The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 5/4/2012
by Catherine Shteynberg on May 4, 2012
- Smithsonian Secretary, Wayne Clough, talks about the living legacy of field research at the Smithsonian over at our sister blog, The Field Book Project blog.
- Harvard is making more than 12 million catalog records from its 73 libraries publicly available under a Creative Commons public domain license.
- Vanderbilt University unveils a digital archive, combining collections from multiple institutions, of recordings with civil rights era leaders, and some four thousand pages of searchable interview transcripts and photographs.
- The recent acquisition of the space shuttle Discovery leads the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History blog to ponder what first Smithsonian Secretary, Joseph Henry (1797-1878), would’ve thought about the advances in aeronautical engineering in the last 150 years.
- The Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation blog waxes poetic about a common archives conundrum: how to describe the size of one’s collections.
- Sixty years in sixty seconds: Historypin takes a jaunt through Queen Elizabeth II’s many world travels, and invites you to contribute any images you may have of the Queen in honor of her Diamond Jubilee (that’s the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen to the throne).
- The US National Archives holds 1.28 million case files of the dependents of Civil War Union soldiers who applied to the federal government for pensions. This video profiles the dedicated team of more than sixty volunteers at the National Archives that are helping to digitize Civil War widows’ pension files:
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