The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Posts tagged with: American History
Link Love: a weekly blog feature with links to interesting videos and stories regarding archival issues, the Smithsonian, and history.
- An Archivists' call-to-action, in song, from the Society of American Archivists, and Garrison Keeler.
- A new exhibit from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum examines clothing waste. [via Hyperallergic]
- The first curator of Media and Performance Art, Mark Beasely, was appointed at the Hirshhorn. [via Artnet]
- A new book is out about the team of Harvard female "computers" who analyzed a large collection of photographic plates of stars. Help the Smithsonian transcribe their work. [via Atlantic]
- A new project, Story Quest, seeks to capture the stories of WWII veterans before it's too late. [via Smithsonian Magazine]
- An inspiring plan is underway in London to light a large span of the Thames River. [via NY Times]
- Artist Gabriel Dawe makes rainbows. [via Bored Panda]
- Our Arts & Industries building, the 1st U.S. National Museum, amazes many who visit the National Mall. Learn more about it!
- Some key things you should know about American Indians from the director of our National Museum of the American Indian. [via Washington Post]
- Colombian singer Carlos Vives is donating one of his handcrafted guitars to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. [via Billboard]
- A new podcast about the "truly intrepid" from Atlas Obscura, starting with the story of an Arctic balloonist.
- In D.C. for the holidays? Check out the 187.63 carat Foxfire diamond at our National Museum of Natural History, the largest diamond found in North America. [via Smithsonian Magazine]
- The growing interest in the history of hip hop, and how university archives are rushing to save it before it disappears. [via Boston Globe]
- Maya Angelou on how a library saved her life. [via Brain Pickings and NYPL]
- Bonanza! A gorgeous medieval illuminated manuscript from the University of Aberdeen is now online. [via Hyperallergic]
- Hello, funny face. A Japanese museum of rocks, with faces! [via Colossal]
- My childhood favorite wooden 'Little People' just entered the Toy Hall of Fame. [via NPR]
- Want to save your election day newspaper? Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute weighs in. [via Smithsonian Magazine]
- The Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's garden has become a free, NY mommy hotspot. [via NY Times]
- Do be careful taking selfies in museums. [via Condé Nast]
- ‘The Art of the Qur’an’ is now open at the Smithsonian's Freer Sackler, but you can check out some of the manuscripts here. [via NY Times]
- A new Smithsonian podcast about a little-taught episode in history, the Tulsa Race Massacre. [via Smithsonian on Twitter]
- How did the penguin cross the road, in New Zealand? [via CNN]
Eek! Is the plague still alive in musty 14th-century tomes? Excuse us while we wash our hands…[via The New York Times]
Defense Department personnel are assisting the National Archives in transferring hundreds of millions of records to what will be the Obama Presidential LIbrary in Chicago. Check out photos of their progress. [via NARA Flickr]
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