From Dee’s Introduction

    American Negro Theater

    The anthology is a poetic continuation of Dee’s activist work, and its target audience of “inner-city youth” is near and dear to Dee’s own experience growing up in Harlem in the 30s and 40s. She began her acting career with the American Negro Theater (ANT), a group founded in 1940 when Abram Hill and Frederick O’Neal approached librarians of the Harlem Branch of the New York Public Library system; the librarians offered the group the use of their basement stage and a game-changing theater troupe arose. Eventually, along with Ruby Dee, actors Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte came out of the American Negro Theater. ANT worked to write and produce theater that was thoughtful and radical.

    The goals of the American Negro Theater were:

    1. To develop a permanent acting company trained in the arts and crafts of the theatre that also reflected the special gifts, talents, and attributes of African Americans.
    2. To produce plays that honestly and with integrity interpreted, illuminated, and criticized contemporary black life and the concerns of black people.
    3. To maintain an affiliation with, and provide leadership for, other black theatre groups throughout the nation.
    4. To utilize its resources to develop racial pride in the theatre, rather than racial apathy.

    (from Wikipedia)

     

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    1962 Photo of Dee by Carl Van Vechten, Van Vechten Collection at Library of Congress

    Ruby Dee

    Ruby Dee is likely best known for her role in the stage and film productions of A Raisin in the Sun, which made its Broadway debut in 1959. Dee played Ruth Younger, the wife and mother of the impoverished Younger family. She became quite famous and popular, but never shied away from participation in political activism, leading her to be blacklisted and harshly criticized at several points in her career.

    It is difficult to capture the breadth of Dee’s accomplishments in this space. To learn more about her amazing life and career, you can read a memorial piece, written just after her death, here.

    Here is a video of Ruby Dee appearing on the Dick Cavett show in 1970, around the time that she began collecting poems for production in Glowchild, and other Poems.

     Glowchild, and other Poems is a beautiful anthology, filled with poems by young black people writing about their experiences with the harsh realities of life. It’s disappointing to discover that the book was banned in libraries across the states. Dee carefully curated the anthology to incorporate poems that would be useful to young people who identified with the experiences of the writers; to take away access to that experience — and most of these bans took place in public school libraries — is a crime.


    Sources:

    Rux, Carl Hancock. “Ruby Dee: 1922-2014.” American Theatre, no. 7, 2014, p. 20.

    Smith, Jessie Carney and Lean’tin L. Bracks. Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014.

     

    On the hunt for 2116 Maple Street: A house history expedition – Part 3: City Directories

    The final part of hunting for information about 2116 Maple Street, after looking at fire insurance maps, water records, building permit registers, and photographs, involves looking up the names of the residents in the city directories.

    The Archives’ city directories available in the Reading Room. Photo by Bronwyn Smyth

    The city directories are one of our most well-used resources, as many researchers look for the history of a building’s occupants, or where a relative lived over time. It is time consuming to go through the publications year-by-year and trace the occupants of a house, but, I would argue it is time well spent. Often an underlying narrative emerges about the residents, about the house, and about the neighbourhood.

    The mechanics of using the directories are fairly straightforward. They are divided into two major parts – addresses and names – also with a third section for advertising or business listings. However, before we get into the how-to, I want to step back and look at the history of the directories, what other information they contain, and why I even started thinking about these things in the first place.

    Until recently I approached the directories more as the place to go to find occupants of a building, but as I spend more time using them, I have been realizing that they contain a wealth of information in addition to people’s names and addresses.

    As George Young wrote in his 1988 The Researcher’s Guide to British Columbia Nineteenth Century Directories, “Directories constitute one of the most detailed, diverse, and occasionally, even delightful insights into our past.”[1] And so I started looking at every directory from 1888 to 1996 to see what I could learn about them – publication times, how the information was collected, who published them, and what other information they contained.

    Many of the early directories I could surmise the month they were published through the dates written at the bottom of a preface or in the introductory material. Some directories were published in January, while others were published in April, May, or June. By the 1940s prefaces with dates were no longer written, but dates could be found under the governmental information, with a phrasing like, “Latest information available October 27th, 1945” in a 1945 BC and Yukon directory, or, “elected June 12, 1952,” in a 1952 Vancouver and New Westminster directory  giving some frame of reference. By the 1960s those phrases disappeared, however, and with it an indication of the time of year a directory was published. It is important to remember, though, that the information in the directories was typically collected in the year leading up to the publication date.

