New from the Archives: February 2016

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We're two months into 2016 and we've got another solid slate of Archives projects to announce. Before we dig into the live projects, we want to shout out two wonderful film projects that helped usher in the entire Kickstarter Archives initiative in January 2015: Pioneers of African-American Cinema and River Of Grass — in theaters soon!

Now, read on for more great projects in the collection.

The Studs Terkel Radio Archive

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In partnership with the Chicago History Museum, the Studs Terkel Radio Archive plans to create an online repository of all 5,600 hours of Studs Terkel's WFMT radio programs. The repository will be free and the programs will be available for listening, creative reuse and transformation, classroom and educational purposes, and licensing. 

The New Walden

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The New Walden is a newly edited hardcover adaptation of Henry David Thoreau's masterpiece. Updating a literary classic is an audacious undertaking — the editors plan to prioritize maximum clarity, optimum flow, and authenticity. Each word, phrase, and passage is being carefully weighed, and will only be changed if doing so will improve the reading experience.  

Frances Marion's Minnie Flynn

This project seeks to release Academy Award-winning screenwriter Frances Marion's long out of print novel Minnie Flynn. Unseen since the 1920s, the novel is an excoriating account of the rise of a star from the alleyways of midtown Manhattan, following her extra work in the original movie heartland of New York to her dominance in Hollywood to her downfall.

Rocketship's A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness

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Nonstop Co-op is reissuing Rocketship's long out of print debut, A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness, on vinyl, along with two previously unreleased tracks from their 1994 "red tape."

Save the 1954 Milan Basketball Films!

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This project aims to preserve and restore 16mm footage from the 1954 Indiana State championship basketball game, on which the now-classic 1986 film Hoosiers is based.

The Most Chaotic Tuesday

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The Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives plans to preserve John Denny's 1974 film Chaos No. 1, about the making of Jean Tinguely's masterful sculpture "Chaos 1," and other 1974 material recorded by the Video Access Center as part of their Tinguely exhibit, "Chaos in the Commons."

Publishing the CIA's Declassified Vault

There are nearly 13 million pages of CIA documents in the CREST database that have never seen the light of day. That1Archive is looking to scan and upload as many of them as possible to the Internet Archive for the public to access.