Tag Archives: archives

NARA Investigators Detail Brazen Theft and Daring Capture in the Archives

On July 10, 2011, the stars were aligned. On that day, according to Jim Warwick, assistant US attorney for the Department of Justice, a sharp-eyed employee of the Maryland Historical Society sensed that two researchers, later revealed to be Barry Landau and Jason Savedoff, were acting strangely. Following this hunch, the employee crawled into the rafters and observed as Savedoff stuffed documents into his jacket while Landau distracted another employee.

Black History Month in the Archives and Libraries

Every February, ProQuest, the online subscription service for journals, archives, and other historical delicacies unlocks its African American digital archives for Black History Month. This year is no exception, with open access in the month of February for the following ProQuest products: Historical Newspapers™ - Black Newspapers, Black Studies Center (primary and secondary resources), as well as its Civil War Era (newspapers and pamphlets) and African American Heritage (family-related records) databases.

This Week in Futurism: Finding the Historian in the Next Archive, Museum, and Library

AHA president William Cronon’s recent article in the March 2012 issue of Perspectives on History explained how to avoid professional boredom by widening the audience for history and widening the tent under which professional historians gather. With this article and argument in mind, we look to some important discussions online now around the American Association of Museum’s TrendsWatch 2012 (PDF) and the SXSWi (South by Southwest Interactive) conference. Historians should consider how museum professionals and archivists are projecting themselves into the future. Article By: Allen Mikaelian

From the Archives Wiki: Navigating Indonesian Permits and Archives

The process for getting a research permit for Indonesia is lengthy, laborious, and opaque, but it seems to depend heavily on a clear statement by the researcher of exactly what he or she will study once in country. This produces a bit of a catch-22: historians cannot know what exactly they will study until they have been allowed in to survey archive holdings, but they cannot get a visa to survey archive holdings until they know exactly what they will study. The AHA Archives Wiki can help to alleviate this problem by letting historians survey the broad strokes of the holdings digitally. Article By: Kevin Fogg
December 20, 2011

From the Archives Wiki: Secret Coffee Spots of Rome

Last summer I had the good fortune to return to the Archivio Storico del Ministero degli Affari Esteri (Historical Archive of the Italian Foreign Ministry) in Rome. The reading room is open only five hours a day—not such a bad thing, given the city’s other charms. After my first visit in 2008, I posted a description of the archives on ArchivesWiki...
November 29, 2011