Weekly News Roundup-December 16, 2016

Different formats are important to document underrepresented communities: Prague’s Jewish cemetery to go digital. The names from the 12,000 tombstones in Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery are being catalogued on a digital database.

The municipal government of the Spanish city of Nigrán has invested 6,000 euros in two dehumidifiers to protect the city’s records. These are housed in the municipal building, under which runs an underground river. Despite the river, records from 2 centuries, still survive: La humedad daña documentos históricos en el archivo de Nigrán.

More on humidity and archives, the Historical Archive of Magdalena Grande (Colombia) needs help. Looters, termites, humidity, and the government’s lack of appreciation for archives have resulted in the deterioration of an archive that holds 1600 linear meters, approximately 4 million documents dating from 1787 to 1985: El moho y el olvido acaban con el Archivo Histórico del Magdalena

By mid-December 2016, 348 fonds have been transferred to 35 kilometers of the new building of Mexico’s National Archives: Al día de hoy, se han trasladado 348 Fondos Documentales equivalentes a 35 kilómetros lineales al nuevo edificio del #AGNMex

Report of a meeting of the Archives Portal Europe Country Managers’ in Slovakia, 30 November 2016, with some comments and views from the UK and Archives Hub perspective: Archives Portal Europe Country Managers’ Meeting

Seems this is a good moment to review ICA’s  Basic Principles on the role of Archivists and Records Managers in support of Human Rights

Gender, Slavery, and the Archive in Cuba: An Interview with Aisha Finch.  The role of marginalized, or seemingly invisible, slaves in this rebellion became important for me to think about early in the research process. In fact, I started to wonder about the hidden labor of rebellion partly because of what I was not seeing in the archives. It felt disconcerting to be reading through this massive trial record, with literally thousands of pages of testimony, and to be still encountering so many recurring silences. I had several experiences where my questions and problems with the archive ultimately became central to the argument of my book.

More on the New Archives Law in Mexico:

As a consequence of the activism of historians and library science professionals, the law will not be presented to the Mexican Senate during the next period of sessions. This gives time for more work, analysis, and proposals. The objective is to have a law that allows transparency and unrestricted access to archives. This way, the law will give way to an inclusive and plural historic memory. To achieve this, the Board of the Mexican Committee of Historic Sciences asks historians to continue the activism against the current initiative: http://www.h-mexico.unam.mx/node/18771

 

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