    Roy Wrigley Ltd. Printers & Publishers, located at 300 West Pender Street, 1935, two years after Sun Directories Limited took over the city directory publishing scene in Vancouver. Detail from AM1535-: CVA 99-2873

    The publishers of the directories changed throughout the years. The first Vancouver city directory was “Compiled for R.T. Williams by Thomas Draper”, and published by R.T. Williams in Victoria. Henderson’s City Directories started appearing soon after. The preface and introductory material of these two different directories were keen to point out the advantages of using their particular directory over the competitor’s, in phrases such as, “Every effort has been made to secure the christian [sic] names in full, which we believe will be of advantage,” in Henderson’s 1890 directory, and “There are one hundred pages more than were in the 1889 Directory; while the price remains the same,” in Williams’ 1891 directory, or, in the case of Henderson’s 1919 directory, “The Miscellaneous Section in the front part of the volume, containing up-to-date statistics and information, much of which is not to be found elsewhere in print”. Wrigley Directories, Limited, began publishing its directories in 1918, and eventually amalgamated in 1924 with Henderson, while Williams’ directories for Vancouver disappeared. For the next ten years, Wrigley’s dominated the directory publishing scene in Vancouver. Sun Directories Limited bought Wrigley’s and started publishing their version of the directory in 1934 [2]. By 1950, the city directories were being published by B.C. Directories, Limited, which eventually became a division of R.L. Polk & Co. Ltd. Publishers in 1972. The directories were only published as long as they were profitable. As other information sources became available, the directories ceased publications in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

    The cover of Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory 1920. Photo by Bronwyn Smyth

    Spending time going through the directories for dates made me aware of the wealth of supplementary material crammed into the front matter. The Williams’ 1892 directory has a summary of the number of days snow fell in Vancouver, and number of “fine days”. Williams’ 1893 directory has a list of general wages for labourers and the hours they work, customs statistics (amount of imported and exported goods), and postal rates. The 1909 Henderson’s directory  added a Chinese business firms directory, as well as a breakdown of the demographics of Vancouver’s population into general ethnicities. A 1911 Henderson’s  has listings of lighthouses, light keepers and their mailing addresses, along with school statistics. When Wrigley’s took up the publishing city directories, it furnished the fronts of its directories with descriptive sections with accompanying photographs titled “Sport in the Canadian Pacific Rockies”, and “Motoring in British Columbia”.

    Some of the earlier directories had quite a lot of supplementary material, such as “Motoring in British Columbia” as seen in Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory 1920. Photo by Bronwyn Smyth

    Now that I have taken a detour, let me get back to explaining how to use the directories by returning to my house history hunt for 2116 Maple Street. From the water service records and building permits, I know that the house was built in 1912. However, it does not show up in the city directories until 1913. Often, it is the case that a house or building will not start appearing in the directories until a year or two after it was built.

    Since I am looking up an address, I begin with the address section of the directories. In the 1913 directory, the occupant is listed as Lewis H Vernon. After I have the name, I then turn to the name section of the directory.

    Looking for the occupant of 2116 Maple Street in the address section of the 1913 directory.

    From looking up Mr. Vernon’s name, I see that he works at Vernon Brothers Ltd., which, very nicely has a listing at the top of this page, detailing that Vernon Brother Ltd. was in the business of contracting, building, real estate, loans and insurance. It also lists the office’s address. When looking up the name, I will know I have the correct one because the house address is listed next to the name. I find this a good way to double check my research work.

    Looking up the name found in the address section of the 1913 directory.

    I will then repeat this process for the proceeding directories – start by looking up the address, noting the person or persons listed, then look up the person or persons to give me information as to what their occupation was. It is important to remember that the listing of occupants is not exhaustive. In the early directories, women (unless single or widowed) were not typically listed. This changed by 1934 under the new publisher Sun Directories Limited when married women were listed in parentheses after their husbands’ names. The directories also only capture adult occupants. Furthermore, people from ethnic minorities were sometimes listed simply by what nationality they were, or that the canvasser assumed they were, rather then named.

    When I look through the directories I keep in mind that there  may be inconsistencies or errors. The information was collected by door-to-door canvassers, and later in the 1990’s telephone canvassers. The information was given voluntarily and misspellings could occur. For example, from the 1916 directory, the occupant’s middle initial appears differently in the address section and name section.

    Herbert A Stein is listed as the house occupant.

    Herbert E Stein instead of Herbert A Stein is listed in the name section of the same directory.

