Grant Develops Access to National Death Penalty Archive The University at Albany Libraries’ M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives received a 2013 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources for its project “Building New Access Tools for the National Death Penalty Archive” (http://library.albany.edu /speccoll/ndpa.htm). The $119,900 grant will support an arrangement and description program that will enhance access and discoverability of research material in the archive, which has a mission to collect archival materials from individuals and national organizations that played substantive roles in the history of capital punishment. University of Akron Digitizes Technical Reports The University of Akron Archival Services announced the successful completion of a nine-month $1,980 National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant that was awarded in April 2013 through the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB). The funding was used to digitize 153 technical reports from the Daniel Guggenheim Airship Institute for preservation purposes and to make available online. The reports, which document research in lighter-than-air flight, heavier-than-air flight, meteorology, aerodynamics, and G-force measurements, can be accessed at http://cdm15960.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15960coll3. For more information about Archival Services and its collections, visit http://www.uakron.edu/libraries/archives. NEA Announces Joint Venture with Yale University Library New England Archivists is collaborating with the Yale University Library to establish the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies. The journal’s mission is to further awareness of issues and developments in the work of professional archivists, curators, and historians, as well as to serve as a locus for graduate students and professionals to contribute works of research and inquiry for peer review and publication. More information about the journal can be found at http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/. Old Dominion Receives Notable Composer’s Papers Composer John Duffy has donated his handwritten and published scores, journals and speeches, photographs, and awards to the Old Dominion University Libraries Diehn Composers Room. Duffy composed more than three hundred works for symphony orchestra, opera, theater, television, and film. Duffy’s notable theater scores for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions include The Ginger Man, Macbird, Mother Courage, Playboy of the Western World, and many Shakespeare plays. As founder and president of Meet the Composer, an organization dedicated to the creation, performance, and recording of music by American composers, Duffy initiated countless landmark programs to advance American music and aid composers. Walter P. Reuther Library Expands Access to Oral Histories Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs recently received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to facilitate the discovery and promotion of 1,660 oral histories of individuals directly involved in the labor, civil rights, and social justice movements, among other important historical developments. These stories bring a deeper understanding of the lives and work of such prominent national figures as Grace Lee Boggs and Cesar Chavez and organizations like the NAACP and the UAW. The NHPRC grant will allow Reuther archivists to work on descriptions that will make the oral histories easier for researchers to discover. Quotable “Technology won’t stop evolving and influencing the production, description, preservation, dissemination, and utilization of the human record. It has evolved since the earliest recordkeeping, and it always will. Nor will scholarly trends and political currents stop shaping the centers of interest in those traces. In concert with these dynamics, archival ideas, vocabularies, best practices, standards, and even the curricula and pedagogies with which we prepare new generations of archivists and archival studies academics, of necessity and out of proactivity, will and must be considered dynamic in concept and in practice.” —Anne Gilliland, Conceptualizing 21st-Century Archives (SAA, 2014)
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