The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 11/18/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on November 18, 2011
- Thanksgiving is a great time of year to both make and preserve memories. Check out our guides to creating family oral histories and organizing family scrapbooks as you prepare to gather with loved ones next week.
- The Smithsonian Library blog starts a new series called Library Hacks, which features library and online resources we think you will find useful, interesting, or just plain cool. The first in the series?: the hidden gems of the Library’s trade literature collections, which features information from over 30,000 US companies and is a great source of information about products that were “made in America.”
- Gotta love the Muppets! Dwight Blocker Bowers, curator of Entertainment History Collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History talks about the Smithsonian’s collections of Muppet history.
- Is it the end of the CD? Major music labels say they’ll abandon the medium by the end of 2012. Electronic archivists—prepare explanations of the shiny discs for children of the future! [via Phil Bradley’s weblog]
- Visualizing China: a beautiful new virtual archive of Chinese life, that gives users the opportunity to explore more than 8,000 digitized photographs of China taken between 1850 and 1950 [via British photographic history].
- Deb Schiff, archivist and blogger, blogs about her recent visit to the Smithsonian Institution Archives, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives’ treasures with Tammy Peters, our Supervisory Archivist [via Carolyn Sheffield, the Smithsonian’s Field Book Project].
- Team Digital Preservation has done it again! Check out the newest episode of this awesome cartoon, in which DigiMan goes to the Arctic on a quest to understand preservation planning:
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