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Illinois-Holocaust_Museum-and-Ed-Center_BbI2To bring out the reporting skills of small town American on the worst genocide, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum will now fish out the archived newspapers tucked in the dark corners in the library of the internet. The museum is now crowd sourcing and is looking out for help from the public in researching on the reactions to various Holocaust events that happened between 1933 and 1945. The museum encourages historians to contribute with news articles, letters to editors, political cartoons from across the country during this period describing the genocide.

united-states-holocaust-memorial-museumThe actual purpose of the project is to call upon the public to answer research questions in this connection. These questions do not have answers yet informs, digital project coordinator, Elissa Frankie, from the museum. Elissa heads the effort. She says that the focus right now on local newspapers in the country. Nobody has ventured into this research so far. The earlier mammoth project named the History Untold: US Newspapers and the Holocaust was unable to reach the finish line. This was due to the intense and elaborate efforts required to gather information and media from across the country inform Frankie.

Moreover, the documents can be retrieved by rummaging through online newspaper archives or after scanning microfilm that are decades old in local libraries. Twenty topics where information was sought includes the boycott of Jewish businesses, the annexation of Austria, America’s participation at the Berlin Olympics (1936) and US Jewish refugees. The project was launched in February, and over 1000 articles were collected from over 900 contributors.

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bob-dylanBob Dylan collection of over 6000 items including personally written lyrics of Tangled Up in Blue and his maiden contract with music publisher was found at an Oklahoma home near the museum in honor of Woody Guthrie, a renowned folk singer. The memorabilia was acquired over a period of six decades. The collections were acquired by the University of Tulsa and George Kaiser Family Foundation that is worth a whopping $15 to $20 million. These also comprise of early recording (1959), including a wallet with Johnny Cash personal contact details of address and contact number.

bob-dylan (1)Dylan is from Minnesota, and it is good news for him that his collections have stayed in his home town and Tulsa location. It also makes good sense that it is added to the collections of Woody Guthrie and not to forget the valuables from Native American Nations. In a statement, Dylan said it was a great honor. There are few items on display at the Gilcrease Museum consists of stained cigarette lyrics of Chimes of Freedom written on the stationery supplied by Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Toronto, Canada. The damage to the writings was only from cigarette stains and Bob Coffee stains.

The good news is around 1000 items arrived from the Helmerich Center for American Research. This is affiliated to the Gilcrease Museum. The transfer of the archives took about two years. The collections will be housed permanently at the museum. Note that the curated exhibits will be showcased at the Tulsa’s Brady Arts District located close to the museum. This will be in honor of Guthrie born in Oklahoma. It was inaugurated in the year 2013.

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