To Know the World – Thinking about Archival Appraisal

To know the world, one has to penetrate it as deeply as possible. I recently came across this quote by Ryszard Kapuscinski in a Vice article. I was completely unfamiliar with Kapuscinski either the journalist or the author before stumbling into this bit of text in a, but this quote really got me thinking about the course on [...]

2016 Year of Anachronism

I'm calling in now just a few days into 2016 that this year will Anachronism, mainly technological anachronisms, and lets just say I couldn't be happy.  While many of the trends I'm feeling gearing up have been around for a couple of years now, things are just about to get really anachronistic and that's great [...]

Archives and Current Events: Social Movements, Archival Access and Collecting

Recently in a class I provided my students with a rough case study involving a higher educational institution that asked the students to from an ethical stand point what to do with unsolicited materials that had records related to an alumni group that were both embarrassing to the institution and racially charged. I asked several follow [...]

Archival BFD: Happy Birthday Case

If you haven't heard, a judge in the 9th Circuit has ruled that Happy Birthday, or at least the words were not transferred to the licensing company, Warner/Chappell and that the authorship of the lyrics to Happy Birthday is in question. This is a BFD in regards to copy right and could signal a shift in how copyright [...]