Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe
- East Africa: Kenya News Agency (KNA) Digitization Drive to Be Completed By December 2015: How much do you know about Kenya’s History? Well, soon, Kenyans will be able to go down memory lane, by browsing photographs and audio clips of Kenya’s history.
- Wissen ist stärker als die Zerstörungswut des IS [Knowledge is stronger than the destruction of IS]: Describes an International Research Initiative Network, which is digitizing inventories of museums and archives in Syria, endangered by war and looting.
* Google English translation: http://tinyurl.com/pyhmjzo
* See also, related website: http://tinyurl.com/p2t9rke
- Liberia: Archive Takes Charge of Foreign Ministry’s Depository: A historical event in compliance with the amended Act of 1977 which created the Center for National Documents Records Agency (CNDRA) took place on May 29th with the CNDRA taking charge of the depository at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Namibia: Will Germany Ever Recognize the Namibian Genocide?: Details the genocide of the Herero population in 1904, how their remains were shipped to the German Empire for anatomical research and describes the current debate about the obligation for repatriation of the human bones that are still held in German museum archives.
- „Wayback Machine“ Netz-Gedächtnis der Menschheit lagert in einer Kirche [Network Memory of the World deposited in a Church]: Background article on the Internet Archive, the challenges of archiving the Internet, and the risks of leaving the task of archiving the Internet up to a non-profit.
* Google English Translation: http://tinyurl.com/nkbc5z5
- The Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research at Columbia University Announces Partnership to develop an Archive on the Legacy of Conflict in South Asia
Recent Publications of Interest
- Abrahams, Fred C., Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe (NYU Press: May, 2015): This volume offers a vivid history of the Albanian Communist regime’s fall and the trials and tribulations that led the country to become the state it is today.
- Aguirre, Carlos (author), Javier Villa-Flores (contributor), From the Ashes of History: Loss and Recovery of Archives and Libraries in Modern Latin America (Editorial A Contracorriente (April, 2015): The essays in this volume explore several fascinating cases of destruction and recovery of archives and libraries and illuminate the ways in which those episodes help shape the writing of historical narratives and the making of collective memories.