This week we’ve rounded up a number of links related to archives: David Ferriero’s National Archives’ reorganization plan, the cost of digital archives, the New York Philharmonic’s digital archive, and a NHL team’s trip to the archives. Then, on the technology front, read about new technologies for teaching and scholarship, issues with citing e-books, and historians and textual analysis. Finally, learn about American silent films that were a recent gift from Russia, a Black History Month video on the contributions of African American women, a National Archives talk on Civil War cartoons, and a look at UC Irvine and global writers.
- A National Archives of the Future
David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, has posted on his blog the National Archives’ final reorganization plan.
- Cost to build digital archive could hit $1.4 billion, federal auditors say
Preserving digital records may be more expensive than you’d think.
- What Can You Find in the New York Philharmonic’s Archives?
The New York Times’ Arts Beat blog takes a look at the New York Philharmonic’s new digital archive, which went online last week and contains “scores, programs, press clippings, business documents, images, film, audio and video.”
- How did the San Jose Sharks spend their free day in D.C.? Not like you’d expect.
What does a National Hockey League team do when they come to Washington, D.C.? Why, visit the National Archives of course.
- The Horizon Report: 2011 Edition (PDF)
A tour of emerging technologies for teaching, research, and creative inquiry, from The New Media Consortium.
- E-Books’ Varied Formats Make Citations a Mess for Scholars
With e-readers (Kindle, Nook, etc.) displaying pages differently, and sometimes not differentiating pages at all, citing becomes more of a challenge.
- More Hackety Hack, Less Yackety Yack: Ruby for Humanists
The Chronicle’s blog, Prof Hacker elaborates on some resources to help historians take advantage of the power of computers for textual analysis.
Video and More
- Silent films recovered: These new releases are oldest in a long time
The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library has gifted the Library of Congress with 10 American silent films from the early 1900s.
- NWHM Celebrates Black History Month
In recognition of Black History Month, the National Women’s History Museum has posted a video online that explores “the diverse contributions of African American women during the Civil War–from Union spies Harriet Tubman and Mary Bowser, to the story quilts of Harriet Powers.”
- The Civil War: Political Cartoons
C-SPAN has posted video of a recent National Archives “program on Union and Confederate cartoons and what they revealed about politicians during the Civil War.”
- A California Resource Worth Protecting: The UC System’s Global Writers
Historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom defends the scholarly role in public discourse from planned cuts to the University of California’s budget.
Contributors: Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Jim Grossman, Vernon Horn, Robert B. Townsend, and Lee White