Forgetting is beneficial for the human brain. But the internet has made it harder to let go of painful or problematic memories.
Patient information dumped on the side of the road in Brisbane recently has raised the issue of how hospitals and clinics manage their old paper records.
Hidden for decades in a vault at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, the photographs depict a regime fixated on establishing order, meting out punishment and stoking nationalism.
Ennigaldi-Nanna is largely unknown in the modern day. But in 530BC, this Mesopotamian priestess worked to arrange and label various artefacts in the world's first museum.
MySpace users were recently shocked to learn that the company lost 50 million user files. It's a harsh lesson in not leaving your intellectual property unprotected on the information superhighway.
Scholars continue to debate what, exactly, happened to Emmett Till the morning of his murder. But that hasn't stopped a poor Mississippi community from trying to profit off one version of the story.
A folklorist is working to preserve the history of a unique, urban community of Lumbee Indians.
Mukurtu: an online dilly bag for keeping Indigenous digital archives safe.
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Mukurtu - Warumungu word meaning 'dilly bag' or a safe keeping place for sacred materials - is an online system helping Indigenous people conserve photos, songs and other digital archives.
The way books are sorted at the library can be highly political, touching upon issues of race and identity.
The National Death Penalty Archive collects documents and paraphernalia behind the thousands of executions that have taken place on American soil.
The media trope negates the work done by archivists, who are often well-aware of the existence of 'long-lost' letters, journals and stories.
The story of María invites us to consider how the powerless could assert personal autonomy in their lives and how we can hear traces of the voiceless in the archives.
For centuries, readers have written in the margins of their books to indicate admiration, disagreement or inspiration. Plath was no different.
The Slave Societies Digital Archive documents the lives of approximately 6 million free and enslaved Africans in the Americas.
Only a small fraction of the data from archaeological fieldwork is made accessible to the public or preserved for future research.
A tiny percentage of museums’ natural history holdings are on display. Very little of these vast archives is digitized and available online. But museums are working to change that.
Fifty years ago, an insurance agent named Paul Simpson was convinced of rampant bias on the evening news. So he embarked on a project to record each broadcast and store them at Vanderbilt University.
Digitized state records help to tell the stories of African-American prisoners in the 19th and 20th century.
Astronomers are gathering an exponentially greater amount of data every day – so much that it will take years to uncover all the hidden signals buried in the archives.
The Home Office threw away landing documents that are now vital to people trying to prove their right to stay in the UK.