June 24, 2010 |
After Walt Disney died in 1966, his grieving staff sealed his office suite in Burbank, and even as work proceeded on "The Jungle Book" there was anxiety that the company's past might be brighter than its future. Four years later, those worries deepened as key executives approached retirement, including Walt's older brother, Roy O. Disney. That's why, in 1970, the company handed the key to Walt's still-sealed office to a former UCLA research librarian named Dave Smith, who was sent into the chamber to learn its history.
January 24, 2010 |
Until recently, David Ferriero's favorite artifact at the National Archives was the canceled $7.2-million check -- "an actual check!" -- that was used to purchase the territory of Alaska back in 1868. But this month, Ferriero, the archives' new director, saw an old American Indian treaty in a secret vault. It was etched on parchment and festooned with ribbons and, he recalled, "a string of the most beautiful cobalt blue and white beads." "Wampum!" he exclaimed in a recent interview.
September 4, 2009 |
A synthesized cellphone melody pulls Jeff Rice from his sleep. De-de da-de-de da-de-de da-de. De-de da-de-de da-de-de da-de. Rice hits the alarm. It's 4:30, still dark. He clicks on his headlamp and dresses in the confines of his tent. The nylon zipper shrieks -- zzzzzzzzzzzpp -- as he opens the flap and steps outside. A few clouds have rolled in. The remaining stars poke through the sky like shards of light. Beyond the cottonwoods, the creek is a steady babble, the crickets nonstop and the bats an occasional tcheee, tcheee, tcheee.
December 13, 2008
Re "Still kicking Nixon around," editorial, Dec. 6 As an archivist, I once faced fire from Richard Nixon's lawyers, and I fired right back. Yet even I am troubled by sneers at the Nixon foundation. Starting with the first one in 1941, all presidential libraries, not just Nixon's, have had federal and private-sector components. Government archivists work with presidents and their families to open records. Archivists also work on exhibits funded in part by presidential foundations.
October 3, 2008 |
An archivist convicted of selling stolen New York artifacts such as an original Currier & Ives lithograph on EBay was sentenced in Albany on Thursday to two to six years in prison. He also paid $129,500 in restitution and handed over his personal collection to the state. Daniel Lorello, the 55-year-old former archives and records management specialist for the state Department of Education, pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny in August. Some 1,600 items have been recovered, and the restitution will be used in part to repay people who bought and gave back some of them, said John Milgrim, spokesman for the state attorney general.
January 29, 2008 |
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A long-time state archivist was accused Monday of stealing hundreds of historic artifacts and documents from the New York State Library, including two Davy Crockett Almanacs, and selling some on EBay. Daniel Lorello, 54, an archives and records management specialist in the state Education Department since 1979, was arraigned Monday on charges of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and scheme to defraud.