Category Archives: Archive

Paper Age – How it all came to an end

By Ken Otmann (on Vimeo)

T. Rex dies – and is one of the winners of the German Webvideo Contest 2013!

Archiv auf verlorenem Posten…?

Archiv auf verlorenem Posten?

Über den Neubau des Archivs wurde ein Planungsstopp verhängt. Warum? Weil die Zukunft der Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek (KMB), die darin – wie das Rheinische Bildarchiv – auch untergebracht wird, wieder offen ist. Die Universität, der die Stadt diesen einzigartigen Bücherschatz, um Kosten zu sparen, gern überlassen würde, kann dazu noch keine Entscheidung treffen.

Andreas Rossmann: Neubau des Kölner Stadtarchivs. Blamagestopp, in:, 2013-04-10.

Libraries as repositories for the digital universe

From this point forward, the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge University Library and Trinity College Library Dublin will have the right to receive a copy of every UK electronic publication, on the same basis as they have received print publications such as books, magazines and newspapers for several centuries. (…)
The regulations, known as legal deposit, will ensure that ephemeral materials like websites can be collected, preserved forever and made available to future generations of researchers, providing the fullest possible record of life and society in the UK in the 21st century for people 50, 100, even 200 or more years in the future.

See also: British Library: The Curators’ 100

Weibliche Meisterschaft am “Bauhaus”

Even so, all three women ended up working in areas that the male-dominated design establishment did not deem to be as important as, say, architecture or industrial design, partly because they were seen as female preserves. Fewer books and exhibitions have since been devoted to them than to other disciplines. And even the most successful Bauhaus textile graduates, including Anni Albers, Gunta Stölzl and Koch-Otte, have featured less prominently in histories of the school than their male counterparts, who studied “weightier” subjects, have done.

Alice Rawsthorne: Female Pioneers of the Bauhaus, in:, 2013-03-22.

Illustrationen: Denni’s Pinterest-Website “Bauhaus”

Werbeanzeige des Bauhauses in der Weltbühne vom 28. April 1925.

Versteckt in Sondersammlungen und Archiven: Monster des 10. Jahrhunderts

Belief in the existence of monstrous races of human beings was central to medieval thinking, although almost everything about them was open to debate and discussion.  The only characteristic universally agreed upon was that they were always to be found far away, beyond the borders of the world as it was then known.  Almost as common were references to the physical deformities of the monstrous races: there were gigantic races and tiny races, those with extremities misshapen, missing, enlarged, or multiplied, and every variety of human/animal hybrid.

Sarah J. Biggs: Monsters and Marvels in the Beowulf Manuscript, in: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Blog, 2013-03-06.


Miniatur eines Vertreters der langohrigen Panotii, aus den Marvels of the East, England, Ende 10. Jh., British Library, Cotton MS Vitellius A XV, f. 104r.

The panotii were so timid that they would flee immediately upon seeing a stranger, ‘so swiftly one might think that they flew.’

“Digital Humanities”: Chance für die Geisteswissenschaften

Gerade in den Geisteswissenschaften gibt es enorme Chancen für einen „digitalen Humanismus“, der die Möglichkeiten der elektronischen Textverschränkung nutzt, die weit über die gedruckter Textseiten hinausgehen.

Ulrich Johannes Schneider: Buchhandel und Online-Dienste. Bildungsverbohrtes Zeter und Mordio, in:, 2013-02-23.

Bild: Kai Körner, Dresden [2009].

Wie die Manuskripte von Timbuktu gerettet wurden

“They think on their feet when faced with these challenges,” he says.

“They take the documents to family homes and store them safely.”

Mohamed Mathee to Peter Biles, BBC News, Johannesburg, 2013-02-02

Structure of the Heavens: This text was written to train scholars in the field of astronomy, a science that Islamic tradition traces back to Adam and to the Prophet Idris. The author discusses how to use the movements of the stars to calculate the beginning of the seasons and how to cast horoscopes, among many other aspects of astronomy. Displayed is a diagram demonstrating the rotation of the heavens. Nasir al-Din Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn al-Hajj al-Amin al-Tawathi al-Ghalawi. Kashf al-Ghummah fi Nafa al-Ummah (The Important Stars Among the Multitude of the Heavens), copied 1733. Loaned by the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library, Timbuktu, Mali (1)

Source: The Library of Congress.