Archives in the news, 8/6/2012
- Palace of the Governors Photo Archives at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, N.M., acquired the largest known pinhole photography collection in the world, beating major competitors for it. The Santa Fe New Mexican, the oldest daily newspaper west of the Mississippi River, reported on the acquisition.
- “People are beginning to realize that a city without a past is a city without a future. They want to know why, when and where the roots were planted and nurtured.” – Ainslie Helmcken, the City of Victoria’s first archivist, who also said that the archives made it possible to trace almost any historic development. The Times Colonist, a major daily newspaper out of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, featured the office he created 45 years ago.
- WEAU13, a local NBC affiliate for Eau Claire, Wisc., ran a story about the University of Wisconsin – Eau-Claire’s acquisition of one of the largest jazz collections in the world from a band leader in Texas.
- Volunteers are digitizing an Ohio county’s public records for FamilySearch.org, a genealogical database, and the work was featured in The Tribune Chronicle, a daily newspaper for the area.
- Vermont’s first state archivist retired Aug. 1 and The Times-Argus, an independent daily newspaper in central Vermont, featured him.
- “The failure of Jamaicans to preserve the records of their lives to pass on to the younger generation” was a quote by a University of the West Indies professor in The Jamaica Observer, urging the nation to preserve its heritage.
- KMXT FM, a public radio station in Kodiak, A.K., ran segments about the discovery in a nearby Russian Orthodox seminary archives of a book with handwritten Gospel passages in a Native Alaskan script.
- Five questions for the South Dakota state archivist and her answers ran in the state’s largest daily newspaper, The Argus Leader.
- How primary sources now publicly available at the new Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz, can debunk negative myths about the band: NPR’s All Things Considered aired an interview with the archive’s director.
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