1. uygur3Turkish filmmaker Oguz Uygur has gorgeously captured his parents’ delicate craft of erbu, also known as paper marbling. To create these beautiful patterns, first a tray is filled with water. Next, paint or ink is spilled, dabbed, dripped, sprayed, fanned, and/or pulled across the surface of the water. 

    Follow the link for a full video.


  2. At the University of Nebraska Elizabeth Lorang, research assistant professor and digital humanities projects librarian in the University Libraries has teamed with Leen-Kiat Soh, associate professor of the computer science and engineering, and a couple of students students to develop software to recognize poetry from digitized newspapers.

    “Millions of poems were published in newspapers. Looking at them will shift the way we understand poetry in the United States.” says Lorang.


  3. What Gallaher and his NSIDC colleague Garrett Campbell had discovered was both the largest and the smallest Antarctic sea ice extent ever recorded, one year apart, as well as the earliest sea ice maximum ever just three years later; it was an inexplicable hole in the Arctic sea ice even while the overall extent agreed with modern trends; it was the earliest known picture of Europe from space; it was a picture of the Aral Sea with water still in it. 

    It was, as Gallaher puts it, like looking at “the Precambrian of satellite data.”

    The “worth billions” in the title refers to the amount of money expended by the U.S. government to capture the images initially, adjusted for inflation.

  4. Slave photo discovered from Robert E. Lee’s home

    National Park Service curator Kim Robinson holds the photo of Selina Gray, right, who was in charge to care for Arlington House where Gen. Robert E. Lee had lived in for 30 years, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The National Park Service has acquired a rare Civil War-era photograph of an enslaved woman at Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s home in Virginia. The previously unknown photograph depicts Selina Gray, the head housekeeper to Lee and his family. The photograph was unveiled Thursday at Lee’s Arlington House plantation overlooking the nation’s capital. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)



  5. A nice overview of what it is that archivists actually do. I miss that environment a lot.



  7. The thing that gets me the most about the archives job market is that there’s a need for people to do the work, there just isn’t money to pay them.

  8. Gordon Parks - Black Muslim Protest, 1963 (via)

    (Source: vintagegal, via labelleboheme)

  9. uispeccoll:



    I’m happy to bring exciting news!

    We are digitizing all of the fanzines in the Rusty Hevelin Collection, beginning with the earliest from the 1930s through 1950.

    • inviting a select group of fans to help transcribe the text of these fanzines in an apa-style working group.
    • respecting copyright and privacy by not placing full reproductions of the fanzines online
    • building a searchable database containing the full text of all Rusty’s fanzines
    • creating the most comprehensive and user-friendly index of science fiction fanzines that has ever been attempted.

    I’m so glad to be part of this important project. Stay tuned for more information and updates. Thanks.

    So happy that this is all happening!  Big thanks to support from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

    Going to be at the ICON Science Fiction Convention in Cedar Rapids?  Get the whole story at our panel November 1st with all the updates (and swag). 

    More info! Full article:

    (via archivalia)


  10. Many of the 6th century Gilgit manuscripts – the oldest surviving Buddhist manuscripts – are feared to have been destroyed by the recent floods, reports the Press Trust of India.

    "Apart from the manuscripts, other artefacts like Kashmiri shawls, exquisite sculptures and paper mache figures have been destroyed," said Saleem Beg, former director of the Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach).