Showing posts from July, 2018

Wrapping up internships this week

My two amazing, wonderful interns will both complete their interns later today. They accomplished so much so well and were a joy to have in the Clarke processing room this summer. They are going to create a blog entry each about their experience which I will post soon. Here is a last image of them both with their most recently completed collections.

what might you find on a projector?

Images of unknown people found on Goodwill projector have led to the person who bought the projector asking for help identifying the people in the images. The images show mostly what appears to be an African American family in the 1950s, likely with military connections. See for more information

Update: Due to national coverage, the family has contacted the woman who bought the projector! I'm glad for them that their family home movies were not lost. See

stolen Iranian archive

Israeli spies stole 100,000 documents from Tehran in January. Some of the documents were discussed in the media in April. Review of the documents shows that the Iranians had gathered information and resources and were on the edge of being able to build nuclear weapons 15 years ago. Nuclear activities were hidden as secret projects within military research programs. Journalists  were allowed to see and touch some of the documents recently. Israeli officials note that the documents prove the Iranians had the capability to build nuclear weapons, were lying about not having this ability, and should not be trusted. Read more about it here

National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning

Botanical specimens collected by the Royal Horticultural Society will go on display soon. Interesting historical examples include: a Chilean potato plant collected by Darwin in 1835, while on the Beagle, which led to his understanding of Evolution, and an unknown species of pelargonium from the site where Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte died in 1879, and the oldest surviving example of lavender from 1731. More than 1 million nationally important items will go on display at the the new center in Surrey, UK. Many plants are examples of food crops or floral developments from decades or centuries of careful planning and experimentation. Thanks to a 4 million British pound grant, the National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning  will open in 2020 . Read more about it here

Kodak film cement

Finally got 20 boxes of film cement. We had problems getting more for our film project. The composition of film cement is regulated by our government now, so you can't order a large tin of it like we could in 2012 when we started the film project. Instead, to have enough cement to complete the film project, I had to order 20 small, individually bubble-wrapped containers. Next month I will order 20 more. And because the company credit card didn't work, I had to use my own credit card, have it shipped to my home, and bring it in myself. I hope this cement is excellent cement.

three-dimensional objects in paper--based collections

Here are some of the three-dimensional objects found in MI Supreme Court Justice Weaver's campaign series and Miscellaneous/Reference Series. Three-dimensional objects do show up in various collections and series in the archives. Right now we are trying to find boxes that fit the objects well and will confer with our cultural resource management colleagues about good storage options.

MAC Detroit April 3-6, 2019

US government censorship of photographs during the Great Depression

I found this interesting. BBCNews has a brief video of previously unseen censored photographs of the 1930s taken by professional photographers hired by the government during the Great Depression.  If the photographers got off topic and shot images that did not restore hope or support helping farmers financially, the government censored the photographs by punching holes in the images so they could never be used again. The photographs could have been used for other purposes in the future. Punching them destroyed the chance of ever using them again for any purpose, except discussing censorship.  Here's the link if you'd like to see them: