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Remote Archivers Make a Strong Impact

Tuesday, March 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nina Winn
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An amazing amount of new non-paper Archives have been created by seven individuals working far away from our Chicago location. One focus has been in audio-visual compilations, digitization and evaluation.

Michael May in Indiana made eighteen DVD's focusing on J. W. Mathews speeches. In addition, Don Cramer in Washington is listening to one DVD each week, identifying the speaker, evaluating for quality and significance of content.

Frank Knutson in California and Jim Baumbach in Wisconsin have identified and improved major photo groupings from Global Archives and personal files. They are all scanned and are available by subject (i.e. Town Meeting, Fifth City, etc) in the Archive Office. Walt Epley in Denver has made a complete directory of Paul Evans' audio tapes which include 105 cassettes from four Summer Research Assemblies.


The second focus is testing two data systems to determine what will be included in the on-line introduction to a major Archives Collection. Team leaders Tim Wegner in Houston and Steve Harrington in Costa Rica are determining the best options, creating working models, and organizing working teams. The prototypes will be presented in the April Archive Spring Sojourn to on-site participants and interested evaluators. It's great to know that colleagues that cannot make the trip to Chicago are still interested in helping preserve our history. If you are interested in helping out and cannot make one of thesojourns this year please contact mphilbrook@ica-usa.org, and see what other options might be available.