Showing posts from March, 2019

1930s road maps in the archives

This is for Friday when I'll be on the road.

Here are some examples of 1930s road maps in the Clarke. Road maps like we have today began with automobiling clubs. Club members needed to know where they could stop and fil their tanks, eat, drink and sleep. They wanted to see sights. Road maps were produced by states, gas companies, car companies, car clubs, and tourism groups, to encourage you to travel and spend money.  Here are some examples from the 1930s.

The Society of Ohio Archivists' annual meeting registration is now open!

Mi roadkill cookbook

Spring may finally have arrived in mid-Michigan 2019. What do Michiganders think of in spring besides bunnies and warm days? The roads, which are all beat up and full of holes and we wonder when they are going to be filled. We also see a lot of road kill. Here is the cover and a recipe from the MI Roadkill Cookbook, a copy of which is in the Clarke. I kid you not.

FB knew Cambridge Analytica was misusing data earlier than they reported it

If you missed it, here's the link to the story that FB knew months before when they initially said they knew about Cambridge Analystica misusing the data. Again, who is surprised?

2019 New York Archives Conference professional development grants to archives students, archivists, librarians

Deadline to apply: May 3rd, 5pm.

The New York Archives Conference, John A. Woods, and Larry Naukam will offer multiple $125 professional development grants in order to enable archives students, archivists, librarians, and others with archives or records management responsibilities to attend the conference.
The 2019 New York Archives Conference will be held June 5 - 7th, 2019 at St John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.
Funds may be applied to travel, lodging, meals, workshops, or conference registration. Each recipient is required to attend both meeting days (June 6-7) and the Friday luncheon.

 The full announcement and application form can be found at:  New this year applications can be submitted via email, or via Google form.

The conference program is forthcoming.

Questions and application materials should be directed to

National Disaster Relief Fund for Archives

mysterious manuscript code deciphered at last or not??

Undeciphered books, languages, and codes all interest me. Recently there has been online discussion that a medieval manuscript  known as Manuscript MS408 at Yale's Beinecke Library (or the Voynich manuscript, named for a man who bought it in 1912) may have finally been deciphered. It was mostly written in an unknown writing system, which may or not predate Latin, but it also includes some Latin and German phrases and maybe some Chinese characters. Carbon testing dated it as being created between 1404 and 1438. It is possibly an early text of herbal and pharmaceutical knowledge. The book includes some fascinating images including people, plants, animals, a castle, and more fantastical images like a dragon. Some of the plants are apparently compilations of parts of multiple plants mixed together.

Subject to a lot of study to determine how old it is, what the colors were made from, how it was retouched, what the original covers were, who owned or sold it, and what its provenance is,…

oral histories

It took me parts of 3 weeks to catalog 7 folders that were a mix of paper and digital in various formats, mostly related to oral histories or interviews or casual conversations, wtih or without forms, with or without backups or originals, and with or without sufficient documentation. I had to listen to part of each recording, at least scan each transcription to determine which topics were covered and biographical detail, sometimes research the people or organization to get sufficient detail for subject headings, and create lots of new subject headings. I went through several drafts of each catalog record, proofing, and being consistent with vocabulary. Due to a lack of forms, I consulted with an oral history specialist. I had to know how long each recording was, some had duplicate tracks, identify the types of file formats, and software to access/play them. There were diverse formats. I also had to note any second copies and/or backup files, if any, and where they are located. Some we…

GM needs an archives and special collections manager

The GMDASC Manager will report to the Vice President, Global Design.  The manager will be responsible for owning policiesand best practices for the acquisition, preservation, arrangement anddescription of historically significant materials specifically related to thedesign process at General Motors. This person manages GMDASC team members toexecute these policies and processes, and is responsible for archivalactivities that include but are not limited to:Prioritization of archival projects and forecasting the necessary timeframes for completionResponsible for identifying future archival projects and concepts that fit within the strategic framework of GM Creative DesignInitiating externally-facing exhibits, pop-ups, and events that showcase the Collections and the history of GM and facilitate community outreachInterfacing and partnering with internal and external partners, including Communications, GM Heritage Center, and other organizations responsible for preserving the history of Ge…