North Carolina Association of Historians Website

30 03 2010

The North Carolina Association of Historians announces the launch of its website containing information about membership; the annual meeting; calls for papers, research articles, and reviews; and leadership opportunities. NCAH welcomes historians (faculty and students alike) in all fields within the discipline, as well as colleagues teaching in secondary schools and serving in public history organizations.


Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive

30 03 2010

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive

The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to fourteen newspaper titles published in Atlanta from 1847 to 1922. Consisting of over 67,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a record of Atlanta’s history from its origins as a railroad terminus, through the devastation of the Civil War, to its eventual growth into one of the nation’s largest cities.

The archive includes the following Atlanta newspaper titles:

Atlanta Daily Examiner (1857)

Atlanta Daily Herald (1873-1876)

Atlanta Georgian (1906-1911)

Atlanta Intelligencer (1851, 1854-1871)

Atlantian (1911-1922), Daily/Georgia Weekly Opinion (1867-1868)

Gate-City Guardian (1861)

Georgia Literary and Temperance Crusader (1860-1861)

New Era (1869-1872)

Southern Confederacy (1861-1864)

Southern Miscellany and Upper Georgia Whig (1847)

Southern World (1882-1885)

Sunny South (1875-1907)

Weekly Constitution (1869-1882)

The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspaper Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1958, 1984-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at

Glad Someone Has $$$$ 4 Humanities

26 03 2010

North Carolina…. APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE TRAVELING ARCHIVIST PROGRAM Need assistance preserving or improving access to your archival collections? The North Carolina State Archives and the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) have just posted applications for the Traveling Archivist Program providing hands-on assistance to institutions that preserve North Carolina’s history and culture. Institutions chosen to participate in this program will receive an onsite visit, a collections assessment, recommendations for managing and caring for the collections, training and instructions, and other resources including some basic preservation supplies. The application and instructions are available online and on the Web sites of the SHRAB and the North Carolina State Archives. The application is open to all North Carolina cultural and heritage institutions that house and maintain archival collections, and whose collections are accessible to the public; however, federal agencies and those institutions housing solely objects or artifacts are ineligible to apply. The closing date for applications is April 26, 2010. Questions relating to the application process may be addressed to Andrea Gabriel, North Carolina State Archives, 919-807-7326, , Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Shameless Self-Promotion e.g. I’m Excited!!!!

25 03 2010

Accepted 2 THATCamp Saturday May 22 and Sunday May 23 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Looking forward to discussing ideas in digital access, curation and collection development.

Society of Civil War Historians

23 03 2010

The Society of Civil War Historians (SCWH) is an association of scholars dedicated to exploring slavery, the sectional crisis, Civil War, emancipation, and reconstruction roughly from the 1830s through 1880.  The society also looks at the legacies of the conflict that continue to have an impact on society today.  SCWH’s mission is to encourage scholarly activity and academic exchange among historians, graduate students, and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives, and other public facilities.

Manuscripts are being solicited for a new, peer-review journal that incorporates a broad view of the Civil War era. Published in collaboration with The University of North Carolina Press and the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era CenterThe Journal of the Civil War Era will launch its inaugural issue in March 2011. (call for papers)

Challenges in Sustainable Open Source: A Case Study

22 03 2010

The Code4Lib Journal – Challenges in Sustainable Open Source: A Case Study.

Challenges in Sustainable Open Source: A Case Study

The Archivists’ Toolkit is a successful open source software package for archivists, originally developed with grant funding. The author, who formerly worked on the project at a participating institution, examines some of the challenges in making an open source project self-sustaining past grant funding. A consulting group hired by the project recommended that — like many successful open source projects — they rely on a collaborative volunteer community of users and developers. However, the project has had limited success fostering such a community. The author offers specific recommendations for the project going forward to gain market share and develop a collaborative user and development community, with more open governance.

Human Rights Digital Initiatives

19 03 2010

UT Libraries Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (SFI) discuss opportunities for collaboration  as well as best practices for digital preservation and metadata exchange. Goal is to offer the opportunity for convergence, particularly in the realm of descriptive practices aimed at facilitating discovery and access across collections. Read More Here.