For those with an interest in digital history and digital archives, reflections and presentations from the second workshop of the “Unlocking our Digital Past” are available here: https://unlockingourdigitalpast.com/blog-2/
The Gerald Aylmer Seminar is an annual one-day symposium organised by The National Archives, The Royal Historical Society and The Institute of Historical Research in memory of Gerald Aylmer (1926-2000), who was president of The Royal Historical Society and Chairman of the Institute of Historical Research. Its purpose is to bring together archivists and historians to discuss topics of mutual interest.
An archive of business and travel history with national and international significance is to be preserved and secured for the future in the county, after the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland was selected as the new permanent home of the Thomas Cook archive collection.
The Record Office, which is run by Leicestershire County Council in partnership with Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council, was awarded the honour of housing the internationally significant collection following a bidding process organised by the Business Archives Council and Crisis Management Team for business archives in liaison with the Official Receiver.
The entire Thomas Cook archive, which encompasses records from the earliest days of package travel right up to the modern day, is now being transferred to the Record Office in Wigston.
The huge collection is made up of thousands of individual items, including minute books and staff records, posters, travel guides and timetables. It also features 60,000 photographic images and souvenirs from Thomas Cook’s 178-year history, including glass and china, uniforms through the ages and even a model of a Nile steamer.
The archive will be the single largest collection at the Record Office, which has six miles of shelving representing 1,000 years of the history of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.
The Thomas Cook collection will be thoroughly catalogued by Record Office staff, before being made available to the public.
Senior Archivist at Leicestershire County Council, Robin Jenkins, said: “This is an internationally significant archive relating to a company which began in Leicester and was operated from there in its formative years. We already house an important Thomas Cook collection relating to both the man and his business.
“We see the collection as ‘coming home’ to Leicestershire and we will be delighted to look after it here and promote its use. The collection also fits closely with other local businesses which often originated during the 19th century and have an international reputation – such as Wolsey, Symington and Ladybird Books.”
Leicestershire County Council Leader, Nick Rushton, said: “I am delighted that the Record Office has been chosen as the permanent home for this important collection. The bid was a success because of the strong local links with Thomas Cook, as well as because the Record Office has an excellent reputation for innovative outreach work and the promotion of its collections.
“The fact that the Thomas Cook archive will be housed at the Record Office will preserve it for future generations, as well as providing a valuable resource to the people of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.”
Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby added: “Thomas Cook is one of Leicester’s best-known sons, and his pioneering work, which essentially invented the package holiday, means his name became known worldwide. It’s very fitting that this fascinating archive of the company’s history is housed in Leicestershire, so close to where his ground-breaking work in the holiday industry took place.”
Vice President of the Business Archives Council, Alison Turton, said: “‘The deposit of the Thomas Cook archive with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland is a landmark achievement. It demonstrates the vital importance of archivists and academics working together with insolvency practitioners to ensure the survival and accessibility of business archives of national importance.”
Professor in History and Strategy at the University of Bristol, Stephanie Decker, who was the independent academic advisor on the selection panel, said: “It’s fantastic news that the Thomas Cook archive has been saved and will be housed in the region where the company began. The archive has local to global relevance and is highly important to anyone interested in the history of travel and leisure.”
Items from the Thomas Cook Archive. Images courtesy and copyright of Leicestershire County Council.
Thomas Cook founded his travel company in Leicester and ran his first excursion from there to Loughborough in 1841. The company grew rapidly and by 1855 was running continental tours, opening a London office in 1865. Thomas Cook is credited with inventing the package tour and bringing affordable travel to ordinary people. In 1878, Cook himself retired to Leicester, where he died in 1892. The company he founded became a household name with global reach. It finally ceased trading in September 2019 and a permanent home was sought for its archive.
The bidding for the Thomas Cook archive was supported by Leicestershire County, Leicester City and Rutland County Councils, Leicester and DeMontfort Universities, the East Midlands Oral History Archive and the Media Archive for Central England.
You have one more week for submitting your proposal!
The deadline for submissions for the upcoming workshop ‘GDPR
& Historical Archives’ expires on 1 December 2019.
