In historic Washington County, Tenn., the solution to a pressing issue of where to store records and archival materials was literally found behind bars. An East Tennessee State University archivist is overseeing a project in Jonesborough to convert an old jail adjacent to the county courthouse into storage for county records dating back more than 230 years. When renovation of two floors of the jail for the Washington County Archive Annex is complete, materials that right now fill four trailers will be moved in and some of them will be digitized. Where an inmate processing center was will be a space for researchers, and a kitchen and storage work spaces throughout are also part of the plan.
A retired archivist from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., who in the 1970s worked with a man who donated about 10,000 master copies of radio recordings he collected, faces prison time for stealing at least 3,000 of those recordings and selling some of them online.
Librarians, scholars, and archivists representing several Virginia institutions including Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University formed the DOVE (Desegregation of Virginia Education) project and are traveling around the state collecting materials and recording oral histories from the segregation era about Virginia’s civil rights struggles.
A report with documents seized by soldiers from Osama Bin Laden’s raided Abottabad compound and released to the Combating Terrorism Center in West Point, NY., was posted online.