The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 6/29/2012
by Catherine Shteynberg on June 29, 2012
- Earth Island Journal on why fifty years after its publication, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is still so relevant (featuring one of the Archives’ photos of Carson).
- An archivist’s nightmare . . . How much data is created every minute [via Effie Kapsalis, SIA].
- In recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the quilt will be displayed as a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 27 to July 4 and after that, it will blanket the National Mall as Washington hosts this year's international AIDS conference. A slideshow, and more on the history of the quilt on CNN.
- Britain From Above—a collection of aerial images of Great Britain—is launched. Many of the shots were taken in the early days of aviation by ex-First World War pilots, from extremely low altitudes, a technique which was very dangerous [via INFOdocket].
- The Smithsonian Collections Blog profiles the very hand-written check that enabled George Gustav Heye to start the foundational collection of what is now the National American Indian Museum.
- And from Smithsonian Magazine, a little something to scratch your travel bug itch. Ten Natural Wonders You’ve Never Heard of:
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