What do you do?
Watch over and preserve the Archives’ digital treasures, both the ones that were born that way and the ones that were digitized later on. I spend a good amount of time thinking up new ways for people to learn about and use our collections online.
Favorite spot in DC to recommend to visitors:
Gosh that’s a tough one with so much to choose from. My absolute top, the Renwick Gallery. I’ve been fascinated with handmade creations since age 8 and the Renwick, a gorgeous building itself, showcases exceptional pieces of craft and decorative art. On the Mall, the U.S. Botanic Garden makes a peaceful break from the crowds in the museums. And of course, any place that serves coffee.
The more I work with our collections, the more my favorite object changes. Right now, I'm having difficulty deciding between William H. Dall's personal diary from 1866 to 1877. He has part of a corps of scientists on an expedition exploring the then-unknown Arctic region, including Alaska and the Bering Sea. Sponsored by Western Union Telegraph and also known as the Russian-American Expedition of 1865 to 1867, its corporate agenda to explore the possibility of laying a telegraph line to Europe was abandoned, but an impressive amount of scientific data was collected and continues to remain valuable to many different research disciplines.
What could compete with that? The set of Smithsonian Photography Logbooks that document over a million photographs taken by Smithsonian photographers from the mid-1970's to the end of the century. We're working to get those online right now and hope you can help us transcribe them to so we can link their description with the digitized photographs.