Three days before the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt was warned in a memo from naval intelligence that Tokyo’s military and spy network was focused on Hawaii, a new and eerie reminder of FDR’s failure to act on a basket load of tips that war was near.
In the newly revealed 20-page memo from FDR’s declassified FBI file, the Office of Naval Intelligence on December 4 warned, “In anticipation of open conflict with this country, Japan is vigorously utilizing every available agency to secure military, naval and commercial information, paying particular attention to the West Coast, the Panama Canal and the Territory of Hawaii.”
Wells Fargo & Co. is well-attuned to its history, particularly its stagecoach and Wild West past. Its website includes “This Date in Wells Fargo History” and the bank operates 11 Wells Fargo museums, with two opening in the past month in Charlotte, N.C., and Philadelphia.
Christy Horton, Wells’s archives and collections manager, said the bank made sure documents from Wachovia Corp., which it acquired during the heat of the 2008 financial crisis, were preserved. She said Wells Fargo thinks it is important to the community.
"Preserving our history in the communities we serve is what we’d like to do," Ms. Horton said.
Prof. Sylla, of the Museum of American Finance, said he has helped some banks preserve their history, but suspects many banks don’t take the time or want to bear the cost. “Many probably just say, ‘Well, we don’t need that anymore.’” Prof. Sylla said. “Somebody with an appreciation for history ought to examine all these things before they are tossed out.”
Bank boxes are naturally mysterious things. When you consider that banks themselves don’t know what they have thanks to constant merges and takeovers, you really start to wonder what else is hidden there.
Just heard a director of repository development say that one of the unexpected challenges for him was to find a way to NOT confuse librarians with overly technical speak (programming/markup languages). There’s your answer.
“In one otherwise unremarkable storage box in Connecticut College’s Shain Library, Ben Panciera made a remarkable discovery. Wedged between a set of magazines containing stories for Australian children and a biography of an Episcopalian priest was a book Panciera never thought he’d see with his own eyes – a medieval manuscript presumed stolen more than 50 years earlier.”—Missing medieval manuscript found after 50 years (via archivalia)
With college costs skyrocketing and the number of jobs for new grads on the decline, it’s no wonder that students are questioning whether a degree is worth the investment. But given that the jobs of the future are projected to require some form of post-secondary education, a key question is how to provide academic knowledge and industry-specific training that will prepare students for the future. The answer might come from a throwback to the Middle Ages: apprenticeships.
Welcome tattooed librarians, archivists, curators, and the people who love them. We are now accepting submissions to be included in this community blog. Please submit 1-2 photos of your ink with a mind towards keeping things as work friendly as possible. Bonus points for photos of your tattoos…
Well this is interesting. I have no ink so I can’t contribute, but maybe some of you guys do.
We really need editors for some of these tags. I track archives, libraries, librarians etc so on and just went to the archives tag to see if there was anything good but it’s just littered with some person advertising porn.
The annoying thing is that this spammer is using a different account for each post, so simply blocking an account will not solve the issue.
You know how when people meet their favorite celebrity they flail, scream, and otherwise lose control of higher mental functions? That was me with this website. So many videos… so much detailed information…. uuuuuuuugh.