Weekly News Roundup – April 28, 2017

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

After a long journey from the place of their creation, archival materials provide new evidence for events that took place a century ago.

An exhibit briefly features archival photos from St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum as a “visual counterpoint” to a conference “The Museum after the Revolution” held in London this weekend.

Cultural heritage preservation project links historic sites maintenance and digital infrastructure development in Taiwan.

New centralized Information Storage Centre of the Nepalese government to facilitate transparency of post-earthquake reconstruction efforts and aid disbursement.

Chinese investment helps build a new government complex including archival facilities – in Liberia.


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Lauren Goodley, SAA Committee on Education Vice-Chair/Incoming Chair – Committee on Education Spring Meeting Report from the “Off the Record” blog.

Weekly News Roundup- April 21, 2017

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

  • The Wiener Library is now offering researchers onsite access to the archive of the UN War Crimes Commission. Press release, Wiener Library, April 18, 2017.
  • Several recent news stories about the improved accessibility of the archives are somewhat misleading as they suggest that the archives had been previously closed. See, for example: Opening of UN files on Holocaust will ‘rewrite chapters of history,’ The Guardian, April 17, 2017. *
  • Gambia: Letter to Minister of Justice – Accountability for Past Serious Crimes, Human Rights Watch, posted on April 21, 2017
  • South Africa’s imperfect progress, 20 years after the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, PRI, April 6, 2017


Upcoming conferences, CFPs:

  • The ARCHIVES 2017: alike/different Program Committee invites submission of proposals for Pop-Up Sessions at the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, July 23-29.  Pop-Up Sessions enliven the conference program by focusing on ideas and content that may have “popped up” between November 2016 (when initial proposals were due) and July.  The Program Committee encourages experimentation and asks proposers to think creatively to point attendees in new directions. Four sessions will be selected based on an online vote of SAA members (i.e., not by the Program Committee).  Proposers will be notified of the vote results by June 16.  Read the full Call for Proposals here. Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm (Central time) on Wednesday, May 24.

This will be SUV’s first to explore opportunities for collaboration between general university/research archivists and folklore archivists as well as the capabilities of using the new RiC standard in describing folklore, university and research archives.

For more information, registration and full conference program please see the conference website:



*Thanks very much to Trudy Huskamp Peterson for pointing this out.

Weekly News Roundup- April 14, 2017

News on Mexico’s National Archives (AGN): You can see a catalog of the AGN’s exhibits at catálogo de exposiciones itinerantes del Archivo General de la Nación

Connect with news from Latin American archives: the newsletter of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos (ALA).

 ICA’s Spanish Section on Parliamentary and Political Parties Archives and Archivists issued in December regulations regarding transparency and electronic records management: Normas referentes a transparencia y administración electrónica

The importance of local archives for historians and geneologists. In Belgium, the town of Walcourt establishes a center to preserve its history. Walcourt : un centre dédié aux archives communales

Historical videos inspired by “Game of Thrones,” photos of long-lost neighborhoods, and maps of the best old buildings still standing today: An Amazing Digital Archive of Amsterdam’s Past

In Malaysia, National Archives director-general Azemi Abdul Aziz wants the public, especially university students to use its documents or materials as the primary source of reference in verifying certain events: National Archives wants public to use documents as reference on history

On human rights:

The March issue of the Human Rights Working Group newsletter is out: http://www.ica.org/en/hrwg-newsletter-march-2017 and the French and Spanish translations of the newsletter of February

Collected evidence to be part of international efforts to assign responsibility for rights abuses in North Korea. An archive of information and evidence on human rights abuses by the North Korean regime is to be established in Geneva: UN archive on N. Korean human rights abuses to be established in Geneva.

 In Spain, conflicts between private and public archives over government papers that document the dictatorship of Franco: Archivos reabren debate sobre el franquismo. www.eltelegrafo.com.ec


The Fundación Documentación, a foundation whose mission is to support activities among Latin American repositories that improve access to information, is organizing the webinar “Introduction to Digital Transformation” within public organizations: introducción a la transformación digital en organizaciones públicas.



Weekly News Roundup- April 7, 2017

The ominous news of Syria’s events this week bring into mind the question of what happens to archives in the midst of so much violence. The Security Council deplored on 24 March the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage, religious sites and artefacts, and the smuggling of cultural property by terrorist groups during armed conflict, affirming that such attacks might constitute a war crime and must be brought to justice: Security Council Condemns Destruction, Smuggling of Cultural Heritage by Terrorist Groups, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2347 (2017)

Reflecting on Brexit, Archives Portal Europe has thousands of records on the UK and European communities: http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/search/-/s/d/644

Senegal has become an example on overcoming the effect of post colonialism in African archives: How the Europeans covered their backs by removing colonial archives

Archive of Malian Photography provides access to preserved & digitized collections of five important photographers in Mali: Archive of Malian Photography.

The University of Stirling cataloguing project has finished the digitization of the Peter Mackay Archive. Peter Mackay (1926-2013) was a key figure in the independence movements of several southern African countries. The collection documents Mackay’s contribution to the independence movements of a number of Southern African countries including Nyasaland / Malawi, Southern Rhodesia / Zimbabwe, Northern Rhodesia / Zambia, South Africa, Namibia and Angola: Peter Mackay Archive Project.

Another good news: Activists who took part in an anti-apartheid movement years ago in Japan, while voicing support for those oppressed in South Africa, are featured in newly released university archives: Newly released archives stir memories of Japan’s anti-apartheid campaign.

On the importance of international collaboration for national archives: Argentina receives from France archives on the repression by the Argentinian dictatorship in the 70s: Argentina recibe de Francia archivos de la represión en dictadura


The Trustees of the ICA Fund for the International Development of Archives (FIDA) invite members, branches and other bodies to submit proposals for ICA/FIDA support for archival projects for 2017 in developing countries in particular. Applications must be sent before 15 June 2017: FIDA 2017 CALL FOR PROJECTS

UK’s National  Archives seeks users for their User Advisory Group. The User Advisory Group (UAG) provides an opportunity for users of The National Archives to get involved in our planning and decision-making processes at an earlier stage and a more strategic level than ever before: Apply to join our User Advisory Group

We would like to invite you to participate in the international workshop on” Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities. Best Practices, Case Studies, Benefits”, to be held in Venice on 29-30 June 2017. Proposals are now being accepted for individual presentations. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 2 May 2017: EHRI Workshop: Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities. Best Practices, Case Studies, Benefits

UKZN (University of Kwazulu-Natal) Special Collections in association with the South African Preservation and Conservation Group will be hosting a conference with the theme “Tell Your Story”. The conference will take place from 26-28 September 2017. Check out the main image for all the details including the call for papers: Preservation Conservation of South Africa’s Documentary / Heritage Collections