Albert Einstein // 1879–1955. Einstein’s complete archives—from personal correspondence with half a dozen lovers to notebooks scribbled with his groundbreaking scientific research—are going online. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which owns the archive, is pulling never-before seen items from its climate-controlled safe, photographing them in high resolution and posting them on the Internet — offering the public a nuanced and fuller portrait of the man behind the scientific genius.
Damani Davis, an archivist with the National Archives, discusses original records pertaining to the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the act, the National Archives shared rarely seen original records pertaining to the act, including petitions from slaves, with the media.
Archivists aim to keep the original order of collections, if possible. We re-house materials in acid free / lignin free boxes and folders for their safekeeping. (Unfortunately, not all of us have handwriting that is as neat as that pictured from the folks in the Cambridge Room at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts.)
Archivists care for presidential records in shiny new institutions. "The Bush Library includes a huge amount of archive materials from George W. Bush’s presidency, but such records are only part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center."
Archivists help celebrate anniversaries. "Experts at Oxford's Bodleian Library have put 43,000 pages from [Queen Victoria's] 141 journals on a website. The journals had only previously been accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. Created to mark this year's Diamond Jubilee, it has taken staff from the library eight months to produce the 43,000 pages."