A celebration of archives, archival material, and the amazing history that they protect. Expect to see a lot of strange historical finds, unique materials, and archives in the news. I throw up 5 posts a day.
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).
As archivists, we’re all about sharing our collections with users around the world. We’re fortunate to work with our fabulous Digital Collections and Initiatives Department to expand access to our collections through digitization.
Digitizing a large collection requires good workflows and process management. These pictures show the rail assembly line system developed by one of our UWM librarians to quickly move through thousands of glass plate negatives in the Roman B.J. Kwasniewski Photographs.
The resulting digital collection, Milwaukee Polonia, significantly increases access to the history of Milwaukee’s South Side. It also means that for the first time, we don’t have to pull heavy glass plate negative boxes every researchers want to use the collection!
"One of the things we biographers realize is that we distort history a little bit. We make it sound like there’s some great individual in a garage or a garret who has a light-bulb moment and all of a sudden innovation happens. But when you look at innovation, especially in this day and age, it happens in teams — creativity is a collaborative effort in the digital age. I wanted to get away from writing about the singular individual."
- Walter Isaacson
Isaacson is the author of the 2011 Steve Jobs biography. His new book is The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.
He joined Fresh Air to tell us how a 19th century English countess, women mathematicians and programmers of the 1930s and some Silicon Valley hippies changed our world.
The Princeton University Digital Library has digitized three illustrated Japanese scrolls dating from the seventeenth century (C0744.08, Garrett Japanese Manuscripts, no. 1). The set of scrolls contain an anonymous story about the Sagami River, with 18 magnificent illustrations.
Welcome to my blog, a commentary on the life of my MPhil:
"A transcription and commentary of NLW 5267"
Essentially, I’m attempting to make an edition of a 15th century Welsh manuscript known as ‘Y Casgliad Brith’- The speckled collection. Which is a lot more fun than it sounds. :)
The manuscript hasn’t really been looked at before (beyond a cursory glance or two) and it’s got a whole host of crazy things in it. It was written in 1438 in the hand of Siancyn ap Dafydd ap Gruffudd. The texts themselves are a mixture of Religious, scientific, and historical texts, including the life of St Catharine, Proverbs, and the Welsh ‘Delw y Byd’,a treatise on geography.
So, are you ready to take the journey with me? I promise it will be fun!
Activist Wong Chin Foo published this newspaper, entitled Chinese American, in New York in 1883—possibly the first public use of the term “Chinese American.” In the wake of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, Wong intended the title as an assertion of identity and a challenge to anti-Chinese sentiment. Learn more about the #ChineseAmerican story in our current exhibition.
Chinese American, 1883. New-York Historical Society