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DIY History: Help build the historical record by doing it yourself!

The University of Iowa’s Libraries has a great new site where you, the reader, can enhance the historical record by helping to tag, transcribe, and identify items. Check it out at http://diyhistory.lib.uiowa.edu/. Did you know that you can help Cincinnati … Continue reading

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preservation!

graduation_nodate019 Originally uploaded by Cincinnati State Archives Ever wonder about the process that causes newspapers and old paperback books to turn yellow and brittle? Basically, a reaction called acid hydrolysis is responsible for the so-called “small fires” consuming your paper … Continue reading

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Digitize it!

Here’s an interesting read for all you family archivists out there.  And here is the link to Nick DeWolf’s Flickr page.  These are beautiful photos, painstakingly digitized and cataloged by the photographer’s son-in-law.  What a treasure!

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Collecting history as it is made

This article is interesting. I was just wondering if any institutions were collecting Occupy Wall Street materials. From the article: “Early in October, staffers from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History went through the Occupy Wall Street encampment … Continue reading

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Whither digital?

This slide provides an interesting example of when contextual information is lost if only a digital surrogate is relied upon for evidence.  It may not seem that important, but notice how blue the sky is through the windows behind the … Continue reading

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Preservation week: Temperature and humidity

The Northeast Document Conservation Center has a wealth of preservation information for libraries and the general public on their website. Take a look at this leaflet on temperature and humidity and what they mean for your personal archives. Don’t let … Continue reading

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Preservation Week: Archiving Personal Web Content

Have you ever thought about trying to archive your personal digital information? Here is an informative video from the Library of Congress on preserving your digital life.

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Preservation Week has arrived

Today’s post comes on the heels (and toes I suppose) of rain, rain and more rain. And with that kind of rain we see flooding and, of course, water damage. Take a look at this helpful video from Heritage Preservation … Continue reading

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Saving your treasures

This instructional video from the Smithsonian may be of interest to those of you looking to preserve your family’s treasures.  The video shows how to remove photos from those horribly acidic, damaging sticky albums.  The albums that all of my … Continue reading

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The things we keep

U5S6B02F09P001 – Engr Tech, Civil Engineering TechOriginally uploaded by Cincinnati State Archives “What should I be saving for the archives?” you may be asking yourself. Well since you asked… Consider this snippet of an article on Miami University archivist Bob … Continue reading

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