National Archives Month – A Minnesota perspective

 

We are the only species on the planet, so far as we know, to have invented a communal memory stored neither in our genes nor in our brains. The warehouse of this memory is called the library― Carl Sagan

 As National Archives Month 2017 enters the annals of history, it seems like a good time to delve into a mix of archival collections designed to pique the interest of Minnesotans- not because they’re writing a doctoral dissertation or going to court, simply because they love to learn about people, events and stories that weren’t in the curriculum.

Though you may have read everything there is to know about the professional contributions of Gratia Countryman, a picture is worth a thousand words:   http://digitalcollections.hclib.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/GCountryman?_ga=2.217022102.1812135875.1508609902-1599511560.1497032955

The photo is one of thousands of archival records preserved and made accessible through the Hosmer Collection maintained at the Minneapolis Central Library.  Celebrate National Archives Month by treating yourself to a leisurely learning break at Special Collections, 4th floor of the Minneapolis Library:   http://www.hclib.org/specialcollections Visit the Athenaeum (http://www.hclib.org/about/locations/minneapolis-athenaeum) and take time to experience the exhibits of treasures mined from the archives.

The University of Minnesota Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries are world renowned by scholars yet sometimes a bit beyond the reach of the rest of us.  Fortunately, the Libraries are “metaphorically” opening the archives doors in wonderful ways, including, for example:

  • The Children’s Literature Research Collections (aka the Kerlan) embraces the digital possibilities with publication of   Children’s Book Art: Techniques and Media.  The unique resource brings to life the works of over 65 artists whose work is based on primary sources held in the Kerlan Collection of the University of Minnesota’s Archives and Special Collections. (https://z.umn.edu/digital) — (https://www.lib.umn.edu/special)
  • The Minnesota Nice series. First Fridays talks about the holdings and happenings in the U of M archives.  Beginning in 2018 here are the scheduled sessions – all free and open, Noon at the Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120.
  • In-depth public lectures and discussions of specific archival collections, such as this forthcoming discussion of the work of James Wright. James Wright: A Life in Poetry is a sweeping biography by Jonathan Blunk, based on extensive research by Blunk in the James Wright Papers, held at the U of M Libraries’ Upper Midwest Literary Archives.(https://www.lib.umn.edu/mss) Note: Reading and discussion of James Wright on Monday, December 4, 7:00 PM at the Elmer L. Andersen Library.( https://www.continuum.umn.edu/event/james-wright-life-poetry/)

National Archives month 2017 is an opportunity for each of us to seriously reflect on the unique and essential role of archives in the digital age.  Archives are everywhere, not only in majestic buildings that bear the name but in local government agencies, public libraries, colleges, places of worship, corporations, nonprofit organizations and myriad other settings. Their efforts are our best and only defense against alternative facts.

One way to get a sense of the expanse of the state’s myriad archival collections is not only easy but seasonal: Clear your calendar, settle into an easy chair, turn off your cell, then click on this “work-in-progress:  Minnesota Reflections (http://reflections.mndigital.org/about).

Archivists work in a complex and collaborative way to meet the information needs of diverse users – from scholars to genealogists to inventors to journalists and curious Minnesotans of every stripe.  To share resources and opportunities to learn, archivists shape networks of various stripes.  The collaborative that links a mix of archives and archivists in this area is the Twin Cities Archivists Roundtable (https://tcartmn.org/about/ (aka T-CART).  T-CART and guests will be meeting this month (https://tcartmn.org/minnesota-archives-symposium/)   The T-Cart website lists the names and contact information for several related archives and archivist networks, including these:

To underscore the urgency of archival awareness and the imperative to tend to preservation of the public record was less worrisome in October 2011 when Archives Month warranted this comparatively frivolous post. https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1078&action=edit 2011

And just to add a bit of flourish to the topic, let it be known that Tom Hanks has been named recipient of the National Archives Foundation Records of Achievement Award.

https://www.archivesfoundation.org/news/tom-hanks-receive-national-archives-foundation-records-achievement-award/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tom-hanks-history-national-archives-foundation_us_59ec777ce4b0958c46829e72)

