Sound of the Archives

a podcast dedicated to archives

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Midwest Archives Conference 2013

MACSotASessionOur session at the Midwest Archives Conference was a rousing success. Thank you for all of the support. We are so happy to have inspired so many people and connected with so many strangers. The whole experience was a great thing for us. Thank you.

If you’re interested in our handout from the session, which includes the resources we use as well as examples of great podcasts to emulate, please click here.

If you’re interested in our slides from the session, please click here.

If you’d like to see those videos of the editing process, please click here.


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06: Archives Month and Outreach

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Welcome to this very late podcast release! As said in the podcast, this was supposed to come out mid-November but life got in the way. We hope you’ll excuse us.

This episode highlights many things: Archives Month, its history, and how Texas celebrates it; outreach at the Minnesota History Center; and outreach in a private sector setting.

Some of the links mentioned in the podcast:

This episode was presented to you by Dana Gerber, Prairie Hady, Sarah McDole, and Audra Hilse. Also, thank you to the Free Music Archive!

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04: Our Days of Summer

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In this episode, Laura, Katherine, and Dana talk about their summer activities!

Laura Farley spent her summer on an intensive practicum digitizing haunting glass plate negatives from the International Harvester collection. You can see some of her scans by clicking this link, which takes you to a search of Wisconsin Historical Images.

Katherine Stotis processed collections at CUNA, the Credit Union National Association, as well as Circus World’s Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center.

Dana Gerber worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Archives Reading Room. She also volunteered at Circus World, though instead of processing, she helped to identify heralds, working towards eventually digitizing them. You can see some photos of her and other SLIS students at Circus World by going to her blog: here and here.


Archives as … Irish for a Day!

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The first episode our podcast had a super successful first run, and we thank you all deeply for that. As a token of gratitude, want to give you the gift of the luck o’ the Irish! This second episode highlights 5 different archives or collections by 5 students in the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies. We aimed to emphasize the archival value of these, as well as their general interest and uniqueness.

Prairie discovered the relationships of people in letters. Laura looked into the concepts of evidential and informational value of small collections. Dana looked into archives as supportive of national identity. Leslie looked into the power of archival documents to uphold historical upheaval. And last but not least, Sarah looked into a born-digital web archive documenting the General Election of 2011. We hope you found these as interesting as we did.


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First Paper, First Podcast, First Post

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Welcome to the inaugural episode of Sound of the Archives! This podcast was created by Library and Information Studies students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is intended to be a forum for discussion about theory and practice in the archival profession.

Our first episode highlights areas of research conducted by three current students, Laura, Prairie and Dana, for the course SLIS 734: Modern Archives Administration taught by our instructor Michelle Caswell.

All three papers focus on archives as a medium for underrepresented populations to be heard. Laura’s paper hypothesizes how custodial trust can be preserved while providing digital access to restricted collections. Prairie’s paper looks at the community of Duluth, Minnesota trying to come to terms with a violent episode from its past through the use records. Dana’s paper explores the use of nontraditional records to give a voice to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide.

We hope you enjoy! Constructive criticism completely, absolutely, lovingly welcomed.

Our next episode will have an Irish theme in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! Please check out our Facebook page for updates. Below is a list of sources mentioned during the podcast. Until next time, see you in the archives!

Laura Farley: Wisconsin School for Girls Inmate Record Books: Trust in Custodianship through Redacted Digitization of Records and User Agreement Forms

  • Kaplan, Diane E. “The Stanley Milgram papers: A Case Study on Appraisal of and Access to Confidential Data Files.” The American Archivist. 59. no. 3 (1996): 289-297.
  • Levitt, Martin L. “Ethical Issues in Constructing a Eugenics Website.” In Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records. Edited by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt and Peter J. Wosh, 112-125. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005.
  • Wisconsin School for Girls Inmate Case History Books 1875-1926. Volume 13. Series 1381. Wisconsin School for Girls. Wisconsin Historical Society.

Prairie Hady: The Healing Power of Archives: Memorialization and Reconciliation in a Racially Divided Community

  • Read, Warren. The Lyncher in Me: A Search for Redemption in the Face of History. Saint Paul: Borealis Books, 2008.
  • Fedo, Michael. The Lynchings in Duluth. Saint Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2000.

Dana Gerber: The Biological Archive of Srebrenica