What We’re Reading: May 28, 2009 Edition
In case you missed it, we have an overview from the New York Times on the National Archives’ loss of Clinton administration data, along with a response from NARA. Then, read an article on the challenges of digital scholarship, hear a podcast on how the Civil War affected ideas of death and mourning, learn the origins of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and check out some WWI and WWII food-related posters. Finally, remember Memorial Day (which was observed earlier this week) through the Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog.
- Investigation Into Huge Loss of Computerized Clinton Data
The New York Times reports on the National Archives’ loss of a terabyte of information from the Clinton Administration. Also see this PDF (Missing Clinton Administration Hard Drive) from NARA that presents questions and answers on the situation.
- Challenges of change-ability: New Frontiers of Digital Scholarship
Over at the Making History Podcast, Laura J. Mitchell (one of the Gutenberg-e authors), offers an incisive assessment of the challenges of creating history scholarship in digital form and encouragement to press ahead toward the future.
- Grave Subjects: A History of Death and Mourning
In a recent episode of BackStory, Ed Ayers (one of the “History Guys”), talks with historian and Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust about how the Civil War drastically altered the way Americans view death and mourning.
- O Say Can You See … the Bottom of This Mug?
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is set to the tune of a drinking song? Who knew? Apparently, the Library of Congress did.
- Share the Meat! Propaganda Posters
The food blog Serious Eats has combed through some WWI and WWII food-related posters from firstworldwar.com and the Northwestern University Library and separated them into Practical Propaganda, Retrospectively Silly Propaganda, and Still Relevant Propaganda categories.
- Memorial Day, 2009
The Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog presents a number of images of this year’s Memorial Day, while Flickr offers images from years past.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant and Robert B. Townsend
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