Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe
- A historian in Vienna has started an initiative to reconstruct records which were lost in a fire at the state archives of Bosnia-Herzegovina in February of 2014. The records were stored in the basement of the presidential palace in Sarajevo, which was put on fire during a wave of anti-government protests last year. 300 boxes with documents, most of which dated to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, were burned beyond repair. Tamara Scheer, a historian at the institute for historical social research at the University of Vienna, is now appealing to researchers, who had reproduced documents from the archives in the past, to contact her. The goal is to build a virtual reconstructed collection, which will be donated to the State Archives of Bosnia-Herzegovina. For her contact information, please consult the website of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft. A background article on the initiative was recently published in the Standard newspaper.
- Archivists in Rennes preserve the spirit of “Je Suis Charlie.” Encouraged by the city’s mayor, archivists have started an initiative to collect and preserve the notes, artwork, and other objects that citizens have left at an improvised memorial at the city hall after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
- Rwanda: Experts On Why Rwanda Should Take Custody of ICTR Archives