Enjoy this Halloween greeting  from the U of M Archives https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2017/10/underwater-pumpkin-carving-bio-medical-library/?utm_source=continuum+-+News+from+University+of+Minnesota+Libraries&utm_campaign=6d189433b6News_from_RSSFEED_TITLE_for_RSSFEED_DATE_3_17_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_35496412ca-6d189433b6-174925501

 

 

 

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Autumn openings and other options

Congratulations to the good people of North Minneapolis – after nearly two decades of political struggle, the new Webber Park Library is open!  (http://www.hclib.org/about/locations/webber-park)  Writing in the Strib, Rick Nelson honors the perseverance of neighbors and advocates – and describes the elegant new library as “a jewel!”  (http:www.startribune.com/rick-nelson/10645521/)

– October 25 – Hmong Cultural Center exhibits and tour:  (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hmong-101-exhibits-tour-and-presentation-tickets-38512809851?ref=ecal) 5:00 PM

-October 25-28 – Members of friends of the Western Literature Association are meeting in Minneapolis.  (http://www.westernlit.org/wla-conference-2017/)

-October 26 – Out of Pocket, a reading that features Juliet Patterson, Rachel Jendrzewjewski and Brianna Johnson and the poems of Otis Powell.  Sponsored by Spout Press and East Side Freedom Library.7:00 PM. at ESFL (info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org)

-October 27 – Opening Reception, AutumNE, NEMAA member art show. Solar Arts Building. 711 15th Avenue NE. (http://www.nemaa.org/autumNE)

-October 30 – Thousand Star Hotel: Poetry reading with Bao Phi.  7:00 PM, ESFL Library (info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org)

-November 2 – Chris Riemenschneider, Strib music reporter, will celebrate the launch of his book First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom will be joined by Danny Sigelman and Daniel Corrigan, creators of Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis.  Talk of the Stacks.  Free and open. Minneapolis Central Library, 7:00 p.m. (https://www.supporthclib.org/chris-riemenschneider)

-November 3-5 – The 20th annual Art Attack at the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis.  Over 300 visual artists, live music, interactive art experiences, food trucks and free parking. (http://www.northrupkingbuilding.com/artattack)

– November 6 – Minnesota Archives Symposium. (https://tcartmn.org/minnesota-archives-symposium/) Minneapolis Central Library.

– November 6 – Reclaiming lives: Pursuing justice for six innocent men.  A book talk with Joan Treppa. ESFL. 7:00 PM.  (info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org)

– November 9 – Women from the Center Writers: Poetry in action with special guest Taiyon J. Coleman, Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen and Jna Shelomith.  ESFL 7:00 PM  (info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org)

– December 4 – James Wright: A Life in Poetry is a sweeping biography by Jonathan Blunk, based on extensive research by Blunk in the James Wright Papers, held at the U of M Libraries’ Upper Midwest Literary Archives. (https://www.lib.umn.edu/mss)  Note: Reading and discussion of James Wright on Monday,7:00 PM at the Elmer L. Andersen Library. (https://www.continuum.umn.edu/event/james-wright-life-poetry/)

-December 4 –The Axe Lectures, a book release event. Readings by Brianna Johnson, Katie Ka Vang, and Shanai Matteson. Sponsored by Spout Press and Moon Palace Books.  7:00 PM, Moon Palace Books, 3023 Minnehaha Ave, Mpls.  Free and open. (https://www.facebook.com/MoonPalaceBooks/)

 

To summon the spirits of the season

Make of it what you will, I love Halloween.  This post with a past may offer some explanation – … https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/halloween-did-irish-think-it-or-not-and-does-it-matter   Mental Floss offers a more erudite and global take on the history and hoaxes of All Hallow’s Eve.  http://mentalfloss.com/section/weird

Though Halloween is a few days in the future, it’s not a moment too soon to prepare both the mind and the décor.  If you start this weekend, you might be First in the Neighborhood/Apartment/Office this year.  Understand these are options, not suggestions, a way to get you to the general digital vicinity:

As is the custom of the day, one should start with statistics and other essential facts:  https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/halloween-stats-tricks-treats-and-4-1-million-costumed-kids/  Granted, this information has not been updated for a few years, alternative facts matter.

