11 / 18 / 14

Taking Timelines Beyond Two Dimensions

Museum exhibits have long used timelines to communicate events and trends. Sprawling across museum walls, these time-tested graphics pack in details and provide context to a general audience. However, history is not two dimensional. As demand for online history increases, new and innovative virtual exhibits have become available. These more engaging experiences take advantage of… Read more »

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09 / 30 / 14

Recommended Resources for Assessing and Selecting Collections Management Software (CMS)

Evaluating and selecting the right collections management software for your organization is a critical first step in the process and one that should not be taken lightly. As collections management consultants, we frequently collaborate with clients and software developers to introduce or upgrade existing CMS solutions. In our experience, the most effective changeovers begin with… Read more »

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05 / 30 / 14

Assessing Senator Byrd’s Digital Files – Early Results

Arranging and preserving digital materials has been an ongoing challenge for repositories that hold the collections of U.S. senators and representatives. Our digital archives team recently joined forces with the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies (Byrd CLS) to conduct a pilot project on a selection of Senator Byrd’s digital files. Our goal for the project… Read more »

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05 / 12 / 14

WWII and Korean War Industrial Mobilization: History Programs and Related Records

This is a modified version of a presentation I did for the 2014 Society for History in the Federal Government conference in April. This version focuses on the legal usefulness, in environmental cases, of the official agency histories and records concerning U.S. industrial mobilization for war and defense during World War II, the Korean War,… Read more »

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05 / 02 / 14

Preservation Week Project: Assessing 255 GB of Senator Byrd’s Digital Files

Many archival repositories are grappling with the challenges of preserving and arranging digital information. As this material sits unprocessed, it is not only unavailable to researchers but it runs a higher risk of becoming lost forever. Is there a better way for archivists to manage electronic documents? In honor of “Preservation Week,” our digital archives… Read more »

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02 / 07 / 14

The Story of the Real Monuments Men Continues

At the end of January my wife and I enjoyed the privilege of attending an advance screening of The Monuments Men at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The movie tells an important and poignant story in an engaging manner while communicating significant elements with historical authenticity and nuance. Enhancing the cinematic experience was a… Read more »

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09 / 23 / 13

Long-term Digital Storage: Simple Steps to Get Started

Preserving digital files for long-term access is a difficult issue for many organizations; the files can quickly become inaccessible due to media and hardware obsolescence and they are subject to degradation. With the sheer volume of digital information produced on a regular basis, this task might seem overwhelming, but digital preservation does not always have… Read more »

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09 / 23 / 13

Notes from the Field: The Art of Crafting a FOIA Request

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is yet more proof of the adage “no good deed goes unpunished.” Though intended to facilitate greater transparency in government, as those who have submitted a FOIA request can attest, the process can be maddeningly opaque. Enacted in 1966, FOIA (5 U.S.C. § 552) established the public’s statutory right… Read more »

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05 / 01 / 13

Corporate Collections: Preserve Your Past, Promote Your Legacy

In recent years, History Associates has seen an increase in the interest of high-profile companies to create and/or develop corporate collections. The Levi Strauss Visitor Center, built to commemorate the company’s 150th anniversary, displays a pair of jeans from 1890 and features four decades of television ads. Visitors to the World of Coca-Cola will find… Read more »

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05 / 01 / 13

The Power of Artifacts to Elevate the Story

The word “artifact” may conjure up a mental image of something archaic — a dusty old object that is stored away and no longer relevant. But when revealed through the right lens, artifacts become powerful tools for bringing a story to life. The storytelling power has nothing to do with the value, age, or beauty… Read more »

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