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A2A Update, September 2003

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  • Ray Wilson
    A2A Update, September 2003 The A2A database at www.a2a.pro.gov.uk was updated on 1 September. It now contains over 5.1 million catalogue entries describing
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 3, 2003
      A2A Update, September 2003

      The A2A database at www.a2a.pro.gov.uk was updated on 1 September. It now
      contains over 5.1 million catalogue entries describing archives held in 327
      record offices, libraries and other repositories across England.
      The update included the first catalogues from five A2A projects: Aladdin's
      Cave, in South East England; Broad Acres, Big Houses, Yorkshire People, in
      Yorkshire; Communities in the Records, in the East of England; Families,
      Estates and Communities, in the East Midlands; and Parishes and People,
      elivered by Cambridgeshire County Record Office, Huntingdon. Among the
      archives covered by these catalogues are records of parishes in the
      Archdeaconry of Huntingdon, submitted by Parishes and People, and probate
      inventories registered by the Diocese of Norwich from 1553, submitted by
      Communities in the Records.
      This month's update also included further catalogues from Campaigning
      London; Cosmic Rays and the Solid State at the National Cataloguing Unit for
      the Archives of Contemporary Scientists; Local Governance and the Community
      in South East England; More than Meets the Eye at Greater Manchester County
      Record Office; Seven Ages of Man in the West Midlands; and South West Family
      Fortunes.
      A number of enhancements to A2A, notably to the search mechanisms, are also
      planned during September - which is of course Archive Awareness Month. The
      A2A home page has already been enhanced with the addition of an image from
      the Documentary Photography Archive at Greater Manchester County Record
      Office, described in A2A courtesy of the More than Meets the Eye project.
      You may be wondering what this has to do with the Archive Awareness Month
      theme of 'Love and Hate' - but on the subject of love, A2A includes
      descriptions of:
      * A love letter dating from 1760 from one John Collis to a Mrs Ann Huse,
      retained among the archives of the college of Sarum St Michael, Salisbury
      after being found in the wall of a hostel in 1957 (Wiltshire and Swindon
      Record Office: 1585/327)
      * A collection of love letters, 1854-1863, between the widowed Lady
      Elizabeth Buxton and Thomas Turton, Bishop of Ely (who was in his eighties
      and thirty years her senior), among the papers of the Buxton family of
      Channons in Norfolk (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts
      and University Archives: Buxton)
      * A love letter from Katherine Manser, addressed to Katherine Anguish in
      1695, among miscellanous papers in the archive of the Bulwer family of
      Heydon in Norfolk (Norfolk Record Office: BUL 14/4, 619 x 6)
      Why not see what you can find?
      A2A is the English strand in the UK archives network: its database at
      www.a2a.pro.gov.uk already contains the electronic equivalent of over
      400,000 catalogue pages describing archives held across England in national,
      local and specialist repositories and dating from the 900s to the present
      day. The A2A programme will make a further 300,000 catalogue pages
      available on the web by March 2004.

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      Sarah J A Stark
      Regional Liaison Co-Ordinator, A2A
      The National Archives
      Kew
      Richmond
      Surrey TW9 4DU

      Tel (direct line): 020 8392 5328
      Fax: 020 8392 5319
      Email: sarah.stark@...
      www: http://www.a2a.pro.gov.uk

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