Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dick Moehl slides

We recently received what is probably the last addition to the collection of Richard L. "Dick" Moehl, Lighthouse aficionado and saver, promoter of Mackinac area tourism, founder of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, and saver of Michigan history. Cody is beginning to process the slides in the addition.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

MI Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver's Papers = Processing

As the end of the CMU fall term rapidly approaches, my students are wrapping up their processing projects and beginning new ones that will take them into next year. I've blogged before that Jen Bentley has nearly finished up MI Supreme Court (MSC) Justice Elizabeth Weaver's Court of Appeals series. 43 cu.ft. (in 44 boxes). (yellow labels) Today it gets labeled and shelved.

Here it is shelved, labeled, dwarfing Jen.

Jen also drafted a processing plan for future students to process other series. This week that has begun....Before anyone processes we had Gwyn and Jen's inventory review notes, then the students pulls the relevant boxes, and samples a few boxes to get to know what is usually in the folder and in what order, and if anything is there that we can remove or that needs to be photocopied.

Suli Albinhamad is beginning to process 13 cu.ft. of Weaver's Per Curiam series (on table, more on shelves). This series documents the review process for which cases small subgroups of the Justices  decided to review or not and why, and for those cases that were reviewed what the decision of the MSC justices was and why.

Brian Schamber is beginning to process 10 cu.ft. of Leelanau County Court of Appeals (red labels, more on shelves). This series documents the Court of Appeals on the county level, not the state level like the series Jen processed did. Same types of materials and processes. See prior blogs on Jen's series for more detail.

Next term other students will be processing various collections, including more of Weaver's series (and there are a lot). We will also reorganize and  rehouse Russell Kirk's papers so I can get the finding aid encoded. It's going to be a busy term.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Investigatory Powers Bill

The UK's new and powerful invasive Investigatory Powers Act 2016 received royal assent Tues despite over 100,000 people petitioning against it. The bill requires that "records of every website and messaging service UK-based citizens visit from any device will be retained for a year by communications companies." This is unprecedented control of personal information of UK citizens without a warrant by communications companies (which security forces and related government units-prisons and certain health units- will be able to access and use). It is one of the most invasive, powerful online surveillance laws in a democracy. Right now the bill states it documents where you go and who you communicate with, not the content of your communication (do we believe that?). Opponents see it as undermining civil and privacy rights. Proponents see it as a way to combat terrorists and other criminals who use the internet to plan, purchase, sell and communicate.  Communication companies will have to keep a log of which sites and apps each person visits/uses online. There will be no independent monitoring body to verify what surveillance is occurring, which is another huge concern. Much of the bill's purpose is to provide legal support for current surveillance by government security forces to convict online criminals. A panel of justices will have to approve requests to hack into a suspected criminal's phone or computer, device or network without notifying the suspect. The bill will begin to take effect in 2017.   Read more about it here and  and

This act immediately reminds me of the Patriot Act, which has far reaching tendrils aiming to fight terrorism and criminals, but which has been more broadly applied, which we know about thanks to Snowden. See a synopsis of the Patriot Act here ( including its history and cases in which it has been inappropriately applied against average citizens who are not terrorists. Obviously abuses of power can occur and  since 9/11 we are in a period of great change, fear, and unprecedented international and online terrorism. I support a greater need for security and for protection against terrorists balanced with careful concern for the privacy rights of the rest of us.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ship anchors cut internet cable lines

I thought this was interesting. With all our technology, there is nothing like some actual physical interruption. Ships anchors are cutting internet cable lines underwater, shutting down access to the internet in certain areas. Read more about it here

Monday, November 28, 2016

US Navy personal info breached

Data of more than 1/4 of US Navy sailors (134, 386) was illegally accessed, the BBC reported on Nov. 24.   A Hewlett Packard contractor's laptop was "compromised' causing the problem. Hewlett Packard informed the Navy on Oct. 27. Names and social security numbers of current and retired sailors were in the data.  The US Navy is in the early stages of investigating. Read more about it here

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving postcards

In the Clarke we have a section of the Display Items that are holiday related cards and postcards. The turkeys are clearly the main focus of Thanksgiving postcard art.  Here is a sample of  historic holiday postcards celebrating Thanksgiving mostly circa 1910. Enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving.

Turkey- a truly patriotic American bird

Patriotic turkey over America

turkey pulling a pumpkin with an fairy in it. Why?

turkey with fall harvest scene

cutie and a turkey on gorgeous d lush red background
cutie sans turkey w poem. She could grace a postcard for any season

freehold of Thanksgiving poem with turkeyy

grapes and veg poem
harvest prayer poem

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Clean up before the weekend.

In preparation for the longer weekend, we are cleaning all the processing room tables off of collections and putting them in the stacks. Inevitably if a disaster of any type happens in the archives, it happens at 5:01pm on the last day staff are present before a long weekend. Then, you come back after the holiday and everything is wet, moldy, stinky, destroyed, charred. So, I don't take any chances. Plus it give someone a chance to scrub all the tables down. Only three weeks left of classes this term.