The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
With 2013 just a day away, it is a good idea to start thinking about how to be more organized this coming year. What better place to start with than with the digital arenas of our lives. The Archives' very own Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig gets us thinking with her piece at the New York Times, "Archiving Should be Like Spring Cleaning." Happy New Year!
- Personal Archiving: Preserving Your Digital Memories, Library of Congress
- Clean Sweep in the New Year: Organizing Digital Photos, The Bigger Picture blog, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- You've Still Got Mail, The Bigger Picture blog, Smithsonian Institution Archives
This week saw the passing of Honorable Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who played a key role in the creation of the National Museum of the American Indian, as well as the creation of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. [via O Say Can You See?, NMAH]
Digitizing books and museum collections may seem to be all over the news in the past few years, but its beginnings are found much earlier, in the early 1970s in fact. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
In most archives one can find family albums of all sorts. The NMAI Archive Center talks about one of its recent acquisitons, the Canisius Family Photograph Album. [via Smithsonian Collections Blog]
A couple of months ago, the Smithsonian launched a national advertising campaign to highlight the “Seriously Amazing” research, discoveries, and stories across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo. Brightly colored billboards posed quirky questions whose answers can be found at the Smithsonian. Answers to some of the questions can be found hidden in the collections of the Archives.
See what you know and if you get stuck, search in the collections for clues!
1. Which Smithsonian museum also served as a bachelor pad for rowdy young scientists?
2. What would my great-grandfather have seen at the Smithsonian in 1855 when it first opened?
3. What did Alexander Graham Bell know about the dead body in the Smithsonian Castle?
4. What is one secret the Smithsonian might never uncover?
5. What real-life monster mystery was solved at the Smithsonian?
6. What cutting-edge 19th Century military intelligence technology did the Smithsonian help pioneer?
- Marketing and the Smithson Bicentennial, The Bigger Picture Blog, Smithsonian Institution Archives
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