If Halloween conjures your culinary genius you might this will expand your plate of possibilities:

http://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/halloween/

If you’re visually inspired, take a long gaze here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=halloween+status-tricks,+treats&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiDkd3ht__WAhWKxYMKHZvXAK8QsAQINw&biw=1296&bih=852

If the sounds of the season set the mood for you, check out these options:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpf-VBF45kQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt0mZIDP47U

If you engage in what’s happening in other cultures, you appreciate that the universality of this Chinese custom is clearly antithetical to contemporary American ethos: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/china-ghost-festival-burning-money

Hot off the presses:  —  From Mental Floss scenes from “the charming English fishing village that inspired Dracula” and told “the spookiest ghost stories from all 50 states.” And Bustle noted that Frankenstein author Mary Shelley “was Goth before it was cool, and these 15 surprising facts prove it.”

 

 

Long evenings leave time to learn- Some on-site and armchair options

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall —  
F. Scott Fitzgerald 

As the nation commemorates October as National Archives Month the many faces of archival work come into focus, including on the federal government scene.  In the headlines this month is the issue of preservation of White House archives. The White House, including the temporary resident, is required by law to preserve all presidential documents, including emails and other electronic records.  Because this is not happening it has been necessary for National Archives officials to express serious concerns.  A recent [10/17] POLITICO report by Josh Dawsey and Bryan Bender describes the archival challenge in detail. (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/17/national-archives-trump-documents-preserve-243888)

October 19 – 5:00-7:30 pm In Their Own Words: The Tretter Collection Transgender Oral History Project. Elmer L. Andersen Library, U of M.    Vignettes from the “In Their Own Words” project, artifacts, books and documents from the Tretter Collection.  Reservations https://www.continuum.umn.edu/reg/reservation-transgender-oral-history-project-exhibit-reception/

October 28 -UPDATE:  The Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum reports a special program appropriate to the bicentennial celebration of Henry David Thoreau.   Photographer and author Dale Schwie will be speaking at the organization’s monthly meeting. Dale will discuss his recent book, Taking Sides with the Sun, a biography of Herbert W. Gleason whose work includes a major collection of “Thoreau Country” photographs, now housed in the Special Collections of the Concord MA Free Public Library.  (https://www.thoreausociety.org/thoreau-country)   MISF and guests will meet at the North Regional Library, Lowry and Fremont Avenues North.  The library opens at 9:00; meeting at 10:00.  Ample parking.  Free and open.

The U of M Archivists continue to take a lead in the digital age.  New online from the Kerlan Collection is an amazing online exhibit, Children’s Book Art: Techniques and Media. (Z.umn.edu/techniques)   The digitized exhibit explores the ways in which artists explore today’s media to express ideas and delight young readers.  As with most children’s literature there’s no limit on age or enjoyment of the visual treats.

Bookish.com is launching BookishFirst, an early preview and review platform featuring new books and authors, pre-pub excerpts, blurbs, reviews and more.   (https://www.bookish.com)

Everybody needs a break! — There’s a new Nancy Drew TV series in the works!  http://deadline.com/2017/10/nancy-drew-tv-series-nbc-tony-phelan-joan-rater-dan-jinks-1202189328/

If Halloween freaks you out, the good people at Poets.org (https://www.poets.org) offer a National Archives Month celebration of poetry appropriate to the season.  https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/halloween-poems   Do not miss John Berryman’s Halloween, read by the poet – archived by the archivists we honor this month. (https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/stanza/archive-john-berrymans-halloween-reading)

Thoughts of the Children’s Book Art exhibit, combined with the spookiness of Halloween,  focus the mind on reading and children, especially children and young people for whom books and reading offer both a challenge and a treasured opportunity.  Reading and books will help these young readers to  live the life envisioned by Charlemagne who told us that “to have another language is to possess a second soul.”

October is Bilingual Child Month

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P.S. from the Roseville Library (Ramsey County)

Fake News: a History
October 25 – Roseville: 12:30 p.m. Roseville Library – What explains the recent rise of fake news and wily accusations of “fake news”? Join University of Minnesota scholar Harshit Rathi for a different look at the news media and how we got here. Cost: Free. For more information contact them at 651-724-6022.