This workshop – a joint effort of eabhand
the European Central Bank – aims to look at the impact of the
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on historical archives, in
particular, but not exclusively, in the financial sector.
Per 01.01.2020 oder nach Vereinbarung suchen wir für ein Jahr (befristete Anstellung) eine/n
Projektmitarbeiter*in – Erschliessung Archiv der Basler Handelsgesellschaften (100%)
Das weltweit bekannte Archiv der Basler Mission und von Mission 21 steht zu Forschungszwecken den Interessierten offen. Forschende aus Fachgebieten wie Geschichte, Ethnologie, Anthropologie, Missions-wissenschaften, Religionswissenschaften, Geografie, Ökonomie oder Linguistik finden bei uns Archivalien (Akten, historische Bilder und Karten) ab dem frühen 19. Jahrhundert. Hinzu kommen neuere Archivalien aus weiteren Ländern in Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika, in denen sich Mission 21 und ihre Trägervereine engagieren, sowie das Archiv der Missions-Handlungs-Gesellschaft.
Die Unterlagen der Basler Handelsgesellschaften, inklusive United Trading Company (UTC) sind Teil des Archivs von Mission 21. Mit einem Umfang von rund 80 Laufmetern dokumentiert dieser Bestand in einmaliger Weise die wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen einer bedeutenden Schweizer Unternehmung mit Asien und Afrika im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert und die Verflechtungen innerhalb der Schweiz. Mit der Erschliessung wird der Bestand für die in- und ausländische Forschung zugänglich gemacht.
Aufgaben • Erschliessen des Bestandes nach archivischen Standards • Beschreibung der Unterlagen und Positionierung in den nationalen und internationalen Kontext • Beantworten von Anfragen aus Forschungskreisen Voraussetzungen • Abgeschlossenes Masterstudium im Bereich Geschichte oder Ökonomie • Kenntnisse in Betriebswirtschaft/Buchhaltung und Geschichte der internationalen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen • Erfahrung im Erschliessen von Archivbeständen • Ausdauer Sorgfalt, Genauigkeit, selbstständige Arbeitsweise • Gute Englisch- und PC-Anwenderkenntnisse (Datenbanken) • Kenntnisse in Kurrentschrift sind von Vorteil
Kontakt Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Bewerbung bis per E-Mail an: email@example.com Myriam Pellet, Leiterin Personal, Mission 21, Missionsstrasse 21, 4009 Basel, Telefon +41 (0)61 260 22 73 Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie von Patrick Moser, Projektleiter, Telefon +41 (0)61 260 22 57, firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.bmarchives.org http://www.mission-21.org
The Barings Archives has an extensive collection of documents located primarily in the ING building in the City of London.
The firm that became known as Baring Brothers was established in
1762, and it quickly became one of Great Britain’s most important firms in the
financing of domestic and international trade. As you may know, Barings
became insolvent in 1995 as a result of unauthorised trading by one of its
employees, Nick Leeson. ING of the Netherlands acquired the majority of
the business, and in 2004, MassMutual Financial Group bought the asset
Today the Barings Archives continues as a charitable trust.
I joined its Board of Trustees earlier this year.
The link below takes you to the Archives’ webpage. Its
archivists are in the process of digitising as much of the collection as
possible, but the vast majority of the archive is not yet digitised.
If you are doing research on international financial institutions
and/or international trade, I encourage you to click on the link below and
browse the collection:
eabh in cooperation with the European Central Bank
23 March 2020 European Central Bank Sonnemannstrasse 20 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Call for papers
This workshop aims to look at the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on historical archives, in particular, but not exclusively, in the financial sector. Since May 2018, the GDPR has set common standards of data protection within the European Union and, to a certain extent, beyond. This regulation received critical acclaim by the public and scholars alike, however, not without facing widespread criticism for the severity of the changes it requires. Without a doubt, it has been successful in getting the topic of data protection on the political agenda as well in the public and business sphere. The ever-increasing collection of digital data has required common actions to limit the usage of personal data.
