I recently finished editing my grandfather's memoir and I'm wondering what institutions may be interested in a copy. He is a German Jew (b. Halberstadt) who left for San Francisco in 1934. Topics: his early childhood (family life, local businesses, Jewish life/education, shifts under Nazi regime), the voyage, a good deal about growing up in San Francisco in the 30s and 40s, some WWII Army engineer anecdotes of France/Belgium, Berkeley in the 50s, the technology industry, MIT in the 60s, and more. [more inside]
I was intrigued by a post a little while back on a Family Dog concert, it that post were references to a great site about identifying lost live grateful dead shows. [more inside]
I'm searching for a copy of the New York World from April 1925 that includes the review of The Great Gatsby entitled "F. SCOTT FITZGERALD’S LATEST A DUD". [more inside]
I'd like to read a 7-year old Tumblr in chronological order. It's not mine so I don't have access to the dashboard to download an xml. Is there any way scrape the archives of a tumbler into a more readable format? Ideally I'd a single text or PDF file, but I'm open to other options. [more inside]
We have a large archive of the UK New Statesman weekly political affairs, commentary and arts magazine, from 1978 to 2000, and we are trying to find a good new home. We're not looking to sell the collection, just send it on to somewhere it can be a resource for others. Can anyone recommend any other librarianship forums or suchlike where we should offer it up? (It's stored in Brighton, England.) [more inside]
I have accumulated - and curated - around 5K photos on Flickr. Quite a few of these are embedded/pulled into various places (blogpost example). In case Flickr does go under, I'm looking for quick/non-teccie solutions for moving the entire bunch of photos and also for easily updating all of those places where a bit of code pulls in the picture from Flickr. [more inside]
We'd like to video record interviews of our kids (currently 5 and 3) at the end of each year and would like suggested questions to ask them. Ideally, these same questions can be asked each year. So far we've come up with questions like, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" and "who is your best friend?" We're not as interested in "Kids Say the Darndest Things" style questions. In addition to suggested questions, if you've done this sort of thing before, we'd appreciate any advice on executing this effectively.
I'm doing research on the FlowHive and I want to get some screen captures from the Indiegogo site from prior to them hitting their goal (February through April 15, 2015). When I go to the Wayback Machine, I get their backer numbers, but not the text about the product from the main part of the Indiegogo page. [more inside]
I'm looking into the options for getting a sports club archive online. The archive consists of a couple of thousand documents, photos and newspaper clippings, stretching back a few decades. They are currently held in loose leaf folders, each item pasted onto an A4 page. I have a scanner and could scan them all, but am wondering if there is a better solution, as this would take a lot of time. They won't go through a feeder without damage. [more inside]
I'm looking for beautiful, creative examples of online archives or collections of stories or multimedia information. Hart Island Project is a good example what I mean. [more inside]
Software suggestions for the Mac? I have simple needs. I want a catalog number, date of origin, artist name, and a photograph of each piece. Sorting, filtering and searchability required. [more inside]
I've got an idea involving data-mining Horoscopes. Problem is... it seems really hard to find horoscopes online other than Today's and Yesterday's. Are there any free resources I can use to look at past daily/weekly horoscopes? [more inside]
I'm doing some research on a recording made in New York in 1949. WorldCat has information on two photographs taken at the recording session, and a taped interview with the conductor. The trouble is that they have no information on any libraries that hold these items. What am I missing here? We have information that clearly came from someone looking at the photos and listening to the tape, but where are they? Thanks for any help. WorldCat links below the fold. [more inside]
I'm looking for appropriate software to start documenting and cataloging a sewing pattern archive. What would be the most appropriate? I've seen this and this, but they are a little dated and not quite what I think I need. [more inside]
Many apparently out-of-copyright books on Google Books are open access. Others return limited sections in response to search queries. Yet others are completely inaccessible. Why?
Trying to remember a piece of interactive fiction where you signed up using your email address and over several days you'd get emails from characters who worked at an imaginary company. I think you could reply to them using a certain format and that would change the way the story played out. I would have seen it around 2006 or 2007, and I don't think it was new then. [more inside]
I want to convert boxes of of photographs into digital files, good or excellent quality digital captures. I've accumulated 10 file boxes of photo albums, loose photos, scrap books, art and other family history kind of stuff. What are some systematic and effective ways to archive into digital images? [more inside]
Facebook has a way to archive/download your data. However, last time I did that, I noticed that it didn't include any comments that friends had made on my posts or any of the pictures I was tagged in (that had been posted by other people), and probably a few other things in a similar vein. Is there an automated way to save those things? Perhaps a third-party product or app of some sort?
I need to pull out just the Sender, Subject, Date, Time info from an email archive. Any way to do this easily? Details inside. [more inside]
Is there a website that works like a bookmarking service but will also allow screenshots of the page? Or how else can I work this out? [more inside]
I just inherited literally a large garbage bag of wartime government documents, newspaper cutouts, photos and other memorabilia from Russia and Ukraine ca. 1910-1970. What do I do with the stuff I don't want, and also how do I fumigate it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a solution to create a digital archive, primarily for an architectural practice with an extensive project history. [more inside]
I am looking for a good solution for publicly archiving a large collection of pictures within a somewhat limiting CMS. [more inside]
I've been scouring the internet for a way to pick a certain date and time in modern history and see what was being broadcast at that moment, but so far no luck. Does anybody know of an archive of this information, or any clever ways to repurpose any other existing data?
