“Skims over the drifts like a bird:” A big sled outfitted with propellers and skis, devised by the aptly named Wing Brothers of St. Ignace, Mich., New York Times, 24 February 1924, courtesy of the Lively Morgue.
The New York Times has an archive collection that includes somewhere between 5 and 6 million photographs. This collection is called the morgue and the Times is making many of the photographs available on a Tumblr called the Lively Morgue. It’s a great collection of images from the paper’s history. What we really like is that each post includes a photo of the back of the picture, which gives all kinds of great information. Enjoy!
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A team of city workers and archivists were working Tuesday morning to preserve paper memorials in Copley Plaza. Courtesy of the Boston Globe.
We’d like to thank the Boston City Archives for lending us memorabilia from the Marathon Memorial as part of the Cambridge Public Library’s commemoration of April 15th, 2013.
The Boston City Archives will also loan memorabilia to the Boston Public Library for their exhibition, “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,” which will be held at Copley Square, from April 7 thorough May 11. The exhibition will include flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, hats, tokens of all shapes and sizes, and, most significantly, and running shoes with the goal of helping visitors make meaning from this tragedy while providing a quiet public space for reflection.
Watch the video below about the Boston City Archives’ efforts to collect and preserve the Marathon Memorial.
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Messages from the Marathon Memorial
Exhibition Location: Entrance and 2nd Floor, Glass Building
Dates: March 3 to March 31, 2014
For ten weeks after April 15th, 2013, a makeshift memorial took shape at the site of the marathon bombings on Boylston Street. On June 25th, city officials, archivists, and volunteers took down the memorial and sent the memorabilia to the City of Boston Archives to be preserved. This exhibition features select pieces from the Marathon Memorial, courtesy of the City of Boston Archives.
The Cambridge Public Library is hosting three events to commemorate the Marathon Bombing.
Join us Thursday, March 13, 6:30PM to hear from first responder and runner Dr. Natalie Stavas, Cambridge resident Lt. Jeremy Walsh, a paramedic at the finish line and a first responder in Watertown, and marathon runners Gael Henville and Dave Athey as they share their stories of that eventful day. A moderated Q&A will follow.
Our Marathon: “Share Your Story” Events
Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced, digital archive of pictures, videos, stories and social media related to the Boston Marathon, created by Northeastern University. Join us Saturday, March 15, Saturday, March 15, 1-4:30PM and Wednesday March 26, 5-8:30PM, and share own stories and help us create an archive of your images, emotions and experiences.
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From the Cambridge Room Postcard Collection (028).
The Charles River Basin, circa 1980.
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Can you identify what’s going on in the picture? Extra points if you can name the approximate date and location. Hint: the location isn’t in Cambridge but the photo is important to Cambridge history. Double extra points if you can name the person pictured in the photo.
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Ancestry.com has recently made available for free several ethnic research guides to help genealogists navigate research barriers like destroyed records or records existing in other countries. Check them out below and start searching.
African American family research on Ancestry.com
Finding Your Irish Ancestors in the U.S. and Ireland
Finding Your Ancestors from the UK and Ireland
Finding Your Swedish Ancestors at Ancestry.com
Finding Your German Ancestors on Ancestry.com
Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on Ancestry.com
Don’t forget that the Cambridge Public Library offers free access to Ancestry.com at any of its branches.
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President Barack Obama in Cambridge at Harvard Law School in 1991, footage to be digitized by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.
A few months ago, we told you about a great new database of Boston area news footage: the Boston TV News Digital Library. Well, something similar is in the works with a nation-wide database of searchable TV news called the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, headed by WGBH and the Library of Congress. This new project’s first goal is to digitized and make available 40,000 hours of content from 100 different stations across the country. Pretty amazing!
In honor of this new digital news venture, the Atlantic is hosting a series of articles on the history of American news and the digitization efforts of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Read the first, short article in the series here and be sure to catch the only known footage of Anne Frank, which will soon be made freely available to researchers.
Reels of film from the WGBH Archive, courtesy of the Atlantic.
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