Weekly News Roundup – October 22, 2018

* ICA Human Rights Working Group News September 2018, including a commentary by Trudy Huskamp Peterson :

“We spent much of the last two decades talking about the use of archives in situations of transitional justice, focusing on the four pillars of holding accountable, ensuring no repetition, learning the truth of what happened, and providing reparations. We looked at a country’s traumatic, undemocratic past, but exhibited an often naïve faith that its future would be more democratic than its past regime permitted.

Now, however, we need to face the bleak reality that some countries go in the opposite direction, that a brief experience of a less repressive regime may be succeeded by the imposition—abruptly or by incremental steps—of a new repressive form of government or new repressors with a revival of the old form of government. (…)” Read more at: https://www.ica.org/en/hrwg-newsletter-september-2018-0

*Rwanda: New Digital Platform to Ease Access to Genocide Archives, The New Times, October 10, 2018, https://allafrica.com/stories/201810100135.html

*South Africa: It’s Time to Stop the Appropriation of Visual Archive, AllAfrica, October 1, 2018, https://allafrica.com/stories/201810030353.html


*Call for Program Proposals: Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA)—ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019: TRANSFORMATIVE!: https://www2.archivists.org/am2019/program/call-for-program-proposals

* Survey on displaced archives: On behalf of the Expert Group on Shared Archival Heritage (EGSAH), the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies is conducting an international survey on displaced archives. The data will enable the Expert Group to highlight key issues and so define priorities for project work.

Deadline is December 9th 2018.

Please click this link to complete the survey:

English: https://www.ica.org/en/displaced-archives-survey

Français: https://www.ica.org/fr/enquete-sur-les-archives-deplacees

*The call  for presentation proposals for the Sarbica International Symposium
2019,  hosted by the  National Archives of Singapore on 24-28 June 2019, on
the theme: “Rethinking Archives: Reframing Boundaries, Imagining
Possibilities,” closes next month, on 16 November 2018.

The call is posted here: www.sarbicasymposium2019.net.

Weekly News Roundup – October 12, 2018

International archives news:

Call for papers:

Weekly News Roundup – October 5, 2018

When Lithuania was fighting for its indipendence from Russia Iceland was the first indepentent country to acknowledge Lithuania’s independence. In 2006 the Lithuanian people collected over 240 thousand signatures to show their appreciation to the Icelandic nation for their support towards Lithuania‘s indipendence. Those signatures fill five books that were given to the Icelandic president which handed them over to the National Archives of Iceland for save keeping. This is the first page of the first book.

SCOLMA (UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) had its conference in September. The theme was literary archives from, in, and for Africa. Check the schedule here.

Comics and Archive Collaboration. This summer, hundreds of comics have been organized and cataloged in the University of Dundee Archives and the University Museum Services has acquired more original comic art for their collection. Comics and Illustration students have been flocking to the Archives and Museum Services to view the comics, scripts, and comic art housed in these facilities for inspiration. Check more here.

Former IAAS chair Ryder Kouba presenting at the ICA Section on University and Research Institution Archives: https://twitter.com/CAUCrue/status/1048171053325926400

Looking for a new job: Head of the Endangered archives programme. The British Library is seeking to recruit an outstanding person to lead the Endangered Archives Programme funded by the Arcadia Fund.  EAP awards grants to identify and to preserve digitally archives of cultural importance in areas of the world where resources are more limited and to ensure access to the digitised content through local archival partners and online through the British Library.The successful candidate will have a strong international research record, based on extensive experience working with archival materials from relevant parts of the world. The Head of Endangered Archives will ensure that the Programme creates a powerful legacy of permanent digital access to endangered archival materials from around the world, spanning boundaries of culture, language, geography and faith.

Endangered Archives. Explore the results of +300 digitisation projects in 90 countries worldwide on the @bl_eap website: https://eap.bl.uk/search/site  #IIIF

The Endangered Archives are now accepting applications for EAP grants to help preserve archives that are at risk. If you know of any collections that need digitization and may benefit, the deadline is Nov. 19, 2018. http://blogs.bl.uk/endangeredarchives/2018/09/call-for-applications-now-open.html

More IAAS heroes in the world: member Natalie Baur rides on horseback in Chiapas Mexico to preserve a Mexican cultural heritage archive: https://twitter.com/espejolento/status/1029414109387927553

To reflect on the current situation of immigrant children detained in the U.S.: The Bancroft Library is pleased to announce the completion of the “Japanese American Internment Sites: A Digital Archive” which includes important historic materials from our archival holdings that are now available online.

Weekly news–October 1, 2018

* Happy American Archives Month!


* ICA Flash no 36, September 2018, has been released.

* Documentary Heritage News, Thursday, 27 September 2018

* Selected videos from the #ARA2018 Glasgow annual conference are now available online and free for anyone to view. There are no charges for any of the videos for anybody:

Please follow this link http://conference.archives.org.uk/glasgow-2018-presentation-videos#clip=2x9f46m8liww to access the list of videos available and the videos.

*The videos from the ARA 2017 conference in Manchester, UK, are also available:



“Kindling for the fire: why Brazil’s lost research archives are irreplaceable,” The ART newspaper, October 1, 2018