Maryland’s iSchool Announces Kurtz-Endowed Professorship Michael Kurtz has committed to creating the first endowed professorship at University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool. The professorship, which will be named in Kurtz’s honor, will support the recruitment of a distinguished scholar to fill a faculty position in the area of archives and records management. Kurtz currently serves as visiting professor at Maryland’s iSchool. Pardon Finds New Life Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what value can be assigned to a simple piece of paper? In the case of James B. Daniels, a piece of paper should have meant the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, Daniels was hanged in Helena, Montana, with the pardon in his pocket. Archivist Kim Allen Scott recently confirmed the authenticity of the Daniels pardon held in the Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections at Montana State University’s Renne Library. Though the original pardon was thought to be part of Montana Historical Society’s collections, Scott determined that the pardon was purchased by the Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections from Mrs. Alexandar Leggat of Butte, Montana, in 1966. The well-worn and unofficial-looking pardon sat in relative obscurity in the collections until this discovery, which instilled it with new life. —Heather C. Hultman, Montana State University Library JDC Boasts Extensive Digital Collections The Archives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has digitized 220,000 pages of its New York headquarters’ post–World War II records. The records document the organization’s major role in mobilizing aid to support and resettle survivors and to help reconstruct the remnant Jewish communities of Europe. JDC provided food, clothing, vocational training, educational and religious materials, legal representation, and emigration assistance to survivors in displaced person camps. JDC’s digitization work is supported by lead funding from Dr. Georgette Bennett and Dr. Leonard Polonsky, Trustees, Polonsky Foundation, London. This generous funding has allowed the JDC Archives to digitize many of its historic collections en masse and make them available for online research. Digital collections can be searched at http://search.archives.jdc.org.
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