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Resources BY DBPSite

Gumby scrapbook 1938 prize fightHere are some resource as you build your personal or family archive

Taking Care of your Personal Archive – The Atlantic Monthly

Advice on Storing Digital Files  – American Library Association

El Rescate de Colecciones Fotograficas / Spanish version of Salvaging Photographs

Conservation Préventive du Patrimoine Documentaire / French version of Safeguarding our Documentary Heritage

Library Preservation and Conservation Tutorial: Iraq and the Middle East  in Arabic

Family Papers: Preservation and Organization in Chinese

Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures – Library of Congress


Image: from the scrapbook of L. S. Alexander Gumby (1885-1961)

100 Years and Counting! BY DBPSite

Carter G Woodson stampThis year is a milestone year for the US and the study of Black History – ASALH turns 100 and Dr. John Hope Franklin would have been 100 years old. When Carter G. Woodson and others set out to form an organization that would educate and inform the world about the achievements and impact of Blacks, he did so with an immediate view and a hope it would flourish.

Dr. John Hope Franklin was living history to those of us who met him. He stressed the importance of being able to look back on the past and learn from it from those who lived it.

How can you preserve your story for generations to come? #PreserveYourLegacy

#NationalPreservationWeek #PreserveYourLegacy #preswk #historymatters

Preserving #BlackLivesMatter BY DBPSite
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#BlackLivesMatter I have been following the outrage on social media, the mass media accounts and the artful inspirations that have come forth from the tragedies of the loss of Black Americans during police interactions. As a preservationist, I wonder how will we or our children be able to access this history. Most of it is born digital, originating online, and thus how can it be preserved in its original state and the versions of interpretations that will spawn.

Take a moment to consider – you are a witness to history. Where would we be without the personal recollections and the shoebox of memories from the March on Washington, the presidential inaugurations and the devastating morning of 9/11. #Historymatters

Your personal archives are essential to the movement. Save your musings in hard copy and digitally. Print out articles that you like or those you take issue with and put them in a folder along side your account of what #BlackLivesMatter means to you.

#Historymatters Your witness is part of the movement to make sure their lives, the response and the change is recorded. #PreserveYourLegacy #presweek

Access Art BY DBPSite

Happy New Year!

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, will release their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art

Read more here

How Many Black Histories We Still Don’t Know: An Interview With Simone Leigh BY DBPSite

I was re-reading this article today and it struck in my way it did not last month – I wonder what is an appropriate response to the effect of personal history on business decisions.  Hmmmm…


How Many Black Histories We Still Don’t Know: An Interview With Simone Leigh

On the next block, the Weeksville Center itself is diminutive in comparison, a low and long building, modern, beautiful, all glass and wood and stone. Weeksville is the site of a nineteenth-century community of free black people who built homes, churches, and schools. Four of the original houses remain, facing the new building across a wide garden planted with wildflowers. The Weeksville Heritage Center, along with the arts organization Creative Time, and curated with Rashida Bumbray, invited four artists to engage with the communities in and around the center to create installations.

Read more here



Creative and Cultural Industries, a Caribbean economic lifeline in troubled time BY DBPSite

As CPJ-PATTERSONarib News reported on Nov 23rd –   “P.J. Patterson, the quintessential Caribbean regionalist who led Jamaica longer than anyone else, wants his birthplace, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Barbados, the Bahamas and their neighbors to move aggressively to put their cultural and creative assets to much greater economic use.”  Read more here

and more coverage from the Jamaica Observer



An intercultural tool for museums BY DBPSite
“Although it was initially developed for a comparative study of city museums, the grid can be used by all types of museums and heritage institutions wishing to reflect upon their engagement with diverse communities. Museums may find it useful for initiating brainstorming sessions and self-assessment exercises, supporting planning processes, conducting intercultural project evaluations, or facilitating benchmarking and the exchange of strategic information.

Researchers in the heritage and cultural management fields may also find it useful for collecting, analyzing, and comparing data on issues related todiversity and intercultural dialogue in the museum sector.” Learn more here.