    Abbreviations are found throughout the directories including for names, businesses and occupations. A page is typically included at the beginning of the directory that helps decipher them.

    Over the years a civil engineer, a phonebox operator, a university student, and a fisherman lived at 2116 Maple Street.

    A telephone operator, 1940s. Reference code: AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-853

    The more I do house history hunts, the more I become addicted to it. I learn more about how this city developed, who the inhabitants were, and gain a better appreciation for why certain features exists. For instance, why a road curves a certain way, or why a building, though now residential, looks like it once was a corner store. House history research is both a good way to be introduced to the Archives and the types of records in our holdings, and can spark one’s curiosity about the past.

    [1] Young, G. The researcher’s guide to British Columbia nineteenth century directories. University of Victoria, 1988.

    [2] City of Vancouver Archives, Wrigley Printing Co., AM54-S23-2–, Loc. 505-E-04, File 253, Conversation with Roy Wrigley written by J.S. Matthews, 24 April 1947.

    Editor’s note: A number of institutions in the Lower Mainland hold partial to full sets of City Directories, either in hard copy or on microfilm. The digital versions linked to in this post are part of the Vancouver Public Library’s BC Directories collection dating from 1860-1955.

    Aussie Hosts and Tartan Champions at the Gold Coast Games

    The University Of Stirling Archives was invited by Commonwealth Games Scotland to present a special Australian-themed version of our Hosts and Champions exhibition at Scotland House, Team Scotland’s HQ during the Gold Coast Games. Aussie Hosts and Tartan Champions featured a selection of material relating to Scotland’s participation in the four previous Games held in Australia (Sydney 1938, Perth 1962, Brisbane 1982 and Melbourne 2006).

    The exhibition included a range of memorabilia related to Scotland’s participation in previous Australian Games.

    Located in the vibrant centre of Surfers Paradise Scotland House provided a central hub for athletes and their families, supporters, sporting officials and the media. The team branding and promotional images of the athletes marked it out as a home-from-home for Scottish visitors to the Gold Coast (with Irn-Bru and Tunnock’s tea cakes being provided during the live coverage of the opening ceremony of the Games!)

    During the first week of the Games the exhibition provided the backdrop to a number of events which celebrated the heritage and history of Team Scotland’s experiences competing down under. On 4 April Jon Doig, CEO of Commonwealth Games Scotland, hosted a discussion with a panel of past athletes who had competed at the previous Games held in Australia. Tales of travel and competition were shared from Perth in 1962 through to Melbourne in 2006 and the event also provided our exhibition team with the opportunity to speak about value and importance of the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive.

    The panel who participated in the CGS Heritage event on 4 April (left to right): Richard Haynes (CMC, University of Stirling), Karl Magee (University of Stirling Archives), Louise Martin CBE (President of the Commonwealth Games Federation) , Michael Cavanagh OBE (former Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland), Jon Doig OBE (CEO Commonwealth Games Scotland), Colin Gregor (former Scotland Rugby 7s captain)

    Other events included a visit from the Queensland Branch of the Australian Society of Archivists, which generated some stimulating discussion relating to the use and promotion of sporting heritage, and an evening reception for Stirling Alumni welcoming former students and staff of the university resident in Gold Coast to the exhibition to find out more about the work of the University Archives.

    Our exhibition team welcomed a group of Queensland archivists to Scotland House on 3 April.

    The display of our Aussie Hosts and Tartan Champions exhibition in Scotland House during the first week on the Games provided a great opportunity for our archives team to promote the value of Scotland’s sporting heritage to visitors. Gold Coast 2018 ended on 15 April with Team Scotland collecting a record-breaking haul of medals at an overseas Games. Next stop Birmingham in 2022!

    The exhibition provided current athletes with an opportunity to learn about the history and heritage of the Games (pictured Viorel Etko, Wrestling)

    Aussie Hosts and Tartan Champions at the Gold Coast Games

    The University Of Stirling Archives was invited by Commonwealth Games Scotland to present a special Australian-themed version of our Hosts and Champions exhibition at Scotland House, Team Scotland’s HQ during the Gold Coast Games. Aussie Hosts and Tartan Champions featured a selection of material relating to Scotland’s participation in the four previous Games held in Australia (Sydney 1938, Perth 1962, Brisbane 1982 and Melbourne 2006).

    The exhibition included a range of memorabilia related to Scotland’s participation in previous Australian Games.

