The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Posts tagged with: American History
- I want my SI 3D! This week saw the release of the Smithsonian X 3D Collection and state-of-the-art 3-D explorer.
- Come join the Smithsonian this weekend at the Innovation Family Day at the National Museum of the American Indian for Innovation Explorations in Sound! You can make music with world rhythms, play with the science of sound, listen to the calls of frogs, and participate in hands-on activities that invite you to be innovative and interact with sound artists, inventors and other creative thinkers.
- American Archive of Public Broadcasting - a historic collection of American public radio and television content - will be preserved and made available through a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH Boston. [via InfoDocket]
- Going to the hardware graveyeard. Visiting forgotten and obsolete hardware of the past. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- Among other announcements this week are: The Seth MacFarlance Collection of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive is open to the public at the Library of Congress and a collection of World War I and II propaganda posters is available at Washington State University. [via InfoDocket and Jennifer Wright, SIA]
- Also coming from across the pond, the National Archives (UK) launched a new First World War portal that allows researchers to access the official UK government records of the First World War, including a vast collection of letters, diaries, maps and photographs. [via InfoDocket]
- For more information about Smithsonian X 3D check out the following video.
Here at the Smithsonian we will have a number of events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared the month of November National American Indian Heritage Month, which thereafter came to be referred to as Native American Heritage Month. The month serves as a time to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. So please join the Smithsonian and its National Museum of the American Indian in celebrating the culture, traditions, music, arts, dance, and ways of life of Native Americans with these events throughout the month of November. The following slideshow illustrates just a small portion of Native American related material held at the Smithsonian.
- On display for the first time since the 1990s, a World War II billboard goes up at the National Museum of American History. [via O Say Can You See?, NMAH]
- A nice look into Iron Mountain, a company that securely stores the records of companys, archives, and governments around the world. [via The New Yorker]
- The Internet Archive has a new collection of prominent and historically notable pieces of software, the Historical Software Archive, that you can play in your internet browser. [via Internet Archive Blogs]
- Jurassic Park is getting even closer to reality - Blood molecules found to survive for millions of years in a blood-engorged mosquito. [via The Torch, SI]
- Personal digital archiving is becoming more and more a part of our lives with the increasing prevalence of email and digital images occupying our world. The Library of Congress has an awesome new resource to share, Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving, to help you preserve your digital life. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- A preview of the National Museum Natural History's plans to renovate its Fossil Hall. [via Around the Mall, Smithsonian Magazine]
- This week, the National Portrait Gallery welcomed the arrival of Nelson Shanks’s The Four Justices, a tribute to the four female justices who have served on the U.S. Supreme Court. [via Face to Face blog, NPG]
- In São Paulo, Brazil recycling doesn’t happen in tidy blue bins, but rather through an informal network of independent waste collectors called catadores who search the streets gathering cans to be sold as scrap metal. A mobile recycling center gives the catadores the opportunity to create stools or other objects made of soda cans to sell. [via Wired Design, Wired]
- The first phase of the Emily Dickinson Archive is now online and makes high-resolution images of Dickinson's manuscripts available from a multitude of repositories. [via Jennifer Wright, SIA]
- A new way to look at art - X-raying art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. [via bento, F|S]
- For those young budding readers out there, the New York Public Library has compiled its list of the top 100 children's books of the last century. [via InfoDocket]
- Take that Google Maps - The quest to find ancient monsters used in historical maps. [via Wired Science, Wired]
- October is American Archives Month and archives across the Smithsonian are celebrating the collections of archival and historical records that we are entrusted to preserve and make available. Archivists and their collections will be sharing their collections through a blogathon, on Pintrest, on Tumblr, and through a variety of other activities.
- Sounds of the city - The Roaring Twenties is a new "interactive exploration of the historical soundscape of New York City." [via Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, SIA]
- In a special issue, the Smithsonian Magazine has identified 100 objects from the Smithsonian's collections that made America.
- On display until December 11, the Bionic-Man makes its debut at the National Air and Space Museum.