Showing posts from April, 2015

Charlie Hebdo announcement will cause discussions

For whatever reason, Charlie Hebdo cartoonist "Luz", Renald Luzier, just announced he will no longer draw any cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. After all that has happened  this is quite an announcement. This will be sure to cause discussion in France and in the media. Is the decision because he really is no longer interested in the topic, because the topic has soured, is it due to fear, exhaustion from all that has happened, feeling responsible to some extent, wishing to not make waves (that doesn't sound like a CH mantra)? Did the terrible death toll and attacks ultimately stop his pen limiting free speech or not? Read more about it here

Airplanes grounded by app glitch

Very interesting news that American Airlines flights were delayed when there was an iPad glitch and an app stopped working. AA went paperless to save on fuel in 2013, so there were no backup options. The app allows co/pilots to view flightplans. No flightplans=no flights. Digital information can be problematic. I'm personally glad this happened before they were airborne. Read more about it here 

My students and the end of the year

The end of the term is here. This term I had two interns, one paid student, and two volunteers processing collections for various hours during the week. I trained and supervised them all. Only one had prior processing experience, having volunteered for me previously. Three of the students also took or were taking my Archives Administration class while processing for me.  Here is a list of the collections that they processed and created finding aids or inventory for:

Ongoing addition to Lee Barnett [research] Collection: 9 boxes, 6 Ov. Folders (approx. 5 cubic feet) The total collection is now 30 cubic feet (in 51 boxes, 15 Ov. folders)

Ralph Young Courser family genealogy collection, 1870, 2012,  3 boxes, 6 Ov. folders (approx. 2 cubic feet)

Lincoln Township (Isabella County, Mich.) records, 1890-1984,  4 boxes, 41 Ov. v. (Approx. 5 cubic feet)

Coldwater Township (Isabella County, Mich.),  records, 1868-1971, 4 boxes, 80 Ov. v. (Approx. 15 cubic feet)

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Aussies continue printing books in Gutenberg-style

Two Aussies continue printing books Gutenberg-style w a press, thick paper, and thousands of blocks and print pieces. They are focusing on Australian history about native people, women, the treatment of others. The art and tradition of it they find fascinating. They use the word "archivally. You gotta love it. Read and see interesting video here

YouTube is 10

YouTube celebrates 10 years of making it possible for all of us to view all sorts of things. Read all about it here

Australia's Aboriginal soldiers of WWI (and other wars)

Documentation and  medals of a highly distinguished, but unknown, WWI Aboriginal Australian service man, Richard N. Kirby, were recently shared beyond his family's historic trunk, leading to a new, strong interest in proving which men who served in WWI or other wars were Aboriginals and their stories. They were not allowed to legally serve in WWI, only those of European descent were suppose to serve. Unfortunately, many of these soldiers came home to experience worse racism than when they had left to serve because the government had sent their children to schools and confiscated their land to give to white soldiers! A fascinating story. Click here to read more about it

World Book night's free giveawy tonight!

Tonight if you are in the UK you can participate in the 5th World Book night's annual mass giveaway of  free books to encourage "reluctant" readers. 250,000 books (20 titles) will be given away around the UK. Awesome! Read more about it here

Einstein's brain bits : a fascinating brainy story

This is the gross but somehow fascinating story of what happened to Einstein's brain. After Albert Einstein died in 1955, his brain was removed for "scientific study". No proper forms or processes were followed here. The pathologist, Dr. Thomas Harvey, just removed it without anyone's permission, in the hopes of gaining reknown for himself following research on Einstein's brain.  Einstein's son, Hans Albert, was furious to later discover that his dad's body was cremated sans brain. Albert did not want his remains used for study. Harvey convinced Hans to let him (Harvey) find some brain specialists and to publish their findings soon. Well, long story short, nothing happened. Remember Einstein died in 1955.

Time passes and it is 1978. A reporter, Steven Levy, is sent to find Einstein's brain at Princeton Medical Center, now known as Princeton Hospital, and it is not there. Where is it? What happened to it?  Harvey was alive in Wichita, Kansas. Harvey st…

UK Centre for Computing History

The Cambridge UK Centre for Computing History, which has nearly a thousand old computers and related items like game consoles, phones, and toys with computers in them, raised 200,000 pounds in a month of fundraising. Now there are some development folks who should get a bonus! At least part of the funding will be used to create a Tech Odyssey exhibit to help inspire and tell the story of the computer revolution. Very cool. For more info click here

