Ti Racconto la Storia is a portal, integrated in Italian National archival system (SAN) developed with the financial support of General Directorate of Archives (DGA). Its name is a word game meaning, “I tell you a story” or “history”.
It consists of a digital library hosting audio and video collections of oral history, resulting from research projects carried out by institutions and independent researchers, kept in public and private archives. The collections document several aspects of 20th century Italian social life and history, from the point of view of individuals or communities. The portal “Ti Racconto la Storia” weiterlesen →
Digitized versions of all libri traditionum from Bavarian bishoprics and monasteries, the originals of which are kept in the Bavarian Main State Archives in Munich, were recently put online on “Bavarikon”, the internet portal of the Free State of Bavaria for the presentation of treasures of art, culture and knowledge, and are thus made available to an interested public worldwide. The libri traditionum are one of the oldest and undoubtedly also one of the most important types of written sources that are available in the Bavarian Main State Archives. They occur almost exclusively in Bavaria and Austria and were in use from the end of the 10th century to the middle of the 13th century in almost all monasteries and bishoprics in the area of the early and high medieval duchy of Bavaria, which consisted of the southern and eastern parts of present day Bavaria and large parts of modern Austria plus South Tyrol. In these times, when there were few sources, they contain the majority of private charters and are often the only source for names of people and places in a particular region. Many places are mentioned in writing for the first time ever there. Libri traditionum of Bavarian bishoprics and monasteries weiterlesen →
by Tatjana Hölzl, ICARUS – International Centre for Archival Research
Over the last decades, institutions with archival holding have invested important resources to offer access to digitized items. These “digital treasures” are thus included as primary sources to free access portals, but they do not have a transformation process nor generate economic returns. The challenges of the digital age are moving memory institutions into new business models, and developing institutional enterprises around digitization. Digital collections have enormous potential for changing the way that information is used. ICARUS as partner of the European Digital Treasures Project weiterlesen →
by Maida Gruden, an art historian, curator at Students’ City Cultural Centre, Belgrade, coordinator of the project ‘They: Live’ – student lives revealed through context-based art practices
The international project ‘They: Live’ – student lives revealed through context-based art practices explores the student life on campuses from the end of World War 2 to present day in Belgrade and Novi Sad (Serbia), Zagreb and Rijeka (Croatia), Madrid (Spain) and Podgorica (Montenegro). During residential stays in student campuses, artists, together with curators, will develop art projects directly with students, using archive photo and audio materials on student life from 1945 to present day, collected from former and current residents of student campuses and stored on the collaborative digital platform Topotheque. Contemporary Art and Archives weiterlesen →
Mihai Eminescu is considered the poet of the Romanians, the greatest one. His work (influenced by the Western European authors and the philosophical doctrines of German academics, such as Schopenhauer) belongs to Western European Romanticism but with strong national touches. His life (birth, death, love) is still full of mystery.
The International Council on Archives, through its European Branch, wishes to express its deepest sympathy and solidarity with our archival friends and colleagues who have suffered from the floods in Venice in recent days. The full extent of the damage will only be fully understood once the flood water recedes, but colleagues throughout Europe will wish to help in whichever practical ways they can. For the present, we wanted to send this message of support to let our colleagues in Venice know that they are not forgotten and that archivists throughout Europe are thinking about them at this difficult time.
A collection account has been set up for contributions. Those who wish to help can send donations made out to “SIAE per la raccolta fondi a favore dei titolari delle librerie e delle biblioteche di Venezia”, using the IBAN: IT 36 V 02008 05085 000105794751. For bank transfers from abroad this is the bic swift code required: UNCRITM1B33.
Malta is rich in archival heritage. Records dating as back as 1107 are found in a number of archival repositories on the islands. The large amounts of records, and often the lack of interest by the public and administrators alike led to neglect in years gone by. The last two decades witnessed a revival in interest in archival holdings in Malta and the main repositories are working hard to accession records, conserve them in the best way and render them accessible to the public for research. Archival Records as Artistic Vehicles of Communication weiterlesen →
Two decades before the Great Northern War, the Swedish King Charles XI initiated the Great Reduction of manors in the overseas provinces of Estland and Livland. About 80 per cent of all noble holdings in Livland and c. 50 per cent in Estland went into the crown possession. The war ravaged the provinces in 1700-1710 and the plague also took its toll. The human loss was huge, villages were suffering population decline or even became empty. Several manors were also damaged or desolated and their owners had either died or fled the country. Some parishes had no pastors who would have recorded the deaths of parish members in the registers. As a result of the war, Sweden lost Estland and Livland to Russia and the Russian Tsar Peter I restored landholding rights that had existed before the reforms of Chrales XI of Sweden. In the “unsettled times” after the war, hunt for ownerless landed properties started. In such a situation, minor heirs could even lose their noble title as well as their title to land, as the case of the descendants of Rittmeister and Baron (Freiherr) Heinrich Homburg shows. Noblemen who fell into serfdom weiterlesen →
Last year the National Archives of Romania celebrated its187 years of existence. This makes the National Archives of Romania the oldest institution of the Romanian modern governance. Although we have a long history, we are nonetheless living in the present and, most of all, we are hardly trying to ensure a better future for our institution and profession. National Archives of Romania – A short presentation weiterlesen →
by Kersti Lust, PhD in history, National Archives of Estonia
Wrecking, the illegal seizure of materials and cargo of shipwrecks, was an important economic activity for several centuries, and it was performed along many coastal areas around the world. The international scholarly tradition usually views wrecking as an activity of the common people, but this blog post sheds light on the deceptive and opportunistic activities of manorial lords, who were responsible for enforcing the law at the local level by performing police and court functions, but who, at the same time, could benefit also from wrecking. How the manorial lords wrecked ships weiterlesen →
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