    Located in the vibrant centre of Surfers Paradise Scotland House provided a central hub for athletes and their families, supporters, sporting officials and the media. The team branding and promotional images of the athletes marked it out as a home-from-home for Scottish visitors to the Gold Coast (with Irn-Bru and Tunnock’s tea cakes being provided during the live coverage of the opening ceremony of the Games!)

    During the first week of the Games the exhibition provided the backdrop to a number of events which celebrated the heritage and history of Team Scotland’s experiences competing down under. On 4 April Jon Doig, CEO of Commonwealth Games Scotland, hosted a discussion with a panel of past athletes who had competed at the previous Games held in Australia. Tales of travel and competition were shared from Perth in 1962 through to Melbourne in 2006 and the event also provided our exhibition team with the opportunity to speak about value and importance of the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive.

    The panel who participated in the CGS Heritage event on 4 April (left to right): Richard Haynes (CMC, University of Stirling), Karl Magee (University of Stirling Archives), Louise Martin CBE (President of the Commonwealth Games Federation) , Michael Cavanagh OBE (former Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland), Jon Doig OBE (CEO Commonwealth Games Scotland), Colin Gregor (former Scotland Rugby 7s captain)

    Other events included a visit from the Queensland Branch of the Australian Society of Archivists, which generated some stimulating discussion relating to the use and promotion of sporting heritage, and an evening reception for Stirling Alumni welcoming former students and staff of the university resident in Gold Coast to the exhibition to find out more about the work of the University Archives.

    Our exhibition team welcomed a group of Queensland archivists to Scotland House on 3 April.

    The display of our Aussie Hosts and Tartan Champions exhibition in Scotland House during the first week on the Games provided a great opportunity for our archives team to promote the value of Scotland’s sporting heritage to visitors. Gold Coast 2018 ended on 15 April with Team Scotland collecting a record-breaking haul of medals at an overseas Games. Next stop Birmingham in 2022!

    The exhibition provided current athletes with an opportunity to learn about the history and heritage of the Games (pictured Viorel Etko, Wrestling)

    Artists’ Books: A Repeated Misunderstanding of Nature

    Some of the most interesting materials in FSU’s Special Collections are Artists’ Books (also known as Book Arts). These are works in which the form of the work, the art and decoration on its surfaces, and the book’s moving parts are as important as the text of the work. Artists’ Books come in many shapes and sizes, from tiny to oversized. They often play with the format of the codex — pieces of substrate (writing surfaces) linked along one side to form what we refer to as a “book” — making meaning in often profound and exciting ways.

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    The Artist’s Book we are highlighting today is A Repeated Misunderstanding of Nature, written and designed by Clifton Meador. Our copy is one of 25 that exist in the world. It comes in a “laser-cut birch plywood slipcase with dovetail joints,” and is broken into five volumes. Each volume has a different color schema that coordinates with the coloring of the seasonal forest scene depicted within. The volumes are accordion pleated and contain images and words only along one side; the back is blank.

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    Accordion pleated works give the reader freedom in how they are read. An accordion-pleated text can be turned into a typical book-ready experience by keeping the pages folded up and going one at a time. Alternately, they can be unfurled entirely, revealing the length of the work in full. A Repeated Misunderstanding of Nature has an additional complexity to its consumption, in that the text and images are facing separate directions; each volume contains a forest scene printed horizontally along the accordion folds while the text runs vertically down the long side of the bottom of the image.

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    The textual content is a supposed lecture by an imaginary professor, who discusses nature and our relationship to it at length. The text of the lecture is broken up into shorter phrases that sometimes jump away from the margin and “grow” into the forest scene.

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    The phrases take on a poetic quality, which is why it felt like the perfect choice for highlighting in our Year of Poetry blog series. While we often see poetry and prose and distinct forms, prose — especially spoken performance prose, as we might expect from a lecture — can take on a poetic quality, especially as it incorporates repetition, rhythm, and alliteration.

    “The border of each image includes a text from a long, imaginary lecture by a professor who — even though he sounds convinced — is actually confused about how to understand nature: he drifts between thinking of nature as something to read and nature as an anthropomorphic presence. This work was inspired by Chinese literati landscape painting, a mode of art that used images of nature as a vocabulary rather than as representation of specific landscapes. For these literati, landscape was a metaphor for personal experience: for the confused professor in A Repeated Misunderstanding of Nature, these pictures of the autumnal forests of Maine become a book that defeats reading.” — Vamp & Tramp Booksellers Website

     

    This beautiful work is available for you to examine in Florida State University’s Special Collections, and we invite you come see it in person! It is much bigger than can be perceived in the images here.