American Politics in the Age of Trump: A First Look at History
October 31November 7 and 14
 – Roseville: 12:30 p.m. Roseville Library – Whatever your political point-of-view, it’s time to take a first look at what will certainly be one of the major historical events of the 21st century. This series features speakers from a variety of political positions, in which will consider the first draft of a history of the Trump Presidency. For more information contact them at 651-724-6022.

 

 

 

 

Fall features archives, good reads, true facts, things to do places to go ‘before the snow flies’

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.― Henry David Thoreau

One great way to experience National Archives Month is to browse – and take time to view –  some of the YouTube videos produced by the National Archives.  Though the videos offer only a glimpse of the resources of the Archives, they are a vivid and informative presentation of events, moments and people who played a role in the nation’s history. https://www.youtube.com/user/usnationalarchives/videos.

You’ll want to learn more – and NARA has a tool for that.  DocsTeach.org (https://www.docsteach.org/digital-vaults is a guide to some 1200 documents, photographs, drawings, maps, and other materials from the Archives Digital Vaults.  To get you started the archivists have created links to some of the most popular topics, e.g. Citizenship, Presidents, First Ladies, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Immigration, Slavery and more…..

And here is a challenging reading appropriate to the National Archives Month: https://www.cilip.org.uk/news/can-we-rely-archives-tell-truth

October 17 – 7:00 PM Capri Glee. J.D. Steele directs the Adult Community Choir in Concert.  Guests include the MacPhail Community Youth Choir and Mill City District Singers.  Free and open. http://thecapritheater.org/capri-glee-choirs/

October 17 – This year’s Book Week event at the University of Minnesota features Thanhha Lal, author of Inside Out & Back Again.  McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE.  Free and Open. http://www.cehd.umn.edu/book-week/

October 17 – For the past three years library, museum and information gurus have been delving deep into the state of the art and future of the National Digital Platform.  And now they’re eager to share.  Representatives will be meeting all day on topics ranging from “Building Equitable Digital Communities” to “Expanding Digital Cultural Heritage Capacities” to a panel discussion of “Going Forward”  https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/ndpthree-agenda.pdf.   These sessions will be live streamed.  The day ends with an open conversation accessible at #nNDPthree (external link)

October 19  5:00 – In Their Own Words:  The Tretter Collection Transgender Oral History Project.  Elmer L. Andersen Library –  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/event/words-tretter-collection-transgender-oral-history-project/

October 21, 8:00 AM – Sunday, October 22 12:00 PM.  League of Minnesota Poets Fall Conference.  Hopkins Center for the Arts. https://www.facebook.com/leagueofmnpoets/

October 25 – First of two History Live! interactive video events featuring the persona of Maud Hart Lovelace in conversation with Betsy-Tacy fans.   The series is designed for students in Grades 3-6.  On October 30 fans and teachers can learn more about the Betsy Tacy series, about Lovelace and the History Live! Series here: http://education.mnhs.org/history-live

Note:  The Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award will also be announced at this session- more about the Award here: http://www.myrahome.org

October 26 – Spout Press (http://www.spoutpress.org)   and the East Side Freedom Library )https://www.facebook.com/EastSideFreedomLibrary) present Juliet Patterson, Rachel Jendrzeejewski, Brianna Johnson and the poems of J.Otis Powell read by Keno Evol (Louis Alemayehu.  7:00 pm. Free and open. (https://www.facebook.com/events/338066289976724/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A628054170622706%2C%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A628054170622706%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D)

October 28 – Don’t miss the Family History Fair at the Minneapolis Central Library.  Sponsored by Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library in collaboration with the Minnesota Genealogical Society. http://www.hclib.org/about/news/2017/september/family-history. Register at www.hclib.org or call 612 2543 8000

October 30 – One of the nation’s leaders in creative place-making is Forecast Public Art (http://forecastpublicart.org/art/placemaking/)  – more about the library/archives of Forecast in a forthcoming post. Meanwhile, Forecast is hosting a grand Pubic Art/Pub Party at Surlys.  Details here:  (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-pub-party-tickets-37856659287­ –  Since public artists think and converse a good bit about “place-making” you might want to brush up on the terminology here https://www.arts.gov/artistic-fields/creative-placemaking.  Follow up with a close-up and personal public art tour –by bike, car or on foot.  The Minneapolis Public Art Administration http://www.minneapoli/dca/ sponsors self-guided public art tours of six communities scattered throughout Minneapolis. http://www.minneapolismn.gov/dca/dca_map

November 3 – First FridaysLisa Von Drasek, Curator, Children Literature Research Collections.  Lois Hendrickson, Curator, Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.  First Fridays is a free and open series of “intellectually stimulating talks” at the Elmer L Andersen Library.   Light refreshments at 11:45; presentation at noon.

