Emerging collection to highlight Pacific NW medical history

To preserve the history of medicine in the Pacific Northwest, the Historical Collections and Archives at Oregon Health and Science University and the Oregon chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility are working to establish an archival collection in the HC&A of the chapter’s organizational records. The first accession has already arrived, and Oregon PSR has asked members to contribute additional materials to the collection. Both groups have been collaborating on an upcoming exhibit, “Celebrating 30 Years of Work for a Healthy and Peaceful World.”
Founded in 1961, Physicians for Social Responsibility advocates for environmental health and nuclear disarmament. A group of health care professionals in 1982 founded the organization’s Oregon chapter to address concerns about the health threats of nuclear war. Today, the chapter also addresses issues such as global warming, environmental toxins, and food safety.

ArchiveGrid index update

Happy New Year from ArchiveGrid! We hope you had a restful holiday season. In the last month we have reharvested our contributors’ finding aids and refreshed the index with both finding aids and WorldCat records, bringing the number of discoverable collection descriptions to over 1.7 million.

Thanks to you, more researchers have access to even more archival resources. If you are visiting ArchiveGrid and wish to contribute or you want more information, please email Bruce Washburn or Ellen Ast through the contact form in ArchiveGrid. We look forward to hearing from you!

Northwest Digital Archives materials now in ArchiveGrid

Collection descriptions from 32 member institutions of the Northwest Digital Archives have been indexed in ArchiveGrid and are available for researchers to discover. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Historical Publications and Records Commission between 2002 and 2007, NWDA is now a program of the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Access to archival and manuscript collections in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington is facilitated through a union database of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids. Other aggregates and consortia whose members are represented in ArchiveGrid are Online Archive of California (OAC), Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO), and Virginia Heritage.

Carl Machover Papers now available

After a year of processing materials donated in 2008 by Carl and Wilma Machover, the Charles Babbage Institute has made the Carl Machover Papers, 1967-2007 collection available and published an online finding aid. Machover was influential in the computer graphics field, and the collection mostly consists of papers such as job files with Machover Associates, data sheets, correspondence, research and subject files, and also audiovisual materials documenting his life and career.

New ephemera collection explores 19th, 20th century Paris

The Houghton Library at Harvard has a new finding aid for a recently-acquired collection of Parisian ephemera from the end of the 19th century to the 20th. The materials include playbills for the Folies Bergère Music Hall, monument maps, exhibition handbooks, and more. Among the many interesting items noted in the collection are guides to Paris specifically written for foreign soldiers, reflecting Paris’s history of occupation, both by allies and enemies. Read more of the story at http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/houghtonmodern/2011/12/05/exploring-paris/.

ArchiveGrid contributors win NEH grants

Several ArchiveGrid contributors in December won grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Wesleyan University received funds for a permanent archivist/curator position for the Wesleyan Cinema Archives.
Valdosta State University will be able to do a preservation assessment of the university’s digital collections and develop a digital preservation policy for more than 500 gigabytes of material documenting the university’s history, and 20th century culture and folklife of southern Georgia.
The Indiana Historical Society was awarded funds for staff salaries, materials, maintenance, and other costs of the Indiana Experience, a collection of visitor experiences designed to leverage IHS’s archival collections on Indiana history.
Appalshop, Inc., will use its grant to purchase storage furniture and preservation supplies to rehouse the organization’s institutional records documenting the art, culture, and social history of Appalachia and rural America.
Massachusetts State Library, with its grant, will continue its Massachusetts Room Preservation Project, purchasing archival enclosures and book supports for the library’s State Documents Collection.
Keene State College plans to hire a consultant to develop a disaster preparedness and recovery plan and to provide training in emergency response to better care for the college’s special collections and archive of historical films relating to New Hampshire filmaking and the history of the cinema.
SUNY Research Foundation, Albany will hire two consultants to conduct a preservation assessment of the digital collections at the M.E. Grenander Special Collections and Archives Department. The survey would evaluate policies and practices and create a preservation plan for digitized photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, video, and audio recordings from three collections that document cultural activities in New York and the Northeast.
Rochester Institute of Technology received funds to have four regional workshops for up to 400 staff members of museums, libraries, and archives, and up to nine webinars on managing environmental conditions for humanities collections in sustainable ways. Participants would explore strategies for reducing energy cost and consumption in cultural repositories without sacrificing the preservation quality of collection environments.
Swarthmore College was awarded funds to do a preservation assessment of the special collections, to include the Rare Book Room, the Friends Historical Library, and the Peace Collection.
Stephen F. Austin State University with its award will also be able to train and educate in disaster planning and recovery to better preserve the East Texas Research Center’s historical collections.

Workshops by NY State Archives now viewable online

An eight-part training workshop about electronic records preservation, presented by the New York State Archives, is available for viewing online. Broken into eight, 15-minute sections, “Preserving Electronic Records in Colleges and Universities: Getting Your Program off the Ground,” offers an understanding of issues, strategies, an action plan, and additional resources for college and university archivists, librarians, and records managers. This free, pre-recorded workshop will also be useful to individuals responsible for electronic records in other types of large and small organizations. Flash Player version 9 or later is required, and a link to download it is available on the workshop’s website.