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Digitizing the History of Psychology

AHAP book digitaztion machine

A team sponsored by the APA has scanned 1,056,249 pages from the Archives of the History of American Psychology in Ohio. To date, 54 historical out-of-print books have been added to the PsycBooks database. When the digitization project is done, however, this figure will reach 2500. Boxes and boxes of “grey literature,” including conference proceedings and division newsletters, are also being scanned for inclusion in PsycExtra.

Canadian Archives Flooded

Library & Archves Caanda, OttawaThe Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that the main building of Library and Archives Canada was flooded by a broken water pipe today, causing minor damage to some books. The building is in Ottawa, Canada’ capital city, and houses, among many other collections, the archives of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Where Has All the History Gone?

The editor of the journal Theory & Psychology, Hank Stam (U. Calgary, Canada) posted the following rather disconcerting message to the e-mail list of the Society for the History of Psychology today:

Some of you may be interested in an article that appeared in the April 2008 issue of Technology and Culture. The authors, Edmund Russell and Jennifer Kane argue that internet citations found in well-established history journals are much less secure than some perhaps believe. Here are a couple of excerpts:

“Scholars in the sciences, however, have raised alarms about the frequency with which Internet sources have disappeared after their citation in journals. Continue reading Where Has All the History Gone?

Archives Wiki

archives-wiki.jpgAttention Historians of Psychology who do archival research: there’s a new resource in development! After the initial proposal was made in October 2006, the American Historical Association (AHA) has finally launched an Archives Wiki this month.

According to the site, the purpose of the project is to provide “a clearinghouse of information about archival resources throughout the world. While it is primarily designed to be useful to historians and others doing historical research, we hope that researchers in many disciplines will find it useful.”

But why create a Wiki to collect these resources you might ask? According to Robert Townsend, the AHA’s assistant director for research and publications, and Vernon Horn, the AHA’s internet projects coordinator: Continue reading Archives Wiki

When Archivists Go Bad

John C. CalhounThe Associated Press reports that a New York state archivist has been charged with stealing hundreds of historical documents and selling them in order to pay his household bills, including his daughter’s $10,000 credit card debt. Police were tipped off by a Virginia history buff who was surprised to find an 1823 letter from U.S. Vice President John C. Calhoun offered for sale on eBay.

The documents allegedly stolen include “Davy Crockett Almanacs, Currier and Ives lithographs and the 1865 railroad timetable for Abraham Lincoln‘s funeral train.” The man accused of taking them was an archives and records management specialist in the New York Department of Education. Continue reading When Archivists Go Bad

Michel Foucault online

FoucaultI recently came across the Michel Foucault Archives website, created and hosted by IMEC (the Institute of Contemporary Publishing Archives or l’Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine).

IMEC “manages archives and studies linked to different actors of the XXth Century writing and book world : publishers, writers, intellectuals, artists, book traders, journal editors, journalists, critics, literary agents, translators, printers, graphic designers” and “opens private papers to research within the frameworks of a public service with controlled access.” For a list of their holdings, click here.

Offline, IMEC is located in l’Abbaye d’Ardenne, a medieval abbey in Caen, in the region of Normandy, France.

Back to the Foucault Archives:

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Job: Archivist at NIH and Stetten Museum

The Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum maintain documentary and artifact collections relating to the history of the National Institutes of Health. These collections consist of more than 30,000 prints and photographs, 2,000 instruments and artifacts, 400 books, and 1,500 linear feet of documents and audiovisuals. The Office preserves papers, photographs, and audio-visual materials, while the Stetten Museum collects, preserves, and interprets biomedical research instruments and technologies related to the work of the NIH, and non-scientific objects which place the NIH in historical and cultural context. Museum exhibits seek to educate the public about the process of twentieth century biomedical research and about its achievements, generally focusing on the research of NIH investigators as case studies.

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