Weekly News Roundup – June 30th, 2017

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

Citizen Archivist Project at the National Archives of Singapore is collecting oral histories from citizens of Singapore to more fully document the “rich tapestry of life” there.

Fascinating stories of migrants coming to Switzerland are revealed in the files of the Basel immigration police, recently on display in the State Archive of the canton as part of a series featuring migration to the region.

A team of 200 people worked for eight years to prepare a new version of the collected works of Mahatma Gandhi and make the one hundred volumes of writings, speeches, notes and other documentation available in digital format. The effort was supervised by archivist of Gandhian literature Dina Patel.

Local history is made attractive to a public school students thanks in part to archival and museum materials in New England, Australia.

A remarkable new museum, library and archival facility opens in South Africa and features pioneering eco-friendly design, saving water and energy while becoming an important community resource.



Early-bird registration deadline for the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in Portland is next week, on July 6th! We hope to see you there!

Oral History Association conference 2017 will be held in Minneapolis on October 4-7.



Weekly News Roundup – June 16, 2017

Tweets from International Archives Day 2017: #internationalarchivesday or #IAD17

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe.

International Archives Day is an excellent vehicle to bring archival issues into the news. Here is a small selection of news articles, from around the globe:

* Why those archives matter, Samoa Observer, June 10, 2017

* Discoveries of love letters, unknown stories shared for International Archives Day, ABC Radio Melbourne, June 8, 2017

* Nigeria: International Archives Day – Bello Harps On Effective Records Management, All Africa, June 12, 2017

* RAPAN charges government on freedom of information, The Guardian, Nigeria, June 9, 2017

* Expert urges Nigerians to imbibe record keeping culture, The News, Nigeria, June 8, 2017

* Access exclusive vaults of National Archives of Georgia on global archives day, Agenda GE, June 8, 2017, http://agenda.ge/news/81010/eng

* Don’t negate the importance of archives, say experts, The Express Tribune, Pakistan, June 15, 2017

* Barcelona celebra el Día Internacional de los Archivos con actividades en la ciudad, El Periódico, June 4, 2017

* Día Internacional de los Archivos: poco qué festejar , Proceso, June 9, 2017

* Conmemora IAIP Tlaxcala el día internacional de archivos, June 11, 2017

* Los archivos de Castilla y León muestran sus estancias «más secretas», ABC Espana, June 9, 2017,

* Archiv präsentiert seine Schätze, June 10, 2017

* Archive öffnen die Türen für die Bevölkerung, Luzerner Zeitung, June 6, 2017,

* Archives Portal Europe invites new members on International Archives Day, blog post from Marta Musso of the Archives Portal Europe Foundation on the Europeana blog, June 9, 2017, http://pro.europeana.eu/blogpost/archives-portal-europe-invites-new-members-on-international-archives-day

New resources:

* The latest issue of Archivaria 83 (Spring 2017) , http://archivaria.ca/index.php/archivaria/issue/view/468

* Announcement of the Manuel d’Archivistique en langue arabe par Abdelkrim Badjadja: http://badjadja99.e-monsite.com/


* Records DNA Survey:

RecordsDNA is part of a one-year multidisciplinary international research network on the DNA of digital records  funded by AHRC. The network is being led by me and my colleague Professor Julie McLeod, with the support of The National Archives in the UK. We are bringing people together from different disciplines to gather perspectives on their needs for the future digital evidence base and to try to reconceptualise a digital record in terms of its components (DNA), and identify a future global research agenda.

To do this we need YOUR help!

We are holding a series of wiki surveys to crowdsource and rank concerns with managing the digital record base. This mechanism creates long lists in a prioritized order for our further consideration. Each survey will be open for one week only so please log in and add your ideas. The first, asking ‘What are the risks to maintaining digital evidence over time?’ The survey is at: http://www.allourideas.org/recorddna

The anchor for this work is our blog https://recorddna.wordpress.com/  and you can follow us on Twitter @RecordDNA ( https://twitter.com/RecordDNA ). The hashtag is #RecordDNA


* I-CHORA 8: We are delighted to announce that the eighth International Conference on the History of Records and Archives will be held in Melbourne from May 28-30, 2018. I-CHORA 8 will be hosted by the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics at Monash University, and follows successful events in Toronto (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Boston (2007), Perth (2008), London (2010), Austin (2012) and Amsterdam (2015).

