Archives in the News, 5/25/2012
- Named after Ulysses S. Grant, who was a prominent Civil War general for the Union Army, Mississippi’s first presidential library ironically resides in the library at Mississippi State University, whose first president was a Civil War lieutenant general for the Confederate Army.
- A new finding aid in the Jacobus tenBroek Library’s catalog at the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore is for the Isabelle Grant Collection. Doctor Grant was California’s first public school teacher who was blind and an early NFB leader, and was nominated for the 1972 Nobel Peace Prize.
- Format is no longer how the rare book and manuscript collections at Syracuse University are organized online. A new landing page for the Special Collections Research Center now lists subject strengths. Each link to detailed pages for each collecting area, where digitized materials, finding aids, and useful search terms to locate printed materials in the library catalog are compiled.
- The Port Perry High School archives curator taught a 10th grade history class at the school – where the archives were found during preparation for a new wing – how to safely package and document items earmarked for their new home at the Scugog Heritage Centre and Archives in Ottawa, Canada.
- I Feel Love by Donna Summer was chosen before her recent death to be inducted into the US National Recording Registry for the 1977 disco anthem’s impact on club music. Her song joins other inducted musical recordings by Prince, Grateful Dead, and Sugarhill Gang.
- Leading up to official celebrations June 2-5 for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee marking her 60-year reign of the British Monarchy, the Royal Archives put Queen Victoria’s digitized private diaries online. Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 was Britain’s first and only one until this year. Excerpts from her journals, illustrated by links to photographs, paintings and original documents, will go out until June 7 on Twitter @QueenVictoriaRI.
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