November 15-December 9 – Kevin Kling (http://www.kevinkling.com) heads the cast of Feast of Fools, a timely offering from Interact https://www.thelabtheater.org/interact. 

Welcome sign of the times:  Generous funding from Knight Foundation and Democracy Fund will expand the capacity of MuckRock to access public records.  The $440,000 grant will expand the subscriber base, sponsor new training opportunities and fashion a plan to support FOIA requests. http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/10/with-440000-in-funding-muckrock-is-expanding-its-mission-to-improve-access-to-public-records/

Journalist’s Resource is an excellent tool for lovers of true facts.  The project is sponsored by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.    Though the name suggests the site is targeted to journalists, it is accessible and of great help to many.  A recent article entitled “Fake news and the spread of misinformation” is a good example: https://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/internet/fake-news-conspiracy-theories-journalism-research

From the Frankfurt Book Fair – Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House CEO, spoke on the “Renaissance” of Print Books:”   https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/international/Frankfurt-Book-Fair/article/75024-frankfurt-2017-dohle-highlights-stability-of-the-book-business.html

From the Columbia Journalism Review, “Making Media Literacy Great Again, by Michael Rosenwald: https://www.cjr.org/special_report/media-literacy-trump-fake-news.php

November is National Novel Writing Month

October 10, 11:00 AM. Great Decisions: Nuclear Security.  RKMC Meeting Room, Central Library. Minneapolis Central Library https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/events/598ceb5e28df814000cc2c1f

October 12, 7:00 PM, Dale Schwie will be reading from his book, Taking Sides with the Sun:  Landscape Photographer Herbert W. Gleason: A Biography. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave, Mpls. Free and open.

October 18, 5:30-8:30 PM.  Author Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried)  and filmmaker Lynn Novick  (The Vietnam War) discuss  The Power of Storytelling.  Macalester College, Kagin Commons.  $10-$20. Reservations required. Limited seating.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tim-obrien-lynn-novick-on-the-power-of-storytelling-tickets-37709865222

October 15-22 – Food Week of Action.  The week is sponsored b host of global organizations.  Each day is specifically designated for a cause, e.g. October 15 is International Day for Rural Women,( http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday October 19 is a national calla to action on minimum wages identified as Union Day of Action (http://unitehere.org/oct19/)  Check here for more about the initiative and the sponsors and the themes, operating principles and daily themes: (https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/compassion-peace-justice/hunger/food-week-action-and-world-food-day/)

October 21, 7:00 PM – Beyond Bars: Voices of Incarceration.  Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.  Hamline University, Klas Center, 1537 Taylor Avenue, St. Paul.  Readings followed by brief Q&A.  Free and open.  Info@mnprisonwriting.orgOctober 24

October 24 11:00 AM –  Great Decisions: Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Minneapolis Central Library, RKM Meeting Room

October 25 – In conjunction with October’s designation of National Archives Month the National Archives is hosting a Virtual Genealogy Fair. It’s a virtual Fair via webcast.  Participants will be able to interact with presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube.  All of the session videos and handouts will be available free of charge.  For more information about YouTube access, and details about the program and handouts, click here: https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair

October 26 through May 2018.    Friends of the Hennepin County Library  Pen Pals series. – Several speakers are already sold out – check the website for speakers and present status.  https://www.supporthclib.org/calendar-events

October 28, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Family History Fair, Free and open – registration required  Click here for the packed agenda of speakers and exhibits: http://www.hclib.org/about/news/2017/september/family-history

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Behind our Eyes, an organization of writers with disabilities, is a unique initiative with a story to share.  The organization has published a second anthology of essays, poetry and fiction written by authors whose disabilities have not curbed their creative energies.  To read the history, written by DeAnna Quietwater Noriega, click here: http://www.behindoureyes.org/wp/a-brief-history-of-behind-our-eyes

Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s 18-hour film, The Vietnam War, sparked national and local discussions that have been suppressed for decades.  The Story Wall, is part of Minnesota Remembers Vietnam (www.mnvietnam.org),  reminds Minnesotans to recall and share stories, express their reasons for dissent, honor bravery and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war.   The project is sponsored by Twin Cities PBS in collaboration with MNPUS Plus http://www.pbs.org/video/Minnesota-Remembers-Vietnam-The-Story-Wall-30260/

First Draft is a nonprofit coalition committed to raise awareness and address challenges relating to “improving skills and standards in the reporting and sharing of information that emerges online.”  The coalition provides practical and ethical guidance on how to find, verify and publish content sources from the social web. https://firstdraftnews.com/about/

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American Archives Month, celebrated every year in October, is designated as an opportunity to explain and highlight the role of archives and the work of archivists.  Learn more – and contribute ideas – here: https://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/american-archives-month-the-power-of-collaboration. See October25th virtual event.

October is also Disability in Employment Awareness Month https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/index-2017.htm  The annual commemoration is sponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor.  Attached is a link to the blog post from October 2016; update to follow. https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/disability-employment-awareness-month-tips-and-tools/

 If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” Margaret Mead

Newspapers + Archives = Access

National Newspaper Week cannot be crammed into just seven days.  The deeper you delve, the more resources come to the surface. National Newspaper Week is also co-terminus and a propitious link with American Archives Month commemorated in October.

During this week we celebrate the symbiotic relationship. Newspapers and archives are links in an information chain on which our search for truth depends.  Newspapers determine and share the stories; archivists assure that the words, the statistics, the opinions are accessible over time.

Though newspapers and archives create and preserve the record it is the skill and commitment of those who do the work of each institution that we honor.  Now, more than ever, our focus is on the information chain as an interconnected whole – even more, we focus on the evolving and expanding role of journalists and archivists who work in tandem to facilitate the free flow of information and ideas that fuel this democracy.

To underscore the collaborative role of these institutions, on Day #7 of National Newspaper Week and as we look ahead to National Archives Month the focus is on newspaper archives.

Clearly, the digital age has transformed the process of archiving of newspapers.  As a result, strategies are in flux; at times there is duplication; at other times there are gaps. The challenge for professionals and the public is to remain positive and persistent.  Above all, information seekers need to know that the intellectual process of preserving the record and making it accessible is a human endeavor. Archivists, librarians, scholars, and others are on hand or online to guide the individual search.

Some starting point for searching newspapers – Please note that these are starting points only – guides to other resources

MINNESOTA NEWSPAPERS – RESOURCES

MN Historical Society Newspaper Hub – the starting point which will identify and link to relevant files: http://www.mnhs.org/newspapers/hub

http://sites.mnhs.org/library/content/newspaper-collection

http://mnnews.com/index.php/mn-newspaper-websites/

Minnesota Newspaper Directory:  http://mnnews.com/index.php/mn-newspaper-websites/

Minnesota Newspaper Association. (mna.org)  Membership organization that maintains listing for member organizations http://mna.org/newspaper-directory/

Listing of local newspapers (incomplete) https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&tbm=lcl&q=newspapers+minnesota+local&oq=newspapers+minnesota+local&gs_l=psy-ab.12…0.0.0.183480.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0….0…1..64.psy-ab..0.0.0….0.ujHrTkXHq8c#rlfi=hd:;si:;mv:!1m3!1d1055050.836006896!2d-94.0380186!3d44.591910049999996!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i635!2i557!4f13.1;tbs:lrf:!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:1

RELATED RESOURCES –  Examples

http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/
National Digital Newspaper Program
A partnership between the Library & the National Endowment for the Humanities

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/about

University of Minnesota Libraries – Archives http://archives.lib.umn.edu/search utf8=&op%5B%5D=&q%5B%5D=minnesota+newspapers&limit=&field%5B%5D=&from_year%5B%5D=&to_year%5B%5D=&commit=Search

INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES – EXAMPLES ONLY

http://www.onlinenewspapers.com – international

https://www.thenews.com.pk  –   International

https://elephind.com –   historic digitized newspaper archives

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