Boston's Irish troubles oral histories ruling
Sometime today, US Courts will rule on whether or not oral histories gathered and donated to Boston College can be turned over to the police to prosecute murderers during the Irish Troubles, a topic which I reported on in a previous blog. The oral histories were given with the understanding that they would not be available to researchers until after those recorded died. How will this turn out? This has interesting implications for oral histories, for donor agreements, and for the solving murders, all of these are affecting an archives and historians who helped gather and document the oral histories. For more info read here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-17602599
A federal appeals court in Boston heard arguments over the case before noon today. The result is not yet reported (at 2pm)
Cassie has concluding her work on MI Supreme Court Justice Weaver's Campaign series. The series is 2 boxes (.75 cu.ft.) processed documenting Weaver's first campaign for MI Supreme Court. During this campaign, Weaver was a judge in the Appellate Court.
Now Cassie is beginning to process three dimensional objects related to Leonard Oil Co. There are glasses, dishes, a sewing kit, and other, varied materials. Much of this was featured in our Leonard Oil exhibit a few years ago. Cassie has experience and training working with objects, so she is a great choice to process the object collection.
The Clarke also has a historical collection of of the company, not the official records of the company, about 20 cubic feet which is processed and cataloged. For more information on the collection please see the finding aid here https://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/clarke/ehll--leonardhistorical?byte=5003348;focusrgn=summaryinfo;subview=standard;view=reslist
The Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections project seeks over 7years to preserve and digitize what remains of the large, historically significant, private Strashun Library of Vilna, Lithuania, and and preserve and reunite through digitization the separated surviving remnants of the Vilnius Library, located in Vilnius and New York. Read more about it and the efforts of the YIVO Organization to preserve and digitize Jewish heritage materials and make them accessible. YIVO has a library and archives. It houses histories, digitized documents, films, rare books, manuscripts, as well as digital exhibits on these collections, other topics. YIVO was the first organization to collect original primary sources documenting the Holocaust, many of which were later used as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials. Yivo collections document Jewish poets, humor, many aspects of the history and life of European Jews before WWII. and the Otto Frank File documents the efforts of Anne Frank's father to ge…
FB's artificial intelligence (AI) is working very successfully to identify and remove terrorism-related posts. In the past, FB relied on people to identify the material. Once something is identified as terrorism-related, it can later be quickly compared to any future shared copies and the newly shared copies can be removed within an hour. FB is still working to improve its speed and effectiveness. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42158045