The Importance of Story

I have been reading some Chris Brogan material lately and stumbled onto a thread about the importance of story, http://www.chrisbrogan.com/importance-of-story. Brogan cites author Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.” I haven’t read it yet although I’m half way through Miller’s “Looking For God Knows What.” Archivists seem susceptible to missing the importanceContinue reading “The Importance of Story”

Springtime in the Archives

I need to catch up with what has occurred at the Archives of Michigan in the last few months. Nothing has been more time consuming than the launch of seekingmichigan.org. We went live yesterday and the site teetered for 3-4 hours before succumbing to high traffic. It illustrated a typical problem with a new website launch. Namely, you don’t know what you are going to get for traffic.

Archives of Michigan Monthly Round Up

We have been steadily moving forward with our launch of Seeking Michigan.  If you have not heard me talk about this, it is a new joint effort with the Library of Michigan.  It appears that we are slated to launch on February 1, 2009.  We will hit you with a news blast nearer that date.Continue reading “Archives of Michigan Monthly Round Up”

Seeking Michigan

The Archives of Michigan is excited to announce that is will be redesigning it’s existing content management site, http://www.archivesofmichigan.org.  This is a joint project with the Library of Michigan.  Plans include expanding content including over 1,000,000 death records, 70,000 land patent records, photographs and maps. We have contracted with Greg Storey and Airbag Industries, Inc. Continue reading “Seeking Michigan”

Sports Archives on the Web

Here is an interesting article from the NYT on March 17. Dusting Off the Archive for the Web Visitors to the Sports Illustrated Web site will be able to check out the George Steinbrenner cover story from 1993, along with Magic Johnson in 1991 and Casey Stengel and Yogi Berra in 1964. By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑAContinue reading “Sports Archives on the Web”

Michigan Elections Database

With Michigan’s primary right around the corner, the Department of History, Arts and Libraries today announced the availability of Michigan’s Precinct Results Databases online at http://www.michiganelections.org. The Precinct Results Databases – used to certify and distribute the official results of each election – were created by the Michigan Bureau of Elections, Department of State, andContinue reading “Michigan Elections Database”

Archives of Michigan reaches out to the arts

Getting back into the swing of things… Greetings from the Archives of Michigan. Yes, I am still here plugging away. We finished an extremely busy fall which included over 20 Family History Month programs in October and a flurry of grant writing. We capped the Fall season with a music concert titled “Shout Sister Shout”Continue reading “Archives of Michigan reaches out to the arts”