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MAA seeking session proposals for the 2019 conference June 17-18, 2019

Edith Williams family papers

Volunteer processing student Brad just completed the Edith Williams family papers, including processing, the finding aid and encoding the finding aid. I'm working on the catalog record. The collection included family correspondence during the Civil War and WWII.  You can see his joy.

Louve Abu Dhabi

This is a fascinating look at the Louve Abu Dhabi, a 30 year project between the Louve and the United Arab Emirates. An amazing architectural structure has been created, perhaps the masterpiece of architect Jean Novel. The building consists of  more than 50 buildings in a huge, waterproofed area which was flooded to provide the aspect of a town on a sea. The vast majority of the museum is covered with an immense, gorgeous dome, which lets some light  in but which provides important, cooling shade. The Louve Paris provides major exhibits and  over 600 major artworks on loan in 23 galleries. This will supplement art that the UAE has already purchased. The French, who have had museum art exchanges with UAE for years now, hope that  this amazing new museum and its art will continue to improve and encourage international dialog and the UAE leaders hope it will promote acceptance of other cultures, their art, and tolerance. The new museum had an amazing 1 million visitors in its first year,…

teaching with manuscripts

I've been teaching these points with and about primary sources for over 20 years. I'm glad to see it is deemed so important.

Six archivists and librarians teamed together to teach a one-credit course at the University of Dayton designed to introduce students to the themes of historical empathy, visual literacy, privacy, and silences in the archives. Kayla Harris, Stephanie Shreffler, and Heidi Gauder explore this pilot collaboration in The Archives as Classroom: A Primary Source Mini-Course, which is Case 6 in the series Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources sponsored by SAA's Reference, Access, and Outreach Section. As the authors note, "The mini-course succeeded in familiarizing students with the different special collections at the University of Dayton and the challenges of archival research." Read all about it.

Grand Rapids Public Library & Special Collections librarian position


Yesterday we withdrew a cubic foot of diskettes which we no longer have the hardware to access. We found some diskette containers I had never seen before.

Amazingly, all the plastic diskette containers were also inside mini cardboard drawers. It was rather like King Tut's tomb, layers upon layers of wrappings.

This morning we found several of these are blanks so here is an imminent student project.

Conservator Job at MSU

MSU is hiring a professional conservator

Historic archival report unsealed for Mueller investigation

How to indict a sitting president? What do you need? How to share your facts with the public? A good report.  There are two such historic reports that can be used for reference by Mueller's team against Pres. Trump.

A 1998 report was used by Special Council Ken Starr against Pres. Clinton. Graphic and detailed, the 453-page report caused a public backlash against House Republicans who released it to the public.

An earlier report, Special Prosecutor Jaworski's 1974 report investigating Pres. Nixon and Watergate, was very different. Minimal without comments, interpretations, or accusations, it was considered more a "a series of guideposts if the House Judiciary Committee wished to follow them." Nixon resigned just ahead of impeachment proceedings in July 1974. The report has been sealed at the National Archives since then.

The 1974 report was unsealed Weds Oct. 31 after one of Nixon's lawyers and 3 prominent legal analysis sued for its unsealing. A U.S. District Cou…

call for student archivist posters for SAA/COSA conference in AUstin this summer