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1 April 2015

25th Anniversary of the Friends of the National Library of Australia

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of Friends of the National Library of Australia.

The Friends of the National Library was launched by Mr Whitlam at the inaugural Kenneth Myer Memorial Lecture on 5 April 1990. This was followed by a Friends Welcome Day on 7 April 1990 with the late Ruth Cracknell AO officiating. Approximately 2200 people attended this day and participated in a number of activities including behind the scenes tours.

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31 March 2015

The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries Joins the Flickr Commons

The VCU Libraries include prints, works of art, historic and medical artifacts, archives and manuscripts, maps and rare books and periodicals, as well as one of the largest collections of comic arts, book art, alternative newspapers and zines in the USA.

The bulk of their shared items come from VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives, but they also digitize and make available other resources in partnership with local institutions.

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30 March 2015

30,000 NYPD Crime Photographs Will Go Online

From contorted corpses splayed on the sidewalk to errant streetcars lodged in storefronts, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has photographed crime scenes almost since the technology was available.

A new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced on Monday, will support the digitization of around 30,000 of these photographs from 1914 to 1975, making them viewable to the public for the first time.

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New Zealand: New Website Showcases World War I Footage

New Zealand Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says a new website featuring previously unavailable film from World War I is an engrossing historical resource.

Anzac: Sights & Sounds, from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, gives an evocative, insightful and compelling view of the conflict, using archival film footage gathered from across the world, recorded interviews, songs and photographs.

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23 March 2015

Vatican Archives Shed Light on Tragedy of Armenian Genocide

Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would.

The Italian Jesuit-run magazine La Civiltà Cattolica stressed that newly published documents "prove how the Holy See, always informed about events, had not remained passive, but was strongly committed to face the issue" of the Armenian Genocide.

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9 March 2015

Calcutta To Boast India’s First Digital Municipal Archive

In an effort to preserve and tell the more than four centuries of history and evolution of Calcutta, the local government will set up a complete archive, full of rare photographs, text, sound recordings, manuscripts, maps and digital documents.

On 4 March, the first Municipal "data bank" in India was presented to the public. The development of the project is managed in its entirety by the city council.

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Lithuania's Lost Jewish Archives Come To Life Online

Thousands of Yiddish manuscripts that survived Holocaust and Stalin's anti-Jewish onslaught are finally seeing light of day after being holed up in basement of Catholic church for seven decades.

It will allow Lithuanians "to understand that Jewish culture was an integral part of Lithuanian culture, to have access to that hidden part of their past." The project's hefty price tag of $5.25 million (4.6 million euros) is funded by the Vilnius government, private foundations and individual donations, Brent said.

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27 February 2015

British Library Endangered Archives: New Online Collections

Project EAP164 digitised collections which document pre-industrial society on the Ukrainian Steppe (personal memoirs, diaries and letters as well as official records and photographs), project EAP566 digitised Urdu periodicals from India and Pakistan (these periodicals have enormous significance for the understanding of Urdu culture and history of colonial India), and project EAP684 surveyed the collections of the National Archives of Burundi to provide information on the documents which are in a fragile physical condition.

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24 February 2015

Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University, To Digitize Reveille Archives

In 1934, Huey P. Long ordered LSU President James Monroe Smith to expel seven members of The Reveille. The student journalists dared to publish a letter to the editor criticizing Long and refused to submit to discipline for the act.

The rest of the Reveille Seven story is part of the rich legacy of the publication that can be viewed in Hill Memorial Library. The original anti-Long letter and every other printed Reveille issue from 1897 to 2001 can be found in its archives.

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23 February 2015

Denmark's Largest Digital Archive Opens Today

Denmark's largest digital photo album with nearly two million images will open to the general public today at 4pm.

Danes will have access to the online database at Arkive.dk, which includes 1,841,254 documents such as photos, diaries, letters, and sound and video recordings. Since the late 1980s, all items from the country's more than 550 archives have been recorded electronically, and today a large portion of them becomes freely available to the public.

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19 February 2015

Edinburgh Team To Create Visual Archive of UK Tower Blocks

Social and architectural historians from Edinburgh College of Art are behind the project, described as a "Domesday Book" of the UK's post-war reconstruction.

Entitled 'Tower Blocks - Our Blocks!', it will also include images of tower blocks demolished over 30 years ago. The project is to receive a £52,900 grant of Heritage Lottery funding.

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British Library Digitises 4M Photos from Endangered Archives

A pioneering initiative from the British Library has seen over four million images from endangered archives all over the world digitised and put online.

The Endangered Archives Programme has been running since 2004 and has funded 246 projects in 78 countries. Some projects have seen the digitisation of medieval manuscripts that date back as far as the 12th century.

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5 February 2015

National Archives Open in New Taipei City, Taiwan

Taiwan’s first permanent national archives were inaugurated Feb. 3 in New Taipei City, bringing under the same roof historical records from the last three centuries.

Operated by the National Archives Administration under the National Development Council, the Xinzhuang District facility spans 4,773 square meters. If stacked one atop the other, stored files at maximum capacity would reach 60 times the height of Taipei 101.

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3 February 2015

New Tools Getting Boston Public Library’s Old Treasures Online to Millions

"The True Copie of the Court Booke of the Governor and Society of the Massachusetts Bay in New England" begins in London in 1628, as the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony prepare to set off for the New World.

This delicate document, bound in calf hair, handwritten in iron gall ink, documents in real time the doings of the magistrate until 1645, from ship landings to the colony’s first laws.

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30 January 2015

Library and Archives Canada: Canadian Directories Online

Library and Archives Canada announces the release of a new version of the online database Canadian Directories. An addition to the page includes full versions of the directories in PDF format, as well as newly digitized directories which are not available through the database.

These 152 new directories are for the Ontario cities of Hamilton, Kingston and London and for the counties of Southwestern Ontario.

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