William Church Photograph Collection

5 04 2010

The Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture at Troy University Dothan Campus announces the opening of the William Church Photograph Collection.  This is a collection of 180 black-and-white prints taken by Quay Fortner of the Dothan (AL) City Tax Assessor’s Office in March 1958 of properties in the city’s predominantly African American “Frogtown” section.  Fortner traveled through Frogtown’s streets photographing each property.  The photographs document the housing and physical neighborhood of pre-Civil Rights poor and black housing as well as the mill village associated with the Vorris Lumber Company.  The collection is remarkable for the vernacular architecture it captures.  Church donated the collection after saving it from a fire pit.  The collection has been scanned and is available online at http://dothan.troy.edu/archives/inventories/101.htm; thumbnails link to larger reference copies of each image.


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 http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html

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, andrea.gabriel@ncdcr.gov , Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

C-Span Video Archives

16 03 2010

Researchers, political satirists and partisan mudslingers, take note: C-Span has uploaded virtually every minute of its video archives to the Internet. The archives, at C-SpanVideo.org, cover 23 years of history and five presidential administrations and are sure to provide new fodder for pundits and politicians alike. The network will formally announce the completion of the C-Span Video Library on Wednesday. Read more from the NYTimes.

Popular Science 137 Year Archive Scanned, Online, Free

4 03 2010

Gadget nerds: Prepare to lose the rest of your day to awesomeness. PopSci, the web-wing of Popular Science magazine, has scanned its entire 137-year archive and put it online for you to read, absolutely free. The archive, made available in partnership with Google Books, even has the original period advertisements. Read More

Search the PopSci Archives.


3 03 2010

Sorry you missed the More Product, Less Process presentation at the annual Society of Georgia Archivists meeting?

Want to know how to alleviate backlogs in your repository?

Join SGA as we co-sponsor our annual Spring Workshop with the Society of American Archivists. “Implementing More Product, Less Process” will be given on May 17, 2010, location TBD. Check the SGA website for registration details soon.

SGA’s Scholarship Committee awards the Banks Scholarship to an SGA member who would like to attend.

SAA’s description of the workshop:

Backlogs don’t have to weigh as heavily as they do! Focus on implementing concrete strategies for increasing processing rates and reducing backlogs, as outlined in the Greene-Meissner article, “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing,” and learn as you share information and experiences with fellow workshop participants. Topics include appraisal, arrangement, description, digitization, and preservation, as well as development of processing plans, policies, and benchmarks. This array of topics is addressed through lecture, case studies, and group discussion.

Workshop objectives:

* Understand the concepts and arguments outlined in “More Product, Less Process;”

* Implement strategies for increasing processing rates in a variety of institutions;

* Apply techniques for managing efficient processing programs, including developing processing plans, policies, and benchmarks;

* Understand how descriptive standards such as DACS can assist in the creation of descriptive records that adhere to “minimum” requirements and assist in the reuse of data in a variety of outputs; and

* Develop strategies for integrating processing with other archival functions, particularly accessioning.

Who should attend? Archivists who process archival collections or manage archival processing programs and administrators interested in processing procedures within their repositories (introductory to intermediate levels).

For more information, contact the SGA Education Committee at education @ soga.org

The Jim Peppler Southern Courier Photograph Collection

2 03 2010

News about the Jim Peppler Southern Courier Photograph Collection from the Alabama Department of Archives & History:

James H. “Jim” Peppler, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a staff photographer of the weekly paper, The Southern Courier, from May 1965 to mid-1968. Founded by staff members of The Harvard Crimson, the Courier recruited a biracial staff of both students and professional journalists from many parts of the country, with the goal of providing objective reporting on civil rights and social issues. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the Courier staff published 175 issues from July 1965 to December 1968.

For more information on the Southern Courier, please visit http://www.southerncourier.org/. After leaving the Southern Courier, Mr. Peppler went on to enjoy a thirty-eight year career as staff photographer at Newsday (N.Y.) and is currently teaching photojournalism at both Adelphi and Stony Brook Universities.

During his three years working for the Southern Courier, Mr. Peppler took over 11,000 photographs documenting the civil rights movement, social conditions in central Alabama, the nightclub Laicos in Montgomery, and the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Over the next few years, ADAH staff will be working to digitize the entire collection and provide online access. We have begun with the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. More images will be added on at least a monthly basis.

It should be noted that the Southern Courier covered the Civil Rights Movement all over the South. Although headquartered in Montgomery, the newspaper established field workers in many Alabama and Mississippi cities. David Underhill was one such field worker/reporter who operated in Mobile, Alabama. Much like the digital collection, the newspaper offers a view and coverage of the CRM not seen by many.

The Collection is impressive but some part of me is irritated by CONTENTdm. Is it me or does CONTENTdm seem to disregard respect de fonds and respect for original order? In the digital world are these antiquated archival ideas? How important is context when it comes to access to collections?