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DepositClimate Control System Improvements-Planning Phase

The Wildlife Conservation Society Archives comprises records created over WCS’s 119-year history. The Archives is currently undergoing a revitalization led by major improvements to the care of and access to the collections. Recently, WCS Administration identified a new location for the collections, which offers a far stronger opportunity than the current location to develop a sustainable preservation environment. The proposed project will result in the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan. Founded upon preservation strategies balancing effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact, this plan will serve as the crucial first step in the Archives’ relocation to this new space. By convening an interdisciplinary team to work collaboratively on this plan, the Archives seeks to develop the foundation that will guide the sustainable protection of the WCS Archives’ physical collections and the continued study and enjoyment of these unique collections by future generations.

DepositDevelopment of the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan

The Wildlife Conservation Society Archives comprises records created over WCS’s 119-year history. The Archives is currently undergoing a revitalization led by major improvements to the care of and access to the collections. Recently, WCS Administration identified a new location for the collections, which offers a far stronger opportunity than the current location to develop a sustainable preservation environment. The proposed project will result in the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan. Founded upon preservation strategies balancing effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact, this plan will serve as the crucial first step in the Archives’ relocation to this new space. By convening an interdisciplinary team to work collaboratively on this plan, the Archives seeks to develop the foundation that will guide the sustainable protection of the WCS Archives’ physical collections and the continued study and enjoyment of these unique collections by future generations.

DepositMapping Archival Silence: technology and the historical record

Recent theorizations of archival silence signal a heightened and expanding concern with information that is lost, concealed, destroyed or simply not available for scholarly use. As our access to the archive becomes more dependent upon technologies of the interface, scholars exhibit increasing concern about the impact of digital affordances and constraints on record-keeping, research and artistic production. As digital archives are technocultural artifacts, developments in the field of science studies can provide insight into the interdependence and coevolution of the social, cultural and material factors shaping archival silence. Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Bruno Latour and others have shown how machine and human agents form tightly linked networks that must be understood as dynamically integrated wholes. Digital archives lend themselves to this kind of exploration of the entanglement of matter and meaning; content and device, human and machine elements. We can thus understand digital archives not as singular physical entities, but as a set of possibilities shaped by the convergence of social and material factors.

DepositPatterns in the Court: The application of English Admiralty Court records to the study of C17th social, material and economic history

The records of the English High Court of Admiralty offer an outstanding primary source for the study of C17th social, material and economic history. The geographic scope of the Court’s jurisdiction was international, and the Court’s records are of relevance to the study of English, continental European, Mediterranean, Atlantic and Asian history. Substantial archival records of the Court survive at the National Archives, Kew, but have been relatively neglected by historians. The main reasons for this neglect hasve been a lack of metadata, poor finding aids and teh absence of published transcriptions. The MarineLives project was established in 2012 to collaboratively transcribe, annotate and link the records of the Court from 1650-1669. This seminar paper introduces the MarineLives project, presents and characterises the High Court of Admiralty archive, shows examples of research based on the archive, and suggests areas for scholarly research and collaboration

DepositThe Sephardic Past in the Digital Future

This study imagines a Sephardic archive not as a physical site that houses the artifacts, texts, and history of a nation-state or Empire, but one that allows us to access those objects (or exposes their absence) and to bring artifacts from different official archives into dialogue in a different, virtual space, thus creating an additional, but not exclusionary, epistemic home, namely that of Sephardic studies. In it the author explores the potential advantages and practical limitations, as well as existing models of transnational resources—such as the Friedberg Genizah Project and the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, as well as del Barco and Vegas Montaner’s project of cataloguing the Hebrew manuscripts in Spanish libraries—that could be considered when thinking of what form a Sephardic archive could take. This study also explores how issues of language and identity fare when translated into the metadata used to make digitized information available.

TopicCall for submissions: JITP special issue on teaching & research with archives

This CFS for a special issue of the Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy might be of interest to this group: As an open-access journal comprised of educators, scholars, and librarians deeply committed to studying how knowledge is produced, preserved, and circulated, the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy is thrilled to announce a special themed issue […]

TopicCall for submissions: JITP special issue on teaching & research with archives

This CFS for a special issue of the Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy might be of interest to this group: As an open-access journal comprised of educators, scholars, and librarians deeply committed to studying how knowledge is produced, preserved, and circulated, the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy is thrilled to announce a special themed issue […]