The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
- Using a combination of clever sculpting and well-timed strobes, artist, Takeshi Murata created what appears to be a perpetually melting sculpture. [via PetaPixel]
- Think you have a lot of data on your computer, tablet, or phone . . . the federal government has real big data that it needs to manage. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- Librarians make lasting impacts on people and their respective organizations everyday, take library analyst Eilene Galloway, who helped launch the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [via The Library of Congress blog]
- When we think of the internet we tend to think of its invisibility and ever present nature around us, but it takes a real and substantial presence to make all that cloud computing and connectivity work. Timo Arnall, a designer and artist from London, takes a look at the machinery of the internet. [via Wired]
- In 1863, at the age of 48, Julia Margaret Cameron, received a camera as a gift. Her subsequent photographs are awesome! [via PetaPixel]
- This week saw the passing of two important and influential people: Author and poet, Maya Angelou, and designer, Massimo Vignelli. [via InfoDocket and Core77]
At the Archives there are very few three-dimensional objects in our collections. One that we do have is an architectural model of the Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History) dated July 12, 1956. It is labeled "Scheme D." Also included are two smaller models, that were probably used to show the massing of the building on the site.
- Accession 99-005 - National Museum of History and Technology, Architectural Records, 1946, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Since I will be going with my son and his class on a field trip to the National Zoological Park tomorrow, I can't help but be reminded of the animals that used to be at the Zoo that are no longer there for him to see.
The National Zoological Park was orginally conceived by its founder, William Temple Hornaday (Chief Taxidermist for the United States National Museum), as a place to house endangered species and conduct research. It was established by an act of Congress in 1889. In 1890, Congress passed another act which placed the zoo under the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian to administer the zoo and to receive and care for the animals "for the advancement of science and the instruction and recreation of the people." The first animals at the zoo were some 185 animals under the care Hornaday, who became Curator of Living Animals for the United States National Museum. Today there are roughly 2,000 animals from 400 different species that reside at the National Zoo.
However, among the animals that once called the zoo home are:
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