Showing posts from May, 2018

quirky photographs discovered after photographer died

I thought this was cool. Lots of quirky, thought provoking photographs discovered 30 years after the photographer died and his daughter went through his suitcases. See link to see images of London 1930s-50s, and read more'

MAA here I come!

Just to get you interested in attending my Michigan Archival Association session in Bay City on June 15, 2018....


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Memorial Day.


Memorial Day is celebrated this weekend. Although decorating soldiers graves is an ancient custom,  the custom became a national mourning ritual, Decoration Day, in the U.S. during the Civil War. It was a ritualized, recognized day to decorate the war dead because of the unprecedented numbers of dead at the time, most of whom died far from home and their families who could not visit their graves, who could not identify or ship remains home, and many families never knew for sure where their loved ones were buried. Memorial Day is documented in some of the collection sin the Clarke.

Also in the Clarke there are a lot of primary source collection documenting veterans of wars, mostly the Civil War and World War I, although there is some material from World War II and Vietnam, and one collection mentioning the Korean War. These collections also document veterans organizations and the women's organizations that supported the veterans. There are posters, official go…


A new law,  GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), goes into effect on Friday May 25th. It increases protection of  personal information of EU citizens. The law applies to all EU systems and foreign companies with  personal information of EU citizens. The law makes it harder for companies to get our consent to use our private info. It changes consent (which can no longer buried) in long paragraphs of information, makes freely given consent just that, rather than coerced by a company offering you extra features for sharing more of your data. You can ask for a copy of your information from a company, ask the company to correct or delete personal info about you.  Companies must do what you ask about your information unless they have a "really good" reason not to. I'm curious as to what "really good" means. The data must be kept safe so it can't be stolen. Stolen data must be reported within 72 hours. There are large fines for companies that don't comp…

Brian Schamber last blog entry

In my final year at the Clarke Historical Library I worked hard to finish the Probate Court series of Justice Weaver, which I had been working on for a semester up till that point. Unfortunately, life severely diminish the amount of time that I could donate to the Clarke, but I managed to completely process the Probate Court documents by March. Throughout my processing of Probate Court materials, I notice a substantial number of documents that were related to environmental issues surrounding the Crystal River in Leelanau County. There were enough materials that Marian and I decided that these documents would be best if processed as a separate series, which I would finish processing by the end of April. During this time, I also applied and was admitted to Wayne State University’s School of Information Science where I will be pursuing a MA in Library and Information Sciences. I plan to work in libraries and archives and help to continue the tradition of historic preservati…

net neutrality

On Weds of last week the Senate voted to pass a measure to repeal changes in net neutrality rules that the FCC recently adopted. The measure will be return to the House and the President will not accept it. Democrats believe that their actions, even in vain, are important as the topic energizes their base votes ahead of midterm elections. The FCC repealed Obama protections in December allowing Comcast and Verizon to slow/speed traffic from websites/apps. For more information see

Proposals invited for 6th annual Network Detroit Conference on Digital Humanities (DH) at Wayne State University

My students could handle this!

Historical & Special Collections at the Harvard Law School Library has a one-year term processing position open. The description is below; for more details and to apply please visit


Duties & Responsibilities

Harvard Law School Library seeks an experienced, collaborative, and service-oriented processing archivist for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2018. Reporting to the Curator of Modern Manuscripts within the Historical & Special Collections unit (HSC), the successful candidate will survey United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's collection of scholarly and professional work, develop a multi-year processing plan, and begin describing the collection in an Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aid. Survey and appraise approximately 400 linear feet of argued case files, conference files, pre-Supreme Court work, speaking engagements, correspondence, miscellaneous court documents, teaching files, and event file…

HST 583 boxes process by my Spring 2018 class

This year I had 16 students in my HST 583 class and they each processed .5 cu.ft. box of C. S. Bliss, lumber baron's collection, C.S. Bliss and Company Business Records and Family Papers. The collection documents his various business dealings and family. Besides his lumber mill, lumber camps, he sold all kinds of wood products, mostly for construction, bought and sold property, had rental properties and renters, boats, bought international bonds from nations whose economies failed in the 1920s, and his own farm, where he bought quality sheep for wool, goats, and pedigree dogs. We also found out this year that Bliss had a family winter home in Arkansas.

This year the students processed 15 boxes, 17 legal-size folders, covering January 1905-December 1927. My classes over the last 6 years have processed 112 boxes of Bliss and 32 legal-size folders, 1887-1927. The records go into the 1930s. If I have a large class in Fall 2018 we may finally conclude processing Bliss! Most of my stude…

Pres. Wilson's papers online

The papers of President Woodrow Wilson, held in the Library of Congress are now online. For more information see

Painting continues in the Park

The doors are open now, no following the yellow brick tape to get into the Park Library. Here are some update photos. The auditorium is also going to be updated this summer with new seating and hopefully new electronics.

Vinyl LPs selling really, really well

First vinyl LPS were replaced and then they were supposed to die out, but hard core fans refuse to let go. Sales of LP vinyl records continue to increase. Here's some news from the UK and US.

A few "super fans" are responsible for the sale of 2/3rds of the vinyl LPs in the UK. Last year  4.1 vinyl records million were sold in 2017 worth nearly 90 million British pounds in the UK, the most since the 1990s. Some "super fans" spend over 400 pounds a year on LPs for the ability to put on and listen to the album of their choice. Read more about it here

In the US sales of vinyl LP peaked for the second year in a row. In 2017 14.32 million were sold, almost a 10% increase over 2016, which was a surprising great year for LP sales. Most of the albums are rock or the Beatles but include diverse artists. Read more about it here…

WMU metadata digital resource specialist job posting