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Declining Funding of Libraries & Archives in the USA Directly Tied to the Recession

The following news release from IBISWorld was published on PRWeb.com: The Libraries and Archives industry has suffered from declining government funding over the past five years. According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, state and local governments account for more than 90.0% of public library revenue, and struggling state and local government budgets […]

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The Alaska State Archives Has Accepted the Alaska Railroad and Territorial Court Records from NARA

On Friday, the Alaska State Archives took official ownership of about 3000 cubic feet of records from the now-closed National Archives branch in Anchorage. This was done in a signing ceremony attended by court officials, judges, lawmakers, state historians, and museum volunteers. Since the records are being transferred from one archive to another, they all […]

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Illinois Archivists & Volunteers Offered a Chance at Scholarships

The following excerpt is from Joan Griffis’ Illinois Ancestors column posted in the May 14, 2014 edition of the News-Gazette. According to the most recent issue of the Illinois State Archives Newsletter, “For the Record” (Spring 2014), the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board “is offering scholarships to Illinois archivists and archival volunteers to attend […]

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Washington State Archives Flood Found “Just in time.”

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the April 25, 2014 edition of The Olympian. An employee discovered a flood that started in a break room at the Washington State Archives about 7 a.m. Friday, and state officials scrambled to save priceless historical documents. Archivist Steve Excell said the state is lucky that […]

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New North Dakota Heritage Center to Open Two Galleries April 28, 2014

I’ve blogged previously about the planned North Dakota Hertiage Center. The following excerpt is from an article posted in the Bismarck Tribune. North Dakotans will be able to get a look at two new galleries at North Dakota Heritage Center starting April 28. The expansion project is winding down and remains on target for completion […]

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Alaska Will be Keeping Some of Its Federal Records After All

A few days ago, I blogged about the closing of several National Archives branches. One of those included the branch in Anchorage, Alaska. Now it looks like some of the records will be staying in Alaska. The following teaser is from an article by James Brooks, posted in the April 4 edition of juneauempire.com: Alaska’s […]

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Library and Archives Canada Launches Portal for Residental Schools 1885-1996

The following is from the Library and Archives Canada website: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching a single portal to provide access to photos related to Residential Schools, taken between 1885 and 1996. Some 150,000 Aboriginal children attended over 130 residential schools located across the country. The first set of published photos comprises about […]

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Genealogical Resources in English Repositories – 70% Off – Just $13.50

While the information so nicely gathered into this single book, Genealogical Resources in English Repositories, can be found in many other locations; sometimes, it is nice to have this type of information in one place, as a quick and easy reference. This book represents an exhaustive listing of available genealogical resources available in Britain. Listed […]

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Archivist of the USA David S. Ferriero Announces Closure/Consolidations of Three National Archives Facilities

David S. Ferriero today announced the closure or consolidation of three of the National Archives Facilities. Those facilities are in Anchorage, Alaska; Philadelphia, PA; and Fort Worth, Texas. The facilities in Alaska and Pennsylvania will close, while two facilities in Fort Worth will be consolidated. It’s estimated that these changes will save 1.3 million dollars […]

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Washington State Archives is Out of Space

The following teaser is from an AP article posted March 4, 2014 at oregonlive.com: OLYMPIA, Wash. …Washington is running out of space to store its history. The three-floor repository filled up in 2005, forcing archival documents to be shelved in the State Records Center warehouse in Tumwater. Agencies send thousands of boxes of records there […]

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The Document Behind “12 Years a Slave”

The following easer is from an excellent article by Michel E. Ruane, published in the February 27, 2014 edition of the Washington Post. The slave manifest for the brig Orleans, bound from Richmond that Tuesday in 1841, included one Plat Hamilton — male, age 26, height 5 feet 7 inches, color “yellow.” He was one of […]

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Historic Prisoner Record Book Surfaces and is Given to the Tasmanian Archives

The following teaser is from the Feb. 28, 2014 edition of abc.net.au: An historic prisoner record missing for decades is in the hands of Tasmania’s Archives and Heritage Office. Inside the weathered exterior of the leather-bound book are 525 previously untold stories. The book is a detailed record of prisoners who passed through the Hobart […]

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Singapore’s Former Director of the National Archives, Lily Tan, Passes

The following excerpt is from an article posted at the February 19, 2014 edition of straitstimes.com. Colleagues and relatives paid tribute to Mrs Lily Tan yesterday, recalling how the former director of the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) had a “great passion” for documenting the Republic’s history. Mrs Tan died at her Bukit Timah home […]

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Fire at the National Archives in Kew, London, UK

It seems that two water towers that were no longer being used caught fire at the British National Archives in Kew, London, England. About 20 firefighters from the London Fire Brigade were called out about 12:30 GMT and fought the blaze, which was extinguished. The Archives holds about 11 million historical documents of national importance, […]

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Fire Destroys Ottoman Archives

The following is from the February 9, 2014 edition of theguardian.com: Archive director Adamir Jerkovic condems blaze at state archives in Sarajevo as an “act of vandalism.” Some of the most important historical documents charting the history of central Europe in the 20th century are feared lost, after a fire at the state archives of […]

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