What We’re Reading: October 8, 2009 Edition

Anne Frank YouTube ChannelIn the news this week, AHA member Douglas Greenberg receives a top honor from Phi Beta Kappa, David Ferriero is questioned at his confirmation hearing to become Archivist of the United States, and history professor Merrill D. Peterson passes away at age 88. We also link to a study of Google Scholar by Library Journal, and take a look at The Historical Society blog. Then read two articles on archiving papers (those of Supreme Court Justices and historians). Finally, watch videos and lectures on the new Anne Frank YouTube channel and the Forum Network.

News

Archiving Papers

  • Down the Memory Hole
    In this op-ed piece from the New York Times, Linda Greenhouse explains that Justice Paul Stevens’ departure from the Supreme Court will mean the opening of his colleague’s papers to researchers.
  • What Happens to the Papers of Dead Historians?
    David Liebers at HNN notes that historians have a poor track record of preserving their own records for future research, and asks what can be done.

Video

  • Anne Frank YouTube Channel
    The Anne Frank House has created an Anne Frank YouTube channel, providing video tours of the Anne Frank House, interviews discussing the diary (Otto Frank, Nelson Mandela, Miep Gies, and more), and the only existing film of Anne Frank. Hat tip.
  • PBS and NPR Add to Trove of Free Online Lectures
    The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog reports on the new Forum Network, a collaboration between PBS and NPR that offers audio and video of lectures by academics.

Contributors:  Arnita A. Jones, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend

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