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Question: What is your favorite history-, library-, or archives-related blog?

by on September 16, 2009

What is your favorite history-, library-, or archives-related blog?

With the vast array of personal, professional, academic and commercial blogs available to readers today, it can be difficult trying to find just the right one to suit your needs. While it might be fun, who has the time to skim through 308,026 blogs? (That’s the current number of Google hits for blogs with some variation on “archival,” “historical” or “library” in their titles alone!)

Because we know a lot of our readers are dedicated researchers and practitioners themselves, we’re interested in hearing about some of the best examples of history-, library-, or archives-related blogs you’ve encountered, whether scholarly, practical, or just entertaining. Your recommendation may be just what someone else is looking for!


Jason September 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

I like The Modern Historian ( Simple with its “this day in history” approach. But who doesn’t like simple blogs?

KCraine September 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm

I like The Genealogue ( Chris always has unusual and funny items of interest. As a true genealogy nut, I love the The Challenges (Chris challenges his readers to find ancestors of famous people in the news.)

Angelina September 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm

The background of this page is tiling funny. It’s not continuous.

Angelina September 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Why are there photo icons next to the posts if we can’t replace them with actual photos?

Eira September 17, 2009 at 11:53 am

I always find something useful or interesting on the following blogs:

Seb September 17, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Nice site and an interesting read – are you having fun with it? I like what you are doing here.

Jane September 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm

For genealogy, Dick Eastman’s is the best:

Sheepy September 18, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Here are the blogs that have a home in my GReader subscriptions and haven’t been mentioned yet:

Beaver Archivist (Terry Baxter)
Cultural Heritage (UKOLN)
Digital Curation Blog (DCC)
Game Preservation (IGDA Preservation SIG )
Although there hasn’t been a new one in some time, Gaming in Libraries – The Course
HangingTogether (RLG)
Librarian X (Jason Puckett)
Practical E-Records (Chris Prom)

And although it’s digital humanities and not strictly cultural heritage related, the folks aggregated by Grand Text Auto often have some very interesting things to say:

Similarly, I don’t think Jason Scott is a professional archivist, but he’s done some great work. Including recently digitizing a large chunk of the Stephen Meretzky (Infocom) papers recently donated to Stanford.

And this one’s only BY an archivist, but I highly recommend it! John Fleckner recounts his cross-continental summer cycling trip as it happens:

Jude September 19, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Questions like this are valuable since I’ve now found more blogs to add to the 400 plus I already read. Although he also covers politics, I’m fond of Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub. He has a teacher’s perspective on the resources he finds.

Kristen (admin) September 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Thanks to everyone for the great recommendations! We’re glad to hear that you’re finding each others’ suggestions useful.

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Thanks again for your participation on NARAtions. We love watching the conversations develop with such a variety of thoughts and insights- keep it up!

Bob Meade November 3, 2009 at 7:34 pm

I have many favourite in these genres, but here I’ll name just one.

Ahoy – Mac’s weblog.

Written by an 87 year old living in Melbourne, Australia it is about Naval, Maritime and Australian history.

This is the link:

Mary (admin) November 5, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Cool! Thanks Bob!

Michael Haley December 24, 2009 at 8:56 am is library packed with health statistics and condition related research that appeals to the health care professionals.

Stacy Sims February 3, 2010 at 1:48 am

Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds too now, Thanks.

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