Archive | February 2011

University of Michigan Law School Human Trafficking Database

“Slavery in the United States did not end with abolition. Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, is the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or receipt of people for the purposes of slavery, forced labor, and servitude, and it is widespread and ongoing. It currently exists in every state of the United States and across the world. It can be found in many industries: agriculture, spas and massage parlors, hotel work, and domestic service, as well as prostitution.”–From University of Michigan School Human Trafficking Clinical Program

This database lets you search for human trafficking cases and to add cases to the database.

Introducing the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives

“The Archives collections contain material that dates back to the Philharmonic’s first concert in 1842, but the first phase of our digitization begins in the middle of this long history. In deciding where to begin with our digitization project, we held a roundtable discussion that included librarians, historians, musicians, conductors, journalists, and students to evaluate the different time periods in the Philharmonic’s history and to determine what might provide the most unique source material.”–From the website.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Completes Its Digital Transition

“Two years after starting to produce talking books on digital cartridges, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, has completed its analog-to-digital transition.”–From the website.

“Through its national network of regional libraries, NLS provides books and magazines in digital audio and in braille as well as digital audio equipment directly to enrollees at no cost. Music instructional materials are available in large print, braille and recorded formats. For more information, visit or call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323).”–From the website

The Ford Motor Company offers thousands of photographs related to its long history in business here on this website.  The images are available to license.

Effective FOIA Requesting For Everyone

This is a National Security Archive Guide to the most effective way to request Freedom of Information Act documents.

Top 50 Donors in 2010

The Chronicle of Philanthrophy offers its list of the top 50 philanthropic donors for 2010.  The $3.3 Billion was the lowest amount donated since the rankings began.

Photographs of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and Other Storms

Photographs of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and other storms are found here on these National Archives web pages.

Keep America Beautiful

The Keep America Beautiful website offers tools and resources and information on litter reduction, waste reduction and recycling (including  a link to help you find local recycling centers for all kinds of items),  and beautification.

Proposed U. S. 2012 Federal Budget

The Proposed 2012 Budget for fiscal year 2012 can be found here, as well as the budget for past years going back to 1996.

Questions Regarding the Charter Surrender By Memphis City Schools

You can email any questions you have about the surrender of the Memphis City Schools charter to the City of Memphis here.

Electrolux Site Location and Development Agreement with City of Memphis, TN

You can read the Electrolux Site and Location Development Agreement with the City of Memphis in full here.

Historical Oil Spill Information

From NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, this site provides links to information on particular oil spills in the past, as well as composite news articles on topics such as “10 Famous Spills” and “World’s Largest Oil Rig Sinks.”  For general and statistical information, follow the links to “Historical Data” and “Historical Incidents Search Page.”  Students might be interested in the photo database, which includes hundreds of images.

Adults With College Degrees, By County, 2005-2009

The Chronicle of Higher Education offers this interactive map on their web site.

Egypt: Background and U. S. Relations

CRS Report published January 28, 2011 that can provide some understanding of the current Egyptian Crisis.