The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 6/10/2011
It turns out that a series of mysterious tunnels discovered in the early 1900s underneath Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle, were the makings of former Smithsonian employee and entomologist, Harrison G. Dyar (whose papers happen to be in our collections). Read more about this fascinating story and character at "the location" blog [via The e-Torch].
- The Internet Archive explains their new Physical Archive, and why preserving physical copies of books is an important part of their digital book archive.
- How Britain’s V&A Museum is using x-rays to examine the making and remaking of historic quilts.
- The Center for the Future of Museums is sponsoring a Twitter chat about the future of museum ethics on June 15th at 4 pm EST. Join in, and share ideas, links, and resources on ethics issues that should be included in their forecasting.
- Cool collections I’ve never seen before: Southern Methodist University’s US West collections from the DeGolyer Library, which includes early photography of Yellowstone and cowgirl postcards (!) among other things [via Scout Report].
- Check out the “splash” mob that took place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, in honor of World Oceans Day:
In an effort to celebrate World Oceans Day, organizers planned a "splash" mob at the National Museum of Natural History's Sant Ocean Hall, Courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine.