THE BIGGER PICTURE, a blog produced by the Smithsonian Institution Archives, presents an inside look at the Smithsonian’s history and invites readers to explore the role of both formal and informal archives in today’s world. In addition to exploring the numerous and sometimes surprising collections in the Archives, staff members and guest contributors share the challenges they face in collecting, preserving, and presenting the Smithsonian’s archives, and provide tips to readers on managing their own personal collections.
The blog is produced by the Smithsonian Institution Archives in collaboration with guest contributors from throughout the Smithsonian.
Behind the Scenes: A series giving a behind-the-scenes look at the work involved in managing the visual and textual materials of the Smithsonian’s archives.
Collections in Focus: An in-depth look at the Smithsonian’s archives from researchers, archivists, curators and other Smithsonian staff.
Smithsonian History: Smithsonian History showcases the people, places, treasures, and events that make up the Smithsonian, as it is reflected in its own archives.
What Gets Saved: An examination of the various practices, challenges, and issues that shape archives, history, and memory.
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