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2 February 2015

Moscow Library Fire Damages One Million Documents and Books in 'Cultural Chernobyl'

A fire that ripped through one of Russia's largest public libraries has been likened to a cultural 'Chernobyl'.

The blaze began late on Friday at the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences in Moscow, which was created in 1918 and holds more than 14 million items. It also contains documents from the League of Nations, UNESCO, and early parliamentary reports dating back as far as 1789.

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29 January 2015

Sold as Scrap, Richest Ottoman Archives in Bulgarian Library

For more than a 100 years the Sofia National Library has hosted the culturally rich Ottoman archives. In particular, Ottoman experts and scientists have protected the archives that contain more than 1 million documents and at the same time have provided reading rooms for those who wish to access and study the documents.

These documents at one point in history were sold in the streets of Bulgaria are now protected at the St. Cyril and Methodius National Library in Sofia.

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28 January 2015

British Library Opens National Newspaper Building

The UK national newspaper collection, held by the British Library, is one of the greatest of its kind in the world.

Spanning more than three centuries, it comprises local, regional and national newspapers from across the UK as well as many overseas titles. It is an invaluable historical resource for tens of thousands of researchers every year and continues to grow as some 1200 titles every week are received by the Library through legal deposit.

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26 January 2015

Historic Collection of Documents To Remain in Lancashire County Archives, England

A historic collection of documents covering the period between 1199 and 1947 has been saved for Lancashire.

The Hulton Archive, of great significance both to the North-West and nationally, has been looked after by Lancashire County Council since 1943. It contains a major collection of medieval deeds and other material from the Middle Ages and documents which shed light on Lancashire as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

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20 January 2015

Magna Carta Through the Ages Exhibition To Take Place in London, England

The Society of Antiquaries of London will launch a historic exhibition to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. It will bring together and display, for the first time, the Society’s three copies of the charter.

Magna Carta Through the Ages, which takes place from May 26th to July 31st, will explore the antiquarian interest in the charter through the centuries and the ways in which Magna Carta has continued to be relevant to successive generations.

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19 January 2015

31 Rolls of Undeveloped Film from a Soldier in WWII Discovered and Processed

Photographer Levi Bettweiser is the man behind the Rescued Film Project, an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film from the far corners of the world.

He recently came across one of his biggest finds so far: 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a single soldier during World War II. Bettweiser tells us he found the film rolls in late 2014 at an auction in Ohio. About half the rolls were labeled with various location names (i.e. Boston Harbor, Lucky Strike Beach, LaHavre Harbor).

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16 January 2015

Rare World War I Exhibits To Go on Display in Mogilev, Belarus

Rare World War I exhibits will be displayed at the Mogilev Requiem exhibition due to open at the Mogilev Regional History Museum on 17 January, BelTA learned from senior fellow of the Mogilev Regional History Museum Lyudmila Tomchik.

Last year, the whole world celebrated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War 1914-1918 which has become one of the largest armed conflicts in the history of mankind.

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14 January 2015

Treasure Trove of Historic Pictures To Be Unveiled in South Essex, England

Thousands of historic pictures of Hadleigh and Thundersely will be made available to the public after a community group received £10,000 of Lottery cash.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive £10,000 to scan and publish thousands of donated photographs and postcards. The huge archive, from prominent collectors and powerful families, will be made freely available in slide shows, books and online.

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Wales and Waterloo: Napoleonic Tales Among Archive Cash

A letter marking the Battle of Waterloo is among important Welsh archives being preserved with the help of £40,000.

Written by the son of a Cardiganshire farmer, Morris Williams tells his parents "thank the Lord" for protecting him as he faced Napoleon's troops. The letter held by the Ceredigion Archives is undergoing careful conservation work, along with documents from four other Welsh archives.

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7 January 2015

Robert Wolfe, Expert Who Oversaw German WWII Records, Dies at 93

Robert Wolfe, who for more than 30 years served as a specialist in Nazi Germany at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, has died. He was 93.

Wolfe died Dec. 9 of respiratory failure at a suburban hospital, his son Marc Wolfe confirmed Monday. Wolfe joined the archives in 1961 and worked there until his retirement in 1995, though he continued to serve as a consultant and help researchers as a volunteer, his son said.

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31 December 2014

Old Delaware Newspapers Sorted, Cataloged

For a historian or genealogist, local newspapers have always been a productive resource. And Delaware is a prime example.

From its beginnings, more than 300 years ago, Delaware has been home to more than 200 local newspapers throughout its three counties. Since the early 1700s, residents have depended on a local newspaper for local, state, national and international news along with the latest in social events, gossip, opinion, advertisements and obituaries.

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30 December 2014

Tiny French Village Appeals For Funds To Turn Soldier's Bedroom That Has Remained Untouched for Almost 100 Years Into Museum

A tiny village in central France is appealing for funds to help preserve the bedroom of a First World War soldier that has remained completely unchanged since his death in 1918.

Dragoons' Second lieutenant Hubert Rochereau died in the back of a British field ambulance after being wounded during fighting for the village of Loker in Belgium almost 100 years ago. His body was originally buried in a British cemetery, and his parents, who initially had no idea where their son's body was, decided to preserve his old bedroom as a permanent shrine.

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19 December 2014

Historic Map To Go on Display at the Idaho State Historical Archives

When Nels and Emma Just built their home in Idaho's Blackfoot River Valley in 1887, they bought a big U.S. map to hang in the hallway. It hung there for 127 years until April, 2014, when the Presto Preservation Association, a group founded by the Just family, took it down for restoration.

The restored map, along with interpretive panels about the Just family, are on display through Jan. 13 at the Idaho State Historical Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise.

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15 December 2014

A Genealogist Who Spent His Life Building a Cherokee Archive Retires

When Tom Mooney started working as a genealogist and archivist for Cherokee Heritage Center on December 6, 1976, he had one filing cabinet to store items.

After 38 years, Mooney has retired from the Cherokee Heritage Center, leaving behind a vast collection of more than 400,000 historical documents and items that fill hundreds of square feet of space at the museum.

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27 November 2014

France Pays Tribute to 'Forgotten' Chinese WWI Labourers

France on Wednesday paid tribute to an often forgotten corps of 140,000 Chinese labourers who dug trenches, worked in weapons factories and, for many, lost their lives helping France's World War I effort.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian laid a wreath in front of a commemorative stele in a park in Paris's Chinese district to honour the little-known contribution of these labourers, before a military band played Le Marseillaise.

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