Weekly News Roundup — June 2, 2019

web_banner_0_0* Celebrate International Archives Week June 3-9, 2019, #IAW2019, https://www.ica.org/en/international-archives-week-3-9-june-2019

* Alert from the National Security Archives: Imminent Threat to Guatemala’s Historical Archive of the National Police (AHPN):

“Washington, D.C., May 30, 2019 – The National Security Archive joins our international and Guatemalan colleagues in calling for the protection of the Historical Archive of the National Police (AHPN) of Guatemala, which faces new threats to its independence and to public access to its holdings.

In a press conference on Monday, May 27, Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart signaled his intent to assert his agency’s control of the AHPN including the prospect of new restrictions on access to the archived police records and possible legal action against “foreign institutions” holding digitized copies of the documents. Degenhart made his statements as a crucial deadline approached to renew an agreement that for a decade has kept the archive under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The agreement now appears to be in jeopardy.” (…)

Information about ways to take action and more background information can be found at the National Security Archives website: https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/news/guatemala/2019-05-30/imminent-threat-guatemalas-historical-archive-national-police-ahpn

*Update on the situation of the Lukács Archives in Budapest, May 23, 2019, Social History Portal, International Association of Labour History Associations,  https://socialhistoryportal.org/news/articles/309715

* The ITS in Bad Arolsen is now officially called: Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution: https://arolsen-archives.org/en/

New resources:

*Thanks to David Rajotte’s Documentary Heritage News

*Krista McCracken, Challenging Colonial Spaces: Reconciliation and Decolonizing Work in Canadian Archives, Canadian Historical Review, vol. 100, issue 2, June 2019,

*Ashley Edwards, Partnership, vol. 14, no. 1 (2019), Unsettling the Future by Uncovering the Past: Decolonizing Academic Libraries and Librarianship, http://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/article/view/5161

*Petros Apostolopoulos, Producing Historical Knowledge on Wikipedia, http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/mhr/vol16/iss1/4/

*Matthew Budman, Book Collecting Now: the Value of Print in a Digital Age, http://www.chatwinbooks.com/shop/book-collecting-now

*Jay David Bolter, The Digital Plenitude: the Decline of Elite Culture and the Rise of New Media, http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/digital-plenitude

*Unesco – Legacies of Slavery: a Resource Book for Managers of Sites andItineraries of Memory (Including link to the resource book), http://en.unesco.org/news/new-publication-legacies-slavery-resource-book-managers-sites-and-itineraries-memory

*Video – Decolonial Futures for Colonial Metadata: 1838-present


*Michael Press, Who really owns the past? Cultural heritage is an ideal imposed from above. Aeon, http://aeon.co/essays/why-cultural-heritage-benefits-the-rich-and-powerful-above-all

*British Museum must recognise its own powers in matters of restitution: Case of Ethiopian tabots shows that trustees’ hands are not tied when it comes to the disposal of certain items from the collection, The Art Newspaper, May 29, 2019, https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/british-museum-must-recognise-its-own-powers


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