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27 October 2014

Over 800,000 Pages of British Mental Health Records To Go Online

The Wellcome Library has announced that it is funding the scanning of over 800,000 pages of material relating to psychiatric hospitals across the UK, including the York Retreat, Crichton Royal Hospital and the Camberwell House Asylum.

Made possible thanks to partnerships with repositories including Dumfries and Galloway Council Archives and London Metropolitan Archives, the project will see the digitisation of patient records, case notes and registers dating back to the 18th century.

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History and Genealogy Treasures Online at Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland

The Guinness Archive, housed by the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, collects, preserves and makes accessible records and artifacts from the formation of the company in 1759 to the present day, including 20,000 individual personnel records of past employees.

The foundation document of the Guinness Archive is the 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness on the St. James’s Gate Brewery in 1759.

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24 October 2014

The National Archive Seeks To Compile the List of Armenian Genocide Victims

A century ago the world was caught in the clutches of the First World War, and the Armenians did not stay apart. The Armenian Genocide was also the direct consequence of WWI.

The Armenian National Archive has prepared a Russian book titled "The Participation of Armenians in the First World War," which was published in Moscow. A three-volume publication titled "The Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey" has also been released.

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21 October 2014

Vatican Library Making 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online For Free

The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 AD and holds over 80,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and incunabula (books printed prior to 1500 AD) written throughout history by people of different faiths from across the world.

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17 October 2014

Library and Archives Canada: Soldiers of the First World War

The digitization of 640,000 Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel service files is under way. This project aims to provide access to high-quality digital copies of all service files, anytime and anywhere.

To achieve this goal, LAC will be required to close portions of this collection as they undergo preparation, conservation, and digitization. LAC will not grant requests for direct consultation or copying of the records during these stages

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13 October 2014

Hawaii State Archives Presents Digital Archives Update

The Hawaii State Archives has been storing paper records from various state agencies since 1906. Three years ago, it began building digital archives to better preserve these records. They say, the process has its challenges.

“Paper can sit in a box. you don’t have to do anything with it. it can just sit there on a shelf and it’ll be fine, as long as you’re conditions are good around it 11.35 but with digital, no. it can’t just sit in a file in a folder on your computer. it has to be managed and managed continually,” state archivist Susan Shaner said.

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7 October 2014

Cincinnati Archdiocese Renovates Building To Display Archives, Relics

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is renovating a downtown building to house nearly two centuries of church history, from blueprints of nearly every local Catholic house of worship to ceremonial vestments worn by the city’s first bishop.

Working with Danis Building Construction and Chameleon Architecture, the archdiocese is nearing completion of an extensive interior renovation of what was once a private residence at 25 E. Eighth St., constructed circa 1850.

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30 September 2014

New YIVO Project Digitizes, Reunites Ransacked Pre-War Archive

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research announced Sept. 23 the launch of the Vilna Project, a seven-year international project digitize YIVO’s pre-war archives online.

Though ransacked by the Nazis in 1941, the YIVO archives still possess the largest collection of materials on the thousand-year history of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia. The collections tell us how Jews lived, where they came from, how they raised and educated their families, how they created art, literature, music and language itself.

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26 September 2014

National Archives of the United Arab Emirates To Open Corner in Kidzania Dubai

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates signed with the children’s world city of education and entertainment ‘KidZania Dubai’ an agreement to allocate a corner to the National Archives in KidZania.

This corner will open at the end of this year, thus the National Archives of the UAE’s will be the first archives in the world to have a branch in KidZania.

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National Archives of India Invites Applications for 86 Posts

The National Archives of India, New Delhi has invited applications for recruitment from eligible and interested candidates for various Supervisors, Archival Assistant, Mender and other posts.

The National Archives of India is the repository of the non-current records of the government of India and is holding them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars.

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National Library of Australia Invests in Digital Future

Under an innovative digital library program, the National Library of Australia (NLA) is redeveloping infrastructure to manage its huge digital collections and provide access to collections from hundreds of libraries across its network.

The library is expanding its online and mobile services for Australian and international users. More than 70,000 people use its Trove service each day and 22 million users were clocked up last year.

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25 September 2014

Help Support Digitizing Project for 106-Year-Old Sanford Herald

Through a fortunate gathering of partners, the historic issues of the Sanford Herald will soon be available online with word-searching capabilities similar to Google. Imagine being able to access a website for free and to search for your great aunt’s obituary or your cousin’s high school football win, all from your home computer!

When this project is completed, researchers, historians, students and the average reader can easily search for historic information that has been preserved in this most American of institutions, the local newspaper.

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24 September 2014

The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme: Call for Applications

The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is now accepting grant applications for the next round of funding.

Detailed information on the timetable, criteria, eligibility and application procedures is available on the Programme’s website. Applications will be accepted in English or in French. The deadline for receipt of preliminary grant applications is 7 November 2014.

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19 September 2014

Archives Compilation of Chinese Laborers Forced to Japan Issued

A staff member places original archives of Chinese laborers forced to Japan on a table during a seminar on issuing the archives compilation at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, in Beijing, China, Sept. 18, 2014.

From 1943 to 1945, some 40,000 Chinese were captured and taken by the invaders to Japan, forcing them to work in mines and construction sites. A total of 6,830 died due to the ruthless exploitation, according to the data from Japan.

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15 September 2014

China Reveals Archives of Victory Against Japan in WWII

China released archives of an important military victory in 1939, in which the Chinese army killed more than 4,000 Japanese soldiers.

This is the 19th part of the series released daily by the State Archives Administration from Aug. 25, as the country marks the 69th anniversary of victory against Japan's aggression.

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