Thursday, January 28, 2010

Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

Howard Zinn, historian and author of The People's History of the United States, passed away yesterday.

In his honor, I am linking to one of his speeches, "Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest."

An excerpt:

I have only two proposals for archivists: One, that they engage in a campaign to open all government documents to the public. If there are rare exceptions, let the burden of proof be on those who claim them, not as now on the citizen who wants information. And two, that they take the trouble to compile a whole new world of documentary material, about the lives, desires, needs, of ordinary people. Both of these proposals are in keeping with the spirit of democracy, which demands that the population know what the government is doing, and that the condition, the grievances, the will of the underclasses become a force in the nation.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Fred Waring Collection Podcast

The first podcast of the Fred Waring Collection is available for your listening pleasure on iTunes!

Simply open iTunes, choose iTunes Store and type Fred Waring in the search box.

Cursor down to the bottom of the page and you will be able to click on the Podcast.

If you have any trouble finding it, let me know. Feel free to give me your comments and suggestions. I will be posting a new Podcast every month.


Storyteller Without Words—An Early Graphic Novelist

Original gouache illustration for The Biggest Bear, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1953 as the best illustrated children’s book in the United States.

"Storyteller without Words," an exhibit of Lynd Ward's work, is on display January 11 to May 7, 2010, in The Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library.

Ward (1905–1985) created his first graphic novel, Gods’ Man: A Novel in Woodcuts in 1929. This was also the first novel-length story told in wood engravings to be published in the United States. The exhibit includes prints from Ward’s graphic novels, original illustrations for his children’s books The Silver Pony and The Biggest Bear, as well as the original woodblocks for Ward’s 1934 illustrations for Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.

Recent gifts of the work of Ward to Penn State University Libraries' Rare Books and Manuscripts are from Robin Ward Savage, daughter of the late Lynd Ward; her sister, Nanda Ward; and other members of the Ward family. This body of work enhances the Libraries' already strong holdings in fine printing, printmaking techniques, children’s books, graphic novels, and original artwork for illustrated books.

The exhibit is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On February 10, at 4:30 pm in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park, Steven Herb will speak about the influence of Lynd Ward’s work on the development of graphic novels and on the mid-20th Century revolution in children’s literature in the United States. Dr. Herb is head of the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library at Penn State and director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in Library of Congress sponsored in Pennsylvania by Penn State University Libraries. The talk is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Sandra Stelts, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, (814-863-5388).

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Archival Haiku!

Haiku—a Japanese poetry form using five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables—was a featured segment in the “Archives After Hours: The Light, Literary, and Lascivious Side of Archives” session at “Sustainable Archives: AUSTIN 2009."

Click the link above to read more than 50 haiku written by archivists about our profession.

"The Preservation of Born-Digital Literary Archives" by Ben Goldman


"What becomes apparent after reviewing the literature on digital preservation and personal archives is not that we lack the technical processes or expertise to maintain the growing universe of digital documents, but that doing so: a) requires far more advanced skills than are currently possessed by many practicing archivists, and b) necessarily has an impact on the authenticity of a document."

Click on the title (above) to access the full article.