You are invited to join us in this exploration of the research potential of Unilever’s collections.The full day programme will open with a keynote speech from Valerie Johnson, Director of Research & Collections, The National Archives (TNA), on the value of business archives and the role that TNA can play in helping to facilitate collaborative research projects.
The morning will continue with presentations from four doctoral students who represent a range of disciplines at the University of Liverpool and whose study involves research in Unilever’s archives, whilst the afternoon will feature four academics who have already explored the research potential of Unilever’s collections. Lunch will be provided, tours of Unilever Archives will be on offer and there will be ample opportunity
for networking and discussion of possible future projects.
The Pan Am Historical Foundation announces the ninth annual Dave Abrams and Gene Banning Pan Am Research Grant competition. Up to $1,500 will be awarded to support scholarly research using the Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records held by the University of Miami Libraries’ Special Collections. The grant honors two of Pan Am’s most avid historians, Dave Abrams and Gene Banning.
Since its first international flight in 1927, Pan Am positioned itself as a world leader in American commercial aviation. The Pan Am records date from 1927 to the 1990s and include administrative and financial files; technical and research reports; public relations and promotional materials; internal publications including newsletters, journals, and press releases; and thousands of photographs.
The grant is open to advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty. Priority will be given to research proposals that will result in publication in any media.
Applicants must submit a proposal of no more than two pages describing their research project, a curriculum vitae or résumé, and two letters of recommendation.
Application deadline is November 30, 2018.
Please send inquiries and applications to:
The Dave Abrams & Gene Banning Pan Am Research Grant
c/o Jay Sylvestre
University of Miami Libraries
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146-0320 email@example.com
About Dave Abrams and Gene Banning
After graduating from the University of Miami, Dave Abrams (1919-2005) joined Pan American Airways and worked for 42 years as a meteorologist, navigator and Director of Flight Operations for Latin America. Abrams was instrumental in the formation of The Pan Am Historical Foundation after the company shut its doors in 1991 and in finding a home for Pan Am’s archives and memorabilia.
Gene Banning (1918-2006) was one of the longest serving pilots for Pan Am. His aviation days started with the infamous flying boats in 1941 and ended with Boeing 747s in 1978. An avid researcher, Banning was a guiding member of The Pan Am Historical Foundation from its inception and the author of Airlines of Pan American since 1927 (McLean, Va.: Paladwr, 2001).
About the Pan Am Historical Foundation and the University of Miami Libraries
The Pan Am Historical Foundation is a group dedicated to preserving the heritage of Pan American World Airways. For more information about the Foundation, visit http://www.panam.org/. The Special Collections of the University of Miami Libraries preserves and provides access to research materials focusing on the history and culture of Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The Pan American World Airways, Inc. records consist of hundreds of boxes of materials and reigns as the most frequently consulted single resource in Special Collections. For more information about the Special Collections of the University of Miami Libraries, visit https://www.library.miami.edu/specialcollections/index.html.
2017: Bryce Evans: Pan Am: A Gastronomic History
2016: Sean Seyer, “Independent Internationalism in the Air: Pan American Airlines, the Pan American Union, and the 1928 Havana Convention”
2015: Josue Sakata, Boston Public School Primary Source Sets
2014: Hadassah St. Hubert, “Visions of a Modern Nation: Haiti at the World’s Fairs”
2013: Ken Fortenberry & Gregg Herken, “Point of No Return: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Clipper”
2012: Felipe F. Cruz, “Flight of the Toucans: Technology and Culture in the Brazilian Airspace”
2012: Gordon H Pirie examined Pan Am’s role in civil aviation to, and from, in post-colonial Africa
2011: Jonathan Ruano, “Pan American Airways, the South Atlantic Route and Rise of the American Empire”
2010: Houston Johnson, “Taking Off: The Politics and Culture of American Aviation, 1927-1929”
2009: Augustine Meaher “Pan Am Arrives Down Under: A Diplomatic and Aeronautical Accomplishment”
2009: Roger Turner, “Pan-Am’s Contribution to the Development of Aeronautical Meteorology”
2007: Jennifer Van Vleck “No Distant Places: Aviation and American Globalism, 1924-1968”