Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe
- International Archives Day 2015 will be on 9 June 2015!
- EHRI – the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure – presented its online portal in Berlin on March 26, 2015. It provides access to rich information about more than 1,800 Holocaust-related archival institutions in 51 countries, and to descriptions of tens of thousands of archival materials. Starting out in 2010 as a European Commission-financed initiative, scholars in 20 institutions in Europe and Israel worked together to make archives accessible and to connect collections.
- South Africa: Secret Truth and Reconciliation Commission Records: Finally out in the Open. “Not all the hearings of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission took place in the public eye. Some were held in-camera, and the records of what went on during many of those hearings have never previously seen the light of day. After an 11-year battle, however, the South African History Archive has finally gained access to 174 of such records.”
- Zanzibar: Members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives are appealing to the general public and to institutions to recover lost and stolen archives.
- Berlin: The “Corpus Coranicusm,” a project analyzing the age of manuscript fragments of the Koran across Europe, found that fragments of the Koran at the Berlin State Library are among the oldest known in the world, its origins dated between 606 and 652 A.D. The manuscripts are part of the collection donated by an Orientalist scholar over 100 years ago.