The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 11/26/2010
by Catherine Shteynberg on November 26, 2010
- There are new additions to the Smithsonian Collections Search Center. The National Museum of Natural History has added 928,252 records (!!) from their Invertebrate Zoology collections.
- Mwahhahhaaaa! A secret chamber (seriously) was recently found in India’s National Library during restoration work. Experts are now trying to find an opening so that they can figure out what the chamber was built for and what it contains [via Resource Shelf].
- Thanks to Material World for introducing me to a new blog called Discard Studies, which investigates what we save (and don’t save) in our discard culture. I especially enjoyed this recent post, which ponders some of the motivations behind personal photographic archives.
- Archivist of the U.S., David Ferriero, talks about his vision for the future of the National Archives on C-SPAN.
- An open-source project, FromThePage, capitalizes on the kindness of volunteers to help transcribe early handwritten documents [via Digital Humanities Now].
- In honor of American Indian Heritage Day and the 2010 National Day of Listening, StoryCorps interviews a group of National Museum of the American Indian staffers. Hear some of the clips here.
- The Getty Museum gives a nice step by step overview of how their 500 year old “Old Master” drawings are (delicately) dealt with in their conservation lab.
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