The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Introducing the Smithsonian Institution Archives’ New Flickr Photostream
Hooray for the arrival of this long-awaited day! That’s right, folks. The Smithsonian Institution Archives has officially launched their very own Flickr photostream.
Following in the footsteps of many pioneering Smithsonian organizations, our new photostream will provide an inside look at the Archives by highlighting our sponsored workshops, presentations, and conservation efforts, as well as snapshots of interns, volunteers, and staff whistling as they work (seriously, at the Archives, we’re like a symphonic choir of birds).
As many of you may know, the Archives manages and contributes photos to the Smithsonian Flickr Commons stream, which highlights no-known copyright images from the Smithsonian’s many museums and research units. We hope that the new Smithsonian Institution Archives photostream will give you a new perspective on the Archives that our historic photos on the Flickr Commons cannot—a view into our day-to-day, behind-the-scenes work.
To accompany this launch, and in celebration of MayDay, Sarah Stauderman recently blogged about emergency preparedness at the Archives and introduced our very first set of images, “Emergency Workshop on the Recovery of Water Damaged Materials.”
Unlike the no-known copyright usage of the Smithsonian Institution’s photostream in the Flickr Commons, images featured in the Archives’ photostream adopt a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license. We encourage our virtual patrons to share and/or remix these images, according to the Creative Commons license.
If you feel so inclined, and have your own Flickr account, please add us as a contact! We also encourage you to subscribe to our Flickr Photostream RSS feed so that you can keep up with all of our new images sets as they're added. We hope you’ll enjoy this new project, as we continue to rollout behind-the-scenes images of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.