The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 8/12/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on August 12, 2011
- The Smithsonian’s Around the Mall blog has an interview with our Smithsonian Historian, Pam Henson, about the famous, real-life Smokey the Bear (you can also read our earlier post on the subject).
- Need to get a 17th century recipe for almond cakes? The Wellcome Library’s online Recipe Manuscripts is the place for you. This is a really fun collection to browse [via Marcel Chotowski LaFollette].
- The New York Times on battling digital rot in a world that generates “over 1.8 zettabytes of digital information a year.”
- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology is launching “Recovering Voices,” a project drawing on their rich video collections to help preserve endangered languages and indigenous knowledge.
- Digitization is at the top of the minds of archives and individuals these days. Future Proof blog highlights some of the common problems that often come up with digitization projects, and gives lots of advice about how to avoid them.
- In the 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images underlining environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in that era. This iconic project is now available on the National Archives’ Flickr stream [via Prison Photography].
Some sample Documerica photos from the "DOCUMERICA Favorites" set on the US National Archives Flickr Stream.
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