As part of hoovering up old blogs and content before more disappear, I'm stuck with the most difficult blog in terms of format; this one (Digital Sands). Is there an efficient way of saving both the posts and the comments to make publicly available elsewhere. [more inside]
Is there any service/script/app that will automagically take the photos from a date range in my Flickr photo stream and set them up to be a printed and bound book? The model for most tools is upload, review, print. I would like it to be capture all from Flickr, review, print. The first is an include model, the second is an exclude model. Since I take on the order of 500 pictures/year, the first model is onerous.
I have many data files named in a particular format. The files are either ZIP or RAR archives, and contain several sub-data files each in different formats (with a different extension; this is Windows). I need a utility to extract the contents and simultaneously rename each sub-data file to the name of its parent archive AND preserve the sub-data files' extensions. Anyone know of such a utility? Winrar, 7zip don't do this, and I've had no luck searching around.
A facebook thread (In a group) was deleted by the moderator. I understand that the internet records everything and it is archived somewhere. How can I look at it?
Mu aunt has agreed to store all my grandpa's old photos and documents, if someone else can 'do something with it' first. That someone is me. Where do I start? [more inside]
I think it would be really cool if I could get access to any recordings of TV programmes or copies of magazines from the last decade or so. [more inside]
I'm looking for an old website, maintained by a college professor, with computer, physics, and grad-school related humor colelcted from around the Internet. [more inside]
I've started writing more (blog posts), and several times this has happened: I use the Mac's search function to look up a word in the dictionary, for inspiration, and instead I notice a PDF search result from my folder full of (sadly illegal) PDF books, and end up on a totally wonderful track. Is there a more comprehensive, perhaps legal, way to do this? [more inside]
Updating Wordpress website, how to we archive old site so as not to break long-standing links? [more inside]
Are there super-capable external drives out there that can read problem CDs? Which brands/models are they? [more inside]
I'm starting to explore a career change and I want to figure out whether I'd enjoy being an archivist. I'm 40, but I don't have any experience in archiving, so first I want to find out whether I'd like it. I live in Manhattan and have a regular 9-5 day job. I currently work as an editor at a legal publishing company and I'm a former lawyer. I enjoy American political and social history. I also like the arts (especially old movies and theater). I'm interested in working with historical documents and/or digital archives. I understand that not every volunteer experience might include access to those; I'm just trying to give a sense of my interests. I also wouldn't mind talking to a working archivist to get a sense of what the work is like.
Based on your answers to my prior question, I keep sensitive files on my Mac in an encrypted disk image. I back up my Mac to Time Machine, plus a local external Superduper! clone, and to Crashplan. How do I ensure those backups accurately record the disk image--do I have to eject the disk image or will the backups copy the open (mounted) disk? [more inside]
Been communicating with a family member who prefers Facebook Chat to other forms of chat, and I would like to download the entire conversation to have the text at my disposal. I can scroll up and laboriously copy/paste, but this is tedious. Difficulties: 9 months of a pretty much every day conversation, going back to March of this year. Mac OS. [more inside]
A friend works for a not-for-profit archive, that needs to replace microfilm reader printers and microfilm scanners, for not much money/free. [more inside]
I am trying to determine whether the SIMS program was ever mentioned on the web by Endure, Inc. before August 15, 2011. [more inside]
I inherited this book from my mother. It was written between 1898 and 1907. There are approximately 95 pages which are gilt-edged and contain drawings photographs, sayings, autographs (one of Ellen Terry) etc. The cover is soft leather. At the moment I am copying each page as a jpg onto my desktop. I have Blogger and am putting the jpgs on to this post. However I feel there must be a better way of archiving this for my grandchildren, friends and relatives? Please help!
What is the best way to put together years of handwritten and typed letters along with photos for my son that can be added to and later given as a gift? [more inside]
I need to back up some laptops that are roaming around so I'd like some kind of automagic online backup solution. [more inside]
Where can I find a good introduction to best practices for cataloging a newly fledged popular culture document archive? [more inside]
I have identified a film clip in a documentary movie that is of professional interest to me; I also suspect that there may be other film clips on the specific location of interest. I would like to identify the archive which has this film clip and possibly find a way to view the whole thing. I would like to know a little about researching things in film archives - catalogs, accessibility to someone who doesn't have academic affiliation nor film industry affiliation. I do work at the location that I'm looking for footage of. [more inside]
i need to pull out all the content from someone else's wordpress blog. help me do this without going through each page individually! [more inside]
I'd like to archive a recently-deceased friend's blog to PDF or ePUB in chronological order. It's a Blogger site, and has a couple of years of articles. [more inside]
My mother got a long letter describing his experiences as a pilot in World War II. He's interested in contributing that story to a public archive of some sort. Is there anything we could contribute it to? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for the best non-fiction books on the subject of running a large museum/art archive. From any POV, from the fund-raising presidents to the ticket takers, guards, and art history interns in the basements. I'm looking for more large, prestige institutions ("What is it like to work at the Met" for example) but smaller collections or niche museums are also good.
At work I'm using a Macbook Pro with OS X 10.7.4, running Outlook 2011. Today, I have to ship off this computer to get an upgrade and security update, and they will be wiping out the contents of the hard drive. They've left us very minimal instructions to back up any files we need. For me, the absolute most important thing is having access to all of my old emails and their attachments. So, QUESTION: how do I backup all of my emails in Outlook so that I'll be able to access them on my newly-wiped computer? Where are email files stored on my computer? How can I back up the attachments on the old emails? How do I avert total disaster?
It's now relatively easy to backup your Facebook account. I'm wondering if there are any apps or scripts that allow one to manipulate that data. [more inside]