Archives closing post-1949 materials?

Dear all: 

I have received numerous reports via various channels regarding a number of archives denying access to post-1949 materials. I have updated the PRC History Resources wiki to reflect these:

http://www.prchistoryresources.org/doku.php?id=archives

I also added updated information regarding several other archives. We all know that archival access can be tricky in China, but recent changes are particularly distressing, with no end in sight.

YOU Should Read the Catholic Press – Why?

In 1919, just after the formation of the National Catholic Welfare Council (NCWC), today known as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the NCWC Press Department absorbed the function of the Catholic Press Association, stabilizing and promoting the dissemination of news of interest to Catholics nationally.  Its aim was to publish news of national and international interest to Catholics in the United States—news that was often ignored in the mainstream press.

Speaking Labor to Power - William B. Wilson

Scottish immigrant and Pennsylvania coal miner, William Bauchop (W. B.) Wilson (1862-1934), became the voice of workers speaking to power as a founder of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) union, the first representative for labor in Congress, and the first secretary of labor in the Woodrow Wilson (no relation) administration.  For more, please see

The Darkness is the Light – Father Cyprian Davis and the Black American Catholic Experience

“Black Theology arises from the experience of being black and oppressed in the United States. It is a theology which seeks, first, to speak to Black people where they are now. It explains what it means to them to be black and Christian. Only then does it look beyond the Black community and present itself, without apology, to the white Christian world.

A Flapper, a Nurse, and a Nun Apply to Catholic University…

I am not pleading for co-education or the admission of “flappers” into the University, but I am pleading for the cause of the women who mean more for the Church in America in one sense, than all its Hierarchy and all its Priests.

– Archbishop Michael Curley to Peter Guilday, October 10, 1924

With New Open Access Policy, the Newberry’s Digital Collections Are Now Available for Re-use without Licensing or Permission Fees

The Newberry has announced a major revision to its policy regarding the re-use of collection images: images derived from collection items are now available to anyone for any lawful purpose, whether commercial or non-commercial, without licensing or permission fees to the library.

CLIR Releases Prototype Proof of Concept for Digital Library of the Middle East

CLIR has released a prototype proof of concept for the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). The prototype was developed in partnership with the Antiquities Coalition, Qatar National Library, and Stanford Libraries, and in service to and collaboration with institutional and individual collaborators throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region.

Source: CLIR Issues, January-February 2018, https://www.clir.org/2018/02/clir-issues-121/#dlme

How Illinois is mapping their history

The “Mapping History at the University of Illinois” project is an ambitious and far-reaching initiative to document university history through maps, 3D images and archival content.

Source: John Tolley, "How Illinois is mapping their history," BTN, February 12, 2018, http://btn.com/2018/02/12/how-illinois-is-mapping-their-history-btn-livebig/

Numismatic Teaching Tool of The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America (CUA) coin collection, part of the museum administered by the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, contains nearly seventeen hundred numismatic pieces, primarily from ancient Greece, the Roman rep

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