    Gertrude Hall Brownell Collection of Viola Roseboro’ Correspondence

    I recently processed a single box collection of correspondence from Viola Roseboro’, a fiction editor and author at the turn of the 20th century, to her friend Gertrude Hall Brownell, poet and author.  The correspondence spans an eight year period (1936-1944) toward the end of Roseboro’s life.


    This small collection contains primarily one-sided correspondence from Viola Roseboro’ to Gertrude Hall Brownell, with the occasional enclosed letter by Gertrude Hall Brownell or other correspondent, including a single Willa Cather letter. The correspondence reflects Roseboro’s views on literature, politics, current events, shared acquaintances, her health, finances, and living arrangements, and her lifetime love of Shakespeare.  This collection gives a glimpse of  a close friendship between two women in early 20th century New York.


    Viola Roseboro’ was born in Pulaski, Tennessee in 1858, daughter of the Reverend S.R. Roseboro’ and Martha Colyar. Roseboro’ attended Fairmont College in Monteagle, TN and worked as a stage actress before settling in New York around 1882 to begin a career in newspapers and magazines as a freelance writer and reader.

    Roseboro’ joined the staff of McClure’s Magazine, a monthly periodical publishing literary and political content, as a manuscript reader in 1893 before becoming the fiction editor for the magazine. As editor, Roseboro’ was known for her talent in selecting and publishing unknown authors, such as O. Henry, Jack London, and Will Cather.


    Roseboro’s first collection of short stories, “Old Ways and New” was published in 1892. “The Joyous Heart,” a novel, was published in 1903, followed by another collection of short stories, “Players and Vagabonds,” published in 1904. “Storms of Youth,” Roseboro’s final novel, was published in 1920. Roseboro’ also published numerous short stories and articles in various magazines.


    Roseboro’ and Gertrude Hall Brownell (nicknamed Kitty) first met at an afternoon reception at the Barnard Club in New York City in 1900 and remained close friends and correspondents until Roseboro’s death in 1945 in Staten Island, NY.

    Gertrude Hall Brownell was a poet and author, born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1863. Hall Brownell married William Crary Brownell (AC 1871) in 1921 and died in 1961.

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    The Gertrude Hall Brownell Collection of Viola Roseboro’ Correspondence can be accessed in the Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.

    Digitized copies of McClure’s Magazine are accessible online through Hathi Trust.

    Bibliography:
    Viola Roseboro’ obituary. New York Times, January 30, 1945.
    McClure, S.S. “My Autobiography” McClure Publications, 1913.

    Clifton in the Capital: Tallahassee Civic Activist” Exhibition Opening

    Guests are invited to explore the life works of Clifton Van Brunt Lewis, a local activist in the Tallahassee civil rights movement who championed for equality, pushed for historic preservation and founded many of Tallahassee’s beloved cultural institutions, including LeMoyne Center for the Arts, Tallahassee Museum, and the Spring House Institute.

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    Clifton and her husband George Lewis II supported student protestors during the lunch counter sit-ins and theatre demonstrations, as well as worked on interracial committees such as the Tallahassee Association for Good Government and the Tallahassee Council on Human Relations. Clifton established “The Little Gallery” in the lobby of the Lewis State Bank, showcasing both white and black artists in a rotating display. She stayed active until the very end, pushing for equal rights, environmental protection, and art and beauty for everyone.

    Their family home, the Lewis Spring House, is the only residence designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Florida during his lifetime. It is operated by the Spring House Institute. Visit them at PreserveSpringHouse.net.

    The opening reception is Thursday, April 12 from 5-7PM  in the Mary Lou Norwood Reading Room, second floor Strozier Library. Exhibit curator Lydia Nabors will give a short talk at 6:15PM.

    The exhibit will be open 10AM-6PM Monday through Friday in the Norwood throughout Summer 2018.

    You can also explore the exhibit online at CliftonInTheCapital.omeka.net.

    Curso en Implantación de Sistemas de Gestión para los Documentos según la Norma ISO 30300 / 30301

    Curso en Implantación de Sistemas de Gestión para los Documentos según la Norma ISO 30300 / 30301

    LAS NORMAS DE LA FAMILIA ISO 30300 La Escuela Superior de Archivística y Gestión de Documentos de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ESAGED-UAB), convoca nuevas ediciones de los cursos del Plan de formación ISO 30300 que se desarrollarán en los próximos meses. Se trata de un plan de formación para dar […]

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