The theme of I-CHORA 8 is: Archives in a Changing Climate.  We invite proposals for papers that explore different ways in which archives, archival practices, and archival scholarship have changed through time. A full call for papers will be announced in July, and will be posted on http://ichora.org/.



International Archives Day, June 9, 2017

ala_ica_poster_eng_700Happy International Archives Day!

International Archives Day is celebrated around the world to honor the day when the International Council on Archives was created on 9 June 1948. ICA established the event in 2007 to raise awareness of archives and archival profession, and to highlight the importance of international archival collaboration and exchange. An excellent background article on the history of ICA, and the role of the National Archives and the SAA in establishing the organization, can be found on the National Archives blog, Pieces of History. The article also includes a link to Solon Buck’s 1946 SAA address, “The Archivist’s One World,” which is certainly worth reading on any day.

This year, International Archives Day is celebrated on the theme of the 2017 joint ALA-ICA conference, “Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism.”

To follow events around the world, use the hashtag: #IAD17

If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at the powerful interactive map documenting events celebrating International Archives Day around the world:


* The Association of Latin American Archives (ALA) invites to commemorate the Day of International Archives by using #ArchivosParaLaGente @ALAArchivos #IAD17

* Colombia’s National Archives celebrates the Day of International Archives on June 9, 2017 with three talks: Social Memory and Archives by Diego Andrés Ferreyra from Argentina, Catastrophes and the Nationalization of Collective Memory: Columbian-Venezuelan Documents as an Example, Heroes Family Papers: From Personal Papers to Historical Archives: El AGN de Colombia conmemora el Día Internacional de los Archivos

* Mexico City’s Manual on what archives are and what they do: El ABC de los Archivos

* The Archivo General de Simancas (Spain) will host tours to its archives all day long on June 9, 2017, the Day of International Archives: Visitas guiadas del Archivo General de Simancas

* Iberoamerican Archives participate in the interactive map to commemorate #IAD17 pic.twitter.com/8sXYTMi6uZ

* Costa Rica opens registration to its National Archives Conference which will take place from July 19-21, 2017: Sinergia ALA – Ya está abierta la inscripción para el Congreso Archivístico Nacional en Costa Rica


Selected additional events in the United States and around the world, not all of which are listed on the interactive IAD map:

* San Jose State University, US (webcast)

Lessons learned while gathering data for the International Directory of National Archives. see: http://ischool.sjsu.edu/about/webcasts/upcoming
When: June 9, 2017

Time: 3 p.m. pacific

Location:  Collaborate – https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/meeting.jnlp?sid=2011274&password=M.8522D9BF1E2F5ED2CA7839E2C944C0

Abstract: iSchool students share experiences as researchers for the International Directory of National Archives, edited by Dr. Pat Franks and Dr. Anthony Bernier. IDNA will serve archivists, historians, and researchers with information about 198 national archives. Slated for publication in 2018, IDNA has allowed iSchool students and alumni to conduct research on how nations manage and preserve their documentary heritage and to contribute to a work that will share their findings with a wide audience.

Presenters:  Alyse Dunavant-Jones, Heather Kohles, and Kathryn Eminhizer

More info at: https://ischool.sjsu.edu/about/webcasts/upcoming


University of Waterloo, Canada

Celebrating this year’s IAD theme “Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism”, the University of Waterloo Library’s Special Collections & Archives department would like to invite members from the UW Community to meet with us and learn more about our varied collections that showcase the intercultural history of Waterloo, and the world.


Chickasaw Country

International Archives Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center!
In honor of International Archives Day the Chickasaw Cultural Center will be hosting a special day filled with activities for those interesting in learning more about archiving documents on Friday, June 9th. Visitors can explore the Holisso: The center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture. Throughout the day, tours, photo and document preservation workshops and special archival collection presentations will be given for visitors to enjoy. Come out to Sulphur for this very special event!