Alice is 150

Alice Through the Looking glass/in Wonderland is 150 years old, first having been printed in 1865 in the UK. Various theater adaptations and a new Disney film are in the works to mark the anniversary. The Clarke has a gorgeous original American publication from 1866 with original (ugly) drawings. The author saw them after the book was released as a paid subscription, paid in advance only offer, immediately after the Civil War ended. He demanded his agent retrieve them all, bring them back to England, get all new (author approved) drawings, insert them in the book, remove the old drawings and then return them to the purchasers. What a long year for the agent traveling 1 month 1 way on a ship to and from to get orders, to and from to retrieve books, to and from to deliver final copies. Our version is gilt edged and velum bound, lovely even if the images are cold and sterile. Because it was originally presented to Princess Beatrice, the author and his agent could not ask for her to retur…

Wikileaks published Sony docs and emails

Sony is going to be even more embarrassed than it was over its Angelina Jolie remarks. 170,000 emails and over 20,000 documents are now publicly released. Sony is strongly against the public release, of course. Assange says the documents "at the centre of a geo-political conflict". What does that  mean? Does it all have to do with The Interview film, being first not released, then released, and resulting sanctions against NK and foreign hackers?? I'm sure there will be debate about what it means. NK praised the release. Read more about it here

ancient humans were cannibals

Extensive tests on skeletal remains found in Somerset, England, in 1992 confirm that some humans ate others. To quote one  of the scientists, "We’ve found undoubting evidence for defleshing, disarticulation, human chewing, crushing of spongy bone, and the cracking of bones to extract marrow." That is pretty specific. Also, teeth marks were found on some bones. The bones showing evidence of their previous persons being eaten are about 15,000 years old.  All of this verifies cannibalism existed. The question is how widespread it was and why it existed. Was it ritualistic? A pure act of war? Ancestor worship? This is fascinating and repugnant simultaneously.  Read more about it here

Oscars moving image Cataloger job posting

WWII silver rupees salvaged

Divers brought up 50 million dollars worth of silver rupees from a ship sunk in WWII. The SS City of Cairo was sunk by a German u-boat in 1942. The boat was hit by 2 torpedoes. While most of the crew survived and got into boats, half of them perished before or after rescue. The silver was owned by the British Treasury.  A salvage crew entered into a contract with the Treasury to retrieve it. Odd objects on the ocean floor were found by a salvage crew in 2011. Eventually they found and retrieved a large part of the silver by Sept. 2013. It was found at quite a deep depth. The retrieved silver was melted down and the salvage crew got a percentage. The money had originally been requested from India to help the UK with the war effort. The propeller of the second torpedo was also found still sitting on the ocean floor. The retrieval has only been announced recently. Read more about it here

Pearl Harbor remains to be identified

Due to improvements in forensic analysis and identification, the remains of 394  then unidentifiable remains of service men killed aboard the USS Oklahoma during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and buried in a grave as Unknown at a national cemetery in Hawaii will now be dug up and identified. It is good that we can identify these men who died in service to our nation.  I think this is interesting that it is happening now. I have no info as to why or who pushed for it. This will take a lot of time and money and effort. Who is paying for it?  Well we the taxpayers will pay for it ultimately. Also, I think it is interesting that this was not covered in CNN, I had to read about it in the BBCNews. Read more about it here

Alyssa- one student processor's perspective


movie about stolen/returned art

A new movie, Woman in Gold, is available starring Helen Mirren as Maria Altman who fought Austria to have her aunt's portrait and four other paintings by Klimt, which had been stolen from her family by the Nazis and ended up illegally in the famous Belvedere gallery in Vienna, returned to her with compensation. The combined value (minimal $150 million then) and size of the 5 Klimts is the most valuable return of art stolen by Nazis in Austria to date. \

The Lady in Gold is a good movie based in fact. The Austrians put every obstacle in her way imaginable. A mole in the archives helped find documents the family had never seen which bolstered her argument. It's a  very good movie with Helen Mirren and the guy who was horrible in the Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds) proves he can really act. It makes the Austrians look really bad, and let's face it, they were. If you haven't seen it, it is definitely worth seeing.  Read more about it here…

Roman artifacts found in England

Some very nice Roman artifacts have been located in Hertfordshire, England, dating to about 174 AD. The finds include some jugs, a bronze dish, found last year, and glass bottles and cups, an iron lamp, a box with bronze corners, a bronze coin, and two shattered but complete glass dishes from Alexandria, Egypt (these are a major find). The person who found them and the farmer who owns the land on which they were found co-own them, but a local museum is trying to raise funds to buy them. Read more about it here

New website of American Archives of Public Broadcasting

American Archives of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) launched a new site,, which is a collaborative effort between WGBH Educational Foundation and Library of Congress. It makes American public radio and tv content dating back to the 1950s available. Initially access will be provided to  2.5 million records. More content will be added in the future. How cool! Click

Another LA job posting- Art Cataloger