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Review: The Flint Sit-Down Strike

One of the first major labor conflicts following the passage of the Wagner Act of 1935, the 1936-1937 Flint sit-down strike holds an important place in the American labor history. A group of faculty and students at the University of Michigan-Flint, led by political scientist Neil Leighton preserved many precious details of the strike in a series of oral histories from 1978 to 1984. Michael Van Dyke and David Bailey of Michigan State’s MATRIX partnered with the University of Michigan-Flint in 2001 to digitize and present the interviews on the Internet as one of MATRIX’s Historical Voices audio galleries, creating…

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On Sustainability

Though sustainability may seem like a problem unique to digital projects, print materials have had issues (acidity, humidity, fire, etc.) of sustainability throughout their existence. Over time archivists, publishers, scholars, and others have developed ways to prolong the lives of print materials (acid-free paper, climate control, fire departments, etc.). As more and more “stuff” is produced and stored digitally, the sustainability of digital materials is becoming a pressing issue that needs someone (archivists, publishers, scholars, others?) to develop solutions. I use two digital history projects to raise some issues of sustainability, though I omit many other important aspects (version control…

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