* Bibliothèque et et Archives Nationales du Quebec

On Friday June 9th, BAnQ  will celebrate International Archives Day under the theme of Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism. On this occasion, you are all invited to attend the many activities offered by BAnQ such as conferences and guided tours.


Bulgarian Archives State Agency

On the 9th of June – International Archives Day – the Bulgarian Archives State Agency will be announcing several initiatives:

  • The 2016 nominations for reader, donor and friend of the archives (11 am);
  • Presentation of a new ASA digital project www.archives.bg/jewscollection – providing access to 1082 early printed Jewish books, printed in Constantinople (Istanbul), Salonika (Thessaloniki) and Smyrna (Izmir). The books are part of Central State Archives fonds 1568K Jewish documents and early printed books. These are very rare examples of early Jewish printing and provide valuable information about the history of the Jewish community – the everyday life, culture and economy of the Jewish people in Bulgaria and the Balkans for a period of five centuries (11 am);
  • The joint exhibition Allied. Bavaria and Bulgaria during the First World War, organized by the ASA and the Bavarian State Archives. During the exhibition, for the first time will be presented the film Makenzen’s victory campaign through Dobrudzha, presenting the events from a century ago in an intriguing and gripping way (5 pm).


* Archives à Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Événements pour la Journée Internationale des Archives à Ouagadougou.

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

THEME : « Archives, Citoyenneté et Inter culturalisme »
THEME LOCAL : Jeune Archiviste, quel avenir professionnel dans un domaine aussi nouveau au Burkina
LIEU : Archives Nationales (Salle de Conférence)
JOURS : Vendredi 09 et Samedi 10 Juin 2017 (8h00 – 11h)
CIBLE : La communauté archiviste nationale
– Les membres et sympathisants de l’UNAr-BF
– Les « nouveaux archivistes » (Archives ayant pris service il y’a moins d’un an)
– Les élèves et étudiants archivistes (ENAM – UK –)


* Perm, Russia

International scientific-practical conference “Archives without borders”

Studencheskaya ul., 36, Perm, Permskiy kray, Russia, 614070

International Archival conference «Archives without borders» is intended to provide professional international communication on the most important and perspective issues of archival work in Russia, the CIS, Europe and North America. The main objective of the conference is to exchange experience of archival case with colleagues from near and far abroad.

More about the Conference :http://www.archive.perm.ru/worldarchiveconf/index_en


The United Nations Archives Celebrate International Archives Day

Please see the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section’s Facebook page and website where they have marked the occasion with some archives from our collections:





Weekly News Roundup- June 2, 2017

June 9. International Day of Archives.

The Association of Latin American Archives (ALA) chose the hash tag #ArchivosParaLaGente  (archives for the people) to commemorate June 9, the International Day of Archives. The hashtag was chosen because people are the reason archives exist. Archives and museums all over the world are preparing special events to commemorate the significance of archives for people on June 9. Spanish archives will have special tours to their repositories: Archives in Guadalajara, Museo Canario and Archivo Histórico Provincial de Las Palmas.

How are US archivists going to commemorate the International Day of Archives?

Human rights and archives.

Standing up with Manchester. Rebel Music. The Sound of Politics and Protest in Manchester. A programme of events, pop-up exhibitions and training days focusing on women and LGBT+ people in Manchester music: #RebelMusicMcr

Archives is one way in which citizens can make the state accountable: L’exemple de l’impact du contrôle citoyen en #Colombie (VIDEO) http://bit.ly/2qz3sU0 

Colombia commits to protect human rights archives:  AGN emite circular para la protección de archivos de Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario

UK’s National Archives highlight the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act: tp://socsi.in/QLYax 

Open access.

A digitized archive of historical maps of Latin America from 1525 to 1850. http://digital.iai.spk-berlin.de/viewer/collections/historische-karten/ …

The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) is pleased to announce a new link to the updated Japan Guide of the National Archives of the Netherlands’ (NAN) on NCC’s Research Access Guides to Japanese Collections at http://guides.nccjapan.org/NAN.

Check the Archives Portal Europe Foundation monthly newsletter: http://www.archivesportaleuropefoundation.eu/images/apef_newsletter/APEF_newsletter_MAY_lq.pdf