NYU Libraries Debuts New Guide and Template Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template, published by the New York University (NYU) Libraries and funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, takes an institution through the process of drafting a request for proposals (RFP) for the transfer of analog video—especially VHS—to digital carriers for preservation. The template can be used by libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions and submitted to qualified transfer vendors. The publication was developed with the guidance of video engineers, vendors, and other professionals and stakeholders in the media preservation field. A PDF of the publication is available here: http://library.nyu.edu/var. First-Known Prison Narrative by African American Writer Discovered Scholarly detective work has revealed that an 1858 manuscript, housed at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, is the earliest-known prison memoir written by an African American. Acquired by the Beinecke in 2009, the book-length manuscript titled “The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict” and written under the name Robert Reed, eloquently describes the author’s experiences while incarcerated in New York State from the 1830s through the 1850s. The memoir provides an insider’s account of the prison system and race relations in the mid-nineteenth century. Illinois State Archivist Celebrates Anniversary of Archives Building Illinois Secretary of State and State Archivist Jesse White and the Illinois State Archives recently celebrated the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Margaret Cross Norton Building in Springfield. The facility opened in 1938 and was only the third building in the nation built specifically to house archival documents. Margaret Cross Norton, the state’s first superintendent of the state archives from 1922 to 1957, was instrumental in planning the design and construction of the building. Today, the building houses more than 75,000 cubic feet of state records in a collection that includes French and English colonial records, territorial records, more than one hundred Lincoln documents, and the state’s first constitution. The Norton Building also serves as the home for the offices of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. AASLH Unveils New Website The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently launched its new website, Home for History. In addition to traditional information about the services and programs AASLH offers, the website features fresh content from the field and resources and tools and serves as an online place for history professionals to engage and network. Visit the website at http:// www.aaslh.org/.
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