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11 March 2015

Bright Hallmarks of Early German Immigrants, Fraktur Collection Goes To Philly Art Museum

Life was not easy for many of the German immigrants who arrived in Philadelphia in the 18th century. They dispersed throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania in search of economic prosperity and religious freedom.

Farming, building churches, opening schools and businesses, they cultivated their corner of their new country. And they brought with them an old folk art tradition -- fraktur.

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9 March 2015

Palace of Governors Acquires Rare Photo of New Mexico Businessman

The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives announced this week that it has acquired what, in all likelihood, is the only known photograph of Ceran St. Vrain, an entrepreneur and close associate of Territorial Gov. Charles Bent and frontiersman Kit Carson.

The Museum of New Mexico Foundation purchased the rare carte de visite from Cliff Mills, a photographer, collector and Plaza vendor for some 20 years.

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2 March 2015

Library and Archives Canada Acquires Huge Malak Karsh Collection

Malak Karsh’s vibrant photos of Ottawa tulips, Gatineau leaves and Canada’s full glory are about to be preserved for future generations.

Library and Archives Canada will announce the purchase of more than 200,000 photographic images from Malak’s vast collection of transparencies, negatives and prints. The images, captured between 1968 and 2001, include many colour photos of Parliament Hill and the tulip festival, along with landscapes from across the country.

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27 February 2015

WWI Soldier's Heartbreaking Scribbled Farewell Thrown in Matchbox From Moving Train as He Headed To the Western Front - Where He Died Just Two Weeks Later

A First World War soldier who was called to the Western Front at short notice made a desperate bid to say goodbye to his family by scribbling a note in a matchbox and throwing it from a moving train.

Sergeant Major George Cavan hurled the message onto the platform of Carluke train station in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, and shouted to a passenger to give it to his wife, Jean. The serviceman and his unit were suddenly called to fight in the Ludendorff Offensive - Germany's last major effort to win the war - from their base in Glasgow, but didn't have time to tell loved ones.

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26 February 2015

National Archives' New Facility To Help Store Australia's Paper Records in Canberra

Storage facilities for the National Archives of Australia are nearing capacity, but a plan for a new purpose-built facility in Canberra will help ease the load.

The archive currently has about 380 kilometres of shelf space at repositories around the nation, including Mitchell, Greenaway and Parkes in Canberra. Archives director-general David Fricker said there was another 250 kilometres of records destined for permanent care in the years ahead.

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24 February 2015

Library of Birmingham, England, Photo Archive 'Still at Risk'

The Library of Birmingham's renowned photographic archives remain at risk despite a council U-turn on proposed budget cuts, it has been claimed.

The influential Royal Photographic Society says it remains concerned for the future of the nationally recognised archives and four specialist staff. Archivist roles were among 100 jobs at the landmark library placed at risk when a £1.5 million package of cuts to its £10 million-a-year running costs was proposed in December.

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19 February 2015

Man Gets 10 Years for Stealing Priceless 12th-Century Manuscript in Spain

A Spanish court sentenced a man on Wednesday to 10 years in prison for crimes including the theft of a priceless medieval document considered the first guidebook to Spain's Saint James pilgrimage trail.

Police recovered the unique 12th-century manuscript in July 2012, a year after it was found to have gone missing from a safe in the famous cathedral of the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela.

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9 February 2015

National WW1 Welsh Letters Archive Plans

There is a call to search drawers and attics for World War One letters home, as part of a bid to establish a national archive of war correspondence.

About 400,000 men from Wales took part in the conflict - and for many writing a letter to loved ones was a brief escape from horrors of the frontline trench warfare. Carwyn Jones has more.

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Shackleton and Scott's Historic Antarctic Huts Saved From Ruin

At the turn of the last century, Antarctica was the ultimate prize for explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

Scott set off to conquer the South Pole while Shackleton aimed to cross the icy continent sea to sea via the pole. As they made their treacherous treks across the barren landscape, they took shelter in meager huts, for weeks or months at a time.

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6 February 2015

Donation Will Preserve Historic Documents Burned in 1911 New York Capitol Fire

A $20,000 donation from telecommunications company AT&T will support the conservation and digitization of documents burned in the 1911 state Capitol fire, the State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust said on Thursday.

The blaze destroyed most of the state's Revolutionary War-era records and almost a quarter of its English colonial documents. Although the written texts of the documents that survived are somewhat legible, their edges are charred and are so vulnerable to damage that researchers are not allowed to use the originals.

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5 February 2015

Four Surviving Original Copies of the Magna Carta Will Be Displayed Together for the First Time To Mark 800th Anniversary of Document that Launched Parliamentary Democracy

The four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta have been brought together for the first time since 1215.

Copies of the document - one of the first steps in the journey towards parliamentary democracy - will go on show together at The British Library in central London to mark the 800th anniversary since it was signed. More than 40,000 people entered a public ballot for the chance to see them with 1,215 winning the opportunity to visit the display.

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2 February 2015

Spanish Civil War: Rediscovered Photos in Navarra Museum

A museum has opened in the Spanish city of Pamplona that brings together the performing arts, painting, sculpture and one of Spain's largest collection of photographs, dating back to the 19th Century.

The Museum University of Navarra, built by celebrated Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, features previously unseen works by Picasso, Rothko and Kandinsky and also one of Spain's largest collections of photos from the 19th Century.

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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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