and archive culture
an eclectic collection of images and documents of the library, archive, and information management profession
"In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville noted that there was scarcely a plowman In America who did not have a book or a broadsheet newspaper fastened between the handles of his plow so that he could read as he tediously trod the rows of earth turned by his prairie cutter plows. It was a time when books were expensive and hard to get, yet they were widely shared and much discussed by Americans of all classes. Today, I am told by book marketers that about half of all American households never buy a book in any given year. " -Joe Bageant, 4/3/2007
"My office was so low that people avoided me. One of my tasks was to register the names of people who came to read newspapers, but
to most of them I did not exist as a human being."
Professional links and news
Progressive Librarians Guild | Labor Archives Roundtable (Society of American Archivists)
Social Responsibilities Round Table ALA | Community of Industrial Relations Librarians (CIRL)
Also - check out Urban Librarians Unite -
"a professional group created to promote and support libraries, library staff, and librarianship in urban settings."
The New Archives for American Labor: From Attic to Digital Shop Floor, 2007, by Ben Blake
Articles, essays, and other documents by/about Lincoln Cushing
"A librarian champions political poster art," Library Journal Academic Newswire, 5/31/2007
LAUC-B Position on Retention of Librarian Positions at UC Berkeley 6/26/2006
Cutting-edge information management technology - from 1904
Unprocessed social movement collections at UC Berkeley - 6/2006
Review of flatbed scanner with unique applications for special collections
Speech at rally supporting public libraries in Salinas, CA, 2005
"California Librarian: LIncoln Cushing," California Libraries, January 24, 2004
Review of Vandals in the Stacks? A Response to Nicholson Baker's Assault on Libraries
Clark Kerr collection donated to IIR Library, commemorative bookplate issued
"Taking a Stand in Information Management"- U.C. Berkeley SIMS (now I-School) graduation speech 5/12/2001 (PDF)
"Call for Papers," Modern Industrial Papermaking and its Consequences for Librarians and Archivists
Protection of images on the Web
samples from my archive of library and literacy graphics
Chinese archives during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
Accordingly, the Cultural Revolution did not wreak permanent damage on archival holdings in the palace. But work was halted, resuming only slowly. The internal-circulation record of advisories and rules for archival work shows only one document (in 1967) for the entire Cultural Revolution era. More important was the fact that in the midst of the turmoil, directives had forbidden the Red Guards to disturb archival installations. This limited damage and spared the holdings ('On Looting of Files 1980,' in Hinton 3:321). "
-Beatrice S. Bartlett, “A world-class archival achievement: the People’s Republic of China archivists’ success in opening the Ming-Qing central-government archives, 1949–1998” Archival Science (2007) 7.
University library- University of Durham, England, 2002; Public library- King's Lynn, England, 2002
to Docs Populi, Lincoln Cushing's webpage
last updated 10/8/2013